The Best Florists in Paris (for Locals and Tourists Alike)
Paris is a city known for its food, romance, and yes, its flowers.
As luxurious as it might seem for most city dwellers to stop and purchase flowers for no reason, in Paris this simple act is practically de rigueur.
Below, we spotlight our carefully vetted picks for the best, chicest, most classic, most artful, and most charming flower shops in Paris. Everything on this list is worth the trip, and for those planning events: florists are worth your time!
Debeaulieu (For Audacious Blooms)
The fashion world has fallen head over heels for the graphic, expressive, and non-conformist creations of Pierre Banchereau, one of Paris’ most sought-after florists. Louis Vuitton, Hermès and the Hyères Festival regularly call on his brand, Debeaulieu, for their in-store and runway shows, and he has recently worked with Takashima, Tokyo’s shopping landmark. “We are a combination of flowers, design, decoration, and interior design”, Banchereau explains of his unique brand. “That’s our strength and our difference.”
Presented on white pedestals in tastefully-distressed vases, his flowers play witness to the original creations one can find at Debeaulieu. “People often come to us looking for color and form, for special or rare flowers,” he emphasizes, “but we also love the classics.”
Debeaulieu, 30 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris
Nue (For Sensuous Arrangements)
Presented in a magnificent book of photographs by David Paige and inspired by 17th century still life paintings, Claire Boreau’s floral creations honor Art History– a subject that subsumes all of the florist’s work. “The things that inspire me are changeable, and I want them all to influence my work. Defining what constitutes my identity would be to limit it,” she tells us of her sensuous, archival style. “The second book will be completely different.”
Boreau is often given carte blanche in her line of work, which includes collaborations with Parisian celebu-chef Naiara Sabandar in the inspiring British magazine, Cereal. She instinctively creates arrangements with unusual plants that she choses on a whim on the day that she is commissioned, inspired by music or works of art that fascinate her. “People are becoming more and more aware of the unique nature of the creations I am offering them,” she says. “There’s nothing more boring than a bunch of eucalyptus on a Scandinavian stool!”
For more info on Nue, visit Boreau’s website.
Flowered by Thierry Ferret (High-End)
Thierry Ferret thinks of his bouquets as being unique, colourful and eclectic floral fireworks that he calls “flowerbombs”. “I mostly create bouquets to be seen from the front, like the Dutch painter, Jan Davidsz de Heem,” he tells us. “I love explosions of color, form, and texture. I use seasonal flowers together with exotic [specimens], like King Protea and dried flowers.” His works could be seen on the autumn-winter catwalk for Jean-Paul Gaultier’s haute couture collection, or at Christian Lacroix 30th year celebration. Ferret’s shop has also recently been beautifully redesigned to include entomological butterfly boxes and rare cacti, as well as very fashionable graphic plants. Even better news: FLOWERED BY has just launched a delivery service in Paris.
Flowered by Thierry Ferret, 37 rue de Chabrol, 75010 Paris
Lachaume (A Classic!)
This iconic shop on the Rue Royale was loved by Marcel Proust, who used to buy orchids for his buttonholes there. Today, Lachaume is now on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where Stéphanie Primet and Caroline Cnocquaert are continuing the artistic tradition of the Lachaume family by crafting elegant creations that have attracted famous names from the worlds of fashion and cinema. “Here, we talk about haute couture,” Cnocquaert explains, emphasizing how meticulous their work is. “Lots of our clients call us ‘The Hermès of The Flower World,’ which is a great compliment,” she notes. At the time of this writing she and Primet are said to be inspired by natural looking bouquets, “mixed, like in a garden, using very soft colors, or, on the other hand, very strong ones… a chic but classic Parisian style, simple and with a minimum of leaves.”
Lachaume, 103 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Arôm Paris (For Ever-Surprising Bouquets)
Stepping through the door of Arôm Paris is like stepping into a parallel universe defined by lush blooms and old-fashioned charm. Saber Lakhdari, florist and chief bargain hunter behind the boutique, has made it a real curiosity shop known for its character-filled bouquets, which often incorporate unusual plants and colors. “Our clients are often looking for the style typified by our shop– a little odd but genuine, bouquets that are the stuff of dreams,” Lakhdari tells us, having decorated catwalks and created sumptuous decor for famous names like the Opéra Garnier, Dior, and Cartier. “We have an overall vision of flowers which we perceive as being a part of the whole, like a plant in an English-style garden,” he says, explaining the style that has made him a virtuoso of floral art.
Arôm Paris, 3 avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75012 Paris
We also love the concept, vision, and textural emphasis of the following purveyors:
- L’Artisan Fleuriste (romantic abode) 95 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris
- Muse Montmartre (an old-school Paris staple), 4 Rue Burq, 75018 Paris
- Rambert Rigaud (a Vogue favorite!), 2 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris
- Luc Gaignard (near Square des Batignolles), 71 Place du Dr Félix Lobligeois, 75017 Paris
- Fleurs Baptiste (modern and abstract), 4 Rue de l’Abbé Grégoire, 75006 Paris
- Gilles Pothier (lush and whimsical), 97 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris
- Odorantes (lots of Coco Chanel vibes), 9 Rue Madame, 75006 Paris
- Rosebud Fleuristes (extra whimsical), 4 Place de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris
- Stéphane Chapelle (super artsy!), 29 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
So many florists, so little time!