Do you ever daydream about spending the day in a French cafe, sipping a decadent latte and eating macarons while you and your companion pass the time people-watching? That pretty much describes one of my favorite daydreams, and the perfect afternoon I spent at The Paris Market and Brocante in Savannah. Located on historic Broughton Street, The Paris Market is a treasure-chest of a store, and boosts one of the loveliest cafes this side of the Atlantic.
Owner Paula Danyluk has scoured the markets of the world to fill her store with treasures, and you can spend all day browsing the two-story store to see these delights. The store has a French inspired decor, from the Metro sign at the entrance, to the cafe, to the marquee letters hanging over an artfully arranged display. I can't say enough about the elaborate displays, everything in the store is arranged just so beautifully. Lovely natural elements accent the displays, and all of these shells, dried flowers, leaves, and so on are even available for purchase so you can create your own vignettes at home. Additionally, the store windows are amazing. We were in town as the fall display was being updated with the winter display and it was a treat to see them working on the window as we passed by the store each day. If you want to see an archive of their window displays, there are photos here.
In addition to the one-off pieces, you can also find specialty brands you already love, like Fresh, Tocca, Mistral and Bellocq Tea. I have never seen a more comprehensive display of Bellocq flavors, and really enjoyed smelling all of the tea samples. The Paris Market also sells some of it's own merchandise, from t-shirts to totes. I purchased some of their dried lavender, a few sea shells and an inkwell with gold hardware.
And did I mention that fabulous cafe?! Whether you are in need of a caffeine boost or a place to rest your feet, make a beeline to the charming cafe. On the main floor of the store, the cafe area looks just like a corner cafe in Paris, with marble topped tables, bistro chairs, fresh flowers, mismatched china and sterling. The cafe brews only Cafe La Semeuse, a quality coffee known to never be bitter, and serves exquisite macarons made by local bakery Maison de Macaron. You can also find lavender cookies, real French caramels, and other delectable treats. I couldn't resist the beautiful macarons, and sampled the coffee, lemon, cranberry and lime flavors, all washed down with a chocolate-covered raspberry latte. All were divine! Bring your sweet tooth and make sure you have time to stay awhile, you will be so happy you came!