#DCmoments Paris Shopping Guide
Alex Zouaghi, the passionate photographer, established blogger and endless wanderer behind the popular @a_ontheroad Instagram account, shares with us his favourite hidden shopping gems in Paris.
Officine Universelle Buly
Located in the heart of Saint Germain with more than 200 years of history, Officine Universelle Buly
offers a unique selection of skincare, beauty accessories and luxury fragrances to take visitors on a journey through the origins of modern perfumery.
Made for book collectors and history lovers, La Galcante is one of the last remaining bookstores almost entirely dedicated to the French press. From rare publications and old newspapers to ancient prints and posters, visitors can trawl through centuries of unique finds in its Bastille location.
Named after the favoured mistress of Louis XV, Antoinette Poisson revives long-forgotten printing savoir-faire to create marvellous stationery and paper goods. Its beautiful atelier is tucked behind the buzzing Place de la Bastille.
A true Parisian institution, the recently renovated La Samaritaine is an iconic department store on rue de la Monnaie. With a private salon and personal shoppers available exclusively for Dorchester Collection guests, a trip here is a must on any Parisian shopping itinerary.
Creative connoisseur of arts Marin Montagut is the curator and owner of his namesake homeware store on rue Madame. It’s filled with an eclectic mix of decorative items, antiques, stationery and souvenirs.
Truly one of a kind in the luxury fashion and art industry, Collector Square’s flagship boutique in the seventh arrondissement features an impressive selection of secondhand jewellery, watches, bags and collectables, sourced from all around the world by its team of experts.
La Maison Valmont pour Le Meurice
A serene sanctuary dedicated to beauty and art, La Maison Valmont pour Le Meurice brings Switzerland’s unique skincare expertise to a beautiful boutique on rue de Rivoli, along with a selection of perfumes and cosmetic treatments. Upstairs, visitors can enjoy treatments in the Valmont spa.
Jardin du Palais Royal
A hidden gem located in the heart of the city, the gardens of the Palais Royal are a quintessential representation of the French art de vivre. With a collection of small, independent French boutiques alongside international retailers, the gardens were made for Parisian wanderings. They’re filled with perfect spots to pick up a coffee and watch the world go by.
Undeniably Parisian, Rouje’s prêt-à-porter and accessories are created by women, for women. But more than just fashion, Rouje represents a free-spirited state of mind, dedicated to effortless Parisian chic.
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