Trying to plan your Paris shopping trip? From shops leading up to Arc de Triomphe to the grandiose and glamorous Place Vendome, here are 13 of the best districts, neighborhoods, streets, shopping centers, and markets for shopping in Paris.
The Champs-Elysees is considered to be one of the most popular and well-known avenues in the world. Located in the 8th arrondissement, it stretches for 1.2 miles from Place de la Concorde to Place Charles de Gaulle and the Arc de Triomphe. This is one area you can’t miss if you’re looking for a true Paris shopping experience. The Champs-Elysees is known for its cafes, theatres, and, of course, its luxury shops. Here, you’ll find all manner of clothing, accessories, cosmetics, souvenirs, and more. There are luxury fashion and jewelry stores selling some of the most sought-after brands in the world, including Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Cartier, Laduree, and Guerlain. The avenue is flanked by trees and beautifully lit at night. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to navigate, as you can simply stroll straight from one end to the other.
How to get to the Champs-Elysees
Metro Line 1 will take you to several stations along the Champs-Elysees. Charles de Gaulle – Etoile Station at the west end of the avenue is the closest to the Arc de Triomphe. From west to east, you can also access the avenue by disembarking at George V Station, Franklin D. Roosevelt Station, and Champs Elysees – Clemenceau Station.
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2. Saint Germain Des Prés
After the Champs-Elysees, there’s no better place to go on a Paris shopping spree than Saint Germain Des Prés. This affluent district in the 7th Arrondissement is located in the center of Paris on the left bank of the River Seine. It was once the intellectual epicenter of the city, frequented by thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Today, it is full of designer and luxury boutiques, famous cafes, and numerous bookstores. One of the top shopping spots for designer brands and chic accessories in Saint Germain Des Prés is Le Bon Marche Department Store, the oldest department store in Paris. Make sure you also take a stroll down Boulevard Saint-Germain for even more fantastic fashion finds, as well as for some of the best home decor stores in Paris. For rare books and unique souvenirs, head to the Rue St. Andre-des-Arts.
How to get to Saint-Germain-des-Pres
The Saint Germain Des Prés area is served by two main stations: Saint-Germain-des-Pres Station on Metro Line 4 and Mabillon Station on Metro Line 10.
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3. Latin Quarter
Also on the left bank of the River Seine, the Latin Quarter is an area that lies partly in the 5th Arrondissement and partly in the 6th Arrondissement. This neighborhood is at the heart of Paris student life and home to La Sorbonne, France’s oldest university. It is called the Latin Quarter because Latin was once the common language spoken by the university students, who came here from all over Europe. The modern Latin Quarter is still known for its student life, as well as for its hip cafes, bistros, bookstores, and boutiques. Walk down Boulevard Saint-Michel for popular chain clothing stores and duck into the side streets for quirky boutiques. Once you’re done shopping, you can grab some delicious French food and fresh produce from Rue Mouffetard Market.
How to get to the Latin Quarter
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4. Rue de Passy
Located in the upscale 16th Arrondissement, the Rue de Passy is a chic shopping street full of classic Parisian charm. The surrounding area is made up of beautiful leafy avenues flanked by 19th-century Haussmanian buildings, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Along the Rue de Passy, you’ll find shops selling everything from brand-name fashions and shoes to jewelry and perfume, as well as many cafes and eateries where you can grab a bite to eat. Make sure you also pay a visit to Franck et Fils, an exclusive department store selling dresses, coats, gloves, and watches. For popular brands such as Zara, Uniqlo, Monsoon, Agatha Paris, KIKO Milano, and Subdued, head to Galerie Passy-Plaza, a mini mall with over 20 stores.
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5. Les Halles
Les Halles is a historic district that was once the site of a large fresh food market that sold fruits and vegetables to Paris restaurants. The market was demolished in 1971 and a large, multi-level underground shopping mall called the Forum des Halles was built in its place. The Forum des Halles is one of the most popular shopping malls in the city, with approximately 150,000 daily visitors. It is a hub for the fashion-forward, with numerous big brand-name shops for all of your trendy shopping needs. The pedestrian area around the Forum des Halles, particularly the Rue Montorgueil, is also a fantastic place to shop. Here, you’ll find small boutiques selling everything from authentic Parisian fashion to artisanal products and electronic gadgets.
How to get to Les Halles
The Les Halles area is easily reached from Chatelet les Halles Station, which is one of the main train hubs in Paris. It is served by RER lines A, B, and C, as well as by Metro Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14.
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6. Rue de Rivoli
Stretch your legs and find all of the fashion you could possibly want with a stroll down the Rue de Rivoli. This famous commercial street that runs alongside the even more famous Louvre is lined with more shops than you could possibly visit in a single day. Find fashion wear, shoes, and chic accessories from the most desirable brands all in one area. There are many small side streets to explore, as well as the large BHV department store. One of the most interesting sections along the Rue de Rivoli is the covered passageways near the Jardin des Tuileries Garden. This is a fantastic place to pick up some Paris souvenirs, such as coffee mugs and Eiffel Tower key chains.
