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Paris
Wine Shopping Tips
Perfume and Cosmetics in Paris
A small shopping tour in the 6th
Bon Marche
JLC (Opician-Lunetier)
Clothing:
Bois de Rose
Bruce Field
Books:
Furet de Nord
Arts and Antiques:
Marche aux Puces-Clignancourt

Wine Shopping Tips

If you’re looking for a Paris wine shop with an outstanding selection of Wines, spirits and Armagnacs (consider a bottle of the latter from your birthday year or that of a loved one or friend), make a beeline for Ryst Dupeyron in the 7th arrondissement. It has been in business since 1905. Just a few steps from Boulevard St. Germain—and not far from Bon Marche, should you be in a shopping mood--- you’ll receive a warm welcome from a most helpful staff. We had sampled a half-bottle of a splendid 1998 Margaux, Chateau Durfort-Vivens with dinner at Chateau Cordeillan- Bages near Paulliac. We stopped and inquired whether Ryst Dupeyron might have the wine. Much to our delight, they did, in full bottles, and at a reasonable price.
Wine lovers visiting Paris take note.
Ryst Dupeyron, 79, rue du Bac, 75007 Paris. Tel: 01-45-44-74-16

Around the corner from Ryst Dupeyron, at 74, rue de Grenelle, you’ll find Le Repaire de Bacchus, another wine and spirits shop with good buys—and a helpful, knowledgable manager, Pascal de Lavenne. Opposite Le Repaire is Dalloyau. Stop off for a delicious pastry. Next door to Dalloyau, you’ll find the Musee Maillol, well worth a visit for its collection of sculpture and often exceptional temporary exhibits.

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Furet de Nord

For readers of French, France's largest bookshop chain, Furet de Nord has gone on-line. More than 250,000 titles are available in their electronic catalogue - and overseas orders are accepted. Sign on to http://www.furetdunord.fr

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Bois de Rose

You must have a look at Bois de Rose, a shopat 30, Rue Dauphine, in the 6th arrondissement on the Left Bank in Paris. Whether you're shopping for newborns, babies, toddlers or youngsters up to age 6 or 7, this boutique is the place for you. The Madame has her clothes designed in Paris and made in Madagascar. Fine cottons, lovely design, highquality hand embroidery, at unbelievable prices - half or less than those you'll find anywhere else, in Paris or at home. Our shopper found sensational values in smocked dresses and jumpers for 2-9 year old girls, and beautiful cotton outfits for newborns, boys and girls. Tel.01-40-46-04-24. A friendly welcome is assured, as is bargain shopping.
Visa or MC accepted.

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A small shopping tour in the 6th

Aimante, in the 6th, is on the Rue du Dragon, a narrow street off St. Germain Des Pres. There, you'll find jewelry by artists, exciting sculptural designs which are most reasonably priced and well worth it in quality, esthetics and workmanship.

While you're on the Rue du Dragon, walk up toward the Ruede Grenelle and on the same side of the street, you'll find a tiny shop established by Americans, selling delicious, home-baked brownies and muffins. Reach the Rue de Grenelle and you're on a major Paris fashion street (especially big on designer shoes). Turn right and you can't miss the St. Laurent boutique at the intersection of Rue des St. Pere and the Rue de Grenelle. Continuing down the block, you'll come across many elegant women's boot and shoes stores. The Rue de Grenelle is becoming a center for Paris shoe fashion. Fast turnaround on alterations. If you turn left off Rue du Dragon at Grenelle and make a sharp left at Revillon, follow the yellow brick road, a bit further on, backdown toward St. Germain, you'll come across Loft, great men's shirts and T-shirts.

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Bon Marche and Epicerie du Bon Marche

When you visit Bon Marche, the Left Bank department store on the Rue du Bac at the Rue de Sevres, which, by the way is coming to resemble Bloomie's a little more each time we visit, stop across the street and take in what is arguably the finest supermarket in the world, Epicerie du Bon Marche. It's worth the visit and who knows what you'll find to bring home for your kitchen. One friend who loves to bake, purchases the fine flour. This doc prescribes it for the best baking possible. You'll also find wonderful Italian products, including those from Peck in Milan, if you won't be getting there on this trip.

Readers should be aware that since LVMH purchased Bon Marche, the 10% discount card previously offered to foreign travelers at the Welcome Desk has been discontinued. When you finish shopping, ask directions to the upstairs office where they'll make out your VAT papers for that 13% refund of taxes. It's a trek through the store but if you've spent a larger amount, the hike is worth it for the discount.

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Marche aux Puces-Clignancourt

The flea market of flea markets is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning. For the best selection of dealers, visit on the weekend. When you do visit this famed Flea Market on the outskirts of Paris, you're sure to need a stop for lunch. Try Le Petit Navire.

If you collect old Louis Vuitton trunks or other fabulous luggage or leather goods, visit Monsieur and Madame Zizul at Le Monde du Voyage, Stand 15, allee 3, Marche Serpette in Saint Ouen, the famous Paris flea market at Clignancourt. Also, a good selection of recent and old Chanel costume jewelry at reasonable prices. This delightful couple is semi-retiring, turning over the business to their son and his family. But not to worry, it's "allin the family" and the transition should be smooth.
Tel 40-12-64-03or Fax 011-33-1-44-84-00-36 for further information.

A bit further downin the same allee, you will find Olwen Forest. This transplanted Scotsperson is an outstanding dealer in costume jewelry. If you are a collector, or just love fine costume jewelry to wear as an accessory, you must stop by her shop. She has been written up in the finest fashion magazines, given gallery exhibitions and has a great eye for quality and the unusual. Whether it is Chanel or Josef, Olwen is someone to see.

In the Marche Dauphine, also in Clignancourt, 138 rue des Rosiers, the collector of photography will want to visit Au Bonheur du Jour, for an interesting selection of unusual nineteenth and twentieth century photographs. They range from film, music hall to exotic travel and nudes. The madame also sells books, drawings and an occasional painting. Her stand is No. 11.

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Bruce Field

For stylish men's clothes at remarkably reasonable prices, try Bruce Field. There are several shops in Paris. One favorite is at 4, Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 Paris, Tel: 42-66-18-25, a few steps from the Madeleine and Fauchons. There, the lovely Magda will help you select slacks made with super 100 light wool fabric or linen for summer. Also a superb selection of shirts (the French shades of blue are dazzling).

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Perfume and Cosmetics in Paris

For perfume or cosmetics there's Parfumeries Kleber, 13 shops for your convenience. Only one carries Guerlain (not permitted to be sold within the city limits at a discount) - so, if that's your cup of cream, see Sabrina - yes, Sabrina is in Paris - at Les Jardins de Venus, 72, bd Jean Jaures in Clichy, where Henry Miller lived, Tel 47-37-45-89.

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JLC (Opician-Lunetier)

JLC (Opician-Lunetier), 68, rue du Bac, 75007 Paris. Tel: 01-45-48-58-10; Fax: 01-5-48-58-03
On the Left Bank, a few steps in from Boulevard St. Germain you will find JLC, and a terrific selection of the latest in beautiful eyeglass frames from such designers as Prada, Mikli and Phillipe Stark. Friendly, expert service and useful recommendations from the charming proprietor, Jean Luc (he spent six years in New Yor, on Madison Avenue) adds to the pleasure of the experience.--and, if you at the boutique early in the day, Jean Luc will take the prescription from your current lenses and your new lenses and frames will be ready by 6PM that same day. French optics are first rate-thin lenses, the latest materials. Progressive prescriptions cannot be accomplished with same day service.

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