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est. 2007
  1. A wee trip to Paris, part 2


    Chocolat Debauve & Gallais
    Sulpice Debauve was a pharmacist-turned-chocolate maker for France’s royal family, and he developed a range of chocolate coins for Marie Antoinette – which you can still buy today (Pistoles de Marie Antoinette).




    This beautiful old shop has been selling chocolates for 200 years, and features marble columns and wood-panelled walls.
    Chocolat Debauve & Gallais
    30 Rue des Saints-Peres
    Métro: Saint-Germain des pres
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 9.30am-7pm

    A.P.C. Surplus
    Bypass the tourists milling around the bottom of the hill leading up to the Sacre-Coer and walk around to Rue André Del Sarte , where you’ll find A.P.C’s outlet shop.


    Well worth a visit if you’re an A.P.C. fan, with 50 per cent discount off last season’s collections.
    20 Rue André Del SartE
    75018 Paris
    Métro:Chateau Rouge

    Creperie Josselin
    Walk past all the other creperies jostling for attention on this street and head straight to Josselin, considered to be the best of its kind in Paris.




    It’s relatively cheap and the buckwheat galettes are very filling, but you could also go simple and sweet with the house chocolate crepe.
    Creperie Josselin
    67 Rue du Montparnasse
    75014 Paris (14th Arr.)
    Tel. 01 43 35 26 68

    Cafe de Flore
    Another Sarte and de Beauvoir haunt, another way to watch the world go by from plush red leather seating and splendid Art Deco surroundings.


    Yes, it’s a wee bit touristy, but the Club Sandwich is really good (although not particularly existential).
    Cafe de Flore

    172 bd. Saint-Germain,
    Paris (6th Arr.)

    Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés

    Shakespeare & Company
    I hadn’t visited this wee gem of a bookshop for many years, so it was lovely to rediscover it and enjoy its rather authentic bohemian atmosphere.



    It’s always very busy, but there are lots of little nooks for reading (or, uh, napping), as well as a great view of Notre Dame from the upstairs windows.
    Shakespeare & Co

    37 rue de la Bûcherie
    75005 Paris
    Tel. 01 43 25 40 93
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 10am-11pm

    Sunday 11am-11pm

    Left Bank booksellers
    I usually don’t pay much attention to the booksellers and their distinctive dark green boxes lining the Left Bank of the Seine, but I couldn’t help lingering on a sunny Sunday afternoon.



    Sitting alongside crappy print reproductions were some really incredible vintage magazines, although they are priced for tourists. Good for browsing, perhaps, rather than buying.

    • http://www.urbanmums.net Urban Mums

      Thank you for these great recommendations! I absolutely love Paris and will definitely visit some of these places on my next trip. Can’t wait!

    • http://www.top5photos.wordpress.com Helena

      Hi! I just made the mistake of reading your blog before breakfast, and now I’m longing for a crepe or an artfully crafted chocolate to go with my mug of tea.

    • http://www.arosebeyondthethames.blogspot.com Rose

      Ah Paris- just reading your posts had me humming and imagining walking around getting a bit lost but being happy.

    • http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.com Deb

      Aching to go back, and it’s only been a week!!!

    • http://makedostyle.blogspot.com Make Do Style


    • http://www.teacupscupcakes.blogspot.com Becky

      Brill! Thanks wee birdy, off to Paris at start of March so v. useful!

    • http://singaporeaninlondon.com Singaporean in London

      Thanks for the pictures! Was wondering whether to pop by Paris for awhile. The post just might provide that extra push. C K.

    • http://www.thespicespoon.com shayma

      ah, the beauty of paris and its chocolate houses. the books, the crepes, the river. all so beautifully depicted in this post. i, like you, am also always glued to Le Marais, but it is nice to venture outside of it sometimes, for a wee bit, non? x shayma

    • http://basilexposition.wordpress.com Fionnuala

      How lovely, TB, great photos! Paris will be going on the travel list for 2011 (2010’s maxed out!).

    • http://www.christysong.blogspot.com Christina

      wow these are great references for my future getaway to paris. i hope that’s soon <3

    • http://www.angeleden.co.uk Angel Eden

      I love the look of this chocolate shop. There is a very good shop in Belper, Derbyshire started by a couple who spent some time living in France, http://www.i-shouldcocoa.co.uk/chocolates/

    • http://www.carolineno.com Caroline, No.

      Lovely. I’ll definitely be visiting some of these places on my next trip.

    • http://villasspain.clubvillamar.co.uk/findAllVillas.php club villamar

      Lovely article…I too like the Chocolat Debauve & Gallais shop…Its very strange to know that they are selling chocolates from the last 200 years…Thanks for sharing….