Earlier this month I spent a few days in Paris following my trip to Paperworld, a much needed break after days of walking, talking and, well, looking at paper (amongst other things). Though I went to Paris for fun, I could help but check out a whole slew of stationery shops while I was at it. Here are some of my finds and recommendations for your next trip to the city of lights:
Papier Tigre - This place is straight out of my notebook dreams. The Paris-based brand makes a whole line of paper goods in colorful and unique patterns and also sells a lot of well-designed Japanese essentials. My favorite purchases were their simple, sturdy, Papier Tigre branded pens and a booklet of letter writing paper that folds into envelopes. Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003
Merci - If Dover Street Market and ABC home had a baby, this is it. It's tucked away in the Marais and is full of home goods, design objects, clothing and, of course, has a small but very well edited stationery selection. Expect to find better versions of all the basics, sourced mostly from Japan and Europe. 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
Lancryer - If you're looking for notebooks, office supply essentials and gift wrapping supplies, this is a great place to check out. I was impressed to find really beautiful paper gift bags and a fun selection of pens. You can also find Traveller's Notebooks here and (often better) European versions of regular desk tools. Just around the corner is an art book store called Artazart that also have a lovely selection of stationery goods. 34 Rue de Lancry, 75010
Rougier & Plé - This is a chain arts/hobby shop that had a really fun selection of art materials (lots of pencils too) and craft supplies. There's a three-story location just down the street from Merci. I found a lot of great stickers, Cléopâtre glue sticks, a surprisingly good Bic drawing pencil called Gilbert and some lovely, affordable Clarefontaine envelopes. I could've spend hours shopping!
Hema - This is also a chain store, but a realllly fun one. It sells every household thing you could possibly need and is cheap and cute (basically a Dutch version of Flying Tiger). I was surprised to find a lot of stickers, cute sticky marker tabs and notebooks here. There are many locations in Paris but the one I visited was a three-story one near the Saint-Paul metro stop.
L'Ecritoire - If you Google "stationery shops in Paris" you've definitely seen this one. It's near Nôtre Dame and can be tourist-packed at peaked times but it really is a lovely shop. Visit here is you're in the neighborhood and looking for good postcards and things to write/decorate them with. (it's a short walk from Shakespeare & Co., a bookshop that I can't not visit when I'm in Paris.) 61 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004
A classic destination for stationery nerds in Paris is Rue du Pont Louis-Phillipe, at small street that is full of fancy, old-school European paper shops. It's even become known as "paper stree".Here's a short run down on what you'll find there:
Mélodies Graphiques - This tiny shop is full of charm and specialized in old-fashioned calligraphy tools and hand-made notecards and paper. I left with some beautiful decorative labels and a box of tiny pink envelopes with matching notecards, both made in France and suprisingly affordable.
Calligrane - This place is COOL. There are lots of very minimalist notebooks and specialty papers. It's pricy, but you'll find a lot of stylish, small batch things.
Papier Plus - Inside you'll find a very traditional type of paper shop--mostly dealing in full sheets and simple notebooks in ever color imaginable. It's everything you'd expect from a proper paper shop.
And of course, be sure to check out the department stores! Le Bon Marche and BHV both have great stationery departments (and tons of craft supplies at BHV, too). Even have a look at the office supple section at Monoprix for a real taste of what the norm is.
Stationery shops may not be as plentiful as they have been in decades past, but every city has a few gems hidden, new and old.
(I'm sorry I didn't take more photos--it rained ALL DAY both of the days I did all of this shopping.)