Located in Ménilmontant neighborhood, Le Monte-en-l’air is a place where you’ll never get bored. That’s because this bookshop is not just a haven for book lovers, it’s also a curiosity shop and gallery. Drop by and browse through fiction and non-fiction titles, graphic novels, or poetry books, find strange tomes, and admire artworks in the art gallery. You can also grab a coffee here to keep you fueled for your Paris adventures.
Established in 1936 by millinier Auguste Michel, Maison Michel Paris has been included in Chanel’s Métiers d’art in 1997. Owned by the world-renowned fashion brand, this high-end shop brings sophisticated style to the art of hat-making. Drop by to browse through a selection of felt, straw, and fabric hats. The collection includes a wide range of styles and colors, to suit virtually any preference. Accessories are also available, including gorgeous hair accessories and pins that would make a perfect gift for a loved one. You can also get a box that will keep your new hat in perfect shape while traveling.
The Majestic Filatures collection puts a focus on craftsmanship and timeless style. While pricier than similar apparel items, the brand’s products are all expertly handmade in Europe from premium materials, so you really do get what you pay for. The range features men’s and women’s clothing, and includes t-shirts, shirts, sweaters, blouses, turtlenecks, jackets, and more. Crafted from Italian cashmere, silk, hand-dyed cotton, and other high-quality materials, these items are meant to become wardrobe staples for years to come.
Designed with a bright red facade, Artazart is hard to miss if you’re walking on Quai de Valmi. This concept store and bookshop has been open since 2000 and is usually full of art and book lovers. The store area includes a varied range of items, from Freitag bags and other eco-friendly accessories to Gras lamps and writing tools. In the bookshop you can find design, architecture, art, and photography books, and you can also stumble upon one of the monthly art exhibitions or a special event.
Librarie 7L or the 7L Bookshop was opened by none other than Karl Lagerfeld in 1999. Offering a wonderfully curated selection of titles, the bookshop specializes in fashion, art, photography, interior design, and architecture books, with jewelry, landscape, and cooking books also included in the collection. Here you can find some exclusive items as well as catalogs and books authored or edited by Karl Lagerfeld. Since it’s located close to the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, the shop is easy to include in your itinerary.
Merci is a c concept boutique in Marais that provides the perfect solution to find some great gifts and eat some good food. That’s because the shop includes not one, not two, but three places where you can refuel: two cafes and a canteen. Before you get there, browse through the shop’s collection that includes items as varied as men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, stationery, and kitchenware. In the apparel section you can find both items sourced from well-known brands or up and coming designers and products from the Merci collection.
La Trésorerie is a treasure trove with a French twist. Meaning, it’s filled with various types of items in a similar way to a flea market, but it looks ultra-stylish and refined. The selection of products includes everything from tableware, textiles, and home accessories to decorative items and practical objects you didn’t even know you needed. Sourced from France and Europe, the collection offers a great opportunity to find something well-made to take back home with you. For a bite to eat and a cup of coffee, you can also stop by the store’s Café Smörgås.
Galerie kreo opened its doors to art and design fans in 1999. Since then, it has become a popular shop where locals and tourists can find a varied range of contemporary furniture, lighting, and home accessories. From 2009, the company started adding vintage lighting and furniture to the collection. The contemporary range is limited-edition and designed exclusively for Galerie kreo. Celebrated designers who have created pieces for the gallery include Jasper Morrison, Pierre Charpin, Alessandro Mendini, and Naoto Fukasawa, to name a few.
Opened in 2012 by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet, Colonel is a design studio as well as a furniture, lighting, and decor shop. Blending light wood with patterns and vibrant colors, the Colonel collection is perfect to add a refined accent to contemporary interiors. All of the products are made in France in a collaboration between the studio and artisans. Here you can order anything from armchairs and tables to smaller objects like vases, jugs, and throws.
Everything at Bien Fait is – indeed -well made. This small and chic home decor shop has a fantastic selection of wallpaper that draws inspiration from influences as varied as Japanese and Scandinavian design, folk culture, ethnic patterns, and traveling. Every French wallpaper is crafted with care from a blend of paper and polyester fibers. Soft and matte, the velvet-like surface is also conveniently washable. The shop itself is charming; it features whimsical details, bold patterns, and contemporary furniture alongside large plants and wall-mounted ceramic sculptures.
