Shopping in Paris

Parisians have an impeccable affinity for fashion, whether they are going for work or for a walk in the park. They all seem to have a sense of elegance and haute-couture. That’s why Paris is a paradise for clothes and accessories shopping. The city is full of shopping streets and department stores.

Faubourg Saint-Honore district is the best place to look for famous French designers and jewelery stores like Chanel, Chistian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Guerlain. The main shopping streets are Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Saint-Honoré, Rue de la Paix, Place Vendome. You can get there by metro, direction Metro Concorde or by bus taken from Tuileries (Line 1) or Pyramides (Line 7, 14).

Boulevard Haussmann is famous for Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores. Galeries Lafayette surprise you when stepping in with their impressive interior. They focus on luxury brands like Kenzo, Dior, Chanel, Gucci, DKNY, YSL, luxury accessories, home design, gourmet. You can get there by metro (Havre-Caumartin station – Line 3 or 9, Opera station – Lines 3, 7, 8) or RER (Auber station, Line A). Official websites: www.galerieslafayette.com and departmentstoreparis.printemps.com.

Avenue des Champs-Elysees needs no introduction. It instantly comes to my mind for the famous luxury store Louis Vuitton, but you will also find here the stores of the trendy global chain Zara, not to mention the chic cafes and restaurants along the street. Just stop by one of these cafes and you will want to come back again to visit Paris just for its relaxing and fine atmosphere!

Les Halles are known for major clothing chains and trendy boutiques. Here there was once an immense outdoor food market, transformed now in a big shopping area. To get there take metro to Chatelet-Les Halles station (Line 4, RER A,B).

Rue de Rivoli is known for both luxury and low cost stores. It is pretty long, so keep a few hours to get through.

The Marais area has unique jewelery designers, various styles of fashion shops, antiques and fine art. To get there take the metro to Saint-Paul station (Line 1) or Hotel de Ville (Line 1, 11).

You probably won’t imagine that there are shopping malls in Paris. After all, there are beautiful shopping streets, why breaking the old architecture with a mall? Surprisingly, there is one just below the Louvre Museum, named Carrousel du Louvre which is designed like a gallery with shops, restaurants, meeting rooms, and a theatre. Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001. Official website: www.carrouseldulouvre.com.

Val d’Europe Shopping Centre is a large shopping mall with trendy and chic stores, with a great food court and even an aquarium. It is located in 14 Cours du Danube, Paris, Alsace, 77711. Official website: www.valdeurope.fr.