The Best Places to Shop in Paris
Home decor and designer clothing stores with stunning aesthetics are scattered throughout the city. Your hotel may provide concierge services that can arrange shopping time slots at the stores you most wish to explore.
Shopaholics should start their shopping spree at the famous Triangle D’Or, an award-winning quarter mile stretch on Rue Saint Honore in the 1st Arrondissement with nearly every luxury designer represented here.
The Champs-Elysees, running between Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde in Paris, is one of the world’s most iconic shopping streets. Covering two kilometers, this world-famous shopping street hosts high-end boutiques, flagship stores, and designer labels that cater to upscale shoppers.
Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Guerlain may be iconic Paris landmarks; but the Champs-Elysees offers much more than designer fashion. You’ll also find antiques, jewelry and fine wines here; souvenir shops selling brand merchandise; as well as several ice cream shops and Starbucks (ideal for giving your energy boost and caffeine fix).
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann has long been considered a Parisian version of Saks Fifth Avenue. This lavish seven-story store offers designer clothing, accessories, cosmetics, perfume and children’s clothes; plus an entire floor dedicated to lingerie! And don’t miss their elaborate holiday displays in November-January; these will occupy several huge display windows of this decadent seven-story shop!
Rue Saint Honore offers boutiques from haute couture designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Emmanuel Ungaro as well as several upscale department stores like Galeries Lafayette. For shoppers seeking more specialized goods off of Champs-Elysees: try discovering smaller boutiques.
At Canal Saint Martin in particular, you’ll find a new generation of emerging designers from other parts of the country or world who have come to Paris from other locales. Shops in this less opulent arrondissement feature established brands like Molly Goddard, Wales Bonner Alyx and Maryam Nassir Zadeh as well as smaller boutiques galleries cafes concept stores that focus on local artists and designers that tend to be more affordable than Champs-Elysees; plus, these locations boast real Parisian atmosphere!
Rue Saint Honore
No matter if you are an experienced traveler or new to city trips, finding the best ways to spend your time can be challenging. Don’t stress – our comprehensive guide features 13 of Paris’ finest shopping areas with something for every type of shopper from luxurious fashionistas and budget shoppers alike – budget finds and unique discoveries await!
Rue Saint Honore in Paris’ 1st arrondissement is world-renowned as an exclusive shopping street for high-end designer clothing, shoes, and accessories at eye-popping prices. However, bargains can often be found during winter and summer sales periods!
Jewelry stores, fine home decor displays and gourmet chocolate boutiques combine with designer showrooms to make this famed street in Paris a fashionista’s dream destination. As you stroll along this legendary avenue that connects Place de la Concorde to Palais Royal, be sure to stop at Coco Chanel’s original boutique (#31) as well as her apartment above it, followed by Rue Cambon for Zadig & Voltaire’s flagship store which combines fashion and art.
Another top attraction along this street is Galerie Colbert, established in 1671 by Jean-Baptiste Colbert – then Minister of Finance under Louis XIV – as one of a series of historic art galleries in Paris and now home to many renowned works of French painting and sculpture.
As much as Rue Saint Honore may be best-known, don’t limit your exploration to just its shops – don’t be intimidated to venture outside its limits and discover other prestigious neighborhoods such as 16th arrondissement where there is a selection of antique, design and luxury fashion boutiques as well as concept stores such as Merci, an impressive showroom designed like a dream closet with large mirrors and soft sofas that has everything from fashion to books on multiple floors!
Plus, the quartier offers many trendy restaurants to keep your energy up during shopping sessions. Additionally, Village Saint-Paul, one of Paris’ best smaller flea markets with over 80 artisans selling vintage clothing and furniture as well as handmade soaps and ceramics can be found nearby at Place d’Aligre.
Attracting shoppers of all stripes, this vibrant arrondissement boasts boutiques from Parisian and European trend-setters – everything from stylish clothes for women and men, home decor goods, gourmet chocolates and gourmet chocolate bars can all be found here – not to mention unique finds like antique silk kimonos at Didier Ludot, hand-crafted leather bags by Zadig & Voltaire or handcrafted canes from Le Baron Cochin! This shopping mecca will leave shoppers thoroughly delighted!
Wander the narrow streets and laneways to discover an eclectic range of fashion and lifestyle brands, ranging from established names like Isabel Marant, Maje and Sandro to up-and-coming labels such as Sinner Paris. Merci is also worth exploring; this three-floor concept store houses furniture, jewelry, stationary as well as men’s and women’s clothing at reasonable prices; although finding exactly what you need might take some time (it can get very busy!).
If you’re on a tight budget and looking to shop Paris without breaking the bank, opting for Le Marais instead. Here you will find smaller shops specializing in particular products; for example La Maison de Leather offers high-quality yet cost-effective leather bags and wallets while Noyoco provides sustainable accessories.
There’s plenty to see and do in Paris, from vintage and secondhand clothing shops, to taking advantage of summer and winter sales for perfume and cosmetics, not to mention finding some fantastic bargains at Monoprix (roughly equivalent to Target in the US) near Rue Saint Anne for shampoo, household supplies, and small items; you might just find some fantastic prices here!
This area is also a center for cultural trends, with both the Centre Pompidou and Musee Carnavalet featuring Parisian history. And for a taste of both history and cocktails combined, make your reservation at Cambridge Public House, an English-style pub located here and offering a vast selection of cocktails as well as classic pub classics – a great spot to stop for pre-dinner drinks before exploring one of many restaurants located here!
Saint Germain may not be your go-to location for affordable Paris boutiques that feature emerging designers. Unfortunately, high rents here tend to favor established luxury brands; but window shopping remains enjoyable; especially during annual summer or winter sales when many stores offer 20-30% discounts off already marked down items (with some stores even offering as much as 70% savings!). Window shopping remains rewarding nonetheless.
Debauve and Gallais offer plenty of opportunities for satisfying your sweet tooth here, offering milk and dark chocolate filled with nuts, fruits, and caramels – perfect for creating your own custom box assortment or simply purchasing as-is! Don’t forget Laduree bakery either for another delicious treat (and souvenir!).
Starting at Place St Sulpice and heading down Rue Mabillon toward Boulevard Saint Germain will give you the best overview of this neighborhood. Rue Mabillon is a lively street that features restaurants and boutiques such as Monoprix (roughly equivalent to Target in America) as well as Camaieu clothing store which carries stylish yet reasonably-priced clothes that make an impact.
Rue de Cambon in the 1st arrondissement is an ideal destination for spending on luxury items, featuring jewelry stores, top-of-the-line home decor displays and designer showrooms that will satisfy fashionistas. Coco Chanel herself was known to frequent this area; you may want to take time out and visit her boutique and couture salon at 31 rue Cambon for an experience you won’t forget! You’ll also find boutiques specializing in artisanal leather goods along with Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais), offering carefully curated collections from fashion to home decor displays as well as books!