The Paris Shops You've Never Heard Of Before

Photo: Courtesy of The Broken Arm.
If you're traveling to Paris for Couture Week, Fashion Week, or just because, you undoubtedly have cult concept shop Colette on your list of regular must-visits, you know that perusing local stores is a must-do, regardless of how long, or short, you're there. But, trust us, the places to shop in the City of Lights go way beyond the Bon Marches and Galeries Lafayettes of the world. From homegrown, indie flagships and chic neighborhood boutiques to out-of-the-way vintage shops and on-point lifestyle destinations, we've rounded up 10 favorites that will make you feel like a local in no time. Allons y!
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Photo: Courtesy of Chez Moi.
Chez Moi
Much like The Apartment by the Line in New York City or Bless Home in Berlin, Chez Moi is a concept shop that looks just like a real residence. Much like in those all-encompassing shops, everything in this gallery-like space is available for purchase. In the "library," you'll find David Hockney art books and recycled-paper notebooks by Papier Tigre; in the "closet," striped shirts by Wait and patterned socks by Cornaërt; and in the "dining room," surreal tableware by Toiletpaper and flower-filled vases by Pulpo. A giant walk-in cube made of wood divides the space into rooms and gives the ground-floor storefront a sense of privacy — which is good thing, because owner Jean-Baptiste Charpenay-Limon, who opened the shop last year, actually lives there. Now, that's what we call a lifestyle brand.

Chez Moi, 25 Rue Hérold; +33-661-262-331.
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Photo: Courtesy of Les Suites.
Les Suites
Just because VIPs like Olivia Palermo are regulars, doesn't mean mere mortals like us can't enjoy the retail magic that is Les Suites. Opened in 2013, the 4,300-square-foot shop on swanky Rue Pierre-Charron is the perfect place to spend an afternoon ogling an astounding array of ready-to-wear. Over 50 brands — including Roksanda Ilincic, Nina Ricci, Haider Ackermann, Edie Parker, Brian Atwood, and Anndra Neen — fill the lavishly decorated store. One look at the gilded crown moulding, tiled floors, and marble tables, and you'll understand why it's often called the most beautiful boutique in Paris.

The real pièces de résistance at Les Suites, however, are the actual "suites" themselves: three super private dressing rooms decorated to evoke classical periods in French history. They're the perfect settings to try on any of the one-of-a-kind couture pieces by Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Ulyana Sergeenko, or Manish Arora that the boutique carries. For the ultimate in luxury, there's also a team of personal stylists and on-site tailors on hand to make sure everything fits exactly as it should.

Les Suites, 47 Rue Pierre-Charron; +33-156-591-111.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tom Greyhound.
Tom Greyhound
Peter Pilotto, J.W.Anderson, Christopher Kane, Thakoon, Sacai, and Kris van Assche: a roster this hip is surprisingly hard to find in France's fashion capital. No wonder, then, that the north-Marais outpost of South Korean retailer Tom Greyhound — which opened just last year — is regularly packed.

Despite its popularity, the architect-designed store is anything but hectic; the two-floor space feels modern and minimal, thanks to slatted wooden walls, A-frame racks, and geometric parquet flooring. As you wander through the cool little sections, devoted to designers like Maison Martin Margiela, or peruse the glass cases filled with quirky accessories by up-and-coming Korean designers, you'll have yourself a pretty zenned-out shopping experience.

Tom Greyhound, 19 Rue de Saintonge; +33-144-613-659.
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Photo: Courtesy of Merci.
Merci
Since opening in 2009, this grand general store has given Colette some fierce competition for the title of Paris' coolest concept shop. Housed in a historic wallpaper factory in north Marais, the three-level space offers an eclectic and ever-changing mix of fashion, design, beauty, and home goods; everything from designer clothing to refurbished vintage furniture to high-tech stereo gear is displayed under its atrium roof. There's even a library filled with an extensive collection of used books (10,000 of them!), a flower shop where you can DIY a sweet little bouquet, and three different cafés serving up healthy, seasonal treats. Best of all, the store's profits go to charity, which, at the very least, should mitigate some of the guilt you'll feel for wanting to spend all your Euros there.

Merci, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais; +33-142-770-033.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Broken Arm.
The Broken Arm
The Broken Arm is the latest Parisian concept shop to offer fashion, accessories, and lifestyle items alongside a charming café. What sets this third-arrondissement boutique apart from the competition, however, is its highly personal vibe. Opened by three former fashion and lifestyle bloggers in 2013, the sparsely decorated space is the physical embodiment of the friends' well-matched — and very of-the-moment — aesthetic. There is clothing from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Carven, and Ostwald Helgason hung jauntily on slim, black A-frame racks; sneakers from Raf Simons and Nike lined up on bleached-wood shelves, and magazines like Fucking Young and i-D showcased on raw-wood tables. The cumulative effect is a tableau that feels intimate and thoughtful, rather than pretentious. The adjacent café — which some say serves the best coffee in Paris — offers a similarly singular vibe. No wonder the airy, plant-filled spot has become a hangout for fashion insiders and creative types alike.

The Broken Arm, 12 Rue Perrée; +33-144-615-360.
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Photo: Courtesy of Christophe Lemaire.
Christophe Lemaire
Located in a former pharmacy on the ground floor of the quintessential designer's studio in the upper Marais, this flagship offers Lemaire's minimalist men's and women's ready-to-wear alongside gorgeous, Italian-made accessories. But, what makes the shop fun is the juxtaposition between the understated clothing and the glitzed-out disco decor. There's a gold-mirrored ceiling, super plush seating, and a wall of old speakers which you can use to listen to a selection of Lemaire's current favorite tunes. It's the perfect setting to browse the former Hermès designer's collection — and a must-visit for anyone who's on the hunt for unfussy, well-tailored Parisian classics with a side of cheekiness.

Christophe Lemaire, 28 Rue de Poitou; +33-144-780-009.
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Photo: Courtesy of Le Royal Eclaireur.
Le Royal Eclaireur
This beloved retailer may have an ever-expanding empire (six stores in Paris and, as of last year, one in L.A.), but the newest outpost near Champs-Élysées has quickly become a favorite. Located inside the Royal Monceau Hotel, the Philippe Starck-designed space looks just like any of the other luxely furnished suites in this gorgeous former palace. There's a comfy bed piled high with fresh white pillows, a cushy seating area decorated with Fornasetti tea sets, and a spacious marble bathroom with a claw-foot tub. If the inviting decor doesn't make you want to linger, then the closets filled with pieces from Givenchy, Zuhair Murad, Céline, Yves Saint Laurent, and Lanvin definitely will.

Le Royal Eclaireur, 39-41 Avenue Hoche; +33-156-681-047.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rose Market Vintage.
Rose Market Vintage
This cozy shop in the trendy ninth arrondissement is the spot to get your hands on rare vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Céline, and Pierre Cardin at reasonable prices. In addition to timeless staples from big-deal labels, the charming store is filled with quirky, printed pieces by lesser-known brands, meaning that every visit offers the chance to discover your next favorite wardrobe treasure. One day, you might find mint-condition Hermès moccasins and an acid-hued, printed Jean Paul Gaultier skirt; the next, a funny little Fair Isle sweater. The lovingly stocked assortment is a testament to owner Florence Haddad's passion for vintage; the former fashion blogger hand-selects every item by scouring flea markets and thrift stores in London, New York, Brussels, Tel Aviv, and Berlin.

Rose Market Vintage, 5 Rue Hippolyte-Lebas; +33-171-930-812.
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Photo: Courtesy of French Trotters.
FrenchTrotters
There's something about FrenchTrotters that just feels so, well, French. That's precisely why we make a point of visiting it every single time we're in Paris. Alongside the in-house label — which carries tweed peacoats, nubby sweaters, and printed minidresses — the inviting two-story shop offers a classic-meets-quirky selection of pieces from an impressive lineup of national and international brands. Think: dark jeans by A.P.C., leather overalls from Les Prairies de Paris, polka-dot button-downs from Le Mont Saint-Michel, flat leather sandals by Michel Vivien, eyelet shirtdresses from Band of Outsiders, and slim blazers from Acne.

The 10-year-old retailer now boasts two locations — one in Marais as well as its original spot in the 11th — so there's no excuse for it not to become one of your go-to Paris stops, too.

FrenchTrotters, 30 Rue de Charonne; +33-147-008-435.
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Photo: Courtesy of Centre Commercial.
Centre Commercial
Fashion from France, the U.K., and Denmark; plus vintage furniture, art, and even super cute used bicycles, fill this concept shop near the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th. Recently opened by the designers behind French sneaker label Veja, the store is a response to the current retail landscape filled with mass-market, trend-driven corporations. To that end, expect to find a selection of "slow fashion" pieces from up-and-coming brands like Valentine Gauthier, as well as items from sustainable, fair-trade designers like Christine Phung. This down-to-earth manifesto — along with a beautifully designed interior featuring distressed stone walls, white-washed wood floors, and a glass atrium ceiling — makes for a thought-provoking and inspiring shopping experience.

Centre Commercial, 2 Rue de Marseille; +33-142-022-608.
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Sézane
While this brand is primarily focused online, there are a few places you can experience it IRL, and of course, they're all in Paris. We're dying to go to what they call "La Librairie," a shop dedicated to the best things in life: Books, coffee, and bags. Yes, please.

Sézane La Librairie, 3 rue Saint Fiacre 75002.
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Atelier Couronnes
This is the kind of space you wish you could just move right into. It's founded by two jewelry designers who decided to combine their workshops and showrooms in one place, and in addition to their own pieces, they also sell a selection of their fashion and decor favorites.

Atelier Couronnes, 6 Rue du Château d'Eau, 75010.
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