Mylo brings together a coffee shop and a store with women’s clothing and accessories. The chic space is bright and welcoming, while the menu is especially inviting with some good coffee, brunch and lunch options, and a range of healthy food. You can listen to music while you browse through the clothing collection or enjoying your coffee. Mylo opens later than other coffee shops, at 11:30 from Tuesday to Friday and 11am on Saturday, but stays open until 8pm.
Matamata was opened by a group of friends who wanted to create a welcoming, friendly, and cozy neighborhood hub. This community spirit permeates the place, making it ideal for a coffee or a lunch with friends. The café is open every day of the week and serves specialty coffee carefully sourced from all over the world and roasted by micro-roasters. As for food, you can get freshly made sandwiches, avocado toast, quiches, cakes, cookies, and more, along with cold drinks made by the Matamata team or sourced from artisan producers.
Stepping inside Partisan, you’ll forget for a moment that you’re in Paris. That’s because this coffee shop is significantly more spacious and airy than most Parisian cafés and it also boasts a modern, industrial-style decor. Floor to ceiling windows flood the space with natural light while providing a glimpse at the neighborhood. The specialty coffee is roasted on-site with both single origin and coffee blends available along with Italian coffee, cappuccino, iced coffee, and more. Plus, here you can also pick up a bag of coffee beans to take home.
Cuppa is only a stone’s throw away from Musée d’Orsay, making it a great choice for a stop on an art-filled day. Tiny and quiet, this coffee shop is a perfect place to get a great cup of coffee and something to eat before you visit the museums and art galleries on your list. Cuppa makes specialty coffee using ethically sourced beans, while the menu features only vegetarian food with organic ingredients where possible and includes several vegan and gluten-free options.
Located in the 10th Arrondissement, 5 Pailles hides more than it may seem behind an unassuming facade. Upon entering, customers find an elongated room with a counter. A corridor leads to a sheltered, bright space filled with tables and comfortable seating. The coffee comes from Lomi and sometimes international roasters, while the menu features delicious sandwiches for both vegetarians and meat eaters, along with a range of sweet and savory treats. Tip for hungry coffee lovers: they serve brunch all day here.
Maybe the prettiest café you’ll find in Paris, Peonies Café et Fleurs is also a flower shop. The café has a delightful decor that celebrates the beauty of plants while also giving a nod to Scandinavian design. Part minimalist and part lush, the interior features green flooring and tiled counter, cream and white walls, and many plants dotted all around the place. Get a cup of coffee and a slice of cake decorated with flowers or a savory treat and unwind in this dainty space.
You may know Shakespeare and Company as a must-visit bookshop, but this place also serves great coffee. Opened right next to the iconic bookstore, the café is incredibly popular and busy, as it attracts both book lovers and tourists. The coffee shop serves coffee from Lomi, another great place you should visit on your Paris trip. If you want to get a bite to eat to refuel your batteries after browsing through books, the menu includes soups, salads, croissants, and pastries.
La Fontaine de Bellevile has it all: it’s a great coffee shop, a place to get a light brunch or lunch, and a bar in the afternoon with live music every Saturday. If you’re looking for just a good cup of java, rest assured that you’ll find it here. Well-known coffee roasters Belleville Brûlerie are currently running La Fontaine de Bellevile, so you’ll always get great coffee. The eclectic menu includes everything from pastries to cured meats and delicious appetizers along with wine and craft beer.
Founded by coffee lovers who are also cycling fans, Le Peloton is a café with a twist: you can rent bikes here to explore the city on two wheels. The interior is small-ish and has a limited number of seats, so it’s best to take your coffee to go if it’s too busy. The menu includes all the caffeinated beverages you’d expect to find in a good coffee shop, from espressos and flat whites to drip coffee. On the menu you can also choose between sweet and savory waffles, croissants, cookies, and tarts.
