Walk this Block: Paris
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Walk this Block: Paris

Marie Hennechart De Bayser art gallery Marie Hennechart
In the Second Arrondissement, between I. M. Pei's pyramids and Charles Garnier's fin-de-siècle Opéra, lie the Rue Chabanais and Rue Ste.-Anne— where Old World and of-the-moment sit side by side.

1. Voyageurs du Monde

The Right Bank's most charming travel agency houses an excellent bookstore and a carefully curated gift shop, specializing in goods and writings on far-flung destinations (55 Rue Ste.-Anne; 33-1/42-86-16-00; www.vdm.com).

2. De Bayser

Founded in 1936, this gallery is a must-visit for drawings enthusiasts. The inventory covers the 16th through 20th centuries; the Old Master offerings are particularly good (69 Rue Ste.-Anne; 33-1/47-03-49-87; www.debayser.com).

3. Louisélio

The organic, minimalist shapes and intricate glazework of the bowls and vases sold at ceramist Louisélio's studio have made her a favorite with discerning locals (14 Rue Chabanais; 33-1/42-97-54-65; www.louiselio.com).

4. The Different Company

A 21st-century fragrance house showcasing the talents of father-daughter duo Jean-Claude and Céline Ellana, this atelier's décor is as subtly chic as its scents (3 Rue Chabanais; 33-1/42-60-12-74; www.thedifferentcompany.com).

5. Zen Zoo

This Asian patisserie is the only place in Paris to enjoy bubble tea: try the milky macha, and don't miss the shop's signature savory rice cakes (13 Rue Chabanais; 33-1/42-96-27-28; www.zen-zoo.com).

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