Shopping in Paris! Every girl’s dream if she likes shopping. When I was little, I have always dreamed of going shopping in Paris and buying everything, because they say Paris is THE shopping heaven!
Unfortunately, the reality is a little bit different than the dream about the perfect shopping day in the city where the most beautiful and exclusive brands are based.
It is no secret that Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so it is also no surprise that everything is super expensive as well. Moreover, there are so many different places to shop instead of one city centre, like other cities, because Paris is so big.
I remember that I went with my family to Paris once when I was younger I had no idea where to shop and where to find the brands that would fit in a teenagers budget.
So today, I am going to tell you all the best shopping places in Paris, also because now is the perfect time for shopping, due to the magnificent Christmas decoration and the big upcoming sale in January. (If you are still looking for a Christmas gift for your girlfriend, mum or best friend – here you can read how to find the perfect present!)
First of all, most of the shops usually open at 10 am until 7 pm/8 pm and are closed on Sundays. Except for the shops on the Champs-Élysées or at Les Marais.
Starting with the most famous shopping street in Paris, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which is located in the 8th arrondissement. Due to the popularity, it is also the most touristy spot. Here you will find brands as Cartier, Adidas, The Kooples, Swarovski, Sephora, Abercrombie & Fitch (the most beautiful shop of them I have ever seen) and the biggest Louis Vuitton Flagship Store, but also brands such as Zara.
The price segment is very mixed here. On the Champs-Élysées, you will also find the biggest Laduree and a McDonalds with a view. I am always trying to go to this McDondals when I am going because you can have a look at the Arc de Triomphe. Who needs to break the bank account when you can also have it this way? :D)
Metro stations: Charles de Gaulle Étoile (1,2,6), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1,9), Champs Élysées Clemenceau (1,13)
At the middle of the Champs-Élysées, you will find the Avenue Montaigne. With lovely architecture here you will find the shops from Céline, Valentino, the main house of Dior (which was also their first shop) and so many more. Avenue Montaigne is building with Avenue George V and Rue François 1er the Triangle d’Or. Also known as the heart of Paris’ Haute Couture.
For a shopping break have a lunch at the L’Avenue. I love this chic restaurant, and it is very delicious here. For more information check out my Paris Restaurant Guide.
My secret tip: I can understand that not everyone wants to spend so much money on a handbag or in general on fashion, but the price sales in January and July are also for luxury brands, and it is worth the visit.
Metro stations: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1,9), Alma-Marceau (9)
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One of my personal favourite shopping streets is in the first arrondissement, and it is named Rue Saint-Honoré. This is more the “chic” place for shopping, and here you will find all the luxury brands but also my favourite French fashion brands just as Sandro and Maje. Saint-Honoré is also where you will the super trendy Collette shop, an emporium of designer clothes, electronics and bookshops with a library and an exhibition hall.
Sometimes I am just strolling around here and enjoy a little window shopping. Especially when I am crossing Hotel Costes Dani Roses. The place where my heart skips a beat. Also really recommendable for a drink by the way.
Next to Rue Saint-Honoré is also the Rue Cambon, where Chanel’s first shop is located. Worth the visit, especially for the famous stairways.
Metro: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre (1,7), Pyramides (7), Madeleine (8,12,14)
For the biggest jewellery names in the world such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Rolex and many more, head over to Place Vendôme. It is near to Rue Saint-Honoré, and this grand square is surrounded by 18th-century arcaded buildings. At the centre stands the tall column built by Napoleon to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Austerlitz.
Metro: Tuileries (1), Concorde (1,8,12)
If you are like me and like big department stores, where they have everything you wish for, then you are going to love Boulevard Haussmann next to the Opéra Garnier in the 9th arrondissement. Here you will find one of the biggest department stores in Europe, the well known Galeries Lafayette with the beautiful in architecture and Printemps Haussmann with their lovely terrace.
Try to avoid the department stores on the weekend. Even though Paris is always crowded, during the weekend it is insane. You can’t even move an inch and go shopping like this is really frustrating and exhausting.
Metro: Havre Caumartin (3,9), Chausée d’Antin La Fayette (7,9)
RUE DE RIVOLI & LES HALLES:
For more casual brands and fast fashion brands such as Zara, Mango, or French brands like L’Occitane, Princess Tam Tam, Naf Naf or Promod visit the Rue de Rivoli and Les Halles.
Rue de Rivoli is running along the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre Museum. There are so many shops here; you can’t visit them all in one day. Furthermore, Paris has always side streets with a lot of shops and cafés to explore as well.
For rainy days there is the opportunity of Les Halles. It offers almost all the same brands, but you have a roof over your head because Les Halles is an underground shopping centre. It was actually the central market of Paris but is now rebuilt as a shopping centre which even has a cinema.
Metro: Les Halles (4), Louvre Rivoli (1), Chatelet (1,4,7,11,14)
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For all vintage lovers, stroll around Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement. Many of the shops are open on Sunday morning, so this is a charming opportunity to walk around here because there are also a lot of unique cafés and restaurants.
To be honest, I haven’t been here so often, but there is a Sandro outlet at Les Marais, which was the only shop I visited here. So that was the reason why I sometimes came to Les Marais.
Metro: St-Paul (1), Bastille (1,5,8)
BOULEVARD SAINT GERMAIN:
Last but not least, Boulevard Saint Germain. This is the “elegant” shopping place for me. There are as well a lot of luxury brands here but also cute, small shops and a lot of bookshops, since this is the university arrondissement. Saint Germain is also a great spot for home decorations and restaurants.
Two of my favourite places in Paris are located here. For more information head over to my Restaurants – you can’t miss in Paris article.
Additional: if you need a drugstore or a supermarket, there is Monoprix in Paris. Here you will find everything you need.
Shop til you drop is how the saying goes, and I hope this guide could help you a little bit about where to shop in Paris.
For information about sightseeing, restaurants and the Disneyland in Paris head over to the related articles.