At the risk of sounding like a shill, I’m going to say that La Vaissellerie is THE place in Paris to buy just about anything for your table. Nick and I stumbled upon the Marais location one afternoon, and upon seeing the stacks of Limoges porcelain dishes at discount prices, we knew we would be returning when the time came to outfit our own kitchen.
Of course, if your tastes lean towards the colorful, they have an array of breakfast bowls and mugs out front along with other bargain-basement glassware.
And then there’s the selection of coffee spoons and appetizer forks, which run the gamut from modern minimalist to outright baroque (with an emphasis on the latter).
They also carry more traditional souvenir-type items, such as magnets, coasters, and tins featuring old advertisements and scenes of Paris.
So the next time you’re in Paris (or if you need to refresh your tableware supply) I recommend La Vaissellerie. It’s a fun shop to browse, but don’t linger around closing time (7pm, I think) as the service can get downright surly. Although watching them pack up the store is something to behold. You wouldn’t believe how cavalier they are with baskets full of porcelain and glassware, stacking them on top of each other and shoving them against one another. I guess that bodes well for the durability of our new dishes.