If shopping is your favourite pastime and your holiday won’t be complete without a little retail therapy, then you have come to the right city. Get ready to shop until you drop in Paris – from high end couture to retro and funky or maybe department stores are more you thing, Paris has it all. Grab your purse or wallet and read on to find out where to shop in Paris.
The tree lined Avenue of the Champs-Elysees is the number one shopping destination for tourists visiting Paris. With its close proximity to a number of landmarks, it’s easy to see why people flock to this area for a bit of retail therapy. The Champs-Elysees is home to the global giants Zara, H&M, MAC cosmetics, Sephora and Banana Republic. The kids will marvel at the two level Disney store and if clothes and makeup aren’t your thing then there is a chance to pose with these car giants – L’Atelier Renault, Mercedes and Peugeot amongst others. Many hotels, cafes and restaurants also line the street and don’t forget to call into Laduree for a macaron treat. In summer this Avenue is super busy.
If it’s high end couture designers you are after and you have plenty of euros to splash around then take a turn off the Champs Elysees at the roundabout and head down Avenue Montaigne. Fast taking over from the Avenue Saint Honor for luxury brand name stores, you will find the fashion houses of Chanel, Burberry, Bulgari, Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton now located on Avenue Montaigne. A lovely area to stroll down and admire the buildings and pass by the impeccably dressed Parisians. Go in June for the summer sales.
The Marais is an eclectic hip area which has for the last ten years been the scene for up and coming designers who have set up shop in buildings reminiscent of the former medieval times. Here the lane ways are filled with fashion boutiques, jewellery, wine, book stores, the absinthe shop and the quirky Tumbleweed toy shop all intertwined with quaint little cafes, patisseries and bread shops. Head straight for Rue des Rosiers and then weave in and out of the little laneways and streets. You will need at least a whole day discovering this area. Shops here buck the trend and are open on a Sunday.
Rue De Rivoli
Another popular tourist shopping area and also one of the longest streets in Paris. Beginning not far from the Louvre you will find lots of tourist and souvenir shops, and as you go further along you will come across a large shopping strip housing all the global retail stores. If you manage to walk the length of this street you will find yourself heading to the Marais district for more shopping!
If department stores are more to your liking as a one stop destination then hop on the Metro and get off on the Boulevard Hausmann. Here you will find department store giants Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. The Galeries Lafayette building is a marvel and an attraction in itself, especially at Christmas time when the windows are outstandingly decorated with the festive theme. This department store is located over ten floors and has every name brand you could think of, from Topshop and Zara to the super high-end couture of Prada and Louis Vuitton. If these are a little out your budget then don’t despair, Galeries Lafayette has its own in house brand as well.
The gourmet food department is a pure delight, here you can buy wine and cheese to foie gras and spices. Quite a bit of time can be spent just perusing the shelves in this store, filled with sweets, chocolate, tea, all of which could make great souvenirs or gift ideas. If you don’t pick up anything from here at least treat yourself to the Pierre Herme macarons!
When you are all shopped out, then take a little break and head up to the terrace on the eighth floor. From the terrace you will find a lovely view of Paris and the best part is that it doesn’t cost a thing.
Rue Du Commerce
In the residential district of Grenelle is a little hidden shopping treasure not that well known to tourists. Rue Du Commerce is a narrow one way street located a few streets back from the Champ De Mars gardens and the Eiffel Tower. This shopping and business strip is mainly frequented by the locals and once again you will find the global shops of Zara, Sephora and H&M. Rue Du Commerce is also home to the affordable department store Monoprix, European stores popular with teens, homeware stores and lovely produce stores filled with gourmet cheeses, artisan breads and chocolates.
Les Halles is a massive shopping mall located below the busiest train line in Paris. A labyrinth of shops, here you will find affordable European brand high street shopping, as well as global giants Zara and H&M, and other well known brands Kookai, L’Occitane, Pylones and FNAC. Plenty of cafes and fresh produce are also located within. Les Halles train station is currently undergoing a large scale renovation that promises to make it better than ever. In its current state it may be a little inconvenient to navigate your way through the construction.