This week I checked out a 1900 pharmacy on avenue de la Bourdonnais. It’s exquisite, it’s lovely, and it was built around the same time as the Eiffel Tower.
I even chatted with the owner, Gérard Chavaroc, about how he came to own it and how he thinks it won’t be around for too long.
To listen to our conversation, click play below and be sure to follow the podcast on Spotify or wherever you get podcasts. I do this stuff every week 🙂
To find the pharmacy, head to number 52-54 avenue de la Bourdonnais in the 7th arrondissement. And be sure to buy something!
For my pictures from the pharmacy, inside and out, simply scroll down. For my Instagram story, click here.
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If you liked this post, you’ll probably enjoy my pictures from that time I found what was surely the most beautiful lobby in Montmartre.
3 thoughts on “A look inside a very old Paris pharmacy (before it disappears)”
In 2008, I travelled with my mother (who is now 97 y.o.) to Paris. We stayed at Hotel La Bourdonnais, 111 Avenue La Bourdonnais and pronounced the 7th arrondissement as the best one for visitors from the USA (at that time, I from Virginia, she from Michigan). Your conversation with the pharmacist was a delightful trip back in time; I’ll try to get my mom to listen to it (and also coincidently, my father was a pharmacist before becoming a physician).
I first listened to your podcast with Molly Wilkerson (I’m one of her students) and I just might now be hooked. I’ve been to Paris 4 times, and unable to travel just yet internationally, your podcasts help to fill a void.
I only have two pieces of advice for new parents. One, let your instincts rule over what the doctor says. Two, wear a bandage (like the stretchy thing they put over an ankle sprain) over your belly a day or two after the baby is born and nursed over bottle feeding. It kept my tummy flat. I’ve had three 8 lb. babies and can still wear a bikini. 🙂
I was lucky to see the inside of one of the old pharmacies in Paris back in 2017, the Pharmacie Swann; it was on 6 Rue de Castiglione, sadly it’s closed now. Honestly, it was my first time in Paris, and I assumed all pharmacies in Paris were the same! Now that it closed, I wish I spent more time paying attention to the beautiful historic details inside.