Merci Merci1 The opening of the concept store MERCI by Marie France and Bernard Cohen, founders of the childrenswear couture house Bonpoint has caused a minor Parisian sensation.

At first glance the store could be mistaken for an Urban Outfitters with its eclectic mix of color and clothing . This 1000m2 loft comprises a literary café, a florist, a combination of furniture and clothing - both new and rare vintage finds - at a variety of prices - disguised in a sleek layout. But more than a trendy shop with some serious "bobo" attitude, all proceeds are donated to charities.

A place where you can lose yourself between retro chic and futuristic designs. You can also find labels such as Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, APC and some vintage Yves St Laurent at 3 euros a pop.

111 boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris

Photo: Pointcommun

Herboristerie de la Place de Clichy

Herb Herboristerie de la Place de Clichy has one of Paris' most beautiful shop facades. The wooden interior from the 19th century will take you back in time and houses 900 different types of plants to aid you with any kind of health complaint or beauty need.

You are able to have a little consultation with the chemist himself with the issues in hand (problems getting to sleep, stress, or some other real or imagined ailment). 

One of their best-sellers is a slimming cure (une tisane pour maigrir - 10 day cure is 17euros) which is based on seaweed and will apparently modify one's appetite. Other beauty products are an anti-cellulite cure (French women's holy grail product) and essential oils of a very high quality.

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Vélo Express

Adrian K. Sanders writing for I V Y paris

IMGP7590 The last time I recommended a bike shop, things seemed all good. Vintage Vélo gave me an amazing deal on a truly classic bike, a 1949 Peugeot in fantastic condition.

Apparently, this was more of a fluke than a reflection of their good service.
At least three different people I've heard from have had unpleasant experiences, with some complaining that the bikes they received were downright dangerous.

Since then I've found a place that is extremely reliable, and a little less flashy. Vélo Express on Daumesnil near Gare de Lyon is just a good old fashioned bike shop, where you can find cheap bikes just like at Vintage Vélo, only with a three month garantie and a bike that works right out the door.

Vélo Express
64, Avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris

Aux Bains Montorgueil

Bainsmontorgueil The Bains Montorgueil is like stepping into a scene in Arabian Nights and it's Moroccan decor creates an intimate space.

Located on two floors, this hammam has an oriental lounge, massage room, steam baths and a mosaic pool for cooling off.

The staff are friendly and attentive relaxation time. Massages and exfoliation with savon noir start at 70 euros with facials at 50 euros.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10h to 21h.
Reservations are a must: 01 44 88 01 78

Aux Bains Montorgueil
55 rue Montorgueil
75002 Paris


Picture 1 Established in 2008 and based in Paris, meilleurAmi is a publishing house dedicated to men's accessories.

Their bags reveal traditional principles, each handcrafted by French artisans. Models are designed to improve with age, and are made with vegetable tanned leather. Colours can change with humidity and sun; the leather quietly wears in with use. Every edition is limited in number.

You can catch meilleurAmi in unexpected spaces, such as at the ArtyDandy concept store and Librairie Ofr. Currently at the florist shop Hysope and Cie (104 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003) for the week.

Groundzero: The Best Independent Record Store In Paris

Will Hutchins writing for I V Y paris

GroundzeroGroundzero2 If you’ve failed in your bid to find that Senegalese 1969-1972 funk rarities compilation you’ve been searching for in your local Fnac, or the Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysées didn’t have a vinyl copy of the new Au Revoir Simone album in stock, then you’ll have better luck at 23 rue Saint Marthe in Belleville.

This hidden treasure of a record store has a superb stash of independent music on vinyl and cd from around the world to get the taste buds of any discerning pop music fan watering.

Catering for the album loving anorak, Groundzero don’t bother with stocking the classics and instead just keep it to a well chosen selection of the latest and most interesting indie, reggae, soul, funk, African, hip-hop, jazz, blues and electro releases and re-editions. From compilations of West African music in 1920’s Britain to the latest SoMe designed Ed Banger picture disc single the shop keeps their collection intriguingly diverse but always high quality. 

