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BHV La Niche: Good pet store in central Paris

BHV (short for “Bazaar Hôtel de Ville”) is a great department store in central Paris. I love it because it has a little bit of everything, which is old-fashioned and charming and useful. My favorite sight? DIY folks emerging from the basement home reno section clutching lengths of lumber and PVC pipe, negotiating their way around the fashionistas on the ground floor. It has spun out some of its departments into nearby stores of their own, including the men’s store, the bike store, the flooring store, the wine store — and the pet store, which is called BHV La Niche. Here it is from the outside:

And here’s a photo of one corner of the pet food section. As you can (kind of) see, they have a good selection of Science Diet and Royal Canin foods for both cats and dogs.

You’re looking at about a tenth of the store, so it’s big by Paris pet store standards. There’s room for a range of dog beds, carriers (all European brands), leashes, collars, clothing and grooming supplies. There’s also a corner of cat-specific supplies. If you’re looking for good-quality, basic supplies, and pretty good food, this is the place to go.

We happened across two other dog stores in central Paris that you should know about. Un Chien dans le Marais is only a couple of blocks away from BHV La Niche, and offers glamorous clothing and a few carriers and beds — all for very small dogs indeed (everything I saw was too tiny for Chloe). Au Paradis Canin, just across the river in the 5th arrondissement, focuses on “haute coiffure canine,” but the front of the shop is a small boutique offering good-quality carriers, collars & leashes, clothing and accessories.

BHV La Niche
42, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
T: 01 42 74 94 31
Metro: Hôtel de Ville
Open Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 9:30 am to 7:30 pm; Weds. 9:30 am to 9 pm; Sat. 9:30 am to 8 pm

Un Chien dans le Marais
5 bis, rue du Roi de Sicile
75004 Paris
T: 01 42 74 30 06
Metro: Saint-Paul or Hôtel de Ville
Open everyday from 12 pm to 7 pm

Au Paradis Canin
21, rue du Cardinal Lemoine
75005 Paris
T: 01 43 29 25 59
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine
Open Tues. to Sat. 9 am to 6 pm


  • Jill Martin

    I’m planning a trip home to the US soon and logged onto your site for advice. I loved the picture of Chloe in her new bag! I had bought all of my previous bags because of your recommendations, however when visiting my daughter in Paris I had my Coton groomed at Au Paradis Canin (right around the corner from her apartment). While I was there I bought the gray wool bag that was in the window- love it! When I returned home to Basel, Switzerland a friend admired it… so my daughter bought another one for the friend. I hope you enjoy the bag as much as we have! Now I’m trying to decide if I bring the messenger bag or the gray wool one to the US in early December. Any suggestions?

  • Hi, Jill! How funny that we bought the exact same carrier! I really like it (in fact, I came very close to buying the canvas version as well, at Au Paradis Canin), but if you only have room for one carrier on your trip to the US, I’d make it the messenger bag. The Milk & Pepper carrier is more chic, but the PetEgo messenger bag can also serve as a stealth bag should that be needed, so it’s a bit more versatile. I’ve found that Chloe stays very warm in the messenger bag, if that’s a concern for you.

    I love it that you’ve bought your carriers based on my recommendations. I’m beaming with pride here. (I sure hope you’ve been happy with them!)

  • Dog in the city

    And dont forget to visit the best “Grooming for Dogs and Cats” in Paris, in “Le Marais”, very central place in Paris.

    Please visit us !

    Dog in the city
    Toilettage à Paris
    26 rue du Petit Musc
    75004 Paris

  • zadig

    hi !
    I came here by a research about BHV La Niche. Zadig, my little dog owns his blog about place and restaurant where dogs are accepted in Paris and in France.

    bye bye


  • No problem, Sabine — there’s always Google Translate. It’s just solid gold to have reports from a Parisian and her pup — and to have a dog owner contact in Paris. I’ll talk about your blog in my next Chloe’s Clicks, too!

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