Thursday, October 04, 2012

Au Petit Bonheur la Chance

 Au Petit Bonheur la Chance, watercolor, 9" x 11"

 Have you visited one of the cutest shops in Paris?

 Au Petit Bonheur la Chance 13, rue Saint-Paul 75004
 If you can hit it when they're open, which takes a lot of chance/luck in fact you'll have a ball browsing.

 Even if they are closed, the windows are full of fun and whimsy.
Though nothing beats going inside.

 Looking for French back-to-school stuff?

 This is ze place.

 Do you collect vintage bath duckies or swans? I once did. Though I'm pleased to announce I've moved on to wind-up chicks.

 Yellow Bird has afternoon gouter, watercolor, 9" x 11"

 I don't think there's a single thing in this shop that isn't vintage...

 Which basically means you'll pay through the nose like I did for a few butter signs (10 euros each). If you're looking for bargains...urrrr

 Go around the block to 129 Rue Saint-Antoine

 And stuff your face with a 1 euros giant marshmallow/guimauve in a variety of flavors/parfums
Or save on the plane ticket and visit New York's Bosie Tea Parlor for a 'S'Mores' macaron with a toasted marshmallow plus a tiny square of graham cracker inside.


  1. Cristina Speluzzi11:48 AM

    Dear Carol, I love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I even have a Parisbreakfast file. When I go back to Paris it will be cery useful. And I hope to go as soon as I can. Perhaps we get to meet...
    A warm embrace, Cristina Speluzzi

    1. Thank you so much Cristina!
      Very happy to hear this :)

  2. I'm dying over the little number plaques! Love!

    XO Lucy

    1. I know exactly what you feel SCC
      Au Petit Bonjeur la Chance has the power to make one go weak at the knees..

  3. But how cute are the butter signs:) That would be a favorite..very favorite store of mine..
    Love those number plaques also..Funny what attracts one isn't it?Les bols sont superbes aussi..Café au lait anyone
    As always your watercolors are terriblement charmantes..
    Great idea keeping a PB file..s..

    I know that if ever we go..I will be rereading so many posts:)

  4. Wow! I've lived in the Marais for a while and have never seen this shop! Will definitely have to check it out next time; the photos are so cute.

    x Milla


  5. Wow, that place is like a flea market! So much to see...
    Love the watercolors!

  6. 'Au Petit Bonheur la chance' looks like an Aladins cave, but I can imagine it's the sort of place that has, using the English expression 'the sprat to catch the mackerel' all sorts of treasures to lure you in & maybe you could find the same thing in a cheap shop around the corner. but never the less a great tourist atraction.

    1. 'the sprat to catch the mackerel'
      That's a first time for me but they do have plenty of sprats there!!

  7. I love these shops ... thanks for the address, I thought they disappeared or moved to the burbs ... best

  8. That shot of the red and blue bowls and number tags makes me want to throw out everything in my kitchen!

  9. Carol, I just love your blog! Your watercolors are so amazing! Your blog makes me feel like I know Paris. :D

  10. Annabella8:46 PM

    So hard to find bowls for coffee here (Australia)- i've resorted to soup bowls!! but at least i can get the best biscuits and biscotti thanks to our Italian immigrants :)

  11. Adorable! I want to go there today.

  12. I love youre blog. I was there (at bon chance) and baught an amazing french school food map ( Big hugs from Sweden

  13. what a WONDERFUL map Viktoria!
    Thanks for sharring your link and Paris info on yr site!!

  14. I love ..Au Petit Bonjeur la Chance , takes ages to have a look around, you can always find something to take home :-) I woudl much rather go there than a cheap shop ... it has a certain feel to it :-)

    I have never heard the phrase ..'the sprat to catch the mackerel' I wonder if it comes from a certain area of England .. and what does it mean, I think I will have to google it LOL

    1. Parisbreakfast4:13 AM

      It's new to me too Anne..

      Idiom Definitions for 'Sprat to catch a mackerel'

      If you use a sprat to catch a mackerel, you make a small expenditure or take a small risk in the hope of a much greater gain.

  15. hi carol, i adore you blog!! i'm gonna visit paris in next two weeks. just wondering if you keep a list of these cute stores? thanks


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