Shopping In Paris
As a mecca of luxury brands and haute couture, The City Of Lights is one of the best places in Europe when it comes to shopping. Chic or luxury boutiques, designer brands, flea markets, souvenirs and malls are located on both the grand boulevards and also spread across different neighborhoods in the city.
There are two discount seasons in Paris: one in the summer, usually starting from June 25/26 and one during winter, starting from January 8.
Most shops in Paris usually open at 10 AM and close at 7 PM. As a general rule, Sunday is off, except for the boutiques Carrousel du Louvre, Champs-Elysées and the district of Marais.
1. Rivoli Street
Extended on several kilometers, Rivoli street is a popular shopping location. Grand Store BHV, famous for its household and art deco articles can be found here.
All the way through, towards Louvre, several big international chains can be found on Rivoli street: Desigual, C&A, Sephora, Zara, Footlocker etc, as well as some small souvenir shops.
Following the direction of Faubourg Saint-Antoine and Bastille, several clothing boutiques welcome visitors: André, Mademoiselle Bio, Des Filles à la Vanille, KooKaï.
Find deco, wellness and tea shops, a bit further: Mariage Frères, Palais des thé…
How to get there: Metro : Saint Paul (line 1 for direction Faubourg Saint- Antoine), Hôtel de Ville (line 1, 11 to arrive directly at BVH), Chatelet (line 1,11 for direction Forum des Halles), Palais Royal (line 7,1 for direction: Carrousel du Louvre).
2. Luxury Shopping in Louvre-des Tuileries-des Champs Elysées
Also called the capital of luxury, Paris is indeed the home of many well known designer brands.
The neighbourhood of Faubourg Saint-Honoré is well known as a fashion and design shopping area: haute couture boutiques like Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Hermès or Prada and concept stores such as Colette are all spread along Faubourg Saint-Honoré street.
If you’re looking for luxury jewelry and precious diamonds, the best places to find them are the Paix street and Place Vendôme: Cartier, Mauboussin, Chanel, Van Cleef, Boucheron.
Haute couture is at its finest on Montaigne Avenue, where fashion brands are all lined up: Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Lanvin, Cartier, La Perla, Chanel, Hermès, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent.
How to get there: Metro : Concorde (line 1 for the exit Faubourg Saint- Honoré), Tuileries (line 1 for the exit Place Vendôme), Franklin Roosevelt (lines 1, 9 exit Avenue Montaigne), Palais Royal (lines 7,1 exit Carrousel du Louvre).
3. The District Of Marais
Increasingly trendier, this neighborhood is packed with all kinds of young fashion designer boutiques, art galleries and more well-known brands like Zadig & Voltaire, Abi d’abou Bazaar, American Apparel, Isabelle Marant, La Fée Maraboutée and others.
Actually, this ancient typical Parisian neighborhood has become a true inspiration source for artists today.
Most shops on Marais are open on Sunday.
How to get there: Metro: Saint Paul (line 1).
4. Opéra and Chaussée d’Antin
This is the district of two famous shopping malls: Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, stretched all the way through Boulevard Haussmann. Items of prêt-à-porter (Zara, Mango, C&A etc.), household articles, luxury brands (Louis Vuitton, Gucci etc.), deli products can all be found here.
How to get there: Metro: Chaussée d’Antin (line 7, exit directly at Galeries Lafayette), Havre-Caumartin (Lines 3,9 exit at Printemps).
5. The District Of Saint-Germain-des-Près
Shopping in the district of Saint-Germain-des-Près can turn out to be a real pleasure, especially while navigating through nicely decorated boutiques and amazing architectural buildings. Well-known fashion brands can be found either on Boulevard Saint-Germain (Célio, Caroll etc.), or on the Rennes Street (H&M, Zara, Etam and others).
To find luxury brands such as Sonia Rykiel and Paco Rabanne, Place de Saint Sulpice and Rennes are worth the stroll.
How to get there: Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (line 4 to arrive on the Boulevard), Saint Sulpice (line 4, for Rennes) and Sèvres-Babylone (line 10).
6. Alésia Street
If you’re looking for good discounts, this is the place to go.
Naf Naf, Sonia Rykiel, Chevignon, Georges Rech, Mac Douglas are all offering discounts of 30% – 50% throughout the year.
How to get there: Metro: Alésia (line 4)