Le Prince Jardinier/Deyrolle, 7th Arr.
Tel: 33 1 44 55 07 15
Metro: Rue du Bac
Concierge.com's insider take:
Prince Louis Albert de Broglie knows a thing or two about cultivating one's garden—it was tending the one at his château near Tours that inspired him to create a shop that caters to the gardening art de vivre. In addition to offering handsome tools and other accoutrements, this store specializes in the kind of gear—country-chic jackets, aprons, and natural fiber bags—that has a life well beyond the garden. The enthusiastic response allowed the prince to twice rescue Deyrolle: Founded in 1831, this unrivaled cabinet of curiosities—and the last true taxidermist on the continent—was saved from bankruptcy by de Broglie in 2001, only to be gutted by fire in 2008. When Deyrolle's space (located above Le Prince Jardinier) rose from the ashes in late 2009, "naturalized" circus animals had returned to the floor, as had other curios of the natural world, from boxes of mounted butterflies and iridescent insects (Yves Saint Laurent was a collector) to assorted crystals, shells, and the odd bat skeleton.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm, closed at lunch hour on Mondays.