Bohemian shopping between Pigalle and Abbesses
You will stumble upon creators, stylish vintage finds, French Touch stocks, chic hippie jewellery, trendy designs, and fabrics galore. The Abbesses - Pigalle area is full of bohemian stores, cafés, and lively terraces. Discover the typical Parisian world by wandering down these streets.
Start your journey in the South Pigalle or ‘So Pi’ neighbourhood that epitomises the chic bohemian life. Gone are the days when Pigalle had a less-than-desirous reputation. Now, you can soak in the wonderful sights in the windows of bakeries along the Rue des Martyrs. There are choux buns, meringues, and madeleines to delight your eyes and your taste buds.
Then turn towards the Rue Henri Monnier with its many boutiques and creators. Here, you can stop by Célia Darling Vintage to explore the many iconic couture treasures selected by the queen of vintage herself, including pieces by: Dior, Saint-Laurent, Mugler, and Paco Rabanne. From dresses to shoes to handbags, these pieces from the sixties to the eighties are all unique and exquisite.
Take a moment to stop across the street on the corner of the charming Place Gustave Toudouze at PoisPlume. This children’s store has everything: bed linens, blankets, clothes, décor, and more. This concept store showcases charm, gentleness, and French creation.
Head towards the Avenue Trudaine. Once you reach the calm Rue Condorcet, stop by the Maison Kitsuné with its quirky, minimalist, multi-function wardrobe that reflects current international trends.
You are now on the Boulevard de Rochechouard…
On the border between Pigalle and Montmartre that still bears the scars of its tumultuous past. Look towards the majestic Sacré-Cœur basilica and climb the hill towards the Saint-Pierre Market, the promised land forapprentice fashion designers and decorators. With offcuts, precious materials, colourful fabrics, ribbons, buttons, and haberdashery as far as the eye can see, this 2,500-m2 space is happiness guaranteed.
A must-see !
You have reached the Abbesses neighbourhood
Which has held on to its bohemian village spirit. Along the Rue La Vieuville, the delightful street at the foot of the stairs up the hill, don’t miss Make My D. This multi-brand concept store by Nathalie Bui (Barbara’s sister) is a must-see for fashionistas from around the world.
You can continue your shopping trip at L.D.B. (formerly Loft Design By) which offers resolutely urban, understated, and chic clothing options combining high-quality materials and simple colours for women and men. It’s a perfect opportunity for a couple to share a moment together in a store designed like a contemporary loft.
Just a few meters below,
Is the vibrant Rue des Martyrs, home to many ultra-trendy spots. Peek in to see the Maje stock where you can find pieces from old collections on sale for up to 50% off.
You can find just what you need to look like a true Parisian without breaking the bank !
Make a stop on the other side of the rue des Abbesses at Emmanuelle Zysman. Let yourself be enchanted by thejewellery with its hippie chic style that’s a little Baroque with a hint of rock, but always delicate and 100% made in Paris.
You have now reached the end of your shopping day
You can take the Rue des Abbesses and admire the beautiful window displays, each more attractive than the last. Then pull up a chair and settle down at the Cave des Abbesses, on the outdoor terrace if the weather is nice or inside among the typical bistro décor and a simple, easy-going atmosphere. Taste thoughtfully selected wines accompanied by delicious charcuterie, sausages, rillettes, confit de canard, or skilfully aged cheeses. Enjoy… You’re in Paris !
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