paris small shops
Anne S. Ditmeyer is an American communications designer, educator, writer and consultant based in Paris, France whose work strives to creatives across continents. Anne founded Prêt à Voyager on Bastille Day 2007 as a creative outlet to explore the intersection of travel and design. She has visited 46 of the 50 U.S. states, traveled to over 30 countries, studied abroad. However, for Anne, travel is not about where you go, but how you see the world.
Anne teaches Map Making, Basic InDesign and Redesign Your Résumé on Skillshare, with thousands of students around the world. Anne is the lead Paris guide on Vayable, where you can hire her for a custom experience the next time you’re in Paris. With 40 friends & family who visit her in Paris each year, she knows what she’s doing. Anne is the author of the Herb Lester map Paris Small Shops. This perfect pocket-sized travel companion or souvenir celebrates 40 of the best independent specialty shops in Paris!
Unlike most cities in the world, Paris is full of specialty shops that only sell one thing. A new visitor may wonder how all these shops can survive, but in fact they thrive through their expertise and niches. This map features shops that date to the 17th century along with successful shops that have only for a year or two, proving that specialty shops in Paris is alive and well.
We often think of speciality shops for food in Paris: boulangeries (bakeries), pâtisseries (pastry shops), boucheries (butcher shops), fromageries (cheese shops), poissonneries (fish shops), fleuristes (flower shops) but there are also the cordonneries (shoe repair shops), librairies (book stores), papeteries (stationery shops), retoucheries (tailor shops) and merceries (notions shops). This map features the most creative of the specialty shops Paris has to offer, from repair shops for dolls or umbrellas to shops considered entreprises du patrimoine vivant (EPV – living heritage companies).
The shops locations on this map were strategically selected for ideal exploration, taking you through secret passageways and scenic streets for additional discoveries. It’s just a taste of what Paris has to offer, so don’t be afraid to veer off course and keep exploring.