Where to Shop in Paris! (Paris Shopping Guide)
Shopping in Paris! A girl’s dream if she enjoys shopping! Whenever I was a child, I dreamed of going to Paris to buy everything, because they say Paris is THE shopping paradise! Who knew that this dream would come true a few years later? However, when I was a teenager, I remember going to Paris with my family, but we didn’t know where to shop in Paris or which French brands were affordable. It is no secret that Paris is one of the world’s most expensive cities, so it is no surprise that French fashion is also costly. Furthermore, as a result of Paris’s size itself, there are so many shopping options instead of a single city centre, like in other cities.
Therefore, this post will be your Paris Shopping guide and tell you where to find the best places. Moreover, now is also the perfect time to go shopping there because the big sale just started recently. (Paris has two big sale seasons. One in January and the other one at the end of June).
In general, from Monday to Saturday, most of the shops are open from 10 am to 7 pm or 8 pm. The stores on the Champs-Élysées, a few in Les Marais and the department stores are also available on Sundays. Suppose you need a drugstore or a supermarket. In that case, there is this supermarket called Monoprix in Paris, where you can find everything you need. Additionally, I also recommend French pharmacies for skincare when you are looking for beauty products. Now coming to all the places where to shop in Paris.
Starting with the most famous shopping street in Paris, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, located in the 8th arrondissement. Due to its popularity, it is also the most touristy spot. Here you will find brands such as Cartier, Adidas, The Kooples, Swarovski, Sephora, the huge Louis Vuitton Flagship Store, and 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. (It was the McDonald’s featured on Emily in Paris S3.) I am always trying to go to this McDonald’s 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?
Metro stations: Charles de Gaulle Étoile (1,2,6), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1,9), Champs Élysées Clemenceau (1,13)
In 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 and their La Galerie (museum) and so many more. Avenue Montaigne is built 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 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 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 for at least a little bit of window shopping and dreaming.
Metro stations: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1,9), Alma-Marceau (9)
One of my favourite shopping streets is in the first arrondissement, Rue Saint-Honoré. This is more the “chic” place for shopping and the epitome of Parisian elegance. On this street, you will find all the luxury brands and my favourite French fashion brands, such as Sandro and Maje. Rue Saint-Honoré is where old-world elegance and contemporary luxury meet. Sometimes I am just strolling around here and enjoy a little window shopping.
Next to Rue Saint-Honoré is the Rue Cambon, where Chanel’s first shop is located. Worth the visit, especially for the famous stairways. Furthermore, Chanel Rue Cambon is the only Chanel boutique worldwide with white shopping bags and boxes instead of classic black ones.
Metro stations: 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, Bulgari, Rolex and many more, head over to Place Vendôme. It is near 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.
During the Christmas season, Place Vendôme is where you will find the most beautiful window shop decorations!
Metro stations: Tuileries (1), Concorde (1,8,12)
Suppose you are like me and like big department stores, where they have everything you wish for. In that case, you will 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 its beautiful 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 going shopping like this is really frustrating and exhausting.
Metro stations: Havre Caumartin (3,9), Chausée d’Antin La Fayette (7,9)
RUE DE RIVOLI & LES HALLES
For casual and fast fashion brands such as Zara and Mango, or French brands like L’Occitane, Naf Naf, Morgan, or Promod, visit the Rue de Rivoli and Les Halles.
Rue de Rivoli runs 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 with a cinema.
Metro stations: Les Halles (4), Louvre Rivoli (1), Chatelet (1,4,7,11,14)
BOULEVARD SAINT GERMAIN
Boulevard Saint Germain is an “elegant” and very Parisian shopping place for me. There are many luxury brands here but also cute, small shops and bookshops since this is the university arrondissement. Saint Germain is also a great spot for home decorations and restaurants.
Close to Boulevard Saint Germain, you will also find the department store Le Bon Marché, the first department store in the world! Le Bon Marché is also known as the most selective department store. In this department store, discovery and amazement are the foundations of a way of life that transforms the shopping experience into an “art the vivre”.
For all vintage lovers, stroll around Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement. Many 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 stations: St-Paul (1), Bastille (1,5,8)
Recently re-opened after a renovation of seven years, Samaritaine is worth a visit for the architecture alone! The department store is owned by LVMH and was also featured in the second season of Emily in Paris. The architecture of this renovated department store is stunning. All in altogether, it makes an experience to shop and dine in this apartment. Sometimes there are also art exhibitions at Samaritaine.
My secret tip: the Chanel shoe boutique at Samaritaine has the nicest Chanel SAs ever!
Metro stations: Pont-Neuf (7)
Shop until you drop is how the saying goes, and I hope this Paris shopping guide can help you a little about where to shop in Paris. For a visual Paris Shopping guide, check out my TikTok account. For Paris’ sightseeing, restaurants and Disneyland, head over to the related articles.
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