Paper Paradise

The name of the papeterie Tout Noté translates as Everything Noted and, if you need the perfect gift from Paris, take those words literally. Why? Step inside this shop in the 5th and you enter a little jewel box. The real surprise of this boutique—twice as large as it looks from outside—is its range of unexpected yet very packable treasures.

Even the space itself is quirky and unique. That’s because, for half a century, it was a lab that manufactured surgical scalpels and scissors in steel. This accounts for the raked glass roof through which daylight streams, highlighting those gorgeous colors found throughout the shop.

Tout Noté itself began as a brand. It was founded 10 years back to make artisan papers, custom-made notebooks and handcrafted albums. (When the store opened in September, the studio also moved here). Co-owners Laurence Gabillet and Dominique Boulanger have used the premises to “assemble everything we love.” In addition to a huge stock of paper goods, this means a quirky mix of home decor, travel and fashion that includes witty accessories, jewelry and toys. So if you’re only briefly in Paris, you can still bring home an ideal gift.

Many of the products here are collaborations with charities that bring jobs to developing countries. Others make their products out of organic or recycled goods. All contribute to the kaleidoscope of colors and textures—like the garlands of luminous boules you can choose and put together yourself. Kids will love the school supplies and boxes of funny badges as well as the comfy, hand-painted rubber boots from Italy.

35, rue Jussieu, 75005. 01 43 25 28 24

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