Palais Royal / Ga­lerie Vivi­enne

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Purses out, c'est Paris! Start at m: Palais Royal–Musée du Lou­vre, exit pl. Co­lette, be­neath the Jean-Michel Othoniel fan­tasy crown. First, get dis­tracted by the fab fig­urines at Dra­peaux de France / 40 20 00 11 / pl Co­lette, then power up for retail as­sault with an espresso at Le Ne­mours / 42 61 34 14. Ready? head into the Palais Royal and up to Ga­lerie Mont­pen­sier to your left, home to mil­i­tary medals at #6-8 Bac­queville / 42 96 26 90, cou­ture pieces at vin­tage guru Di­dier Lu­dot at #24, and even more pretty pre-loved finds at #31-33 Gabrielle Gep­pert / 42 61 53 52. Get re­gal with stun­ning stones at #43 Vin­cent Avenches / 42 72 81 73, then fur­nish your chateau at #63 Mai­son de Va­cances / 47 03 99 74. Back to the Palais en­trance, then zip up Ga­lerie de Valois for more temp­ta­tion, in­clud­ing stand­out con­tempo jew­els, furny and art at #166 IBU Gallery / 42 60 06 41. De­lage at #15 crafts ex­otic leather shoes, next to pop glam leather clutches and bags chez Corto Moltedo / #146 / 49 27 97 91. Les Sa­lons du Palais Royal Shi­seido at #142 / 49 27 09 09 / has the full range of diva Serge Lutens' scents while culty, dis­tressed-luxe fash­ion boy Rick Owens' store is at #130, ar­ti­san glove­maker Mai­son Fabre at #128, and M. Lu­dot's LBD store La Pe­tite Robe Noire is at #125. Cross the street, cut through the gate, and up the steps to hid­den ‘Pas­sage des Deux Pav­il­lons'. At last, some­thing for the gents. Derville / 42 96 82 27 / has jewel-toned, be­spoke shoes, and Mai­son Bon­net (see Adv. Shop­ping) makes sharp specs. Cross the street, turn right, and en­ter the C.19th shop­ping ar­cade Ga­lerie Vivi­enne. There's a well-earned bordeaux wait­ing at #12 Le­grand Filles et Fils / 42 60 07 12, or a cuppa and a thigh-in­flat­ing home­made cake at #35 A Pri­ori Thé. Here you'll also find great rare old books at #45 Li­brairie Jousseaume, and mon­sieur Jean Paul Gaultier's moth­er­ship at #6 / 42 86 05 05. Stop be­fore you drop and have a truf­fle-laden lunch at #13 Un Jour à Peyras­sol / 42 60 12 92. Exit and push on to find De­bauve & Gal­lais' royal chocs at #33 / 40 39 05 50. Now cross the place de la Bourse, turn­ing left onto rue du 4 Septem­bre, right onto rue Mont­martre, and a few steps fur­ther take a fi­nal right into in­te­rior de­sign heaven aka rue du Mail. First up, find gorge cush­ions at #13 Houlès / 83 79 06 00, with sleek moder­nity in silk across the cob­ble at #20 Chris­tian Fis­chbacher / 42 36 97 00. Zig-zag your way down the nar­row street, drool­ing over wo­ven eye-candy in the win­dows. Now, a quick left to the place des Vic­toires brings you to a row of chic shops incl. Vic­toire, Maje, Hart­ford et al. Then, fol­low rue Eti­enne Mar­cel into rue Hérold to find the hy­per-chic L'Éclaireur (see Stand. Stores) for fash, art and life­style at #10. Exit left, then right and quick left to Ga­lerie VéroDo­dat. Pow­der your nose at #21 ByTerry (see Adv. Shop.), be­fore brows­ing through the gallery and fi­nally end­ing at, deep breath ladies, the flag­ship of Chris­tian Louboutin / 19 rue Jean-Jac­ques Rousseau / 42 36 53 66. Phew! Time for a tip­ple a prance around the cor­ner at trendy Le Fu­moir / 6 rue de l'Ami­ral de Coligny / 42 92 00 24. Cin cin, chérie!

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