WHAT WE LOVE: From the iconic red Fiat 500 parked in front of Merci to the inspiring installations that are beautifully curated, akin to a magazine editorial, we love everything about this Paris concept shop.
WHERE: The beautiful Haut-Marais district in the 3rd Arrondisement.
WHO: Marie-France Cohen, founder of the beautiful Bonpoint children’s wear shops and the more recent Demode, home decor shop.
Recently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the inimitable Merci, one of our Best Lifestyle and Best Paris shops and renowned for the red Fiat 500 parked in the courtyard. A must-see, must-go and must-be-seen shop for all those who love interior and fashion design. Visiting Merci is like stepping into magazine editorial; there is so much inspiration and discovery.
Merci showcases current trends in real life settings, whether for the home or ready-to-wear. Products are chosen for functionality as well as their design, mixing both precious and more ordinary objects, exclusive pieces, and emerging artists.
From vintage furniture to modern accessories. Merci is a subtle blend of rare and everyday pieces reflecting daily and urban life, with pertinence and humor. Showcasing trends, evolving lifestyles, and the phenomena of society through a select selection of fashion and homewares. Merci seeks to develop and explore the art of living with simplicity and sincerity. A platform which aims to be a source of inspiration where all styles and all cultures cohabit. A place to appreciate the little pleasures of life.
Merci was launched by Marie-France Cohen, the founder of Bonpoint and Demode, in 2009. She opened the concept store at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais in a beautiful nineteenth-century building positioned between a paved courtyard and a garden, formerly occupied by fabric & textile Braquenié company, and then Frey. Merci occupies an area of 1,500 square meters over three levels, with ten-meter-high ceilings, and is flooded with light by a magnificent glass roof.
The ground floor houses the used-book café, a cinema café, and a space dedicated to the staging of exceptional installations. On the first level there is women’s fashion and menswear; a selection of furniture, vintage or exclusively designed pieces, and homewares; stationery, apothecary, and technology products. In the basement that overlooks a vegetable garden, everyday objects, and tableware rub shoulders with the hardware and canteen cafe. A visit to Merci is an invitation to shop in a spectacular place. To marvel and discover in an eclectic and unexpected way of viewing everyday objects, such as thread spools, writing tools, light bulbs and ceramics.
Updated from the original feature published November 2016.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris