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If you’re looking for used items, you have a few choices :
Emmaüs and Ding Fring are no-holds barred thrifting - you definitely need time to sort through the junk to find the gem.
Friperies are the kind of stores where they’ve done the sorting for you, so you save time, but of course, these places are a little more expensive.
Consignment stores, or dépôt-ventes are a possibility, but I usually steer clear of most of these, because they tend to be over-priced. My one exception is in the 16th district : if you’re looking for luxury vintage like Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Chez Nicole Morel (Réciproque) is the best place to go. There are several stores, and then rooms and rooms just filled with clothing, racks extending out as far as the eye can see. A dream come true !
And for “the ultimate guide to vintage shopping in Paris” consult the Vintedge.
340, rue des Pyrénées, 20th district
39 rue Labrouste, 15th district
Come on Eileen Friperie
16-18 rue des Taillandiers, 11th district
40 rue de Rivoli, 4th district
Chez Nicole Morel (Réciproque)
92-101 rue de la Pompe, 16th district
The most time-saving shopping is at the grands magasins, or department stores. Here are my go-to addresses.
52, rue de Rivoli, 4th district
Le Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres, 7th district
Maje is one of my favorite brands, and can be found all over the city, including in the department stores listed above.
Nice Things is from Spain, but has three stores in Paris.
119, rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd district
60, rue du Commerce, 15th district
60, rue Tiquetonne, 3rd district
Here are a few local, independent boutiques in eastern Paris.
Zazou Bara sells wonderful gifts : tiny handmade notebooks, custom-crafted handbags, and they even have a smoothie bar !
13, ave. du Père Lachaise, 20th district
by mutation has beautiful hip clothing and shoes from current designers.
30, rue Etienne Dolet, 20th district
For beautiful children’s clothing and fabrics you can order on line, go to World of Wonder.
À la Renaissance
87, rue de la Roquette, 11th district
West Country Girl
6 passage Saint-Ambroise, 11th district
Le Bistrot Paul Bert
18, rue Paul Bert, 11th district
Fish La Boissonnerie
69, rue de Seine, 6th district
La table à Jaja
63 rue de Barbès, Montreuil (metro line 9, Robespierre)
For the very best quality of coffee in the city, don’t hesitate to make your way to the Caféothèque, where charming Christina and her mother will greet you and answer all your coffee-related questions. Also, the plant wall creates a relaxing environment for all types of dates and meetings.
La Caféothèque de Paris
52, rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, 4th district
Aux Folies Belleville
8 rue de Belleville, 20th district
236 rue des Pyrenees, 20th district
This book manages to cover so many important techniques that students learn in the French apprentice program. It’s worth its weight in truffles !
French Cooking : Classic Recipes and Techniques by Vincent Boué and Hubert Delorme
One book that has become indispensable on my shelf is The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. It is truly as its subtitle suggests : "The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity." The book contains hundreds of ingredients arranged alphabetically and lists their flavor partners and affinities with other foods and spices. So useful !
The Professional Chef from the Culinary Institute of America is worth its (very heavy) weight in gold — or truffles ! So many recipes, including the basics like stocks and international dishes, and great techniques that I tend to use over and over again.
Shirley O. Corriher’s Cookwise : The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking with over 230 Great-Tasting Recipes is wonderful for learning more about why some recipe work and why some don’t.