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Places Around Maastricht: La Papiers

La Papiers in Maastricht

La Papiers in Maastricht

La Papiers is an example of a small shop that has conformed to the odd spaces left by generations of architects and builders in old cities like Maastricht. Located along the river Maas, this small paper and stationary shop has taken up residence under a double staircase leading to the top of the old city wall. As you stroll by, the only thing you’re likely to notice is the small, unassuming sign atop a bright red door. But when the store is open, it is like looking into a surprising and magical space built under the wall.
 
Once inside the store you will find a small and eclectic stationery store. When I visited, the store had a variety of holiday decorations and cards in nostalgic and rustic designs. The store also carries large sheets of decorative paper that could be used for wrapping or paper crafts and a selection of stationary for all occasions. Handmade paper boxes and journals are also available. Finally the store has a selection of offbeat, attractive jewelry at the counter.
 
I’ve not actually made a purchase at La Papiers yet because I do not yet have a need for this sort of decorative paper and all the communication I do these days is by e-mail. Still I have a very special place in my heart for paper and all the ways it is used, so this shop is a small gem that appeals to my creative side. It is probably the sort of store I will visit if I am looking for a very specific type of paper for a project or to purchase a gift for another paper-lover.
 
(Open hours to come.)

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