The French have been influencing fashion for centuries and shopping is considered serious business in Paris. Where are the best places to go shopping in the fashion capital of the world? We’ve put together a list of the best shopping in Paris that will fit all styles and budgets, plus a few tips on how to make the most out of your time.
In this blog, we’ll explain:
1. The many different Paris shopping options and price differences
2. Recommended stores and shopping locations in Paris
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Summer and Winter Sales
Massive sales happen twice a year in France, in July and January. Called “les soldes” in French, the sales normally last around four weeks and the discounts increase as the weeks pass. Near the end of the sales, it’s not uncommon to find items as much as 75% off. Even if you’re not set on buying a new outfit while in France, you can still find great non-clothing items during the sales. One of the best things about Paris les soldes is that they apply for all kinds of merchandise, such as furniture and electronics.
Looking for outlet shopping in Paris? About 40 minutes by train outside of the center of Paris, a mecca of shopping stores awaits you. With over 160 stores, Val d’Europe is a massive shopping outlet mall offering boutiques with a wide range of products. Right behind the Val d’Europe center is La Vallée Village, another outlet center featuring 110 boutiques. The main difference between these two shopping centers is that La Vallée Village focuses on designer brands, so while there will be discounts, expect prices to still be fairly high. Both shopping centers are open seven days a week. One other cool fact about these outlets: they are located only about 5 minutes from Disneyland Paris!
Flea market lovers rejoice–Paris is home to the largest antique market in the world! Located near the Porte de Clignancourt metro station, the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen market (sometimes referred to as just ‘Les Puces’, which literally translates to ‘The Fleas’) is home to over 3,000 traders and welcomes an estimated 180,000 visitors per weekend. This is your place to find antique furniture, toys, art, ceramics, books and more. The market is open on weekends and Mondays, but we strongly recommend going on Saturday or Sunday, as some of the dealers choose to remain closed on Mondays.
Note that the area immediately surrounding the flea market is a less affluent area of Paris, and probably not one that you will want to take a romantic stroll through. If you head to the flea markets, do some research on the most direct way to get there from where you’re staying and (as with anywhere in a big city) keep a close eye on your belongings while shopping.
The historic Galeries Lafayette department store has been a Paris icon since it was established in 1912. Composed of three buildings that house over 3,500 brands, one of the original founders of the store declared he dreamed of creating a “luxury bazaar”, and that’s exactly what he did. Parisians and tourists alike flock here to accomplish the best clothes shopping in Paris. Even if you’re not a big shopper, it’s worth paying a visit to the Galeries Lafayettes. The store is famous for its dome designed in the Art Nouveau style. On the 7th and final floor of the Coupole building there is a large viewing terrace that offers great views of the city.
One other tip: If you visit Paris during Christmas time, don’t miss the Galeries Lafayette window displays, which have become a serious Parisian Christmas tradition.
High-End Parisian Shopping
If you dream of walking through the fanciest streets in Paris and splurging on high-end brands, then Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré is your place! This street is lined with some of the world’s most famous brands including Hermés, Cartier, Prada and Louboutin. Make no mistake, this is not for discount shoppers. But even if you’re not ready to fork out too many euros, this street is still worth a stroll. Besides high-end clothing and jewelry boutiques, Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré is home to renowned art galleries, embassies with beautiful architecture, and even the Élysée Palace, the official residence of the President of the French Republic.
One of the best things about France is its food, and a trip to Paris would not be complete without seeing or tasting some of the best bites France has to offer. La Grande Epicerie is a fine food market that oozes Parisian gastronomy, featuring some of the best and most unique foods and alcohols that make for fun gifts to take back home for family and friends. If French food is really your scene, make sure to check out our Le Marais Food Tour.
Another fun stop is Mariages Frères, a gourmet tea company founded in Paris in 1854. The tea is sold in multiple stores or you can enjoy a cup of tea in one of their five tearooms located in the capital. Chocolate lovers should make a stop at La Maison du Chocolat, and anyone looking to try Paris’s best macaroons can’t miss one of the Pierre Hermé stores.
Everyone enjoys shopping without breaking the bank. For more affordable shopping in Paris, try shopping in the Marais district, spread out over the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. Here you can find many quality clothing and jewelry boutique shops as well as bigger brand name stores. Another option is Rue de Rivoli. This street is home to dozens of clothing stores – some you’ll most likely recognize from back home, such as H&M or Gap, but also others which are only known domestically in France. If you head down to Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, next to Paris’s City Hall building, you’ll also find another renowned department store called BHV.
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