Paris Shopping 101

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In Paris, you can’t turn the corner without finding yet another place to lay down some cash, whether that be on souvenirs, shops or high end luxury goods. Paris is truly the shopping capital of the world!

It would be nearly impossible to mention all the great places to shop in Paris so this will be my quick guide to the best shopping areas in the city- Paris shopping 101! I will list some of my favourite streets, malls and areas to get you started on all your Paris retail therapy needs!

Enjoy!

High End Shopping

For Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and almost every other high end brand you can think of, look no further than l’avenue des Champs-Élysées and Rue François-Ier.

L’avenue des Champs-Élysées is of course one of the most famous streets in Paris and if you fancy your shopping with a side of tourists this is the place to be.

I quite prefer rue François-Ier, actually I think it is one of the most beautiful streets in Paris! Running off of Avenue George V (which in turn runs right off of l’avenue des Champs-Élysées) it is known for its beautiful buildings and high end shopping including Givenchy and Versace.

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High end shopping with great outdoor views doesn’t get much better than this. When you are exhausted from the shopping, be sure to stop at Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées to enjoy a sweet treat on fine china. Perfection.

Rue Saint-Honoré which runs north of the Louvre is also the next best street for luxury goods shopping. As of right now the Chanel and Louis Vuitton stores on the street are undergoing a massive renovation, other marks such as Ba&sh (love their dresses), Colette and Manoush are worth a visit. While you are here, please take in the views of the Hôtel Costes and grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes that line the street. Beautiful for people watching and beautiful shopping-love it.

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The streets are great for walking down and browsing in the summer, but if you are in Paris in the winter time and would like to enjoy your luxury shopping under a roof (a very beautiful one at that) head over to Galeries Lafayette where you can shop brands such as Chanel, Michael Kors and Sandro. Located just behind the famous Paris Opera, Palais Garner-the whole area is definitely worth your time.

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High Street Shopping

Les Halles is a huge shopping complex that is connected to one of the major Metro hubs in Paris, Châtelet – Les Halles. It is newly renovated and a great place to start off your shopping experience in the middle of Paris.

Rue de Rivoli is a great street for shopping from H and M to Zara, check it out from the Louvre to the Marias, the whole stretch is worth a look.

Vintage stores of the Marais also come highly recommended (by me!) check out my post on my favourite shops HERE  Make sure to make a stop at the Kilo Shop-a great place to buy vintage where you pay by the kilo- a great treasure is always to be found.

Also in the area, find the BHV Marais department store filled with great brands, both pricey and more affordable including Top Shop, Furla, Marc Jacobs, etc.

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BHV Marais

Boulevard Saint-Germain in the Latin Quarter is also a great place to stroll down when they weather is nice. It is a young and hip area filled with students and a great mix of shops both high end and more affordable.

Gifts and Souvenirs 

Lets be clear, you can pick up a mini Eiffel Tower literally anywhere on the street. There is always someone around to sell you something and they are especially visible around any of the major Paris attractions (Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, etc.) But I will tell you a bit about my favourite spots to pick up some gifts:

Just outside of Metro Saint-Michel in the Latin Quarter you will find some great tourist shops and really great book shops including used book stores and specialty ones.

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For little ones check out Le Petit Prince store at 8 Rue Grégoire de Tours (just off of Boulevard Saint-Germain in the Latin Quarter.)

For the soccer fan in your life (I believe they call that football on this side of the pond) be sure to check out the official Paris Saint-Germain store on the Champs-Élysées. I picked up some jerseys here which are sure to be well received by the men in my life!

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Shakespeare and Company on the left bank is one of my favourite english book stores in Paris. If you are buying something as a souvenir or gift be sure to ask them to stamp the inside with their store stamp to make it extra special.

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For art lovers be sure to browse through the Louvre gift shop- one of my favourite places for gifts in Paris!

And of course, anywhere on the left bank stretch of the Seine. I love walking from Saint-Michel all the way to the Eiffel tower (it is a 5km stretch but it is absolutely the best walk in Paris!) As you are walking you can browse the stands for paintings, books, souvenirs- it is really some of the best souvenir shopping in the city with plenty of views to keep you visually engaged. If you are a walker like me, you will absolutely adore it!

Hope you enjoyed my little guide to the best shopping Paris has to offer, bye and happy spending! 😉

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2 comments on “Paris Shopping 101”

  1. d.s.k Reply

    hi Silvana !
    im going to Paris on mid November. i want to be able to do some shopping experience .however my budget is cheap. where can i find sort of fashion designer factory outlet or reject factory outlet but with design goods? Anyway what is the price range in la fayette shopping mall tq for taking time to reply this .

    • Silvana Reply

      Hi! I would suggest Le Marais area if you are on a budget, they have lots of vintage stores and more affordable options. If you are set on brand names you can check out La Vallee Village which is outside of Paris and offers discount brand name shopping and you can get there in the Paris Metro. Galleries Lafayette is beautiful but not a place to get a deal. Most brands are full price, and depending on where you are coming from it could be more expensive (for example the Lacoste stuff I was looking at there was more expensive at regular price than in Montreal)

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