Relaxed and welcoming, Lomi is a great choice if you want to enjoy some good coffee and a bite to eat in a friendly space. This café is modern and airy, with several wooden tables in a decor that blends industrial and rustic touches. Popular with the local crowd, this coffee shop is usually frequented by students, young professionals, and coffee lovers. Roasted on site, the coffee is one of the best you can find in this area. Pair it with croissants in the morning or a slice of cake in the afternoon.
The quintessential Parisian coffee shop, Café Oberkampf is tiny but cozy and welcoming. It’s also a popular place with the locals, so come early if you want to get a table without having to take a place in the waiting line outside. The menu features an ever-changing selection of coffee sourced from different French roasters. Here you can also grab a breakfast, brunch, or a light lunch. The options include muesli, cheese sandwiches, salads, tartines, and more. And if you’re stopping in the afternoon after the kitchen closes, you can still order some cake for your coffee.
One of the most Parisian chic coffee shops you can find, Radiodays Café is cozy, small, and has a stylish decor with tile-patterned flooring, blue cabinets, brick walls, and creative lighting. It serves specialty coffee sourced from KB Coffee Roasters along with the usual breakfast/brunch fare that includes delicious pastries, pancakes, honeyed granola, soups, and more. Window seats offer the opportunity to watch the world go by as you sip your cup of coffee.
Café Loustic aims to provide the best coffee in the world. An ambitious goal, but they take it seriously. Apart from working with Caffènation, one of the best independent roasters in Europe, this coffee shop also sources only single origin coffee beans for espresso and filter coffee. The coffee menu changes weekly and it always features seasonal coffee. More spacious than other Parisian cafés and with plenty of comfortable seating to choose from, this place is perfect for taking a break from exploring the city.
Fragments is a small but popular and regularly busy café in the Marais area. While a bit pricier than other coffee shops, it’s popular for a reason: it serves delicious espressos and cappuccinos. The menu is limited, but includes everything you need for a good brunch, from granola and avocado toast to salads and desserts. Cozy and friendly, the café also features a charming decor with red brick walls, bold patterns, and wooden beams.
Opened by two Americans, Verjus Paris has become one of the most popular restaurants in the city thanks to food that is consistently great and a seasonal menu that puts the focus on the rich flavors of seasonal vegetables. Creative and bold, the tasting menu changes frequently. The wine list includes many organic wines and you can also go for the wine pairings option that perfectly complements the dishes of the set menu. Keep in mind that Verjus is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
If you love photography, you’ll probably fall in love with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, or MEP. Opened in 1996 in the city’s historic center, the building houses an impressive collection of contemporary photography. Apart from the 20,000 works of art, here you can also see rotating exhibitions that focus on photography from the late 20th and 21st century, as well as 24.000 books in the museum’s library, including rare editions. The center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but stays open on Thursdays until 10pm.
Envisioned as a collaborative artistic platform, Centquatre-Paris is a cultural center open to the public and to international artists. Here you can attend temporary shows and exhibitions, see concerts, watch films, and even meet artists through special events. A bookstore, a shop with antique furniture, galleries, a café, and a restaurant complete the center, along with a play area designed for children and their parents. Visitors can also walk through the center’s garden which changes every years thanks to the work of landscape gardeners and artists.
At Place des Vosges, you can visit Victor Hugo’s apartment, which was transformed into a writer’s house museum. Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848. The apartment takes visitors through a chronological journey through the writer’s life, beginning with the antechamber and ending with a faithful recreation of the bedroom where he died in 1885. The museum includes fascinating items, including manuscripts, photographs, and furniture and decor items designed by Hugo himself.
Cité des sciences et de l’industrie is the largest science museum in Europe. It features exhibitions that explore different disciplines, from astronomy and mathematics to aquatic life and optical illusions. Perfect for a day out with the little ones, the museum houses areas designed for children of different ages with workshops and fun activities. Apart from thought-provoking exhibitions, the museum also offers access to the Louis-Lumière cinema, a planetarium, and an aquarium.
Opened in 1994, Fondation Cartier is located in a glass building designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Even the surrounding garden is special: it’s the creation of artist Lothar Baumgarten. Inside the museum, you will find artworks from leading and up and coming contemporary artists. The exhibitions are either themed or feature commissioned artworks. The shows are all temporary and change every few months, so you will always find something new to discover here.