How to get to the Rue de Rivoli
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Montmartre is arguably one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Paris, located in the 18th Arrondissement on a 430-foot high hill that offers splendid views of the city. It is home to many trendy shops and boutiques selling all sorts of clothing, jewelry, and handmade goods. The cobblestone streets and historic buildings give you a sense of history and romance. At the very top of the hill sits the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, a gleaming white church that many people choose as the endpoint for their walk through Montmartre. As you head towards the basilica, you’ll likely be pulled in by the trendy window displays of the many shops in the charming, narrow alleys along the way.
How to get to Montmartre
The Montmartre area is served by six different stations. You can take Metro Line 2 to Anvers Station or Blanche Station, Metro Line 12 to Abbesses Station, Jules Joffrin Station, or Lamarck – Caulaincourt Station, or either line to Pigalle Station.
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8. Le Marais
A historic neighborhood located partly in the 3rd Arrondissement and partly in the 4th Arrondissement, Le Marais is known for its lively shopping atmosphere. The streets here are lined with vintage shops and trendy boutiques where you can find men’s and women’s fashion, cosmetics, fragrances, antiques, jewelry, handcrafted goods, and more. The most popular stores can be found along the Rue des Rosiers and the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois. Le Marais is also a great place to do some foodie shopping. Pick up some high-quality French tea from Mariage Freres The Francais and delectable chocolates from Josephine Vannier Chocolat Artisanal. The Le Marais area is a great place to visit on Sunday mornings as many of the stores remain open, unlike in most other parts of Paris.
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Beaugrenelle is a shopping center located in the 15th Arrondissement, just 10 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower. It takes up three city blocks and contains over 120 shops and restaurants, making it one of the largest shopping centers in the city. Beaugrenelle Shopping Center provides an excellent mix of fashion outlets, home decor stores, and beauty and cosmetic retailers. While you’ll have no trouble finding top fashion brands such as Hollister, Michael Kors, and Voltaire, Beaugrenelle also caters to shoppers looking for affordable fashion with stores such as Uniqlo and H&M. The large complex even contains a 4-story Marks & Spencer, the largest Marks & Spencer in the city. You can shop here for clothing, home decor, beauty products, gifts, and luxury food items.
How to get to Beaugrenelle
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10. Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle)
It would be a missed opportunity to visit Paris and not do some shopping in the Triangle d’Or, or Golden Triangle, area. Located in the 8th arrondissement, Triangle d’Or lies between Avenue George V, Rue Francois-ier, and Avenue Montaigne. This is a true fashion lover’s paradise, where you’ll find some of the world’s very finest Haute Couture shops. Shop to your heart’s content for designer clothing and jewelry from premium fashion brands such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Christian LaCroix, Valentino, and Bulgari. These and many other brands have flagship stores in Triangle d’Or. Even Porthault Linens, the luxury linen retailer, is based here. You’ll likely have to devote more than one day to get the full shopping experience that the Triangle d’Or area has to offer.
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11. Saint-Ouen Flea Market
For a different but still very Parisian type of shopping experience, head to the famous Saint-Ouen Flea Market. Considered to be one of the largest flea markets in the world, it is also one of the oldest shopping areas in Paris. Shop here for vintage clothes, classic shoes, antique furniture and home decor, old books, vinyl records, paintings, antique jewelry, and more. Thanks to the flea market prices, you’ll hardly even have to consider the price tags on your fabulous finds. The market is made up of over 2,000 boutiques spread out over seven hectares offering a hodgepodge of items from around the world and from a variety of time periods. You can easily spend an entire day browsing the Saint-Ouen Flea Market.
How to get to the Saint-Ouen Flea Market
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12. Rue du Commerce
Just steps away from the Eiffel Tower and across from Champ de Mars in the 15th Arrondissement, the Rue du Commerce is a charming tree-lined street where you can easily spend hours shopping at the over 100 fashion boutiques that have set up shop here. A bit of a hidden shopping paradise, Rue du Commerce is where the locals go for good deals on all of the latest and trendiest fashions. You couldn’t ask for a better selection – there’s something for shoppers of all ages, tastes, and styles. There’s also a good mix of popular brand stores and smaller, traditional Parisian boutiques, as well as an assortment of cafes and bakeries to stop for a snack. The narrow, one-way street sees limited traffic, making for a peaceful stroll from one store to the next.
How to get to the Rue du Commerce
There are three different Metro stations that lead out to the Rue du Commerce: Commerce Station on Metro Line 8, La Motte-Picquet – Grenelle Station also on Metro Line 8, and Avenue Emile-Zola Station on Metro Line 10.
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13. Place Vendome
For a truly glamorous Paris shopping experience, there’s nowhere better to go than Place Vendome. Located in the 1st arrondissement in the heart of the city, this popular square houses some of the most prestigious fashion boutiques. The central bronze column in the middle of the square has been an iconic Paris landmark since it was erected by Napoleon himself. Once a showcase of political power, Place Vendome and the Rue de la Paix that runs through it showcase luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Rolex, Tiffany’s, Chanel, Bulgari, and many other globally recognized names. The window displays sparkle with diamonds and jewels, making for some of the most beautiful window shopping in the city. This is definitely the place to go for high-end jewelry and watches in Paris.
How to get to Place Vendome
Place Vendome is an easy walk from four different Metro stations: Madeleine Station on Metro lines 12 and 14, Opera Station on Metro lines 3, 7, and 8, Pyramides Station on Metro lines 7 and 14, and Tuileries Station on Metro Line 1.