Paris: Scoring Art Supplies at Book Shops
By Theadora Brack
It’s high time for another confession! My name is Theadora. And I am hooked on classic French notebooks. I’m an avid collector! All shapes, sizes and colors, I embrace them like there’s no tomorrow.
These slim gems are usually prominently displayed, lightweight and affordable, costing just €1 to €10. Truth be bold, I haven’t met one I didn’t like. They’re the perfect the souvenir. They’ll satisfy your head, pocketbook and suitcase!
Lucky for me, there’s no shortage of the iconic darlings in Paris. Throughout the city, you’ll find them in neighborhood bookstores (“librairies”) and stationary shops (“papeteries”).
The mind reels! If buying hundreds of shiny Clairefontaine notebooks (1858) or orange Rhodia pads (1934) is wrong, I don’t want to be right! Even designer Paul Smith is a big fan of Rhodia. Just saying.
My favorite Libraire
I’ve been currently scoring my cardboard pretties at the Christin Buropro Libraire-Papeterie. Located in Montmartre, here you’ll also find scads of art supplies, books and magazines. I also dig the smell of the little shop. In fact, I swoon each time I make my entrance. They should bottle it. I’d wear it!
By the way, the neighborhood bookstores often stock and discount catalogues from current and past museum exhibitions in Paris. Cha-Ching!
Tip for the road
The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur is located just a few blocks away from the Christin Buropro Libraire-Papeterie. So channel your inner Picasso, and pick up a few art supplies (and picnic treats at the nearby shops).
Then head straight for the hills of Montmartre for some lively sketching and relaxation.
Also, the Square d’Anvers is located kitty-corner to the shop. It’s another prime people-watching spot with plenty of benches!
More skinnyChristin Buropro Librairie-Papeterie
17 Avenue Trudaine, 9th arrondissement
Métro: Anvers or Pigalle