Let’s face it Paris is a tourist city and there are certain things you have to tick off your list when you arrive: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Champs Elysees. But when that’s all done you can actually start seeing the things that appeal to you, and Paris has something for everyone. These are a couple of the things I enjoyed doing today in Paris:
I’m a sucker for a fashion bargain and in Avenue de Clichy there is a plenty a bargain to be had at Guerrisol. Some may recommend you wear latex gloves when sifting through the piles of cast-offs but I say a bit of dirt never hurt anyone. And for 5 euro a garment who really cares? It’s a brilliant place for finding once loved and about to be treasured items, and it’s from Paris that’s all anyone needs to know. I bought four things for 20 euro and they are practically brand new. This is totally the place to go if you’re on a budget and you want to shop.
19 Avenue de Clichy, Paris
Metro: Place de Clichy
Once you set foot into the hallowed halls of Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop you’ll never want to leave.
It’s a rickety, narrow, crooked old place but has a certain je ne sais quoi emminating from the shelves. And you’ll need all your fingers on both hands to count all the famous people who have hung out here over the years.
Follow the winding staircase upstairs to find hidden nooks and crannies with sofas and the odd typewriter and piano. All it needs is a cat called ‘The Bard’ and you really would feel right at home.
Seating is limited, so you may end up leaning against a shelf and reading but the books aren’t dusty old tomes, and pretty much what you’d find in a normal bookshop. The blessed thing about Shakespeare & Co. is that all the books are in English so it really is an oasis in a desert of french literature!
Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop
37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris
Metro: Saint Michel