If your traveling to Paris and are looking to stop in at a few hobby shops, you can't find a better destination than the shops along the Rue de Douai. With 4 train - focused hobby shops right on the same street (Les Cheminots plus the 3 related stores of Transmondia, Trans-Europ, and Deco-train), a model car store (Asphalte) and Au Pullman only a 5-10 minute walk away, its probably one of the best 'per capita' hobby shop visits you can make on your travels! If your doing the tourist thing, hop off L Open Tour bus at the Moulin Rouge and walk down one block to this great little street!
Les Cheminots. Its really great to talk with about the hobby with the proprietors and fans in different countries! We had a great chat, and I picked up some great items.
Across town (but surprisingly fast if you use the Metro) is Opherline. This shop may be across town, but its very easy to get to from the Metro (take Metro Line 6 to the Quai de le Gare stop) and the arrangement and selection is well worth the effort! Unfortunately, I didn't take as many photos, so this one exterior shot will have to do. They do have a lot of inventory all nicely displayed in large glass cases however!
post from last year).
It quite surprising in a way....Paris is really quite nicely endowed with several good shops! Compared to New York City or London, there's a lot to choose from!