Paris is the world capital of fashion. The City of Light offers many varieties of department stores, Malls, brands and designer shops. Here are some suggestions of the best shopping places in Paris.
Some areas propose numerous stores of different kind. It makes them perfect for an ideal shopping session.
Most of the touristy areas have a record attendance on Saturdays. Beat the crowds and shop for the morning like a many Parisians do.
The Golden Triangle – The Main Shopping Area in Paris
Haussman – Grand Boulevard
Here you will find some of the most famous department stores in Paris: Le Printemps de la mode and Galeries Lafayette which are located on boulevard Haussmann.
In these department stores you will find haute couture fashion, designer collections, jewelery, and other luxury goods. For casual clothes, the department store Citadium is perfect.
You can also find many more reasonably-priced shops such as Zara, Mango, Desutti, Uniqlo.
Vendome – Madeleine – Opéra
Vendôme, Madeleine and Opéra are three places known for their designer stores, haute couture galleries, jewelery shops and luxury boutiques like Cartier, Eres, Chanel, Zadig & Voltaire, Repetto, Montblanc, Hermes, and D & G. You can also find other more affordable shops who offer good quality goods for a lower price.
Madeleine is also known for its fine grocery shops. La Maison de la Truffe (The House of Truffles) and La Maison du Caviar (The House of Caviar) will delight fine-dining enthusiasts with their sophisticated gourmet delicacies. Famous names in fine-dining such as Hediard, Fauchon and Lavinia, are also available here. There are many shopping streets in this area like rue Saint Honoré or rue Scrib .
From the Arc de Triomphe to the Champs-Elysées roundabout, the most beautiful avenue in the world boasts an array of shops and stores interspersed with cinemas, restaurants and cafés. From luxury boutiques to more mainstream retailers like H&M, one of the most famous stores in the world is certainly the boutique Louis Vuitton at the top of the avenue.
The main street in Paris for High-End shopping. Every famous designer has a shop in this avenue: Elie Saab, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Ungaro, Eres, Apostrophe, the list goes on!
Famous Shopping Streets and Neighborhoods in Paris
Rue de Rennes – Saint Germain des Près
The rue de Rennes and Saint Germain des Près is famous for its shopping activity. Rue de Rennes is a long street with many well-known brands selling clothes, jewelry, and designer pieces.
Saint Germain is considered the ‘American District’ of Paris, as well as an artist area, so, you will no-doubt find art galleries and haute couture shops at the intersection between Rue le courbe and rue de Sevres.
Don’t miss the trendy and up-market department store Le Bon-Marché where you will find luxury fashion, accessories and culinary excellence. If you’re looking for fine groceries, La Grande Epicerie de Paris is a perfect.
Rue des Abesses – Montmartre District
Abesses or Montmartre is considered to be the artist district of Paris. You can find many designer clothing shops amid art galleries, such as Maje, Sandro, and Les petites.
It’s also possible to find jewelery, fashion accessories, fine food and wine. Many stores are open on Sundays in this popular tourist area, where you can also find interesting stock clearance stores at rue des Martyr where you can find designer clothes at bargain prices.
This mall has recently been opened in the 15th Arrondissement in the center of Paris, not far from tourist hot-spots like the Eiffel Tower and the Orsay Museum. You can shop for French fashion brands like Maje, Zadig et Voltaire, The Kooples, and Sandro as well as more mainstream brands like H&M and Zara. You can also find fine groceries and chocolate in “la Pâtisserie des Reves”.
Rue de Rivoli – Hotel de Ville
Near the city hall is BHV, a department store famous for its dedication to home improvement.
The bazaar also has a large range leather goods, jewelry, clothing and a shoe department.
On rue de Rivoli heading toward the Louvre, you will find traditional department stores such as H&M, Etam, C&A, Zara, Sephora, and Footlocker, but if it’s smaller, independent retailers you’re looking for, try exploring the streets in the Halles direction.
On the same street in the direction of Faubourg Saint-Antoine and Bastille, there is a variety of clothes shops including Kookai, André, The Girls Vanilla, and Mademoiselle Bio among others. A little higher up in the nearby rue du Bourg Tibourg and rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie there are decoration, wellness, and tea shops.
