Things to do in Paris: Shopping
A trip to Paris is incomplete without Shopping. One of the great fashion centers of the world, Paris is up there with New York, London, and Milan. If you are looking for a guide on where to find what in Paris. You have come to the right place. Do remember, this is part three of my series on things to do in Paris. You can read part 1 of the series here and part 2 here.
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Head over to The Champs Elysées in the 8th arrondissement for high-end fashion. Visit in Summers to enjoy the Sun, walking along Canal St-Martin and exploring the various high-end boutiques.
Some of the famous names that have shops here are Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Kenzo and, Ralph Lauren. Do look at this map to get the different shops in Champs Elysees.
Sèvres Babylone is another great area to shop around. The area boasts some of the biggest shopping brands including Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and, Versace. You will also find here, Le Bon Marché, which is one of the first modern departmental
Le Marais is today the trendiest shopping district in Paris. It has many good stores along Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue des Rosiers. Being a Jewish neighborhood, most of the shops in Le Marais are open on Sundays, which is a big plus if you are on a multi-city tour as it gives you the
Most of the stores are intimate, boutique and offer “Parisian” style clothing. A few famous stores are BHV Marais, Merci: and Uniqlo Le Marais. If you are in look for a map, click here.
Looking for vintage sunglasses or early 20th century dresses. Head over to Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The area famed for its Impressionist art also offers a handful of vintage shops. You will also find Sidewalk booksellers selling vintage titles.
The area has other things to offer. Walking along rue Saint André des Arts, you will find a nice café to stop in and reflect over your day or you can head over to Boulevard Saint-Germain if you are looking for major brands.
Souvenirs are easy to find. However, stay away from Tourist places to avoid paying a hefty amount for them. There are many street vendors at most of the tourist attractions, that sell low quality souvenir at high prices. It is best to avoid them. There are plenty of shops like du Palais on Ile de la Cité or Rue St. Martin near the Pompidou Center that sell higher quality souvenir at better prices. If you are a postcard enthusiast, you can buy them directly at most of the Museums.
Paris has three main flea-markets. The most famous of these is the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen, which is a haven for antiques lovers and people interested in retro fashion. Head over to this market over a weekend for the best shopping experience. The area is vibrant during the spring and summers, making it the
Marche Dauphine is the most versatile antique market in Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. The market is covered making it ideal to visit all year round. A few big names in the market are Goyard trunks and aviation furniture.
You will also find specialized jewelers, classic French antique dealers, paintings dealers, and textile dealers in the market.
Whether you are looking for high-end fashion or trendy fashion, Paris has a lot to offer. Bookmark this page and do come back to this page before your next Paris visit. Do tell me how you liked the post and if there is any specific area that I have missed in this post in the comments section