Located in a former train station originally built for the 1900 Paris Exposition, the Beaux Arts-style Musée d’Orsay building is a destination in of itself. However, you’ll also want to step inside, as this museum houses an incredible collection of impressionist art and French artworks that date from 1848 to 1914. The collection includes everything from paintings created by renowned artists to sculpture, decorative arts, and photography. If you have the time, visit the new exhibition space to see some fantastic rotating exhibitions.
Musée de l’Orangerie is home to a large collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, including one of the most iconic artworks in the world, Monet’s Water Lilies. The huge artwork is made up of eight large-scale panels arranged in a sequence in a bright circular room with white walls. Seeing it in person is a special experience that will probably stay with you for a lifetime. Apart from Monet’s masterpiece, here you can also admire paintings by Matisse, Renoir, Picasso, and other great artists.
As the world’s most visited museum and iconic Parisian landmark, Louvre Museum doesn’t need an introduction. Included in everyone’s “must-see” list, the sprawling 75,000 square feet Louvre is monumental, even by museum standards. Safe to say, you may only get to see a fraction of the permanent collection, even if you spend the whole day here. Tip: choose the artworks or rooms you want to see and plan your day in advance to make the most of your visit. Or simply let your feet guide you and immerse yourself in the museum’s 35,000 artworks.
If you love contemporary art, drop by Palais de Tokyo to see some amazing exhibitions. This museum doesn’t have a permanent collection, but it features temporary exhibition with paintings, sculptures, drawings, and multimedia artworks as well as site-specific installations. The museum also houses areas dedicated to children’s activities and workshops along with two gardens and outdoor spaces, so it’s a perfect choice for families. It’s also easy to find as it is located close to the Eiffel Tower.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs is located in Louvre’s western wing and should one of the museums you make time for on your visit. Grandiose and impressive, the museum houses one of the largest collection of decorative arts and design in the world. The collection includes almost 600,000 items that range from artifacts and furniture to textiles, fashion, and jewelry. Temporary exhibitions are also a great way to see some fantastic artworks and decorative art, while the museum’s shop offers a good opportunity to surprise someone back home with a gorgeous gift.
A monumental building, Grand Palais showcases 19th and early 20th century French architecture at its best. Built as an exhibition space for the 1900 Paris Exposition, the building features a blend of glass, steel, and stone. The stately glass dome is one of the most well-known features of the city’s skyline and it makes the interior feel like a bright and warm greenhouse. Grand Palais has three main areas: the Nave that often houses international events, the National Galleries with art exhibitions, and Palais de la Découverte – a cultural center and science museum.
Musée Picasso should be at the top of the list for Picasso fans. Located in Hôtel Salé, a gorgeous building from the 17th-century, the museum has been renovated in 2014 to allow access to all floors. Here you’ll be able to see masterpieces up close and find out more about the life and the creative process of the legendary artist. Apart from paintings, the collection includes Picasso’s sculptures, drawings, sketches, and engravings, as well as notebooks, photographs, documents, and films.
Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, Centre Pompidou made waves when it opened in 1977. The avant-garde design raised eyebrows at first with industrial pipes, exterior elevators, and glazed walls. Now, it’s one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris and a must-visit place for any architecture and art lover. The museum’s huge collection features artworks from 1905 to present time. Seasonal exhibitions organized on the top floor offer the opportunity to not only immerse yourself in some great art, but to also admire breathtaking views of the city.
This small but well-stocked and welcoming cheese shop may be the perfect choice if you’re planning a memorable picnic in Paris. La Ferme Saint-Aubin is located on a charming street, slightly away from the more touristy areas. The shop offers a range of French cheeses that include goats cheese, blue cheese, and lighter options, along with original creations like cheese with truffles or pepper. A selection of salami, ham, and wine is also available.
Fromagerie Goncourt has a great story behind it. Owner Clément Brossault left his banking career to become a cheese maker. Before opening the shop, he traveled on his bike around France for two months to find the best cheeses made by artisanal producers. Apart from aged cheeses sourced from different French regions, here you can buy various fresh products like ricotta, raw milk, and housemade cheese dips. The interior is modern with rustic touches and features some beautifully arranged cheese selections that look almost too pretty to touch.
