Deyrolle’s facade is classic and fairly simple with a touch of mystery. She enters through the cherry wooden doors and thinks “What a charming store,” filled with old science botanical prints and delightful gardening supplies. She then notices the wooden staircase curving upwards towards the unknown and is led by her curiosity to a cabinet of wonder and magical curiosities. Bengal tigers, radiant peacocks, scarlet lobsters, majestic butterflies and elaborate seashells resides upstairs, all quietly waiting two stories above Paris’s Rue du Bac to reward those who follow their inquisitiveness.
This Left Bank gem is truly worth discovering. The world’s most exotic and beautiful creatures live here between the gold gilded chandeliers, dark cherry floors, and mint green walls. Prints of butterfly species, foliage categorization, and mermaid anatomies grace the walls while emerald beetles and violet dragonflies are displayed in glass terrariums and cases.
Almost as if it were a private boutique museum of natural history, Deyrolle has been France’s leading shop of entomology and taxidermy since 1831. Filled with mounted animals, fossils, seashells, minerals, and science, this shop has also provided original flora and fauna prints to the educational system for over a century.
Part store, part museum, and part laboratory, Deyrolle’s visitors are encouraged to watch and learn from the professionals as they uncover secrets about the latest frock flown in. But fret she does not, as Deyrolle does not hunt and only accepts animals from zoos or parks who have died from old age or illness. Also famously known for their scientific prints, their collection makes for a wonderful coffee table book or framed decoration within the home.
Loved by the world, Deyrolle has been the eye of many photoshoots, such as Opening Ceramony’s lookbook and Karen Knorr’s Fable series. Wes Anderson is a fan of the shop, as is director Woody Allen who used it as a set for a party scene in his film Midnight in Paris.
There is still mystery left in the world and Deyrolle has ostrich feathered and glitzed crystal proof to show for it. Here, the Embarkiste goes home with a sense of fascination and an itch for redecoration.