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Craft shopping in Paris

Put on your walking shoes please.  I'd like to take you on a tour of my favourite craft shops in Paris.

Paris map

It seems that craft is primarily a right bank thing. 
I didn't visit all these stores on foot.  I got between B and C by metro, and E on a velib with Will.  But here is what I found. (Click for a larger view of the map.)

A: Le Bonheur des Dames, Le Viaduc des Arts, 17 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
(Metro Bastille or Ledru Rollin)

Le Bonheur des Dames

This shop is worth a visit for its shop fittings alone.  The lovely big display tables are full of all things to do with embroidery and cross stitch.  This was the shop recommended to me by Shannon of Petits Details.  If you enjoy cross stitch, this is your mecca.

About 20 minutes walk from here is point B on my map:

Entrée des Fournisseurs, 8 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris
(Metro Saint Paul)

Fournisseurs exterior

This shop is easy to miss if you're not looking for it, because it is off the street in a pretty courtyard.  It's just moments from the beautiful Place des Vosges though, so lots to see and do in the area.

Fournisseurs buttons

This pretty store is worth seeking out.  There is a lovely array of braids and buttons, as well as fabrics (including Liberty of course) and books.  The thing I love about the Parisian craft stores is that the trims are all natural fibres.  100% cotton ric rac and grosgrain and Swiss cotton entres-deux and other lovely items.

Fournisseurs threads

At this point you will probably be weighed down by a parcel of lovely craft books (stay tuned and I'll show you mine in a future post), so you might want to jump on the metro. Take the metro to Les Halles.

C: La Droguerie
11 rue du Jour, 75001 Paris
(Metro Les Halles)  

This is not one of my favourite craft shops, but if you're into knitting or crochet, I think you'd best swing by.  It's very popular judging by the number of people in the store.  I think it is somewhat of a Paris institution as it has been around for many years and is quite well known.  But as it is quite close to point D, you may as well take a look.

D: Des Fils et une Aiguille
1 rue Chabanais, 75002 Paris
(metro Pyramides or Palais Royal)

Des Fils

I do like this shop and have visited it on each trip to Paris.  It has a pretty selection of cross stitch braids and canvases, lovely ribbons and trims, and a good bookshelf of craft books (which I emptied somewhat).  There is a velib station just outside this store if your feet are getting sore.

E: Marché St Pierre
2 rue Charles Nodier, 75018 Paris
(metro Anvers - prepare to walk uphill from the metro)

This little area at the heart of Montmartre has a grouping of fabric and haberdashery stores.  Described as the "kingdom of tissues" on its website, Marché St Pierre has many floors of fabric.

Toiles at Marche St Pierre

Their table of toiles was rather enticing.  I made a few purchases on their linen floor.

In rue Charles Nodier you can wander from store to store to find more fabric, trims and all things craft.  Reine, a few doors away, has an extensive Liberty selection at about 60% the price we pay for it in Australia.  This store had half sized mannequins above all the display tables of fabric.  Each mannequin was outfitted in a dress made up of the fabrics on that table.  Someone has been very busy sewing mini clothes.  It was worth a look.

On the left bank, you can visit the top floor of the beautiful and upmarket department store, Le Bon Marche, for their haberdashery section.  It's busy and stocked with lovely things.   Further down rive gauche near Notre Dame is Le Rouvray.  This is a patchwork store owned by an American woman.  I haven't been there in about 10 years so can't say what it is like now.  It was quite American in style from memory, but did have some pretty French toiles.

So there you have it.  I hope you find this post useful.  Does anyone have any other favourite craft stores in Paris?



Ah Paris, c'est tres jolie!

Looks like you had a ball Kris. Shame I'm not likely to be able to use your clever map and information any time soon ...

Happy sewing though and can't wait to see the books.

Bon week-end!


There are certain adorable patterns and wool available only at La Droguerie, so I dream of visiting it one day, thank you for all the other gorgeous places too!


Fabulous post Kristine, I'm off to Paris in July, so I'm printing out the map and post for my craft shopping day.


Oh I am struggling to contain my jealousy. As if a trip to Paris isn't enough - a crafty tour - oh sigh....am enjoying your tour though.


Oh you've stopped by some of my old favorites and introduced me to some new places. Sounds like a wonderful trip! -kb


You must have been in heaven Kris - What a great reference for people travelling to Paris.


Great post and a great great blog made with a lot of love, Kristine. BTW, do you happen to know any good craft shop, profiled in jewelry elements - wire, beads, etc? I really would like to visit, but I have no idea where to go in Paris for that...


Oooooh PARIS!! My favourite city! Wishing I could follow this craft trail, but have passed it onto my Mum who's visiting in a couple of months! Maybe she'll pick me up something?!


Hi, I enjoyed your arm chair traveler's guide to Paris, and today found this article (below). You could write about the bike hire with pics for The Age. I thought it might amuse you. Then I clicked on your blog, and found your generous post re craft shops. The other day we went to our local Turkish place for dinner, and they'd redecorated in beige, and I was telling my kids how normally colourful Turkish design is, like your pics. So, here's Paris today/yesterday. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/parc-de-triomphe-country-life-comes-to-paris-1981144.html

Running Thread

I NEED another trip to Paris and I NEED it NOW!!!


Wow, thank you so much. We're planning a Paris trip soon, and I'll definitely follow your route ;)


I've been to the one near the Place de Vosges, believe it or not, I found it on my wedding day! We married in Switzerland and arrived in Paris in the afternoon. We stayed on the Place de Vosges (Pavillon de la Reine), and I asked my husband if he minded if we went shopping! That was one of the first shops I found.

I also went to La Droguerie, later in the week.

Thanks for posting.


Thanks for the great tour advice. I was told there was not much in Paris re craft and embroidery. I am going for a week to Paris soon, so I am really excited now thank you again.



Just googled "craft shops in paris" and found this post! Thanks so much, I'm heading to Paris in April and wanted a few crafty spots on my itinerary, I'll be bookmarking for future reference.



Thank you for your nice comments published on the shop.
We will be delighted to welcome you to the store during your next stay in Paris.
Des Fils et Une Aiguille


Merci beacoup for your information. I am in Paris right now and have been looking for gorgeous craft shops. I am about to walk your fantastic map and load my already too full bag to bring home.


hello great information. i am from india and my business in handicraft it use ful for me .but contact number is neccessary.

Ana Luiza Riedel

Great information. The local citizen didn't know, this kind of adresses... Thanks.AnaLuiza Riedel


Thank you so much for this information. I am flying to Paris next week for work and only have a few moments to shop. I will definitely visit the shops you have profiled. Hopefully they are all still there. Thanks again ! Love your blog by the way it's beautiful.

Chris Hooker

Merci pour l'nformation et la carte! I will use it to find treasures I might never have found on my own!

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