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
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
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
T: 01 43 29 25 59
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine
Open Tues. to Sat. 9 am to 6 pm