There are a number of beautiful, not almost free boutiques in my neighbourhood, such as Tara Jarmon, Vanessa Bruno and APC. However, since I’m a big fan of “almost free”, I’d like to share with you a couple of reasonable priced (for Paris) treasures I’ve managed to find:
1) Antoine & Charlotte sandwicherie: 45 rue de Turenne. It’s a take away sandwich stand where you can get a very large panini and a drink for less than 6 euros! Plus the man that works there is tres nice and I think I’ve become a regular. It is also open on Sunday, unlike a lot of things in Paris.
2) Home ICD: 8 Rue Francois Bourgeois, just off of rue de Turenne and close to Place des Vosges. Home ICD sells cool unisex sneakers in a variety of models, travel accessories by Bensimon, clothing and home decor items ranging from pillows to coffee cups. A good place to find interesting gifts. Prices range from 5 euros for a sparkly luggage tag to what looked like 500 euros for this basket thingy (or was it 50?). And no…said basket thingy was not made of diamonds….or cashmere..
3) Anna Kaszer: 16 rue de Turenne (www.annakaszer.com) A cute boutique with unique bags and accessories at reasonable prices (especially for Paris). For example, a cotton pareo is 26 euros and accessories start around 35 euros.
4) Monoprix: locations throughout Paris, a good one in the Marais close to rue de Turenne. For all you Canadians, this is like a chic French Zellers (American readers, perhaps like Target), combined with a grocery store in the downstairs. Their own brand of shower creme is less than 2 euros and comes in a variety of scents – and it’s as good as sephora shower gel in my opinion. If you’re in a pinch and looking for basics at a price that won’t break the bank, Monoprix is a safe bet.