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 (http://www.popescuana.com ) and HelloMarine (http://www.hellomarine.com ). 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
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 (https://www.octaevo.com ) and Esme Winter (https://www.esmewinter.co.uk ) and has a large selection of Vitra furniture which is a sight to behold!
THE CONRAN SHOP
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.