Whenever I’m in need of a treat in the beauty department, or want to stock up with some French pharmacy products, I always head for St Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement. Not only is it a beautiful part of town, filled with chic clothes shops, all kinds of specialist boutiques, great restaurants and one of my favourite patissiers, it’s also a fantastic place to shop for all things beauty.
My favourite is a tiny shop tucked away behind the church of St Sulpice, on the rue de Tournon. Oh My Cream stocks brands that are otherwise hard to find in France – Tata Harper, Sunday Riley or RMS Beauty – alongside French favourites such as Joelle Ciocco, amongst many others. They also often do events and have a great website in English as well as in French.
A short walk away you can also find Aesop, Annick Goutal perfumes, and Kiehls (which also happens to be right next door to Pierre Hermé, the main reason for going there, although apparently they are not fans of the huge lines that form outside and block their doorway!) Just along from Pierre Hermé, on the corner of the rue Bonaparte and the rue du Four, is Citypharma. Much beloved by Parisians, international beauty editors and bloggers, this is the place to stock up on all those fantastic French pharmacy products, and at the best prices in the city. You’ll find La Roche Posay, Nuxe, Caudalie, Darphin and many, many more – it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of wonderful products, if you like that sort of thing! Unfortunately it’s not a very well kept secret, be prepared to push your way through the ailes and stand in line to pay, but it’s well worth it.
If all the shopping gets too much, get a macaroon or a cake from Pierre Hermé and take it to a bench in the square front of the church of St Sulpice to enjoy in the sunshine.
- Oh My Cream! 3 rue de Tournon, 75006 Paris
- CityPharma, 26 rue du Four, 75006 Paris
Metro: St Sulpice