Wanting to impress a visiting posh American fashion editor, I whipped up a shopping itinerary composed entirely of the city's fanciest stores. Imagine my delight when, instead, she insisted we head straight to this super-affordable, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-style chain for fistfuls of faux-diamond bangles and menswear that looks better on us. 21 Ave. de l'Opéra (1st arr.), 33-1-4261-7808, monoprix.fr
Mere yards from the Tuileries, this narrow, ultra-modern fragrance destination (white surfaces, chrome, lots of glass) offers scents for all occasions plus fun, blowable pear-scented bubbles and laundry soap that smells so heavenly it makes washing my sweaters actually enjoyable. 5 rue d'Alger (1st arr.), 33-1-4260-0707
Twenty years after its opening, the Middle Eastern bazaar–meets–Saint-Tropez looks at this sophisticated Lebanese boutique still captivate. Find the summery (pastel leather sandals, lithe embroidered tunics), the decorative (pounded silver vases) and the sumptuously luxurious (metallic fabric cushions, silk duvets).
Her name? Globally synonymous with "bohemian cool." Her embroidered smock dresses and eclectic knits? Coveted by style arbiters worldwide. Still, there's something about the contemporary, understated Saint-Germain outpost of Ms. Marant's internationally beloved line that feels so distinctly French. 1 rue Jacob (6th arr.), 33-1-4326-0412, isabelmarant.tm.fr
Bare nails as hooks, tree branch clothing racks and partially whitewashed brick walls perfectly mirror the rustic, lived-in feel of this Japanese import’s stock, including faded boyfriend jeans and muted striped tees plus boiled-wool cardigans from in-house line Roots. Jardins du Palais Royal, 10-12 Galerie de Montpensier (1st arr.), 33-1-4020-9083, journal-standard.jp
A legendary legacy (the founder is Parisian costume jeweler Louis Rousselet’s daughter) and majestic Pont Neuf view mean this costume jewelry outpost is as full of history as it is of vintage-inspired Sévigné pearl drop earrings and papier-mâché bead necklaces. 15 Place du Pont Neuf (1st arr.), 33-1-4354-9932
In summer, I slip on a pair of the shop's painted clogs; in winter, I cozy up in the chunky knit sweaters; but the real standouts at this tiny Swedish boutique are the natural leather cross-body bags. All year round, people stop me on the street to ask where I bought mine. 157 Blvd. St.-Germain (6th arr.), 33-1-4548-0014
Troll Caravane's exotic-contemporary home furnishings—overstuffed sofas topped with punchy pillows, fluffy daybeds paired with cashmere throws, bed linens in unexpected colors—and try to resist the urge to move in.
Cozy and cluttered, this vintage kitchenware spot stocks treasures like '50s checkered linens and colorful café au lait bowls that I scoop up by the mismatched dozen.
Art shopping has never been as unintimidating as it is at this gallery for fresh talent (keep your eyes peeled for the next Braque), where color-saturated landscapes and abstracts are stacked warehouse-style and priced as low as 60 euros. 39 Blvd. Malesherbes (8th arr.), 33-1-4336-4795, artupdeco.com