Looking for Paris's best shopping streets? From high-end mega stores to small boutiques, you can find it all in Paris, and I've rounded them up for you here! Where to shop in Paris - you'll thank me later!
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Shopping in Paris: Is it all it's cracked up to be?
There's no experience quite like strolling Paris's stunning boulevards, and if that ramble ends with a few purchases, we can call it perfect! And what's better - there are *so many* gorgeous neighborhoods offering all different sorts of shopping around Paris, no matter what manner of experience you're in the mood for. Massive branches of every luxury store you've ever heard of? They've got 'em - and they probably even started here in France. Small boutiques you've never heard of? They've definitely got 'em - and they aren't half as intimidating as they probably sound. Incidentally, if you are feeling intimidated by shopping in France, or by dealing with Parisians, check out How to Charm the French, to learn some simple tricks to ease social interactions during your time in France!
Shopping in Paris: Finding the best neighborhoods
Ah, the million dollar question. How do you find the best shopping neighborhoods in Paris? Well, in addition to looking at a lovely list, such as this, for ideas, it's also a matter of determining what you're looking for. If you are coming to Paris in search of glittery, fancy shops with billions of attendants to wait on you - we can certainly find you that! If you are uncomfortable in shops like that, stay away from the Champs! Knowing what you're looking for will help you avoid wasting time in places that aren't a good fit. I'd personally recommend exploring several areas, just to get a sense of the city, but as far as actually making a special purchase, it's good to be a little more intentional about where you shop.
I'm really just covering shopping for clothes, here, but Paris also has a lot to offer on the antiques and old books front (perhaps a subject for another post), in addition to every other commodity known to man!
As I've previously covered several of these neighborhoods in greater detail on the blog, use this post as a way to figure out which area appeals to you most, and then take a deeper dive with the full posts on Paris's neighborhoods, which of course I'll link to throughout!
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Where to Shop in Paris: Le Marais
Le Marais is (don't tell the others!!) my favorite neighborhood in Paris. On my first-ever trip to France, we visited Le Marais twice...and that really wasn't enough for me. Very accessible, no matter where you've coming from in Paris, you'll almost certainly be visiting Le Marais for historical/tourism - why not add some shopping to the list?
Winding streets, delicious food, and gorgeous buildings...not to mention the best shopping in Paris! Much more accessible than the "high-end" luxury shopping toward the Western end of the city, Le Marais's shopping areas offer more "normal" shops, where you might actually buy something (though there's certainly something to be said for both types of shopping!). The majority of the shopping in Le Marais is (outside of food), mid-priced "high-street" retailers and small boutiques. It's definitely not "intimidating" shops, but there is some higher-end stuff around as well. For me, it was the perfect blend.
For more on exploring Le Marais, check out the full post!
Where to Shop in Paris: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Another of my absolute favorite spots in Paris is Saint-Germain-des-Prés, on Paris's Left Bank. Combining higher-end shopping (including an Hermès branch built in a former hotel swimming pool), with those stunning, sweeping, Haussmann boulevards we all love, Saint Germain is a postcard-perfect section of Paris. While it certainly attracts tourists, it doesn't have the "touristy" feel of the Champs.
For more on Paris's Left bank, including Saint-Germain-des-Pres, check out the full post.
Where to Shop in Paris: Champs-Élysées
No post on shopping in Paris would be complete without discussing the Champs-Élysées! Widely regarded as the most luxurious street in the world, the Champs has branches of every luxury brand you've ever heard of, doors guarded by intimidating security guards, and more tourists than you've ever seen in your life.
The Champs-Élysées is a "must-see" in Paris, but honestly, if you're looking to buy, even luxury goods, I'd buy elsewhere. The stores are absolutely packed with browsers and the salespeople are focusing on the biggest of the big spenders (and there are more of these than you would have though existed). Even if you're one of those spenders, you'll get better attention elsewhere in the City.
Where to Shop in Paris: The Golden Triangle
If you're looking to make a luxury purchase in Paris, or to venture into a luxury store where you can actually hear yourself think, venture south of the Champs to Paris's "Golden Triangle," where the luxury brands have SECOND, and frankly even more luxurious, locations, just off of the Champs. I know, it sounds crazy, but when you're the most glamorous city in the world...it happens! For reference to the area, I've included the location of that Louis Vuitton location (and you can see how close it is to the Champs, directly north).
Where to Shop in Paris: Madeline/ Rue Saint-Honoré
Where to Shop in Paris: Opera Neighborhood
About a 15-minute walk north of this area is the much more crowded "Opera" neighborhood, near the world-famous Palais Garnier. Here, you'll find Galeries Lafayettes, one of Paris's most well-known department stores, and a must-see on many people's to-do list. There is a lot of other shopping in this area - think huge Apple store. It's a bit like Oxford Street in London. Personally, I'd pop in and see the Galeries Lafayettes, which is stunning, whenever you visit the Opera Garnier, and then keep on moving. It's crowded - people handing out advertising pamphlets, school groups, tour buses - not good crowded.
Thank you so much, as always, for stopping by. Enjoy shopping in Paris - it's one of my favorite activities in the world, unsurprisingly, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! xx
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