Where To Shop in Paris
There has never been a better time to book cheap flights to Paris, especially if you’re looking to combine fantastic shopping with a touch of celebrity spotting.
Actor Ben Affleck was spotted in the city in mid-October, promoting his latest movie. While there he managed to squeeze in some retail therapy with his wife, Jennifer Garner, stocking up on designer fashions at Chanel and Dior before visiting the upmarket Bonpoint department store for haute couture kids clothes.
As the designer capital of the world, Paris is perfect for a weekend shopping break.
Those with money to burn head for the Louvre-Tuileries district and the designer stores of Rue Saint-Honoré, Place Vendome and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Here, classic designers like Hermès, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent rub shoulders with innovative independents like N15 and Colette, who sell chic housewares alongside high-end fashion, perfumery and cosmetics.
A Plethora of Shops to Choose From
More top designers line the Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées, including the Chanel and Dior stores favoured by Ben and Jennifer. The area is also home to a number of upmarket chain stores such as Zara.
Further east, but still on the sophisticated Right Bank, lies the historic district of Le Marais. Dating back to the 13th century, the aristocratic heart of the city offers a totally unique shopping experience. Visit the Place des Vosges for antiques and artworks, or the trendy Rue de Charonne for hand-crafted leather goods and knitwear.
The boutiques of Rue des Rosiers and Rue des Francs-Bourgeois showcase the next generation of young French designers, while wallpaper, ceramics and other housewares can be found on the Rue de Poitou. The chic Boulevard Beaumarchais is home to gleaming new boutiques and concept stores, while the Rue Vieille du Temple offers a host of places to eat and drink.
Between the Rue Vieille du Temple and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées lies Les Halles, which was once the city’s marketplace. Today, it is a huge underground shopping mall, which together with the above-ground Rue de Rivoli houses numerous major chain stores.
Saint-Ouen, to the north, is where you’ll find the largest of the famous Parisian flea markets, while prestigious Art Nouveau department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps can be found on Boulevard Haussmann, 3 km to the west.
So far, we’ve only mentioned the stores of the Right Bank, but cross the river and you will find the Bohemian shops and cafes of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a newly-opened Christian Lacroix and even a Bon Marche department store.
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