I’m a sucker for a Paris facade. Boutiques, cafes, restaurants and ateliers all catch my eye. I’m not sure whether it’s because they are so colorful, stylish, classic, simple, chic or just so French. Maybe it’s the displays or the large windows that let you look deep into the store. Or, perhaps it’s all of the above!
Allow me to share a photo collection of some favorites.
I can’t resist the ultra girly looking facade here, the lovely scrollwork on the signs and the sweet name of this Marais handbag boutique.
Though it certainly isn’t the prettiest Ladurée facade in Paris, I can never resist their signature French greyish-green color. The gold lettering on the jet black background screams Parisian chic!
This left bank beauty is all about the awnings, shutters and red geraniums. Oooo la la!
Some might think this one is rather bland or boring, but I think the color and style of the logo is simplistic and classic in its design.
Made famous by its supporting role in Somethings Gotta Give, I love the Art Nouveau styling of this Paris brasserie’s facade. Little touches like the luxurious pleated curtains and the contrast of the large block lettering on the sign and the graceful script etched on the door should make anyone want to eat here.
The colorful hats just pop against the inky black storefront. But I’m really enamoured by the script sign, the chandelier seen through the window and the ultra feminine panel above the door picturing a woman wielding a parasol.
This tiny bistro around the corner from Notre Dame is simple, understated and welcoming. I love the long lace curtains draped in the windows.
More of those girlie French colors adorn the Baccarat store on the Place de la Madeleine, but it’s the delicate script ‘B’ and signature logo that really make me swoon. The handing crystal baubles aren’t too bad either.
I’m not sure I dig the cartoonish barnyard scene lining the curb, but I’m a sucker for the bright colors and striped awning. The flags are an added bonus. I feel like I’d want to stop and offer up my best salute.
Hediard is a great place to shop for gourmet food in the City of Light, but I love the strong masculine feel to their facade. Have I mentioned I go ga-ga for awnings?
This pastry shop in Montmartre just calls to me because of that chic greenish-gray color that only the French can create with ease. The black and gold accents and window display are easy on the eyes too.
This shop on the I’le Saint-Louis with its black and gold facade is a classic look in France, as is the lovely script logo; But the lit chandelier peeking out over the door and the dangling display in the main window really caught my eye .
Chez Julien kept the original color scheme and panels of the former boulangerie that used to occupy the space – and added their awnings. Lace curtains add to the vintage charm.
What do you think of Paris facades? Do you have a favorite I didn’t mention? Share in the comments.