Notions of Monmartre

Notions of Paris

photos by Lara Dalinsky

While wandering the Parisian side streets of Monmartre, I came across a delightful notions shops full of every kind of button imaginable. The long clear tubes that organized the colorful buttons created mesmerizing, staccato textures that begged to be photographed.

Though famous for Sacré Coeur Basilica, the neighborhood around the base of its hill has many more interesting fabric shops and boutiques than the souvenir-laden stores at the top. A good way to discover Monmartre’s fabric stores is to start at the two largest and most famous ones: Marché Saint Pierre and Tissue Reine. These two shops are practically across the street from each other near the southeast corner of Place Saint-Pierre. Most of the smaller, specialized sewing boutiques are scattered around them.

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Sewing Vocabulary
Sewers making a trip to Monmartre should know some of these basic French vocabulary words to interpret the store displays:

  • tissus: fabrics
  • coupons: remnants/swatches
  • mercerie: sewing notions
  • dentelle: lace
  • fil: yarn or thread
  • tricot: knit
  • laine: wool
  • soie: silk
  • voilage: sheers
  • tissus d’ameublement: upholstery

Further west of Place Saint-Pierre—around rue des 3 Frères, rue de la Vieuville, and rue Yvonne le Tac—travelers will uncover quaint cafés, galleries, vintage shops, and unique boutiques that sell clothing and home goods that feel miles away from the hectic crowds above at Place du Tertre.

Lara Dalinsky
Lara Dalinsky

Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of exploring the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.

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