Hermès, Paris, France

Hermès on Paris’s Left Bank 17, rue de Sèvres, Paris 6 01-42-22-80-83

Although I own only two Hermès items–scarves that were gifts from students—I couldn’t wait to visit the new Hermès shop on the Left Bank in Paris. The just-opened (November 2010) flagship emporium, in the 6th arrondissement on the rue de Sèvres, boasts stunning interior architecture. This three-level boutique has tall (more than 25 feet) sculptural, latticed wood cages that enclose home furnishings. A stairway with massive curved wooden sides is a sculptural marvel. Almost half of the store is dedicated to home items, including arts for the table. There’s a bookstore, with art and design tomes, as well as a flower shop, Baptiste, right at the entrance, that displays some of Paris’s most beautiful blooms. I was only looking, but enjoyed every minute of my stroll through this special addition to Paris’s shopping scene.

Le Casse Noix 56, Paris, France

Le Casse Noix 56, rue de la Fédération, Paris 15, Paris 01-45-66-09-01

Le Casse Noix, a new bistro located in Paris 15th arrondissement not far from the Eiffel Tower, was a great discovery on my most recent trip to the City of Light. Chef Pierre-Olivier Lenormand, who has cooked at the celebrated La Régalade in the 14th and also at such temples of gastronomy as Jamin and the Crillon Hotel, turns out excellent seasonal creations, all at a very reasonable prix fixe. Continue reading

Le Marché Biologique, Paris

Le Marché Biologique Boulevard Raspail between rue du Cherche Midi and rue de Rennes Paris 6th

Paris has countless food markets, some small and others big and sprawling. One of the most popular in the capital, Le Marche Biologique (that translates as “the organic market) on the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissment, specializes in organic goods. Teeming with food merchants and shoppers, this marché makes for a lively scene from about 8 AM until noon on Sundays. Countless stalls boast local fruits and vegetables, others have huge displays of France’s incredible cheeses, and in addition there are butchers, fishmongers, oyster-shuckers, honey-producers, wine-sellers, soap-makers, and even clothes vendors. Continue reading