Things to do in Paris
Centrally located on the Left Bank, the Seventh Arrondissement is one of Paris’s wealthiest and most stylish districts. Home to the French elite since the 17th century, the neighborhood is now filled with luxury homes, upscale galleries and antique shops, and several major tourist attractions.
Stephane Olivier, owner of the antique shop Rive Gauche on Rue de l'Universite, spent much of his childhood in his grandmother's alpine garden, and his love of nature inspired him to open this store, which sells wrought-iron garden furniture and baroque statuary.
Opened by French-American Vanessa Elia in 2004, this high-end flower retailer on Avenue Paul-Doumer has a single overriding passion: to bring 150 varieties of the popular orchid flower to its Parisian devotees.
For nearly 30 years, L’Eclaireur boutiques have innovatively displayed high-end fashion finds. Now the family-owned company’s fifth—but far from chainlike—boutique is doing double duty not just as a source for women’s clothing, accessories, and objets, but also as a chic watering hole.
Sylvie Chateigner opened this Paris vintage shop with an ironic name between the Place de la République and the Canal St.-Martin in 1994.
For toys, including extraordinary stuffed animals, miniature soldiers, and the best Easter decorations around, there's nothing like L'Oiseau de Paradis.
At her flagship store for a line of goods that permeates European and Asian markets and can be found in upscale hotel room bathrooms around the world, Camille Goutal continues the perfumery tradition of excellence that her mother began before her.
Nestled in the very hip 3rd Arrondissement, this minuscule boîte has the look of a cultivated living room. Its dove-gray walls, white curtains, Empire-style chairs, Baccarat glasses, and many candles make it an ideal haven for a simple glass of champagne as an aperitif or a nightcap.