10 Independent Parisian Shops and Boutiques to Explore

10 Independent Parisian Shops and Boutiques to Explore

From historic ateliers and vintage boutiques to specialist food stores, Paris is a shopper’s dream. Here, we bring you 10 must-visit magasins to explore

a league of its own when it comes to shopping, Paris is not exactly lacking in interesting
addresses. But therein lies the problem. When there’s a beautiful
store around every corner, it can sometimes feel a little
overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you (it’s a hard
job etc) and picked out 10 of the city’s must-visit independent
shops and boutiques.

From a vintage emporium and a historic chocolate maker to a
vegan concept store, every one of these establishments offers
something a little bit special.

10 of the best independent shops to discover in Paris

Stohrer, Paris
Interiors of Stohrer, Paris

Stohrer. | Photo credit: Alexandre Guirkinger, Martin

Les Merveilles de Babellou

Tucked away in the sprawling Saint-Ouen flea market, just north
of Paris’ 18th arrondissement, this vintage emporium contains the
most beautifully curated collection of iconic French fashion. From
Chanel handbags to Hermès scarves and Christian Dior shoes, all the
most coveted pieces can be found here. Opened in 2008 by Isabelle
Klein, known for her forensic fashion knowledge, this is the kind
of place where you go for that one special item to keep forever.
So, prices don’t come cheap, but everything comes fully
authenticated. Also, something of a rarity in the fashion world,
the staff are both helpful and friendly. Check the opening times
before travelling: they vary throughout the week.

Stand 12 and 77, Allée 1, Marché Paul Bert, 93400
+33 6 80 63 26 89


The oldest patisserie in Paris, Stohrer was founded in 1730 by
King Louis XV’s pastry chef, Nicolas Stohrer, and continues to wow
customers with the best of classic French pastry today. Located on
the famous foodie street, Rue Montorgueil, which is home to all
manner of irresistible edibles, both the shopfront and elegant
interior are listed as a historical monument. Together, it all adds
up to a dreamy setting in which to pick up your elevenses.
Everything is also made on site – and the rum babas, which were
devised by Nicolas Stohrer himself, are the stuff of legend.

51 Rue Montorgueil, 75002
+33 1 42 33 38 20

Guerrirsol, Paris, France
Guerrirsol, Paris, France



This small chain of second-hand shops won’t win any awards for
being the chicest in Paris, but could well scoop the prize for the
best bargains. Brimming with every conceivable item of clothing,
rails require a deep dive, but there are gems to be found. Spread
over three floors, the store near Rue de Rivoli is one of the
best-curated. It also has a section for premium items, going for
around £13 each at the time of writing, but prices start from next
to nothing. You have to steal yourself a bit, as the smell is
definitely eau de charity shop, but there’s nowhere better for
vintage treasure-hunting at vintage prices.

8 Blvd de Sébastopol, 75004


The Red Wheelbarrow

This beautiful bookshop is packed to the rafters (literally)
with a wide selection of English-language works including classic
and contemporary literature, poetry, history and politics. It also
has a neighbouring children’s store, The Red Balloon, with books in
both English and French. At the heart of it all is the charismatic
owner, Penelope Fletcher, who is sometimes described as “the book
whisperer” because of her uncanny ability to recommend just the
right thing for every customer. Found within a leaf’s fall of the
lovely Jardin du Luxembourg, the main store also hosts book
signings, poetry readings and author talks.

9 Rue de Médicis, 75006

+33 1 42 01 81 47


Run by a collective of 220 creators, this small group of stores
provides a showcase for their work, ranging from jewellery and
gifts to interior decor. As such, there is no better place to get a
feel for the current creative zeitgeist. Look out especially for
the origami-esque creations of Avec du Papier, the plant terrariums
of Niwa and the steampunk-style embroidered insects of Atelier
Noboru. The stores are staffed by the artists themselves and
there’s something for all budgets, with the colourful hair clips
starting from around £2. The outlet in Rue Popincourt is a
perennial favourite.

24 Rue Popincourt, 75011


A la Mere de Famille, Paris
A la Mere de Famille, Paris

À la Mère de Famille. | Photo credit: Alexandre

À la Mère de Famille

When it comes to chocolate, À la Mère de Famille is the
original, and arguably the best in the business, having opened back
in 1761. Today, although there are several outposts across town,
the flagship store in the 9th arrondissement remains an
institution. Untouched since the late-19th century, the shop is
straight out of another age – its elegant green-and-gold facade is
listed as a historical monument. Using traditional, time-tested
recipes, the team produces the finest chocolate candies, spreads
and confectionery, among other delights, all beautifully wrapped in
the company’s distinctive brown-and-orange packaging.

35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
+33 1 47 70 83 69

Herboristerie de la Place Clichy

One of the oldest herbalists in Paris, this ancient apothecary
was founded in 1880 – and has hardly changed since. The shop’s
facade is a portal to another century and, inside, the wooden
shelves are piled high with all manner of lotions and potions.
Everything about this store feels totally out of time: you go in
and talk to the herbalist about whatever your ailment may be and
they duly rustle up a remedy from one of the shelves before
handwriting the instructions on the label. The service can
sometimes seem a little stern but that’s all part of the

87 Rue d’Amsterdam, 75008
+33 1 48 74 83 32

Aujourd’hui Demain

The first vegan concept store in the city, Aujourd’hui Demain
combines a food shop, fashion area, beauty section and
restaurant/coffee bar all in one place. While there are several
decent vegan shops now in Paris, this one is doing something a bit
different, with its combined offering spread over 150sq m. In
short, it’s nice to be able to get your groceries, buy a new pair
of boots and have a delicious vegan dinner all in the same place.
Open since 2017, the store is located in a cool, buzzy
neighbourhood and attracts a diverse crowd. Regular events include
screenings, tastings and pop-ups.

42 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011
+33 9 81 65 20 01


Festooned with flowers made from the most delicate paper,
L’Aparté is like a glorious garden in the middle of Paris. From
gorgeous garlands of camellia-clad fairy lights to decorative
strings of dangling leaves and vases of voluminous floral blooms,
each piece is handcrafted, so therefore unique, and every one is
finished to a “haute-couture” standard. Co-founded by François
Louis Périssé and Isabelle Chupin, the store takes floral art to a
whole new level – and all against the beautiful backdrop of the
19th-century shopping arcade Galerie Vivienne, which is well worth
a visit in its own right.

48 Galerie Vivienne, 75002
+33 1 42 60 05 89


This quirky little wine boutique, on the Île Saint-Louis in the
heart of Paris, specialises in organic, natural and biodynamic
wines – including those without added sulphites. Open since 2012,
it stocks an eclectic selection of some 300 products, with an
emphasis on independent winemakers that respect the environment. At
the helm is the effervescent Hervé Lethielleux, whose hilarious
videos about the world of wine – recorded in English – have
garnered something of a cult following. The shop hosts regular
wine-tasting events, too – also available in English – but this is
definitely a place for those in the know rather than hordes of

10 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004

+33 1 44 07 99 27


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