After an early start I arrived at the Guard du Nord ready for my day in Paris. My first stop was to a trade show to support for a friend of mine who makes wonderful bedding for babies http://littledreamsdesigns.com.
From there I hopped onto the metro to the concept store Merci. I’ve been wanting to visit this store for quite a while so it was nice to finally take a look and see the cute little red car parked by the entrance. This store is worth a visit and full of inspiration.
Down the road I came across a wonderful bakery called Moisson des Saveurs on 67 rue Saint-Sabin and had the most amazing baguette and pain au raison (my new food crush).
Also on the same road is a lovely boutique for kids called Bonton http://www.bonton.fr/en/. I explored each of the three floors and they had a fabulous mix of toys, books and party decorations. I especially liked the piñata, maybe for my next birthday?
I also popped in to Collette http://www.colette.fr. This is a similar store to Merci where they carefully curate pieces. This store is always busy and the music loud – almost like being in a nightclub. I didn't realise until I got there that James Jarvis’ work was being displayed. James is an illustrator I’ve liked for a long time so if you are not familiar with his work check out his website or visit the store by the 9th of February. http://www.studiojarvis.com
As you know we love books at Dot & Cross so I fell in love with these books but on closer inspection I realised they were clutch bags!
After quite a lot of walking I came across the Laduree Café http://www.laduree.com/fr_fr/ which was a nice place to sit down and rest! A decadent hot chocolate and a dark rum mille-feuille was consumed – probably not the healthiest snack but very enjoyable!