Five Shops I Love In Paris


Sergeant Paper is a small limited edition print shop tucked away in a side street beside Le Centre Pompidou. It’s the perfect place to choose a piece of affordable art by some of the coolest contemporary French printmakers and illustrators such as Ana Popescu ( [1]) and HelloMarine ( [2]). Each wall is beautifully curated with framed prints hung like a perfect jigsaw puzzle and one wall even has some funky wallpaper, which they seem to change every month or so to suit the season.


Merci is a truly unique clothing and homewares shop. It sells teaspoons at 25cents beside designer teaspoons at 250euros and uses garish neon arrows for price tags. It has a coffee shop lined with used books from floor to ceiling and it’s where all the cool designers hang out (I spotted Donna Wilson having a cup of mint tea!). Best of all it has a classic red Fiat 500 sitting at the front door.


Le Bon Marche is Paris’s oldest department store, which opened in 1852, and sells luxury designer brands. I bypassed the clothing and accessory departments to check out their stationery section on the top floor. It sells hand picked contemporary designer stationery such as Octaevo ( [3]) and Esme Winter ( [4]) and has a large selection of Vitra furniture which is a sight to behold!


The Conran Shop sells a range of classic mid century furniture, homewares and soft furnishings by iconic designers such as Charles & Ray Eames and Robin Day. This shop feels like it could be a 20th century design museum with a ‘museum shop’ on the side selling contemporary stationery and quirky children’s toys.


Fleux has 6 shops located in the coolest shopping district in Paris called le Marais. It is the ultimate lifestyle shop, selling everything from lighting and furniture to kitchenware and women’s accessories and has the best selection of Scandi brands such as Hay ( [5]) and Ferm Living ( [6]).