In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the area around Montmarte for fabric shopping, so today I'm going to introduce you to some of my favorite independent shops around other parts of the city. I already mentioned my favorite shop outside of Montmarte, but there are many others. Here are four of my must-stop spots each time I'm in Paris.
Ultramod is an amazing shop full of trims, buttons, and ribbons. Housed in the 2nd arrondissement just down the road from the Opera Garnier at 2, rue de Choiseul, this adorable spot has been around since the 1890's. Inside you will find both new and vintage items, but no fabric. I always stop in to pick up something for myself as well as for gifts. It's lovely and old like a cozy old bookstore, stocked with temptation at every turn!
On my most recent trip, I was saddened to hear that my former spot for sewing while in Paris, Sweat Shop, was closed down. (Though a new vegetarian cafe, Tuck Shop, has opened up in the same spot which helped soften the blow!) About the same time that Sweat Shop closed down, a new independent shop opened up, Brin de Cousette. This is the closest shop I've seen in Paris to the boutiques I go to in LA. Their fabric selection is extremely small, but of course I found something wonderful to buy!
They do have a rather lovely selection of books and patterns, including some French indie designers that were new to me. I spent more in this little shop on my last trip than in any other fabric store, picking up patterns, books, and yardage. They also have classes and tea and treats if you need to take a break while out and about. The little boutique is located just beyond the Bastille at 2, rue Richard Lenoir in the 11th arrondissement.
Just down the road from our apartment in the Marais, is the delightful Entrée des Fournisseurs. You might walk right past this spot without knowing it's there, because it is hiding in a cute little courtyard. Get yourself to 8, rue des Francs Bourgeois in the 3rd arrondissement and you'll see an archway leading into a cobblestone courtyard. Walk in and you'll find this super adorable shop.
They have an impressive collection of trims (and I don't usually fall for trims, but these tempted me to no end), a well-curated selection of fabrics, and a few books and patterns. They carry really nice quality linens and cottons including Liberty of London lawn. I always find myself here credit card in hand, each and every trip.
Lastly is the button boutique Dam Boutons at 46, rue Orsel in the 18th arrondissement. All they sell are buttons in this Montmarte-adjacent shop, but there are more buttons in this little spot then in any other shop I've ever been in. Warning though, the owner is kinda rude and you will be made to feel like an ass if you take any of the tubes of buttons out of place. Trust me, I speak from experience. If the collection wasn't so good, I'd suggest skipping it based on his behavior, but they simply carry more fine buttons than anyone else, so it can be worth the stop if that is what you are after.
On my next trip I will venture over to the 2nd arrondissement and visit Lil Weasel, which I have heard great things about, but as I cannot speak from experience, I don't want to endorse it yet. I have also heard lovely things about L'OisiveThé in the 13th arrondissement, but as their focus is yarn and I am not a knitter, I find myself skipping it each time. Perhaps on the next trip!
Have you been to any of these spots? Or do you have others that you can recommend? Share them with me and the other readers!
All photos taken by me