Rue du Bac / Rue de Beaune

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M: Sèvres Baby­lone. Be­gin by fill­ing up on good­ies at La Grande Épicerie du Bon Marché (see Stand­out Stores), then head out the main en­trance on the cnr and turn left up rue du Bac. Savour cool sor­bets at #109 Le Bac à Glace / 45 48 87 65, or a pas­try at #93 La Pâtis­serie des Rêves / 42 84 00 82. Sweet tooth still not sated? Swoon over Des Gâteaux et du Pain at #89 / 45 48 30 74 / while choc ad­dicts can dive in next door at Jac­ques Genin. Ok. Ready? Wad­dle over the blvd Saint-Ger­main to the ex­tra­or­di­nary win­dow dis­play at Perp­tich Ga­lerie / 240 blvd St-Ger­main / and then con­tinue up rue du Bac. On your left at #46 is the di­vine cab­i­net of cu­riosi­ties Dey­rolle / 42 22 30 07 / closed Sun / dey­rolle.com / with Le Prince Jar­dinier's haute gar­den­wares and nat­u­ral won­ders in­clud­ing all that's stuffed, pre­served, and mounted. Out you come and head left to #42 Ga­lerie Maeght / 45 48 45 15 / for mod­ern art and prints, and next door con­tempo in­te­rior junkies can get their fix at Chris­tian Li­ai­gre also at #42 / 53 63 33 66. From here, look across the street and you'll see lovely L'Ate­lier de Joël Robu­chon (see Rest./Smart). Con­ve­niently, next door at #3 is Hô­tel Mon­talem­bert / 45 49 68 68 / and its street­side ter­race, adored by the ladies who lunch. They do a pretty mean cock­tail at the bar in­side, too. Head up to rue de l'Univer­sité, one of sev­eral criss-cross­ing streets in this an­tiques and dé­cor jack­pot. Check out / car­rerive­g­auche. com / for a guide to the scores of spe­cial­ist stores. De­tour a quick block left down l'Univer­sité to find the unique Mois­son­nier at #52 / 42 61 84 88, restor­ing an­tique fur­ni­ture with a dis­tinct mod­ern twang, or turn right, then left onto rue de Beaune and step into glamsy Muriel Grateau at #37 (see Stand­out Stores), and then cross to #18 Ate­lier du Bois Doré / 40 20 05 74 / a store de­voted to sump­tu­ous or­nate gilded pic­ture frames. Carry on rue de Beaune cross­ing rue de Verneuil and then turn right into rue de Lille, a street lit­tered with fab dec­o­ra­tive bou­tiques. First up on the right at #23 is Ga­lerie An­dré Hayat / 06 12 86 33 89 / for fine C.20th furny; then cross over to Mou­gin #30 / 40 20 08 33 / for a clutch of lead­ing con­tem­po­rary artists; White Moon Gallery at #16 / 06 71 01 66 38 / feat. dra­matic, mostly mar­ble mod sculp­tural pieces; and then buzz your­self into Cha­han at #11 / 47 03 47 00 / for in­spired in­te­rior de­sign, be­fore pick­ing out a beau­ti­ful tome to sit on your new ta­ble from 7L, M. Lager­feld's book­store at #7 / 42 92 03 58. Now head to the end of the street, turn left and you'll come to ACNE Stu­dios / 1 quai Malaquais, an edgy fash­ion trove. OK, op­tions. Ba­to­bus (see V. Use­ful) has a pick-up quay just over the bridge on the right if you fancy some Seine sight­see­ing); or turn left for a 5-min trot, pass­ing Jac­ques Gar­cia-de­signed con­cept shop Ven­tilo at 7 quai Voltaire / 42 61 67 04, to the Musée d'Or­say (where there is also a Ba­to­bus stop); or, head right and drop into Dries Van Noten's flag­ships at 7 and 9 quai Malaquais for avant-garde fash and ec­cen­tric ob­jects, be­fore cross­ing Pont Neuf to Île de la Cité for the di­vine Sainte-Chapelle (see Ac­tiv­i­ties), af­ter which you could re­verse the Île Saint-Louis itin, which ends there. Oth­er­wise, leg it to L'Hô­tel (see Bars) for a stiff one... Ooh la la!

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