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No Good Store

Picture 2 Picture 3 Founded in January 2000, No Good Industry is a collective of artists, who publish books (No Good Editions), run a café (No Good Café), carry a music label (No Good Music) and a line of furniture (No Good Design). The list goes on...

Located in - what they now call - SoPi (south of Pigalle), the No Good Store is a concept store, somewhere between an art gallery and a clothing store, where all objects and garments are considered art, where everything is in limited edition, and everything is for sale.

No Good Store
53 rue des Martyrs
75009 Paris

20 Fragrances

Maitre-parfumeur-et-gantier AnnickGoutal1 1. Diptyque
    34 boulevard Saint Germain 5e
2. Chantecaille
    42 Avenue Montaigne, 8e
3. L'Artisan Parfumeur
    2 rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 1er
    48/50, rue de l'Université, 7e
5. Serge Lutens
    Jardins du Palais Royal 142 Galerie de Valois, 1er
6. Guerlain
    68 Avenue Champs Elysées, 8e
7. Annick Goutal
    12, Place St Sulpice, 6e
8. L'Occitane
    Numerous locations.
9. Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
    37 rue de Grenelle, 7e
10. Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    84 rue de Grenelle, 7e
11. Fragonard
    39 Boulevard Capucines, 2e
12. Caron 34 Avenue Montaigne, 8e
13. Manuel Canovas (candles) 223 rue St Honoré, 1er
14. Chanel 31 rue Cambon, 1er
15. Comme des garçons 23 Place du Marché St Honoré, 1er
16. Rigaud (Candles) 51 Avenue Bosquet, 7e
17. Astier de la Villatte, 173 rue St Honoré, 1er
18. Honoré des Prés 64 boulevard Haussmann, 9e
19. Le Labo (at Colette) 213 rue St Honoré, 1er
20. Creed 38 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 8e

Top photo features the Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier parfumerie. Photo below by Cult Beauty Blog presents Annick Goutal's series of perfumes.

20 Vintage Clothing Shops

Sztark-vintage-389-X-500 Wochdom 1. Kiliwatch 64 rue Tiquetonne, 2e
2. Freep'star
    8 Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
    and 61 rue de la Verrerie, 4e
3. Woch Dom 72 rue Condorcet, 9e
4. Chercheminippes,
    102 rue du Cherche Midi, 6e
5. Sztark 4 bis rue d’Uzès, 2e
6. Anoushka 6 avenur Coq, 6e
7. Come on Eileen
    16-18 rue des Taillandiers, 11e
8. La Belle Epoque
    10 rue du Poitou, 3e
9. La Caverne à Fripes
    25 rue Houdon, 18e
10. Planète 70
    147 rue Saint-Martin, 3e
11. Didier Ludot
    20-24 Galerie Montpensier, 1er
12. Maison de Fan Fan
    4 rue Mayet, 6e

13. Thanx God I'm a VIP 12 rue de Lancry, 10e
14. La Tosca  1 rue des Taillandiers, 11e
15. FRIVOLI 26 Rue Beaurepaire, 10e
16. Esprit Vinyle 57 rue Saintonge,  3e
17. Mam'zelle Swing 35bis rue du Roi de Sicile, 4e
18. Vintage Clothing Paris 10 rue de Crussol, 11e
19. Adrénaline 30 rue Racine, 6e
20. Mamie 69-73 rue de Rochechouart, 9e

Photo above features Sztark, beneath Woch Dom.

Sneakers on rue de la Ferronerie

A couple of great shoe stores amidst the overdosage of Replay jeans and leather at les Halles. These addresses carry all those hard to find limited edition sneakers and more.

01-16_small The Tube
Specializes in Men's footwear and provides a truly Parisian take on sneakers. Labels include Schmoove, Fred Perry, S***R, and Puma Black Label.

2 rue de la Ferronerie
75001 Paris

Sneakers Gallery
Has the widest range of sneakers from Nike to Vans to LeCoq Sportif. Also check out their collection of revisited vintage models.

4 rue de la Ferronerie
75001 Paris

Aim Skill
Walk in this store and you can easily imagine yourself in LA with the cruiser bikes on display, oversized t-shirts and graffiti hangings on the wall. They have the latest Nike Dunks in all different color combinations, and the occasional pair of Pat Ewings.

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