Shopping in Le Marais in Paris is a must-do activity for tourists, as it allows you to walk through the typical narrow streets and discover Paris’ charming clothes shops. The Rue des Francs Bourgeois offers shops for every fashion victim including Zadig & Voltaire, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and Mellow Yellow, as well as a Filofax shop. You will also find convenient storage solutions, objects and clothing in Muji and cosmetics by Guerlain, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl’s Mac, and l’Occitane. Also check out rue du Bourg-Tibourg and rue des Blancs-Manteaux for fashion boutiques.
Aside from art galleries are many independent creators’ shops that which sell shoes, accessories, bags and clothing. Need a break after all of this exploring? Try one of many cafés and restaurants, or visit the Marché des Enfants Rouges – the oldest food market in Paris. Shops are open on Sunday.
Rue de Marseille and Canal St-Martin
These days, the Canal St-Martin is quite a trendy area. Less crowded than le Marais, it offers many concept stores and fashion retailers.
On the rue de Marseille, you can find many outlets and stock clearance stores such as Maje Stock, Claudie Pierlot Stock and Les Petites Stock. Other designers and concept stores are also available here, including The Kooples and Angès B. Shops are open on Sunday in the Canal St-Martin area.
Les Halles Shopping Mall in Paris Center
Les Halles is in the center of Paris, just near rue de Rivoli. It stocks casual and sportswear brands with a young clientele. It gets very crowded on Saturdays, so it might be wise to explore the other fashion and thrift stores which are also present in this neighborhood at rue Saint-Denis and rue Etienne-Marcel.
Paris Street Markets
You can’t visit Paris without visiting one of its typical outdoor markets . There are groceries, food, clothing and even antiques. You have the choice between a traditional market like Marché Lenoir (near Bastille square), Paris’ largest market, and a more trendy one such as Marché des Enfants Rouges, where you will be able to have lunch in the outdoor restaurant. If you want to see markets with African and North-African goods, try heading to the north of the city (Mo station Chateau-rouge).
Tip: The majority of markets proposes organic foods and many of them are open on Sunday.
Paris Flea markets
Porte de Clignancourt Flea market
You can also have a very interesting shopping experience at the flea market. The most famous among these are the “Porte de Clignancourt” fleas, where you can find casual clothes, sportswear and branded clothes at a discount price. This place is known to be full of good deals and serve as an inspiration for Parisian designers. A paradise for artists and designers, you can also find phone accessories, jewelery, fashion accessories and outerwear.
Address : Porte de Clignancourt 75018 Paris (Mo : Porte de Clignancourt)
Saint Ouen Flea market
This a very famous flea market and probably the biggest antiques market in the world with its 12 segments (including Biron, Antica, Cambo, Julle Vallès) and thousands of stalls.
At the flea market of Saint-Ouen you can discover many vintage pieces as well as artwork, antique toys, and furniture of all styles and periods.
7 hectares of 1700 stalls and shops offer a surprising spectacle that has attracted bargain-hunters and window-shoppers for many years.
address : around Rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint-Ouen (Mo : Porte de Clignancourt or Garibaldi)
Flea markets are open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 5pm.
Porte de Vanves Flea market
This is one of the largest and most historic flea markets in Paris, where you can find antiques, vintage fashion and second hand clothes.
Paris Shopping Malls and department Stores
There are many Malls and shopping centers in Paris :
- Les Halles Shopping Mall (greatest Mall in Paris)-Mo Chatelet/les Halles
- Beaugrennelle – Luxury Shopping Mall
- Les 4 temps – at la Défense
- Montparanasse Mall
- Passage du Havre
- Saint Lazare Shopping Center
- Italie 2
- Carrousel du Louvre
- Galerie Lafayette (Most Famous fashion department Store) at Opera/Haussman
- Le Printemps – Luxury Fashion department store
- BHV Marais – Trendy department store
- Le Bon Marché at Saint Germain des Près
- La Grande épicerie ( Luxury grocery)
- Citadium – Casual, Urban & Street wear
Read more about Shopping Malls in Paris.
Designer Outlet Stores
Around Paris, many outlets offers branded pieces at a discount price: La Vallée Village, Marque Avenue, and Quai des Marques are among them. In Paris you can also find outlet shops of French designers like Sandro, The Kooples, and Maje – be sure to keep an eye out for bargains!