During my last Paris visit, I was able to visit a couple of shops I had been wanting to discover by myself for a long time. Sometimes I struggle to become fully excited about a place until I visit it and see it with my own eyes. However, having visited these 2 shops now, I can assure you, you won’t be disapointed!
Mint & Lilies
Le coup de coeur!
You know when you enter a shop and everywhere you look, you are like ‘I could buy that, and that, and that….’. This is totally how I felt within minutes of entering the shop. I have been friend for more than 10 years with Melanie, one of the owners of the shop and I am so impressed with what she achieved with her partner Nathalie. I met Melanie when we did our LLM (Masters in Law) at Queen Mary, University of London and we shared many fabulous memories of our year in London. While Melanie and her boyfriend returned to Paris, I decided to try my luck for a bit longer in London but we kept our friendship since then. After a sucessful carreer in HR, Melanie decided to partner with Nathalie to create and open Mint & Lilies.
Mint and Lilies has this cool unique vintage feel that I really love. It’s a concept store where you will find cute jewellery to beautiful tableware, lamps, clothes….there ought to be something you love in their shop. Everything has been carefully curated and there are so many treasures…You can find a selection of their products on their Eshop and follow them on Instagram or Facebook.
They regularly organise workshops in their shop so if you live in Paris you should definitely check them out.
The store is situated in a super lively street of Paris and you will also have lots of fun walking along Rue Daguerre.
Obviously, I couldn’t leave the shop emtpy handed 😉
Mint & Lilies
27-29 rue Daguerre 75014 Paris
Metro Denfert Rochereau
Open on Mondays from 14h30 till 19h30 and from Tuesday to Saturday from 10h30 till 19h30.
Another great concept store and probably one of the first of its style in Paris is Merci. Merci opened in 2009 by Marie-France Cohen after she and her husband ran for many years the famous high end kids fashion brand Bonpoint. They founded ‘Merci’ as they thought Paris missed a shop that would showcase and sell the best of fashion and homeware. It was a really succesful venture and one to be admired as they decided that all the proceeds of their investment would be used to fund charity projects in Madagascar. The name they gave to their shop ‘ Merci’ (Thank you) was a way to testify of how grateful they felt about their life. I think it’s a beautiful story to tell and the shop has been immensely succesful since it opened. I visited it on a Friday afternon and it was buzzing.
It’s a whirlwind of cool clothes (some at an eye watering price) to deco, stationery, homeware where you have a wide range of products some reasonably priced to more expensive items. It’s uber cool, filled with trendy young people phone in hand but even though it feels quite ‘hype’ I think it’s a remarkebly interesting shop worth visiting. It’s in an impressive 3 storey building of 1500 square metres with an inside courtyard and it has several spots where to have a bite or a drink.
The shop is situated in the 3rd arrondissement and it is a zone that they call ‘Le Haut Marais’.
111 BOULEVARD BEAUMARCHAIS 75003 PARIS
- MÉTRO – LIGNE 8 – MÉTRO SAINT SÉBASTIEN FROISSART
- BUS – LIGNES 20 ET 65
Lundi 10h – 19h30
Mardi 10h – 19h30
Mercredi 10h – 19h30
Jeudi 10h – 19h30
Vendredi 10h – 19h30
Samedi 10h – 19h30
Do me a favour, kill 2 birds in one stone next time you are in Paris and visit these 2 special shops for me please 🙂