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 to suit all styles and budgets, plus a few tips on how to make the most of your time.
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A Guide To Shopping in Paris
Headed to the fashion capital of the world? You’ll want to know all the best places to shop from the main shopping streets of Paris to the architecturally beautiful galleries. However, Paris shopping isn’t only about fashion.
In this guide, we’ll also share tips on shopping the summer and winter sales, finding Paris’ shopping outlets, and where to shop for food and antiques. Paris is a shopper’s heaven! Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Main shopping streets in Paris
- Parisian shopping galleries
- Summer and winter sales
- Paris outlets
- Antique shopping
- Food shopping
- Budget-friendly shopping
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The Main Shopping Streets in Paris
Shopping was practically invented in Paris. It was the first city in Europe to be almost entirely illuminated at night, allowing people to go out to dinner and walk around at night safely under the moonlight—another reason Paris became famous for being romantic.
Paris was also allegedly the first city with large window displays to advertise textiles. At one point, the city asked shop owners to pitch in to illuminate the city by placing candles in their windows. Later, they must have added garments and viola! Window shopping was born.
Yes, Champs D’Élysées is arguably the most famous shopping street in Paris. It’s a beautiful street and the Arc de Triomphe is a majestic structure, but would I shop on Champs D’Élysées? I’d take my wife to LV if she wanted, but it’s probably not the place for one-of-a-kind things.
There are much nicer and less crowded streets where you’ll find the highest quality brands except with a better shopping experience. It really depends on what you want to do with your trip to Paris. If you want to hit Zara then it’s great.
If you’re looking to purchase expensive goods that you may not be able to find elsewhere on Earth while being served cucumber water and a light snack, I recommend these two other locations.
Location: Av. des Champs-Élysées
I truly appreciate buying my wife an expensive purse if it means I get to stroll down Avenue Montaigne and enjoy the shopping experience. It may be the most luxurious-feeling street on Earth.
It’s a beautiful street lined with incredible architecture. The stores vary from high-end designers we all know to high-end designers only fashionistas are familiar with—it’s a cool experience.
Location: Avenue Montaigne
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
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 drop some serious cash, 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.
Location: Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
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Parisian Shopping Galleries
Parisian architecture is among the most intricate and beautiful in the world. Passing through a Paris shopping gallery is a great way to shop and sightsee at the same time. These galleries scream luxury and, unfortunately, make spending your hard-earned money easier.
Located a few blocks from the Louvre, Galerie Vivienne is a gorgeous petite gallery with beautiful shops, a café, and incredible architecture. One of our top things to do in Paris, shopping in this gallery is for you if you’re looking for an unknown place to snap a picture or eat breakfast.
You’ll also find great shops with boutique designer fashion. Just a few blocks from the Louvre on the other side of Palais Royal, it’s a great place to come for a post-Louvre snack. Especially, if you walk through Palais Royal on the way!
Address: 5 Rue de lal Banque
The historic Galeries Lafayette department store has been a Paris icon since it was established in 1912. If Galerie Vivienne is a petit boutique, then Galeries Lafayette is the opposite.
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 for the best clothes shopping in Paris. Even if you’re not a big shopper, it’s worth paying a visit.
The store is famous for its dome designed in the Art Nouveau style. On the 7th and final floor of the Coupole building, there’s a large viewing terrace that offers great views of the city.
Pro tip: If you visit Paris during Christmas time, don’t miss the Galeries Lafayette window displays, which have become a serious Parisian Christmas tradition.
Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann
Paris 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, including 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 be fairly high still.
Both shopping centers are open seven days a week. One other cool fact about these outlets: they’re located about 5 minutes from Disneyland Paris!
Antique Shopping in 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 you’ll 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.
Location: Les Puces de Saint-Ouen market
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Paris Food Shopping
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. It’s a celebration of food and travel!
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.
Budget-Friendly Shopping in Paris
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 boutiques 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 homes, such as H&M or Gap, but also others that 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. Enjoy shopping in Paris! Want to explore the City of Lights with people who know all her secrets? Check out our top-rated Paris tours and day trips.
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