Hot on the Highstreet Week 174

Merci is a fashion bloggers delight, a Parisian concept store sensation, and a fun place to spend a morning browsing. Housed in an 1840 textile factory this building has been elaborately reinvented by Bonpoint creators Marie-France and Bernard Cohen. With Merci they offer furniture, jewellery, stationery, fashion, household products, childrenswear and a haberdashery, all stylishly crammed onto the three floors.

Guests can dine at the nextdoor cafe or sip a cappuccino whilst perusing the 13,000 second hand books in the bookshop. It is an ambitious shop, and a real asset to the upper Marais area. We spent a good hour wandering round admiring the French fancies and intriguing items. My favourite purchase was my miniature bottle of Merci-Annick Goutal perfume, suitable named eau de Camille.

Most impressively, Merci take retail responsibility seriously, donating all profits from the shop to charity.

Nearby burger bar Blend is perfect for a quick meal post shopping.

Thanks to the Paris Tourist Board, more information here.

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