Long before the houseplant craze took over the world, a Parisian home was always adorned with plants – a balcony with geraniums, a kitchen with herbs, or a windowsill with ferns. And with the pandemic forcing everyone to stay home, more and more of us are now revamping our living spaces into urban jungles through houseplants.
Whether you are just about to start your houseplant collection or you already have and you’re currently looking for “unicorns,” here is a guide where to shop for houseplants in Paris (from a certified crazy plant lady!).
Part plant store, part hair salon, there is surely nothing else like What The Flower. Founded by Justine Jeannin, this hip plant store is for anyone who wants to transform their Parisian home with lush greenery. They’ve even published a book! And, if you still need convincing, get a haircut here and you’ll feel instantly transported to plant paradise, guaranteed.
Leaf successfully combines design and minimalism with their selection of plants and pottery. Anyone who walks in this artsy store gets a visual lesson on how to make the most out of using plants in improving your interiors. Their catalog includes philodendrons, alocasias, anthuriums, caladiums, and more.
My absolute favorite in the Marché aux Fleurs, Shawnee, stands out amongst its neighbors on Île de la Cité. This shop is always ahead of the game, with its selection of rare plants such as the Philodendron melanochrysum and the Philodendron gloriosum. Normally, we need to get these types of plants shipped in from other European countries, but Shawnee makes it easier for all Parisians. However, be quick—they run out fast, sometimes in a snap!
True to its name, Plantes Pour Tous (“plants for everyone”) sells the most affordable plants in Paris with their Grande Ventes events. From gorgeous dried flowers to variegated monsteras, they have it all. They also categorize their plants based on the care they need, making this shop the most ideal one for beginners. Pro-tip: Reserve a rendez-vous to skip the long line to get in!
Le Cactus Club has the trendiest cacti collection à Paris! It’s hard not to love the spiky plants after visiting this store. They also offer a variation of atelier classes on how to make terrariums, ornamental flower crowns, and the Japanese art of Kokedama!
Founded in 1824, Truffaut is a chain of garden centers and pet shops in France. It is almost a Parisian tradition to visit Truffaut for any gardening needs. Hundreds of plants, outdoors and indoors, are available all year round. And the best part is their giveaways! Follow their Instagram to be updated and maybe win a free plant!
What The Flower – 35 rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris
Leaf – 46 Rue Albert Thomas, 75010 Paris
Shawnee by Philippe Meunier – Marché aux Fleurs Place Louis Lepine, 75004 Paris
Plantes Pour Tous – 13 Rue Jean Poulmarch, 75010 Paris
Le Cactus Club – 29 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011 Paris
Truffaut – 85 Quai de la Gare, 75013 Paris / 4 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris / 36 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
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