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.

By Charlotte Druckman
April 10, 2009
Marie Hennechart De Bayser art gallery
Marie Hennechart

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;