Wednesday 25 March 2015

Paris Shopping - Rue du Bac

Streetscape reflections in the Deyrolle window.
Mention spending time in the city of light and most peoples’ hearts give a little flutter. I'm no different.  Despite the changing list of places to visit that is always packed into my luggage, I've found one of the greatest joys of staying in Paris is aimlessly strolling its streets to discovery the Paris that speaks to me. Rue du Bac is one such place.  If you are not familiar with this narrow street and its neighbourhood, I commend you to undertake your own voyage of discovery.

Sylvie Thiriez, the distinctively unique Deyrolle and the original La Pâtisserie des Rêves are 3 places to which I always return. Endless hours have also been spent perusing, the specialist antique stores that are clustered in the surrounding streets.

Climbing the stairs at Deyrolle for the first time is like walking through the wardrobe and finding Narnia. Established in 1831, a visit here can be is an education in itself – and a wonderful place to purchase a distinctive gift. Don't be fooled by the appearance of the ground floor - the magic of "the strangest shop in all of Paris" lies above. 
Courtesy of  La Pâtisserie des Rêves 
La Pâtisserie des Rêves is the creative amalgamation of culinary art and theatre: no place for those who can't resist temptation.

When "high quality" is synomous with creativity, precision, superb materials and techniques steeped in tradition, then the textiles of SylvieThiriez are of the highest quality.  I never leave Paris without making a Sylvie Thiriez purchase - a one stop gift shop for family presents as well as the occasional present for myself.
Stroll down Rue du Bac with Ines de la Fressange while she shops for gifts.....


materfamilias said...

Oh my goodness! I followed the links here from the comment you left on my blog, and I've apparently found a kindred spirit. I also love Sylvie Thiriez and always pick up a few torchons to tuck in my carry-on (one year I picked up the most charming little stuffed goat for Nola). And Deyrolle is always good for an hour or two of pure magic. I've only admired La Pâtisserie des Rêves from outside, but this year will remedy that as I'm visiting with my sister rather than my husband. Ah, Paris!
Pleased to discover your blog. I'll be back!

Meine Dinge Franka said...

What a wonderful walk and video!

Thanx for your visit on my blog!!!!

♥ Franka

Karena said...

Shopping with you or with Ines would be great fun! ! I cannot wait for a fabulous trip to France Elizabeth!
The Arts by Karena

Unknown said...

I agree Rue du Bac is also one of my favourite streets.

Fun60 said...

I don't think I could possibly resist that patisserie. How delicious. Excellent reflection. Thanks for your comment on my blog. That particular underground line (Bakerloo) is not accessible for disabled users. It is a very deep line in places and there are no lifts only stairs or escalators.

Rosemary-Thyme said...

Oh Paris is always in my mind one way or another. It has always influenced me in my cooking, fashion, home decor and most of all, in my dreams. It is a place of profound beauty and history that inspires me each snd everyday. And although I have only visited Paris, its images will live in my heart for ever.

I love the tour. The dips look magnificent. Specifically the cute Patisserie. I would love yo spend a day browsing through the antiques markets. Maybe someday you should organize a trip for all of us. That would be amazing.

Thank you for visiting me. Your beautiful words as always make me happy.



Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Elizabeth, so not fair that I were not a shopping partner of yours when you travel those charming streets shopping your French heart for beauty.
Loved that you shared Sylvie's video, it made this shopping experiance here with you that much more real, loving the totes, Union Jack hand bags, and the sweets delight so much so I want to bake up some French delights so I can tease myself as if I were in France.

I cannot tell you how over joyed I was to see you visit here with me, my only regrets is that you do not post enough and the waiting is far to long. I so want to hear more of what is inspiring you in France, and the beauty you are creating at home there.
Thank you beautiful Friend for taking the time to joy my night and leaving a comment that touches my French heart.
See you soon my dear friend,


Little Wandering Wren said...

Wow - wee so excited to have found your blog, I am counting down to my time in Paris in May and will do this walk and a little shopping,
Merci beaucoup!
Wren x

Katherines Corner said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I hope you will join us at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop often. Hugs

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Je vous remercie pour votre gentil commentaire...

Flâner à Paris est un pur bonheur... Aujourd'hui, j'envie mon ami qui se trouve à Paris et le printemps chante si bien en ce moment que je suis certaine que cela doit être très agréable.

Très joli billet...

❀ ✺ Gros bisous ❊ ❀

Joanna said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely check it out next time I'm in Paris! Love it! xx

Decor To Adore said...

I have "pinned" your post for future must see locations. Thank you so much and have a lovely weekend dear one.

Jeanie said...

This is a wonderful post and I especially appreciate your clear and easy-to-read map and route! My Paris trips haven't brought me to this spot yet -- so, I'm making a note in the "next time" book!