I first saw Merci in the IG feed of one of my favorite fashion blogs, Sea of Shoes. Jane, the creator, had a really charming photo by their cafe window which prompted me to visit the concept shop. When I got to Paris, I googled the address and found out it was just a 10-minute walk from our apartment. Of course I had to go! The walk turned out to be 15 minutes or so—especially longer in leather boots—but once I entered their library/coffee shop and saw the exact same spot where Jane’s photo was taken, I’d forgotten about the trek.
Turns out there were two different doors to the building which can be easily missed since the main door is quite hidden from the street and I didn’t notice a sign where the library entrance was. Best way to locate it is by building number which is 111. You’ll need to go into a small courtyard (pictured above) to find this entrance where their famous red Fiat is parked; I discovered this later on when I was inside the store. The coffee shop/library is connected to the main floor which housed the beddings plus retail area in warehouse-style interiors that was actually a huge space, complete with a second floor and a basement. It was quite overwhelming to navigate at first and you can’t just stay for a few; everywhere I turned there were so many interesting and cute corners to discover with everything from apparel, bags, shoes, accessories, trinkets, home stuff etc. The second floor was filled with all kinds of furniture, displayed and curated so beautifully I wanted to stay and take it all in..heck even live there!
The basement was where the restaurant or la cantine was. I didn’t get to take a photo because it was quite hectic but I did see the scrumptious healthy salads and open sandwiches they served. There was also a small garden behind the eating area where some fresh herbs were grown. I thought, wow this store has everything! And don’t even get me started on the shoppers and attendants; I’ve never seen so many chic people from all races in one place, I kid you not. It was almost intimidating. Even if I had my camera with me, I don’t think I’d have the guts to ask for photos—wish I did. I’ll just have to settle for my iPhone pics for now and daydream about the day I get to visit again. If you ever find yourself in Paris, make this place part of your must-sees!
Merci is at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris.