Chic shopping from Sèvre Babylone to Saint-Germain des Près
Located on the Left Bank, Saint-Germain des Prés is a Parisian neighbourhood known the world over.
A hotbed of intellectuals and jazz, surrounded by monuments steeped in history, it is also a great place to shop for chic and audacious items, which you can do on foot, taking a route from Boulevard Saint-Germain to Boulevard Raspail, passing through Sèvres-Babylone.
A shoppers’ paradise
A stone’s throw from Bon Marché Rive Gauche and Grande Epicerie de Paris the 2 km-long Rue de Grenelle is home to a concept store known to fashionistas the world over, the quintessentially Parisian Inès de la Fressange.
Formerly the face of Chanel, this grande dame of fashion, a catwalk star in the 1980s, continues to impose her inimitable style combining relaxed chic and mischievous elegance. She borrows accessories, leather goods, shoes, trousers and jackets from men’s fashion to give women a resolutely urban look. The best of Inès in a unique setting!
Another leading light of Parisian design, Isabel Marant has been producing Gypset fashion in a light, fresh, vibrant, cheeky style for over 20 years.
The women wearing her clothes have a sexy yet natural look and display a liberated femininity.
In her store on Rue Jacob, the iconic pieces include loose-knit sweaters, Ibiza-style tunics, bold prints, and the famous denim boots and shorts combo. A contemporary look that works in the day or as evening wear.
It was on the banks of the Seine, in an ideal location next to the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the Académie Française and the antiques quarter, that Flemish designer Dries Van Noten set up his flagship store. In this former bookshop at 7 quai Malaquais, the leader of the famous “Antwerp Six” has created a space somewhere between a baroque apartment and an antiques gallery, oozing with antique furniture and objets d’art.
The perfect setting for the avant-garde elegance of his exquisitely cut designs for women and men alike.
Calling all bargain hunters! Chercheminippes is more than a simple secondhand shop; it is a real institution and a paradise for bargain hunters.
Little by little, the concept took over Rue du Cherche-Midi, with no fewer than 7 stores selling women’s prêt à porter, designer garments, clothes for children and teenagers, and homeware and accessories…
A carefully chosen selection in excellent condition. The ideal way to combine shopping and the circular economy!
Man oh man
High-quality materials and structure, comfort and simplicity, refined prints and deep colours… Irishman Patric Hollington has been selling elegant men’s fashion at his Rue Racine store, on the edge of Saint-Germain des Prés and the Latin Quarter, since 1974. His collections are largely inspired by Scandinavian architecture and Bauhaus, giving them a timeless yet quirky chic of which one never gets tired.
A must-visit for men who want to be noticed.
There is also a concept store for children in Paris. In its 300 m2 flagship store on Rue du Cherche-Midi, Smallable offers parents a beautiful selection of over 800 labels producing designer clothes, furniture and decorations for children and teenagers. The store opened in 2015 in a vast workshop topped with a glass roof, and since then, Cécile Roederer has never stopped expanding. She now offers products for women too. Ideal for a family shopping trip.
Located just behind Bon Marché, in the extremely chic Rue du Bac, the store of the uncontested star of British design, Sir Terence Conran, is a must for lovers of contemporary interior design.
A former student of the prestigious Central St Martin’s in London, Sir Terence created the famous brand Habitat in 1964. His eponymous store in Sèvres-Babylone is even more cutting-edge, offering furniture, tableware, lamps and other decorative objects.
One last drink
The legendary Lutétia, a monument of Art Nouveau and a symbol of the Belle Epoque, needs no introduction. Opened in 1910 between Sèvres-Babylone and Boulevard Raspail, it was a traditional meeting place for the Parisian intellectual set, frequented by Picasso, Cocteau, Matisse, Beckett, Sartre and Gainsbourg. Today, it serves up delicious cocktails and champagne at Bar Joséphine, with its Art Déco chandelier and jazz piano. The very essence of the Left Bank.