More than 62,000. That’s roughly the number of shops in the French capital. Some are just for tourists, like those on Boulevard Haussmann, attracting over 120 million visitors each year. As for the rest, they vary from high to low, and everything in between. Craving to get your shopping fix in Paris? Here's where.
Rue de Rivoli: Miles of Shopping
We won't be taking the long way. Our first stop is Rue de Rivoli, the city's commercial cornerstone. There you will find all the major brands, side by side the occasional boulangerie, brewery or café fronted by a crowded terrace. Amid the eclectic collection of boutiques is the pinnacle: BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville), not only a paradise for fashionistas but general shoppers who love to scour for practical-use objects d'art. Another standout is the Forum des Halles, a large multi-floor shopping center with one of the rare FNACs in Paris.
On one side, the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, stocked with well-known commercial brands and numerous interior design shops, is a little less overwhelming. On the other of Rue de Rivoli, just opposite the Jardin des Tuileries, is a touristic haven filled with souvenir shops.
Le Marais: An Intimate Shopping Experience
Of course, the Marais. You already knew, it's not a shopping street, but more a shopping district. Far from the huge boutiques on Rue de Rivoli, the Marais is full of small designer boutiques, art galleries, and independent shops, transforming every stroll into a true exploration.
A little more: You can shop for hours in the Marais and never miss a meal, with super small restaurants and the best falafels of Paris. A lot more: The vast majority of shops are open on Sundays. Our favorite street is Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, although Rue de Sévigné is not bad either, and obviously Place des Vosges with its lovely brasseries, and on its terraces, you may come across one of the personalities that live in the area.
Louvre, Champs Elysées: Luxury Shopping
Half-way between the tourist’s must-see and the ultra-exclusive luxury shops, the Champs Elysées, and its entire district, are a treasure chest of luxury and designer boutiques. Jewelry, bags, clothes ... paradise to addicts of fur and diamonds. It’s not for nothing that this arrangement is called the Triangle d’Or (the Golden Triangle, defined by Avenues George V, Montaigne, and Champs), where you will be delighted to drink a tea in one of the beautiful hotels between 2 purchases.
But it’s not only the Champs Elysées in this exclusive district; Rue de la Paix and, above all, Place Vendôme, are the jeweler's landmarks, and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is home to fashion designers and concept stores, just like Avenue Montaigne.
Saint-Germain-de-Prés: “Bobo” Shopping
Before, it was paradise to bookworms, with many bookshops, and, today, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is synonymous with clothing stores, stormed by the mothers of the block - be careful for the strollers - but also more discreet and original designer shops, and world-famous stores. They are concentrated on Rue de Rennes and Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Don’t want to weave between strollers and packs of fashionistas or have only very little time to spend? Head to Le Bon Marché, the (very) nice spot for all your luxury shopping (more or less), with a superb range of beauty, and the unavoidable restaurant, the Grande Epicerie. On the ground floor, the "frais" corner will delight lovers of cheese, salmon, smoked fish, and fresh pasta. Be careful for sudden impulses ... And, at all costs, avoid teatime.
Opera: Shopping Large
We love this saying: Go big or go home. We apply it to our shopping, as well - and we know exactly where to go: Get off at GRANDS Boulevards. Boulevard Haussmann is home to 2 retail titans: the Galeries Lafayettes and Le Printemps. Men, women, children, jewelry, beauty, cuisine, deco, delicatessen ... we find absolutely everything and at the finest quality, too.
You will never - never - be the only ones: thousands of tourists pace every day on every floor and become ecstatic before the two multicolored cupolas that crown them. For a quieter shopping experience, continue on Boulevard Haussmann to find big brands, or else migrate to the Rue de Caumartin, a part of which is even car-free.
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