6 Must-Visit Craft Ateliers of Paris
With all of the artists in Paris, it should come as no surprise that the city is crawling with shops that sell handmade goods! In recent years, there has definitely been a come back for craft items, and this city has certainly kept up with the times.
I personally love buying things that I know are handmade, or have at least been crafted in France. Stay local is definitely my motto – and that of Discover Walks, too!
The word atelier literally translates to workshop. While the shops I’ll list below are not actual workshops, its clear that the products they sell come out of the talented artists’ personal ateliers. Keep reading for my 6 must-visit craft ateliers in Paris!
1. l’Atelier Singulier
l’Atelier Singulier is a home decor shop located in the 11th arrondissement, and is dedicated to home goods that are handmade and created by young French artists.
You’ll find selections of products made from wood, leather, pottery, metal, glass, stone, paper and textiles. All made by hand and with love from their featured artists!
l’Atelier Singulier has a permanent collection of works from artists that are always available, and they also offer up temporary collections that are only available for a limited period of time.
Plus, the good news for all of you not located in Paris, the shop also boasts an eShop where you can order things for your own homes online. Head to their website to get a sneak peek before you are in Paris!
Address: 10 Cité de Trévise, 75009 Paris
Opening hours: Monday-Friday by RDV only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment!
2. La Révolution du Fait Main
This shop, located in the 10th arrondissement focuses on French artists, and everything they’re selling is 100% handmade. The products are unique and one-of-a-kind, and many of the products are made in very small quantities, so you’ll want to head here fast if you hope to find something really special.
Their products range from home decoration, tableware, terrariums and fashion items. Plus, the shop organizes small markets and fairs to ensure that there is a healthy rotation of new items in the store at all times. If you are an artist living in Paris yourself, head to their website to apply to be featured in the shop.
Address: 17 rue Eugène Varlin 75010 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7pm
Empreintes is a massive 3-story shop in the middle of Le Marais that is dedicated to showing off French craftsmanship. The project was headed by the association Ateliers d’Art de France, and hopes to encourage French artists to sell their works to those eager to scoop up the best of homemade products.
There is a new theme every two months giving French artists around Paris a chance to get their work out there, with items ranging from clothing to jewellery to home goods.
If you find yourself in Le Marais for the day, take some time out to visit Empreintes! You can also visit their website to do some online shopping as well.
Address: 5 rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm
4. Le Viaduc des Arts
Le Viaduc des Arts is a massive structure located in an old viaduct in between the Place de la Bastille and the Gare de Lyon. It consists of 1.5 kilometres of local artists creations, with a special focus on young creators. There are 62 permanent collections and there are over 50 different artists’ work available for all of our viewing pleasure.
Le Viaduc des Arts has been around since the 1980s, and has been focusing on getting local and young artists’ work out on the scene. With a selection of goods ranging from fashion, design, decoration, culture, to jewellery crafts, there is something for all of your interests!
A special bonus is that Le Viaduc des Arts is located just steps away from a walking path called the Promenade Plantée. If you’ve ever been to New York City and visited the High Line, the Promenade Plantée is very similar! The path follows an old above ground railway track, and the views of Paris are incredible.
I recommend you spend an afternoon exploring the walking path and the artists showrooms and you won’t regret it!
Address: 83 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
Opening hours: Everyday 9am-2am
5. Alix D. Reynis
Alix D. Reynis is another shop located in Le Marais. The store features the works of one artist, you guessed it, named Alix D. Reynis. She focuses on jewellery, and handmade porcelain.
Reynis started out producing all of her products herself, but after high demand, now oversees the porcelain production in a small French factory who’s specialty is handmade porcelain.
Reynis’ jewellery is stunning and it is clear that she found inspiration in Greek and Roman styles, as well as the Middle East. Reynis has gained so much fame in her years as a craftsman that she boasts collaborations with major design houses such as Sézane and Antoinette Poisson, and her work is featured in other stores across Paris.
Even the interior of her shop is beautiful, with dark navy blue walls making the white porcelain on display shine. This is a definite must see if you’re looking to deck out your home with some really unique and beautiful pieces!
Address: 14 rue Commines, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
6. Les Ateliers de Paris
Les Ateliers de Paris is a little bit different from the other places that I’ve listed so far. This gallery/showcase room is located in the 12 arrondissement, not too far from the Place de la Bastille.
It is run by the association la Direction de l’Attractivité et de L’Emploi de la Ville de Paris, which translates to the Department of Attractiveness and Employment of the City of Paris. The association focuses on crafts, design, fashion, and works towards helping artists fund their projects and then getting them out into the world.
The association not only provides a place for artists to display their work, it also provides classes and training programs to help with social media, business, communication and everything else that is important to selling art work.
So, if you want to check out what the artists at Les Ateliers de Paris have been cooking up, don’t hesitate to head to their showroom! And, if you happen to be an artist yourself, head to their website to see if you qualify to sign up for their services.
Address: 30 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine 75012 Paris
Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 10am-1pm, 2pm-7pm, Saturday 1pm-7pm
I hope that I’ve inspired you to but local and handmade goods the next time you’re in Paris! The shops I’ve listed above are all very different, but one thing is for sure: they celebrate handcrafted work and French artists. Let’s here it for the locals!
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