Looking for the best shopping in Paris? From high-end mega stores to small boutiques, you can find it all in Paris, and I've rounded up the best shopping neighborhoods in Paris for you!
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Shopping in Paris: 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 sound.
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Shopping in Paris: Finding the best neighborhoods
How do you find the best shopping neighborhoods in Paris? In addition to looking at a lovely list, for ideas, it's a matter of determining what you're looking for.
If you are coming to Paris in search of glittery, fancy shops with tens of attendants to wait on you - we can certainly find you that! If you want to pop into small boutiques, that's easy! Knowing what you're looking for will help you avoid wasting time in places that aren't a fit. I'd recommend exploring several areas, to get a sense of the city, but as far as actually making a special purchase, it's good to be intentional about where you shop.
Where to Shop in Paris: Le Marais
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.
Where to Shop in Paris: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
While it certainly attracts tourists, it doesn't have the "touristy" feel of the Champs-Élysées.
Where to Shop in Paris: Champs-Élysées
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 Paris.
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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-Élysées to Paris's "Golden Triangle," where the luxury brands have second, and frankly more luxurious, locations, just off of the Champs-Élysées. 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
Check out my Paris Neighborhood Guide for more on these great spots!
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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