Shopping in Paris is a cornucopia for the senses but how do you not get overwhelmed? Here’s a guide so you can buy what’s distinctly Parisian, distinctly French, organized so you can focus and not waste time.
I always have a hard time shopping when I’m on vacation because there never seems to be enough time, the non shoppers in my crowd seem to always be tapping their feet. I really like to pursue a store and soak in what’s there.
My advice is to set aside time to shop. If you’re not really a shopper please note that shopping in Paris is like going to a museum, a French culture museum. Things are displayed with care and design and look fantastic. Just window shop if that’s all you have time for but it’s always so wonderful to come home with a little something. I always like to buy things that I will use. Like the dress I bought in Paris on our last trip. Every time I wear it I feel very smart/chic. And it was not expensive.
The Right Bank is where most of the shopping activity takes place.
French Fashion Designers
The center for Paris Couture is in the 8e (8th Arrondissment)
Rue du Faubourg St-Honore (Metro: Condorde)
And Avenue Montaigne (Metro: Alma-Marceau, Franklin-D-Roosevelt)
Near where I got my haircut at John Louis David. It was a fabulous experience and I highly recommend it!!
The North side of the Place de La Madeline (Metro: Madeline)
High quality sought after groceries and delectable.
Featuring Fauchon and rival Hediard.
We had tea at Fauchon. Very high class, the most wonderful pastries and hot chocolate that I thought I’d die of pleasure.
Paris Vegitable Markets
My best shopping in Paris guide to the select food shops that the locals religiously frequent. So graciously given to me by my Parisian friend.
Along the Rue de Rivoli, Metro: Concorde
Porcelain and Crystal
Rue de Paradis – company showrooms where you get reduced prices: Baccarat, Porcelainor, Lumicristal
Lumicristal at #22, Metro: Chateau-d’eau, Poissonniere or Gare-de-l’est
Old Postcards, Posters, Prints
Rue des Francs-Bourgeois
L’Image du Grenier sur L’eau
Metro: St Paul
Many Shops in the beautiful early 19th Parisian shopping arcades
Passage des Panoramas (between blv. Montmartre & Rue St-Marc)
Many shops from boutiques to department stores
Forum des Halles, Metro: Les Halles
An modern arcade with above and below ground shopping. Kinda like a mall.
Old Books, Linens, Postcards, China, Musical Instruments
Marche de la Porte de Vanves
Metro: Porte de Vanves
One of the smallest of the flea markets. More relaxed and manageable than the, very popular with tourists, Clignancourt Market. Get there early on Saturday for the best picks. Weekends only. 8:30 am - 1 pm.
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