Nestled under the lofty shadows of Sacré-Cœur is an areaknown as the Marché St. Pierre. Along the small network of cobbled streets there is a dizzying array of choice from tiny shops specialising in buttons to giant warehouses brimming with endless bolts of fabrics. All budgets are catered for, with boutiques offering sumptuous haute couture fabrics and discount stores stocked with mountains of remnants. Every imaginable accoutrement necessary for dressmaking, costume design, upholstry, tapistry, patchwork, knitting, crochet, embroidery and cross-stitch can be found here!
Dreyfus is a bastion of Marché St. Pierre, with fabrics arranged over five floors, helpful staff always at the ready wooden metre sticks and old-fashioned little booths to pay for your purchases. Across the street in Tissu Reine miniature mannequins strike a pose in elegant ensembles made from their fabrics. Once inspired, seamstresses can browse the library on the second floor to select a pattern. Around the corner in the haberdashery Mercerie St. Pierre the shelves are lined with colourful rainbows of threads, ribbons, feathers, pom-poms, buttons and zips. Aisles display glistening scissors, pins, needles, hooks and seam-rippers. Frou-Frou sells pretty little boxes that may help to bring some kind of order to the accoutrements and accessories!
How to get there:
Take the Metro line 2 to Anvers, cross the road and walk up Rue Steinkerque towards Sacré-Cœur. At Place Saint-Pierre turn right and walk 2-3 minutes, Tissu Reine will be on the right, Dreyfus will be in front and Mercerie St. Pierre around the corner to the left.