After my adventures with Pixartprinting exploring the floors of Venice, Barcelona and London, the web to print company called me again to start a new and exciting project. It consists in discovering cities through their historical and beautiful storefronts.

Paris is so beautiful that travellers are often blinded by the glow of its tourist hot spots. But if you dig below the surface, you will uncover another story of the city. A story made by the people who put art and creativity at the core of their everyday life. A look inside some of the Paris shop fronts, at the life going on behind them, will bring you closer to the vibrant pulse of the city.

The beauty of Paris is more than its amazing museums and monuments. Ancient families of craftsman and young designers, food lovers and music addicts, even opticians and dry cleaners, display a unique savoir faire that adds creativity to everyday life. Their workshops, laboratories and boutiques tell a different tale of the city. Next time you go to Paris, take some time to delve into this world: you will not regret it.

More info: sebastianerras.com | pixartprinting.co.uk

#1 Drew Harré, Relaxing At The Entrance Of His Fish And Wine Restaurant

Drew Harré, Relaxing At The Entrance Of His Fish And Wine Restaurant

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

That mosaic tile work is exceptional. I think I've seen this restaurant on Facebook too!

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#2 Bernard Poussin (Left) And Diane Junique In Front Of Their Two-Centuries-Old Chocolaterie

Bernard Poussin (Left) And Diane Junique In Front Of Their Two-Centuries-Old Chocolaterie

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

WOW! This storefront "pulls you in" as much as what you'll see once you get inside! YUM!

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#3 Chef Christophe Duparay In Front Of His Restaurant

Chef Christophe Duparay In Front Of His Restaurant

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I LOVE that they turned an old antique pharmacy turned into a restaurant; boutique bistro - it's wonderful to keep the old nostalgia and mix it with new! I wish I could see inside now too :)

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#4 Alain, At The Door Of His Barber Shop, The Most Famous In Paris

Alain, At The Door Of His Barber Shop, The Most Famous In Paris

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Laura Ingles. 2 years ago

Such style....

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#5 Boris Lumé, Standing Proudly At The Entrance Of His Lovely Bakery-Confectionery

Boris Lumé, Standing Proudly At The Entrance Of His Lovely Bakery-Confectionery

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

This reminds me of the stores on Main Street, USA - Disneyland :) I now understand where Disney got some of his wonderful ideas!

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#6 Gilles Berthommier And One Of His Puppets At The Door Of His Workshop

Gilles Berthommier And One Of His Puppets At The Door Of His Workshop

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

WOWZA - That is one of the fanciest marionettes I've ever seen. Beautiful.

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#7 Norbert Proudly Displays The Collection Of Shoes He Designs

Norbert Proudly Displays The Collection Of Shoes He Designs

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Krystyna Chojnowska 2 years ago

wow.. making shoes ymm "manually" (forgive my English) - sth that is so rare these days.. so precious.

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#8 Yann Bilhaud Waits For Children At The Door Of The Toy Shop He Runs

Yann Bilhaud Waits For Children At The Door Of The Toy Shop He Runs

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

This shop owner even looks 'young at heart' - the kid who never got older! His passion for children and their toys shows in his smile.

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#9 Stefan Perrier, In Front Of What Looks Like A Hat Shop, But Is In Fact A Leading Art Bookshop

Stefan Perrier, In Front Of What Looks Like A Hat Shop, But Is In Fact A Leading Art Bookshop

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#10 Dorothée Hoffmann Never Takes Off Her Apron When She Is At Her Ceramics Workshop

Dorothée Hoffmann Never Takes Off Her Apron When She Is At Her Ceramics Workshop

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#11 Julien Pruvost, Executive Director Of The Oldest Candle Company In France

Julien Pruvost, Executive Director Of The Oldest Candle Company In France

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Annabella Bray 2 years ago

Looking good for his age lol

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#12 Luc Fracheboud And His Father Patrick At The Front Door Of Their Historic Restaurant

Luc Fracheboud And His Father Patrick At The Front Door Of Their Historic Restaurant

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Annabella Bray 2 years ago

Any cafe that serves champagne is alright by me!