Close to the Eiffel Tower, Marie-Anne Cantin is a great little shop that stocks a wide range of aged cheeses made from raw milk. The store was opened in 1950 as Maison Cantin by Marie-Anne Cantin’s father and has become a popular location with tourists and locals thanks to an impressive selection of aged cheese. Products include comté, goats cheeses, beaufort, mont d’or, and more, all carefully aged between 15 days to two years. The friendly staff will gladly help you choose the perfect cheese and will also vacuum seal your products if you wish.
Opened by third-generation cheese artisan Virginie Boularouah, Chez Virginie specializes in cheese made from raw milk. The owner regularly travels around France to find the best cheeses that will then go through an aging process in the shop’s cellars. Some products are matured for 15 days, while others are cured for months to reach peak flavor. Made from cow, goat, and ewe milk, most of the store’s cheeses are manufactured through small scale farming and small scale artisanal production.
La Fermette is a popular cheese shop that offers a huge range of cheese products as well as convenient tasting platters that provide the perfect opportunity to try out different types of cheese. Like all the best French cheese shops, La Fermette offers vacuum packaging for tourists who want to take some delicious cheese from Paris back home. Here you can also find a small selection of charcuterie products along with a range of tasty cheese accompaniments like jams and pickles.
If you prefer a more international selection, Fromagerie Beaufils is the perfect place. This friendly cheese store stocks the expected French cheeses, including products matured in the store’s own cellar. However, it also offers a fantastic selection of Italian, British, Swiss, Spanish, Greek, and even American cheeses. The staff speak fluent English – which is not that common for a Parisian cheese shop – and can help you find the perfect items for a picnic, with wine, beer, crackers, jams, and pickles also available.
Opened in the 1980s, Alléosse aims to not only provide a varied selection of premium quality cheeses, but to also preserve the art of traditional cheese making. This charming shop in the 17th arrondissement features only artisanal cheese made by hand to the high standards of owner and master cheese maker Philippe Alléosse. Proving that it takes traditional techniques seriously, the shop has four cellars, each dedicated to a specific type of cheese: goat’s cheeses, soft cheeses with a flowery rind, soft cheeses with a washed crust, and pressed cheeses that are either cooked or uncooked.
For more than 50 years, Barthélemy has delighted Parisians and tourists alike with a huge range of delicious cheeses. This family-run store is small, but it offers an impressive variety of products, including various goat cheeses, artisanal Roquefort, and freshly made Fontainebleau cheese. Choose between the available products that are organized according to milk type and variety or let the friendly staff recommend something. Either way, you’ll probably fall in love with French cheese here.
One of the oldest cheese makers in France, Androuët opened its doors to customers in 1909. Since then, it has cemented its reputation as a premium quality cheese shop. Now, there are more than 10 stores in Paris as well as shops opened in London and Stockholm. You can browse through a large selection of cheeses from all over France and you can also pick some seasonal products. The shop also stocks crackers and wine, so you can make a picnic out of it.
Founded by Laurent Dubois, this cheese shop has received the highest honor for cheese artisans in France, the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, or MOF. And if you’ll taste their cheese, you’ll understand why. The selection of products features aged comté, chèvre, brie, and various blue cheeses, along with lighter options like mozzarella, burrata, and feta. Here you can also try some of Laurent Dubois’ original creations like Roquefort with quince jam or Camembert with apples.
After meeting at university where they were both studying fashion design, Virginie Gallégo and Fabien Desportes launched their first collection of clothing in 1993, under the name Gallégo-Desportes. Years later, the brand expanded beyond France, reaching stores in Japan, the US, Canada, Australia, and Korea. Made with care in the founders’ workshop, the collections for men and women are effortlessly chic and timeless. The Paris boutique features a selection of Gallégo-Desportes pieces in a bright and relaxed space.
