The 7th Arrondissement and its enigmatic addresses

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adresses chic du 7ème arrondissement de paris
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Discover this quarter with stylish shops ranging from trend-setting boutiques to shops selling quaint, decorative objects.

The 7th arrondissement of Paris is home to Ministries, Ambassadors and International Institutions, all hidden behind high walls. It is, however, also well known for its cultural treasures and heritage. Take your pick from the old train station converted into the popular Orsay museum; the military barrack that is now an imperial cemetery, Champ de Mars and its metal monument, which is one of the most visited places in Paris; the Rodin museum and its magnificent garden.

But don’t be fooled by this select, quiet area of Paris; the elegant, residential quarter is also dotted with stylish shops ranging from trend-setting boutiques to shops selling quaint, decorative objects and there are some very enigmatic places. Your visit would be incomplete if you didn’t swing by, so here are five places to set you off.

India Madhavi

3 rue Las Cases. Monday to Saturday. From 11.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

Architect and decorator, India Madhavi is the inventor of the famous Bishop stool. Several Parisian venues have benefitted from her magical touch, including the hip Café Germain (25 rue de Buci, Paris 6). She has about fifty models of her stools and other objects and furniture items on display at her regularly-updated showroom located on rue Las Cases.

Maison M

25 rue de Bourgogne. Tuesday to Saturday. From 10.30 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

Visit Maison M for the finest in contemporary decoration. Sprawling over about one hundred square metres, the shop is organized like a decoration magazine, with its layout featuring a completely new theme each month.

Sarah Lavoine

28, rue du Bac. Monday to Saturday. From 11.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

The trendy Parisian decorator’s second shop (after the one located in the 1st arrondissement) showcases the homonymous designers’ furniture creations, complemented by her impeccable juxtaposition of lampshades, house fabrics and table art.

Inès de la Fressange

24, rue de Grenelle. Monday to Saturday. From 11.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.  

When you think of Parisians and their elegance, one name immediately comes to mind; Inès de la Fressange. In late May, Inès launched her concept store selling clothing, leather goods, accessories, stationery, etc… She creates collections in limited editions and sells whatever takes her fancy in a quaint old foundry.

Deysrolle                

46 rue du Bac. Monday to Saturday. From 11.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

Founded in 1831 by Jean-Baptiste Deysrolles, this shop is unique in Europe. It is a vast curiosity shop of unparalleled charm. You will find butterflies, insects from all over the world, minerals, stuffed animals – you name it, it has it. It is all part of the amazing naturalist collection housed in a befitting magical, retro setting.