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#13 Julien Houssais Welcomes Sweet Tooth To The Luxurious Pastry Shop He Manages

Julien Houssais Welcomes Sweet Tooth To The Luxurious Pastry Shop He Manages

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Kjorn 2 years ago

that's my kind of treats

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#14 Alexandre Boyer, Surrounded By Pictures And Posters From The History Of Cinema

Alexandre Boyer, Surrounded By Pictures And Posters From The History Of Cinema

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Irene Walton 2 years ago

beautiful pics and beautiful shops

#15 Maxime Hubert, At The Entrance Of The Reference Jazz Music Shop In Paris

Maxime Hubert, At The Entrance Of The Reference Jazz Music Shop In Paris

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Kjorn 2 years ago

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same color as the restaurant we saw before

#16 Vanessa Jacquiot, Sales And Marketing Manager Of The Boutique Hotel That Was Once Paris’s Oldest Bakery

Vanessa Jacquiot, Sales And Marketing Manager Of The Boutique Hotel That Was Once Paris’s Oldest Bakery

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Kjorn 2 years ago

nothing is better than a fresh, warm bread!

#17 Jacques Kuzma Guards His Gigantic Newspaper Archive

Jacques Kuzma Guards His Gigantic Newspaper Archive

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#18 Siblings Julien (Left) And Cécile Aurouze Are Not Horrified By The Rat Parade In Their Shop’s Windows

Siblings Julien (Left) And Cécile Aurouze Are Not Horrified By The Rat Parade In Their Shop’s Windows

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Satomi Sumati 2 years ago

It's that shop from Ratatouille!

#19 Avijid Gosh Welcomes People Passionate By Art At The Hotel He Runs

Avijid Gosh Welcomes People Passionate By Art At The Hotel He Runs

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#20 Nathalie Felber Stands In Front Of The Dry Cleaner’s Created By Her Great-Grandfather

Nathalie Felber Stands In Front Of The Dry Cleaner’s Created By Her Great-Grandfather

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Ava Masumi 2 years ago

that's a fancy looking dry cleaners

#21 Julia Charvin At The Door Of The Only Colour Factory For Artists In Paris

Julia Charvin At The Door Of The Only Colour Factory For Artists In Paris

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#22 Luc Fracheboud And His Father Patrick At The Front Door Of Their Historic Restaurant

Luc Fracheboud And His Father Patrick At The Front Door Of Their Historic Restaurant

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Haniza Rahmat 2 years ago

same as no 15

#23 Bernard Hadid, At The Door Of His Genuinely Parisian Bistrot

Bernard Hadid, At The Door Of His Genuinely Parisian Bistrot

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Karen Ang 2 years ago

Oooh I've been here

#24 Régis Page Welcomes Visitors At His Musical Treasure Cave

Régis Page Welcomes Visitors At His Musical Treasure Cave

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#25 Dave Kouliche, Welcoming Visitors At His Vinyl Records Shop

Dave Kouliche, Welcoming Visitors At His Vinyl Records Shop

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#26 Jacqueline Lemoine, Below The Lion That Welcomes Visitors To Her Art Gallery

Jacqueline Lemoine, Below The Lion That Welcomes Visitors To Her Art Gallery

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Vivienne Greenwood 2 years ago

I wish it were mine....all mine.

#27 Sophie Sennelier Carries On The Art's Business Founded By Her Great Grandfather

Sophie Sennelier Carries On The Art's Business Founded By Her Great Grandfather

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#28 Daan Sins (Left) And Sébastien Guerra Welcome Customers With A Smile To Their Cosmetics Shop

Daan Sins (Left) And Sébastien Guerra Welcome Customers With A Smile To Their Cosmetics Shop

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#29 Didier Madamour At The Entrance Of The Melac Restaurant

Didier Madamour At The Entrance Of The Melac Restaurant

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#30 Elisabetta Orsini, Communication Officer, Waits At The Entrance Of A Unique Space Of Natural History In Paris

Elisabetta Orsini, Communication Officer, Waits At The Entrance Of A Unique Space Of Natural History In Paris

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#31 Pascale Cohen Leads Her Optics Shop And A Slice Of The Cultural Life Of The Bastille Neighbourhood

Pascale Cohen Leads Her Optics Shop And A Slice Of The Cultural Life Of The Bastille Neighbourhood

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