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This is what I call my Perfume Walk. The beautiful Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, right in the heart of the cobble-stoned streets of the Marais, is lined with the boutiques of some of the best perfume... Read More
This is what I call my Perfume Walk. The beautiful Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, right in the heart of the cobble-stoned streets of the Marais, is lined with the boutiques of some of the best perfume makers in the world – Diptyque, L'Artisan Parfumeur, Penhaligon's. You will also find darling little boutiques selling other fashionable finds and many of the shops are open on Sundays, too. To focus on the perfume... Start at the Place des Vosges at this « most beautiful square in the world's » only perfume shop, Christian Louis (18 Place des Vosges). Pick up the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois at the top of the square and walk direction Les Halles. You will pass perfume shops including L'Occitane, Guerlain, Fragonard and the aforementioned Diptyque (makers of wonderful candles, too !). When you stop in at Penhaligon's, be sure to have a sniff of Bluebell, Lady Di's favored perfume.
- Shopping Malls and Centers: "Music, painting and perfumes...these languages are universal and communicate the intelligence of the heart. – Perfumer Christian Louis. Be sure wander into Francis Kurkdjian's perfume shop, this artisan perfumer is a Parisian best kept secret. Also, the new Officine de Buly shop is in the upper Marais and is housed inside the Grand Cafe Tortoni along with its flower shop. The Marais is full of fragrant shops, whether they be tea shops or fine perfume makers, your nose will delight in the shopping this neighborhood offers."
- Best for Shopping Malls and Centers Because: Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and its surrounding small streets is one of the best shopping streets in Paris for trendy small boutiques.