Ever walked into a store and thought:
oh boy. this is going to bad. i'm going to want everything. oh boy.
No? Ladies and gents, may I present your chance to have that exact thought: Merci, in Paris. You probably already know that merci translates to thank you from French - well, thank you for existing, Merci. You're great.
Merci consists of three restaurants and a four story lifestyle shop (meaning they carry men's and women's apparel, home goods, art and art objects, magazines, and generally cool s**t). Beyond well curated product, the space's design and multi-purpose function has made it unique in Parisian retail since 2009.
From the street, you can walk up to a lush, plant-filled courtyard, complete with a bright red, teeny tiny little european car parked near the front door. Left of this courtyard is the full-service Cinema Cafe; they project vintage movies on the wall and serve yummy lunch options. It's the usual Parisian sidewalk cafe, but not usual at all. Also accessible from the street (right of the courtyard) is the Used Book Cafe - a floor to ceiling book-lover's heaven, complete with coffee, tea and pastries. I mean, Belle (of Beauty and the Beast) would cry tears of joy at this library.
Walk past the books and cafe tables, and the shop opens up into high ceilings, a rotating art installation, and things you want to buy. Menswear is off to the left; jewelry and intimates are tucked away in the back of the first floor. Head upstairs to the mezzanine and you'll find women's clothing - Merci stocks countless international brands, and plenty of Parisian favorites too.
Further upstairs are bed, bath and stationary goods worthy of emptying a bank account. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but who doesn't want to take home a super-soft, minimal linen bedspread? Head all the way downstairs and find lighting, kitchen and more home decor goods - as well as Merci's third restaurant, Le Cantine Merci. It serves healthy, full meals, only during lunch hours. Oh, and it faces a beautiful garden.
Are you convinced yet? YOU WANT TO GO TO HERE. MUCH EXCITEMENT. VERY YES.
I'll stop with the babble, you get it.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France
Monday 10am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 10am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 7:30pm
Thursday 10am - 7:30pm
Friday 10am - 7:30pm
Saturday 10am - 7:30pm
Phone : + 33 (0)1 42 77 00 33
Via public transportation:
METRO - LINE 8 - TO SAINT SÉBASTIEN FROISSART
BUS - LINES 20 AND 65