If you’re looking for a decorating solution in Paris that won’t break the bank, look no further than Hema. This Dutch brand that has taken France by storm since its arrival in 2009. Haven’t heard of Hema? Think of it as the little cousin of Swedish furniture giant Ikea or American discount superstore Target. At Hema, you’ll find low-cost decorating and household products with fun and unique designs. Hema doesn’t stock furniture, but you’ll be able to find pretty much everything else you could need for your kitchen, office or bathroom and even some things you didn’t know you needed (giant colorful paperclips!). The store is organized into several categories: Déco, Beauté, Bureau, Manger, Dormir, Cuisiner, Bain and Bébé.
Hema, which stands for Hollandse Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam (Hollandic Standard Prices Company Amsterdam), has been present in its native Netherlands since 1926, but has just expanded to a few European countries, so far. While it’s not yet a household name, the store has become quite popular in France, where it now has 47 stores. In Paris, there are many small Hema stores in train stations like Chatelet, La Défense and Saint Lazare, but you’ll find the best selection in the larger stores.
HEMA Paris Rambuteau
120 Rue Rambuteau 75001 Paris
Hema’s first outpost in Paris, located just next to the Forum des Halles. Careful, this location is often closed for construction.
HEMA Paris Haussmann
2 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
One of the larger stores with the biggest selection.
1 rue de Rivoli, 1er arrondissement
This Marais location opened at the end of March 2016.