Founded by Olivier Roellinger, Épices Roellinger is a family-owned and run spice shop with locations open in Paris, other French cities, London, and Bruges. A haven for cooking fans and foodies, the shop features an array of spices and spice blends made with ingredients from all over the world. Apart from the company’s usual selection of spices, aromatic oils, felur de sel, and salted caramels, this shop on rue Sainte-Anne also houses a Vanilla Cellar with bottles of grand crus.
Diverse, bustling, and always filled with pleasant surprises, Marché d’Aligre is the place to go to if you want to spend a few hours browsing through everything from fresh herbs and produce to antiques and artworks. The prices are also a highlight, which means that you can easily find some fantastic deals here. While closed on Mondays, the market is open the rest of the week from 9am. And since it’s Paris, you can easily find a coffee shop or bistro nearby to refuel your batteries after shopping.
If you like Bauhaus, brutalist architecture, and minimalist design, you’ll probably love the FCK – Frédérick Gautier collection. Created by designer and ceramic artist Frédérick Gautier, the range features concrete and ceramic objects that not only blend form and function but also blur the line between art and design. Handmade in the designer’s workshop, the FCK collection includes trays, vases, and tableware.
With a rustic exterior that makes the most of the warmth of dark wood, Circus Bakery welcomes you inside a pastry heaven. This popular bakery and pastry shop is perfect for a Parisian-style breakfast or a quick stop to treat yourself during a day of discovering the beauty of Paris. You can choose between sweet pastries, soft buns, tarts, and fresh bread, with jams and fresh coffee from Hexagone also available.
Opened by Edward Delling-Williams, Le Petit Grain is a new bakery located close to the chef’s Le Grand Bain restaurant. Using organic flour, sourdough, and mineral water from a local natural spring, the chef makes delicious croissants, bread, and pastries that are as tasty as they are beautiful. The menu includes traditional rye bread, cinnamon rolls, granola, brioches, and tarts, to name a few. Le Petit Grain is open every day from 10am to evening.
The oldest bakery and patisserie in Paris, Stohrer opened its doors in 1730. Founder Nicolas Stohrer was none other than King Louis XV’s pastry chef and the building itself is now listed as a historical site. Currently owned by the Dolfi family, the pastry shop celebrates its heritage with traditional French pastry recipes that delight locals and tourists every day. Treat yourself with classics like lemon tart, rum baba, and chocolate eclair before sampling seasonal pastries created by pastry chef Jeffrey Cagnes. Stohrer also offers a savory menu that includes vol-au-vents, quiches, and other products bursting with flavor.
One of the most popular bakeries in the city, Chambelland offers gluten-free pastries, bread, and sweet treats that don’t compromise on texture or flavor. Here you can find everything from cookies and desserts to freshly baked bread and pastries – all gluten-free, of course. Apart from the bakery section, you can also select from different sandwiches, salads, and soups if you want to enjoy a lighter lunch in the shop’s vintage-style dining area.
Unassuming, simple, and minimalist, the exterior of Boulangerie Utopie perfectly complements the rich flavor combinations of the products. Named the best bakery in France, Utopie is frequented by bread, pastry, and sourdough aficionados from both Paris and beyond. The bakery’s products change frequently, and every weekend you have the opportunity to try artisanal bread with a twist. Inventive creations include bread with green tea, bread with caramelized squash seeds, black baguettes with activated charcoal, and colorful desserts.
Popular with the locals and pastry connoisseurs alike, Carl Marletti is one of the places you can’t visit just once. Created by the renowned chef, the Carl Marletti pastries, cakes, and desserts re-invent the classics with playful twists and unexpected flavors. Limited-edition creations are a delightful surprise if you can find them on your visit, but you can also try any one of the signature treats. This selection includes the popular Lily Valley, a re-imagined St. Honoré cake with violet flavors and colors.
A high-end bakery and pastry shop, Des Gateaux et du Pain is perfect for a special treat while you’re exploring Paris. Right from the start, you’ll notice that this isn’t an ordinary bakery, but a stylish boutique filled with delicious – and pretty – creations. Beyond the chic black facade, you’ll discover an elegant interior where patisseries, cakes, and tarts take center stage. The shop offers a wide variety of treats, from gorgeous desserts and tarts with seasonal fruits to cakes, cream puffs, pastries, and bread.