Antique buttons, delicate fabrics and luscious wools – Paris is a crafters dream come true! Whether you are looking for your next project or just want to browse, there is something for everyone in these beautiful stores. If you love picking up little creative treasures as unique souvenirs while you travel, you'll love these locations. Here are 5 of our favorite craft stores in Paris to spend an afternoon exploring!
1. Lil Weasel
Located along the charming Passage du Grand Cerf arcade in the 2nd arrondissement, Lil Weasel has two stores, one dedicated to fine yarns and knitting supplies and the other to gorgeous fabrics and sewing supplies. The stores are both beautifully decorated and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable (and speak English!).
Address: 1-4 Passage du Grand Cerf, 75002 Paris. Metro Étienne Marcel.
2. L’Oisive Thé & La Bien Aimée
This fun and relaxed pair of stores boasts a stunning collection of designer yarns. L’Oisive Thé is a combination tea-room / wool shop / knitting salon while La Bien Aimée holds their most luxurious products. The owners are avid knitters, speak perfect English and are happy to help you pick the perfect yarn for your next projects!
Address: 8 Rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013 Paris. Metro Place D'Italie.
3. La Droguerie
This store is like Aladdin’s cave, filled to bursting with everything a crafter could possibly imagine! Hand dyed wools, dozens of patterned fabrics, embroidery threads and an amazing wall of buttons. The store itself is beautiful with exposed beams and old-fashioned displays, so spend a happy hour or two looking through their beautiful supplies. As a bonus, just across the street is the Saint-Eustache cathedral, which you should definitely stop to admire while you're there!
Address: 9-11 Rue du Jour, 75001 Paris. Metro Étienne Marcel.
4. Maison Cousu
Beautifully arranged walls filled with wools, fabrics, threads and everything else an avid crafter could wish for, Maison Cousu is great fun to explore and a fantastic place to shop for your next project. With products ranging from the professional to kid-friendly, you'll definitely find something in this treasure trove.
Address: 25 Boulevard Voltaire, 75011 Paris. Metro République.
5. Marché Saint-Pierre
The famous fabric market located at the foot of Sacré Coeur has every type of fabric you can imagine; from upholstery fabric to lycra to Liberty prints. The area used to be the fabric district in Paris and there are still a lots of fabric stores in the area, but Marché Saint-Pierre is the largest and boasts the best selection. You'll have to flag down an employee if you want some fabric cut, and keep in mind that they use meters, not yards. If you're in the market for remnants that don't need to be cut, look for signs that say “coupons.”
Address: 2 Rue Charles Nodier, 75018 Paris. Metro Anvers.