The South's Best Shop 2017: The Paris Market & Brocante
In the heart of Savannah lies a tribute to the storied flea markets of France: The Paris Market & Brocante, the brainchild of world travelers Paula and Taras Danyluk. While the nod to Paris is obvious to shoppers, the Danyluks search far and wide for their home decor treasures–from Egypt to Italy, Holland, Belgium and beyond. Part gift shop, part decorating paradise, and part designer hangout, The Paris Market blends the brand-new and the vintage in an assortment of antiques and one-of-a-kind treasures that's both worldly and classically Southern.
Whimsical Window Displays
The elaborate window scenes of The Paris Market are creative art installations designed to spark mystery and wonder about what lies inside. Previous favorites include a tent pitched under a starry sky, a Halloween dungeon covered in cobwebs, and a Christmas tree trimmed with full-size swans. These dreamy scenes set the tone for the playfulness and imaginative genius that The Paris Market is famous for cultivating.
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Coffee and Sweet Treats
If you spend hours exploring The Paris Market (and believe us, you will), you'll need sustenance. The market's coffee-and-tea shop is the perfect spot for a quick sandwich or a plate of macarons. Even though market finds take center stage, this coffee bar is no afterthought—the menu boasts French press coffee, award-winning lattes, flavored seltzers, and incredible lavender iced tea as well as seasonal favorites like frozen hot chocolate topped with light pink whipped cream.
Don't Forget the Basement
There's so much to see at The Paris Market that it can be easy to miss the lower level entirely, but if you leave without heading downstairs, you're missing out. Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, prepare to get lost in a wonderland of the most incredible home goods, from decor to linens to tableware. You might find beds piled with the softest linens, chandeliers sparkling over stacks of unique books, or a long dining table all set up for a grand party as if the toasting will begin any second. All you know for sure is the scene will be surprising and awe inspiring.
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Bring Back Gifts
Embrace everyday luxury with a handpicked collection of fragrances, lotions, and jewelry perfect for birthday presents, hostess gifts, or just-because treats for a friend (or for yourself). Like everything else here, the selection changes, but you can expect to find French milled soaps, fragrant candles, and incredible jewelry of both the estate and costume varieties.
The creativity of The Paris Market and the character of the city of Savannah are intertwined, so it's appropriate that the shop incorporates fantastic people-watching thanks to views of Broughton Street from outdoor tables and the bar that faces outside. Pick up a journal and an iced coffee, and scribble ideas in your notebook; play poet for the afternoon while sipping iced tea; or grab your best girlfriend, and share a plate of cookies in the sunshine. The possibilities—and the inspiration—are endless.