Fabrice Bijoux on rue Bonaparte

Of the two Fabrice boutiques on rue Bonaparte, I knew the larger one, had stopped in often and admired their gorgeous clothing. But the jewelry shop, a multi-layered, multi-colored sliver of a shop a bit nearer the Seine was a recent – and welcome – discovery.

Multi-layered because bracelets, necklaces and pins are displayed at every level from table to ceiling. Glittering woven bracelets cozy up to vintage-looking resin bands and metallic beads on stacked hangers made from wood and steel. And don’t think you’ll get away with just one bracelet! They are meant to be worn together in groups of 3, 5 or 7.

Necklaces hang in multiple strands; many are collars, made from an exquisite layering of contrasting pearls that range in size from beads to small balls (and are surprisingly light).

Some necklaces incorporate pins, but the selection of stand-alone brooches is dizzying. They are attached everywhere you look – bright resin flowers on pillows, sophisticated, bejeweled metal sculptures on black velvet.

Plan to spend time here – trying pieces is encouraged, and the owner puts pieces together in original and stunning combinations.

Discounted beauty products at City Pharma

What’s better than a store filled with French and European beauty products? Discounts of 20 – 40% on said products. City Pharma, with its two floors, tall white shelves, and umpteen cash registers, is a mecca for savvy French shoppers and tourists from all over the world.

Products are grouped by brand – Nuxe, Cattier, Weleda, Biotherm, Roc, Caudalie, Phyto, Vichy, Bioderma, Roger et Gallet are just the beginning. A bevy of impeccable saleswomen wearing white lab coats explain the benefits of each cleanser, cream, gel, fragrance, and anti-wrinkle agent.

The aisles, barely wide enough for two people, are all but blocked by shoppers carrying baskets, checking long lists, pushing strollers, and toting shopping bags from the nearby Pierre Herme patisserie.

Corner, rue du Four and rue Bonaparte M: St Germain/St Sulpice