Place Saint-Sulpice, home to the church of the same name, is chock-full of designer boutiques. Here you can spend an afternoon shopping for clothes, shoes, and fragrances from some of the biggest names in fashion. And while you’re at it, you can become the star of your own movie!
Right in the center of Place Saint-Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement, is the perfumer Annick Goutal, who will take you through a world of precious and primarily natural materials. Before turning to perfumery, Annick Goutal was a pianist and then a model. She has now passed the business on to her daughter Camille. Her fragrances are popular all over the world, especially with celebrities, who adore the floral perfume Grand Amour. If you prefer a sweeter perfume, try Petite Chérie, which is as sparkling and spontaneous as its name suggests. Next, why not delight your sense of taste by heading for Rue Bonaparte, where you can sample the delicious new treats in the Fetish Envie range at Pierre Hermé, a patissier famous for his mixed-color macarons with their inimitable flavors.
Place Saint-Sulpice Will Make You a Star
But don’t forget about shopping! On rue du Vieux-Colombier, the Agnès b. boutique instantly immerses you in a very cinematographic ambiance, with a soundtrack featuring extracts from Jean-Luc Godard movies, plus an ephemeral collection of prints produced in collaboration with the latest upcoming street artist. At Café de la Mairie, just opposite Place Saint-Sulpice, you might bump into a French movie director working on a script, or even the actor Catherine Deneuve, who lives in the Saint-Germain district. The cafe was also used as a location for the movie La Discrète, starring Fabrice Luchini.
A few meters away, step into the ultimate designer setting of the Yves Saint Laurent boutique, with its transparent fittings, where the staff will attend to your every desire. The first floor houses a range of flexible, simple garments and a very sophisticated and feminine collection. For men’s fashion, head for the Christian Lacroix boutique where you will find the best in ready-to-wear, plus lifestyle items, home decor, and tableware. The store contains the first jewelry items made by Christian Lacroix. These are mostly unique pieces, plus rare, precious vintage jewelry that the designer uses with his runway models.
To perfect your haute couture look, you now need a hat! After working with designers like John Galliano, Kenzo, and Agnès b., Marie Mercié continues to astonish the fashion world with her brightly-colored, immensely charming hats in her boutique at 23, rue Saint-Sulpice. For shoes, the Canadian stylist Tara Jarmon, on rue du Four, will have exactly the right fit for your cutting-edge look! Next, seek out an elegant bag at Max Mara, on rue des Canettes, which will further emphasize the feminine side of your celebrity look.
Gourmet Dining on Place Saint-Sulpice
At last, it’s time for dinner, so make a stop at Chez Bartolo pizzeria (also in rue des Canettes). The wood-fired oven was imported from Naples 65 years ago, and the paintings on the walls transport you into the world of Italian cinema. Or, if you are in the mood for a romantic dinner, order a steak tartare from La Petite Cour, a restaurant with a typically Parisian movie setting. The restaurant’s unique feature is its courtyard location. You never know when you might bump into a Parisian director here, keen to make you the star of his next film, so give it a try!