Friday, January 19, 2007

Au Petit Bonheur la Chance

AU PETIT BONHEUR LA CHANCE watercolor Au Petit Bonheur la Chance, watercolor
Linda Dannenberg gave me the name of her favorite secret Parisien haunt for antique kitchen and old school treasures - Au Petit Bonheur La Chance.
I went the day I arrived, a Monday, when most Paris shops are closed. Au Petit is in the Marais 13, rue St. Paul around the corner from Aux Désirs de Manon.
 It's a tiny shop, but jam-packed with kitchen goodies and old school supplies.
You will want everything. And I had no problem photographing everything in sight. I only bought a tiny box of jam labels. Not that I'll ever make home-made preserves. I had big plans to return and buy more.

They have a huge collection of cafe au lait bowls and tins.
AU PETIT BONHEUR LA CHANCE... Remember Cuisinophilie, where I found the little blue milk jug. That's a shoe box compared to Au Petit Bonheur La Chance, which by the way means, the little happiness of random luck.

Because I love French handwriting I took a picture of their doorway. I just forgot to read it.
"Open everyday except Monday - Tuesday"
I returned on Tuesday. They were closed of course.
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It's ART MONTH at apartment therapy: the kitchen. They've done a very nice interview on Paris Breakfasts and my food art.
Please take a look.


  1. thank you for this little foray.. I live in the USA Antique central and no hwere do we have some awesome storefronts!

    real life antique shops (versus eBay sellers) are a vanishing breed these days.

    plenty of cheesy flea markets tho where you can buy cheap socks!

  2. I wanted to drop by and thank you for a lovely blog. I visit every morning and sip my first cup of "the au lait" while reading your post. For just a bit before the hectic work day starts, I can believe I'm back in Paris, sitting eating my petit déjeuner while the city wakes up. Thanks for a bit of "home" each day

  3. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Love the display of Cafe au lait bowl's, Yummy colors..especially the top shelf. ;-)

  4. Anonymous9:58 AM

    More cups and cherries!
    What about Blueberries?
    Or write on Sherry?
    I'm going to commit Hari-Kari
    If there are more cups and cherries!

  5. Anonymous10:03 AM

    "They have a huge collection of cafe au lait bowls..."

    Be still my heart! I gasped and my heart literally skipped a beat when I saw this photograph. I love cafe au lait bowls even more than I love cups...if that is even humanly possible. (deep sigh)

    Carol, you continue to dazzle and amaze. Thanks for a wonderful start to my morning.

  6. People have witnessed me being dragged from these shops in Paris. I want to live in one - with a chocolatier next door preferably. Love the painting, it's those tin things again!

  7. Anonymous12:47 PM

    QUESTION... What are those oval tags with the numbers on them used for? The one's on the hooks on the edges of the shelves?

  8. I want all the things in that shop!

  9. I want some of the bowls. I'll check out this link.

  10. oh, the perfect places to buy food blog props...I wish Pistoia was like Paris...

  11. Anonymous5:40 AM

    I think I would pass out in there from the goodness!

  12. Anonymous5:41 AM

    lovely things!

  13. Anonymous5:46 AM

    This is great!
    I always thought it was fun when people hung mugs like that from the little hooks...
    And I love that little glass.
    Good cherries, too!
    Is the acorn on the keychain real? Sweet...

  14. Anonymous7:31 AM

    I once raced across Paris to a shop only to find it shut and I had no other opportunity to return...
    All I wanted was a bottle of French Mead :o/

  15. Loved the lettering shots.
    I also went back to see your wine label in your archives.

    I agree. Very nice. I just love a lively script writing without pretension.

    Now i'm going to look for that wine!



  16. Anonymous6:38 PM

    I tried to go inside this shop a couple of years ago---and it was ALWAYS closed for me, too! Now I'm in my paring-down mode as far as objects go, so I'm no longer terribly tempted, but for you and your paintings, I'm sure this shop is heaven!

  17. Love all the jam jars and kitchen goodies but I especially come by to view your watercolor paintings!Pure ~magic~ with your paint brush!
    Come for a frienship ~tea blooming~ in my kitchen! :)NG

  18. Thanks for the tip, Carol. I will definitely want to visit this shop — and will be in the neighborhood.

  19. Thanks for the tip! I wish I had knwn that before my last trip! Oh well, one more reason to go back !

  20. beautiful painting!!

  21. I love your painting from the shop and the photos are delightful. I would love to have all those lovely items to paint. How inspiring!

  22. Poor Carol! Hope you get to splurge at your next visit (note: not on Tuesday and Wednesdays!).
    Love those kind of shops and discovered recently a french one right here in Vienna! :-)

  23. Anonymous7:54 AM

    I walk past this place all the time... I'll be over there on saturday afternoon and will be sure to stop in!

    à quand ton prochain voyage à paris?
    bisous L

  24. Anonymous9:20 AM

    OK, I want one of everything in that shop! Your blog is so yummy every day...whether what's pictured is edible or not!

  25. Anonymous9:02 AM

    Love the tricolour, so beautiful - it makes me want to go back there soon... kx



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