Save for the bars that line the façade and the “RF” (for République Française) inscribed on the building’s pediment, not a trace of La Trésorerie’s former life as the 10th arrondissement’s primary tax office remain. The spirit of yesteryear does come alive, however, on the inside of this beautiful shop that marries the concept of a droguerie—a traditional Parisian hardware store—and modern homewares. From artisanal, decorative objects and furnishings to everyday household necessities like shoe brushes, brooms and dishtowels, the goods are gussied up with a contemporary yet timeless design sensibility and sustainable twist. Here, the focus is on showcasing products crafted from easily recyclable or renewable materials, without compromising aesthetics. You can find beautiful, Welsh linens in one room, wood stools from the Jura in another and Scandinavian dishware in the space that leads into the shop’s Swedish eatery, Café Smörgås.
Snack on Swedish tartines (smörgås) topped with fresh smoked salmon with crème fraîche and dill or comté cheese and tomatoes with arugula and wash it down with a filtered coffee — the beans are also local, sourced from Belleville Brûlerie, a 19th arrondissement roaster.—Lindsey Tramuta