Welcome to “Unique Boutique”, Divento’s hand-picked selection of original shops, galleries, restaurants and bars in our favourite arrondissement of Paris: le sixième.
Turn off the bustling Boulevard Saint Germain and take a wander through the narrow winding streets of the quartier to a veritable feast of original clothes, gifts, accessories, restaurants and watering holes.
If you’re looking for Prada, Gucci or Chanel, this won’t be your stomping ground, but if you want to come home with something that you won’t find in every big city and airport, this is the area for you.
This is just a brief selection: It took us just over half an hour to pick out our favourites. But there are heaps of other fabulous addresses, so set aside stacks of time (and money) to make the most of it.
The best place to start your shopping spree is Rue Princesse, where you should nip into Nadine Delépine for Imaginatively designed jewellry, bags and scarves and other bits and pieces. All designed and made by the lady herself, who will probably be sur place.
Once you've snapped up a few accessories, head over to Anne Elisabeth on Rue Mabillon to marvel at an inspired collection of original designs. Bright colours and bold prints set this boutique apart from the rest.
The next shop to hit is Carven on the neighbouring Rue Saint-Sulpice. This fashion maison dates back to 1945, and was relaunched five years ago. It is now, once again, producing very original clothes, but at fantastically reasonably prices, designed by 36-year old Guillaume Henry, ex Givenchy and Paula Ka.
Stand out from the crowd, by sporting an eye-catching hat. Marie Mercié is your answer. She created her first hats -which she approaches as sculptures- in 1987, opening her first shop in Paris soon after. Her highly imaginative, amusing creations are handmade in a Paris workshop to this day and have been worn around the world.
Turn left on the Rude de Seine for Missiessy, a leather goods shop that offers a beautiful range of handbags and accessories, hand-crafted in France.
Next stop, head over to Pierre Marcolini for your made to measure mind-boggling chocolate box. Boxes range from €20 to €140, dependent on size (...and also on will power).
Calling all shoe lovers out there... pop into Florence Kooijman to escape in to a world of intricately-made fine French shoes.
It's time for candle sniffing. In 1643, salesman Claude Trudon arrived in Paris and became the owner of a store in Rue Saint-Honoré. The Trudon line has survived throughout France’s rich history, continuing with high quality wax production. In 2007, Ramdane Touhami revived the prestige of Trudon with new ranges of candles aiming to make the scented history known. Check Cire Trudon out at 78 Rue de Seine.
No shopping excursion could be complete without a facecream or two so pop into Oh My Cream! to pick up something very special there.
Just across the road you will find a simply amazing flower shop: Au Nom de la Rose. If you want to make a statement to somebody very special: order a custom-made bouquet, some are even sold in hat boxes!
Finish your shopping in Comme une Grenade, at 21 Rue de Tournon. This stunning boutique offers chic, timeless clothing, staying focused on the detail, the choice of materials, the color and the line.