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Tucked away on one of the oldest streets in the Marais is one of Paris' hidden treasures: the Musée Cognacq-Jay, which features the collection of Ernest Cognacq, founder of the Samaritaine department store.
Housed in the historical Hôtel Denon, the museum is a celebration of Rococo fantasy. The intimate wood-paneled rooms are filled with drawings and paintings by Fragonard, Watteau and Chardin and feature an extensive collection of Louis XV and XVI furniture, including the bed of 18th-century style icon Marie Antoinette. The collection's more diminutive highlights include exquisite objects d'art, such as a perfume spraying pistol ornamented with gold and pearls, enameled snuff boxes and a leg-shaped, diamond-encrusted cigarette case. Hôtel Denon, 8, Rue Elzévir, 3rd arrondissement
Little V.I.P. caters to little ones aged two to 12 with a constantly changing inventory carefully handpicked by owner Natasha Xantapoulos.
With more than 15 years working in the marketing departments of such venerable names as Guy Laroche, Lalique and Chanel, Xantapoulos aims to provide the same personalized attention as luxury's biggest players. A coloring table and goblet full of lollipops keeps kids entertained while the jazz soundtrack gives the 375-square-foot space a lounge feel. The minimalist white decor highlights the carefully assembled outfits.
Little V.I.P. offers a roundup of international children's brands, including Belgium's Maan, Italy's Roberta Bacarelli and Frances' Le Vestiare de Jeanne. For fall, cashmere sweaters, precious-stone jewelry, handmade leather boots and patterned dresses are on offer.
Xantapoulos orders just one of each size/color and never reorders. Appointments are available, but not necessary, for a more personalized experience. Little V.I.P., 1 Rue Saint-Simon, 75007; +01-4222-0504
— Christine Cheng