Things to do in Paris
Arguably the most beautiful bookshop in the world—and the first English-language one on the continent—Galignani is a meeting place that verges on house of worship.
Catherine B has been collecting vintage Chanel and Hermès pieces for more than two decades. Whether shoppers are searching for a discontinued Birkin bag, the perfect color Kelly bag, or a rare silk scarf, the store's hand-curated collection of more than 1,500 pieces is bound to have it.
Famed for his fondness for treating shoes like pieces of clothing — fabrics and even zippers often adorn his designs — Bruno Frisoni sells whimsically unique shoes and colorful handbags at his popular Left Bank boutique on Rue de Grenelle.
Lingerie designer Delphine Véron sells her 50s-inspired unmentionables under the Fifi Chachnil pseudonym. With three boutiques in the city, Fifi Chachnil’s Rue St.-Honoré outpost is perhaps the most chic with its pretty picture window and pink awning.
Camard, and a number of other shipping companies, maintain offices at the Porte de Clignancourt flea market and other spots around Paris. You register, and they give you a receipt pad, stickers, and your own personal Camard number.
“At a proper chocolatier—a place where they make chocolate from actual beans and don’t just mold other producers’—the smell of dark cocoa and butter should hit you when you walk through the door,” Lyn says.
Philippe Gosselin learned the art of baking from his father and hails from a family of bread artisans. Since 1989, his boulangerie-pâtisserie has consistently been drawing crowds to Rue St Honoré with his traditional family recipes.
Based in Paris, Bonnie Brayham’s Purple Truffle is a travel design company that specializes in “authentic and extraordinary experiences” in the Franco-Italian region of Europe.