Paris is the ideal city for romantic strolls, great meals, macarons and last but not least, shopping! Since I love the whole process of decorating and discovering great little pieces that make my place feel like home, I figured there was no better place for a bit of inspiration than Merci.
Tucked away from the busy megastores, Merci was the talk of the town when it first opened back in 2009. Its founders, Marie-France and Bernard Cohen who are the owners of the famous children’s label Bonpoint, decided to use their experience for a good cause and opened Merci, a lovely concept store with a charitable cause. In an effort to give back and make a difference, they donate 10% of the profits to help women and children in Madagascar. Merci is housed in a renovated old fabric factory and has a charming lofty feel. It actually reminds me of Anthropologie, so if you love their stuff, this will be right up your alley!
The first thing you notice upon entering is the cute little vintage Fiat on their courtyard. It really stole my hear; I wish I had one myself! The theme of the store changes periodically and so are the items on sale, ranging from homeware, flowers and design furniture to stationery, perfumes, clothing and jewelery. Moving from one floor to the other, there are pretty little details everywhere. It’s the kind of place that makes you wish you lived there!
If you’re looking to redecorate your place or get a nice gift for a friend, make a trip to Merci. And when you’re done perusing the gorgeous items on display, treat yourself to a light meal or a coffee at one of their cafes. There are three of them in total but my favourite one is the Used Book cafe where you can borrow used books and read while sipping their perfect homemade lemonade. Just be warned that depending on the day, Merci gets a bit crowded. But no worries, it’s certain that you’ll leave feeling good about your purchases in more ways than one.
|Address: Boulevard Beaumarchais 111, 75003 Paris, France
|Telephone: +33 1 42770033
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