Walk this Block: Paris
Published: April 2009
By Charlotte Druckman
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).
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).