Extending from the glorious Palais Garnier opera house to the foot of Montmartre, the 9th arrondissement has long been known for its Belle Epoque department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps and its grand Haussmann boulevards. But don’t miss the charming smaller streets of the Saint Georges neighbourhood, with its village feel, or the Canal Saint Martin District of the ultra-hip neighbouring 10th arrondissement just to the East, where quaint footbridges, international cuisine and quirky, independent boutiques abound.

12. Dealeuse

Interior decorator Alix Roblot is a lover of vintage objects, old stones and lamps. In her boutique and showroom Dealeuse, you’ll find a mix of antiques, designer pieces and vintage gems which she reconstructs to ultra-modern effect. Alix’s keen eye is immediately apparent – you’ll find yourself wanting to recreate her nonchalant elegance in your own space stat.

Address: 7 rue de Vintimille, 75009

13. De Beaulieu

Worthy of a contemporary art gallery status, this plant and decor shop proposes unexpected blooms and careful curation of vases. Founder Pierre Banchereau favours old-school flower arrangements – he named the shop after his grandparents – modernised in contemporary vases.

Address: 30 rue Henry Monnier (bouquets); 19 rue Victor Masse (plants and objects)

14. Centre Commercial

From the founders of ethical shoe brand Veja, this concept store sees itself less as a shopping destination than a movement, favouring menswear, womenswear and children’s pieces with one thing in common: transparency of production. Find an array of organic cotton and hand-stitched goodies at its minimalist rue de Marseille location.

Address: 2 rue de Marseille 75010

15. Bonjour Jacob

If your idea of a great morning means tucking into a cup of artisanal coffee and a rare magazine – both perfectly tailored to your tastes – don’t miss this modern take on the literary cafe, where you’ll find publications from all over the world, accompanied by a selection of vinyl and pastries. Bonjour Jacob also doubles as an exhibition space, with colourful artwork lining its walls.

Address: 38 rue Yves Toudic 75010

16. Thanx God I’m a VIP

Everyone is welcome at this hilariously named popular vintage clothing market. Founder Sylvie Chateigner has a keen eye for designer pieces, and unearths rare, premium finds, both classic and contemporary. You’ll certainly feel like a VIP in your iconic new Prada, Mugler and Hermes pieces.

Address: 12 rue de Lancry 75010

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