As I’ve shared in the past, I love the hunt of finding cute stationery stores and paper shopping while traveling. I collect letterpress cards and like to find unique additions. Sometimes I use the cards/paper I collect in the scrapbooking project related to that trip. Or it becomes part of my decor.
Before I travel, I search online to see what stores I may be interested in. Generally stationery stores is a good search topic, also gift stores & book stores. Art supply is also a good search term.
I don’t go out of my way to go to these locations, but try to fit it into my travels. The best is when I stumble on one that I hadn’t known about, which happens more often than not.
This is what I found in Paris, France:
One of my favorite walking areas is along Rue de St-Andre des Arts, which is technically in Saint-Germain neighborhood, but feels a bit more Latin Quarter.
It is pedestrian friendly with several shops, pubs, & creperies to satisfy all interests along the way.
Off of Rue de St-Andre des Arts on Cour due Commerce Saint-Andre, a pedestrian area, is Grim’Art. A tiny, burnt sienna shop with fresh smelling leather. There are several leather notebooks & bags to choose from if that interests you. There was a small selection of cards & paper goods, enough for me to find some treats.
I love how this artist, Daniele Billot Bader, uses the letters in their sketches. I picked up the yuletide P & B to use at Christmastime.
In love with Penny Lindop Designs, so many adorable cards with cute little fuzzy animals to choose from. I went with these birds, closely resembling my favorite goldfinches.
Added another Calligraphy pen to my collection. Even though some items can be bought anywhere, I like to buy things I use regularly, so I can be reminded of my trip.
This modern stationery shop was just up and around the corner from Grim’Art on Rue Mazarine. This is actually a Belgian company, which I did not know but was delighted to find. Most of their cards have single letterpress images, with modern, simple design. There was a selection of notebooks, washi tape, pens & other desk accessories. I opted for a few of the mini cards.
This was a bookstore we stumbled upon while making our way down to check out the Eiffel Tower at night. Along Blvd Saint Germain, it was open late for a Sunday. A sharp right into the first aisle revealed tons of notebooks, journals, planners and other desk accessories. I noticed a nice collection of Rifle Paper Company notebooks.
I try to find things locally made if possible. I found a notebook and few other items from Letterbox Paris, a manufacturer & distributor in France. Also Les Parisettes, another company which uses French & Parisian designers for its products.
Some cute Eiffel Tower clips, a multi-size pencil sharpener, metallic pencils from Faber-Castell, & a Kirin Black Pal dream pencil (pictured at the top).
I love finding this decoupage book. It’s very classical French type illustrations. I plan on cutting some out to make cards, but mostly I will admire it.
I didn’t have time to make it to Skripta, in the Latin Quarter, so I will keep it on the list for next time.
If you are ever in Paris, be sure to check out these spots for some inspiration & unique souvenirs!