Historic Shops

Best Shops 2023

These stunning shops have withstood the test of time. Many of these iconic institutions have remained family-run, passed down through generations over decades and centuries. The beautiful facades and interiors are a testament to the legacies and histories of these storied establishments.

1. À la Mère de Famille


Paris' oldest chocolate shop and a beautiful example of La Belle Époque architecture.

Faubourg Montmartre Store 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris, FR

2. Vesuvio Bakery


Classic green Italian New York bakery established in 1920.

New York Store 160 Prince Street, Soho, New York, NY 10012, USA

Moynihan Train Hall Store Moynihan Train Hall, 421 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA

Hell's Kitchen Store 824 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019, USA

3. Maison Empereur

Hardware Kitchenware Apothecary Homeware Apparel Kids

The oldest hardware store in France, run by same family since 1827.

Marseille Store 4 Rue des Récolettes, 13001 Marseilles, FR

4. C.O. Bigelow

Apothecary Beauty

America's oldest apothecary, established in 1838 in New York City.

New York Store 414 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA

5. Caza das Vellas Loreto


The oldest family-run handmade candle shop in the world.

Lisbon Store Rua do Loreto 53, 1200-241 Lisbon, PT

6. Sennelier

Arts & Craft

Historic art supply store established in Paris in 1887.

Paris Store 3 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris, FR

7. Brattle Book Shop


A giant No.2 pencil marks the entrance to one of the oldest antiquarian bookshops in the US.

Boston Store 9 West Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA

8. Paul Rothe & Son


Fourth-generation gourmet grocery, provisions, and delicatessen.

London Store 35 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London, W1U 2NQ, UK

9. E. Dehillerin


Historic Paris kitchenware specialty store, established in 1820.

Paris Store 18-20 Rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris, FR

10. Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella


Historic Florentine apothecary, the oldest in the world, founded in 1221.

Florence Store Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Florence, IT