Paris Guide: Where to Shop

Parisian Shopping – On a Budget

Rue de Rivoli (métro: Châtelet)

Rue de Rivoli features larger brands such as Zara and H&M.  While not necessarily the most luxurious in Paris, it’s an enjoyable shopping experience—just avoid it on sunny Saturday afternoons, when you’ll find every teenager in Paris.

A couple examples of shops I’d often frequent with my friends:

Zara, H&M, See U Soon, Minnelli for shoes, and Etam for all your Parisian lingerie needs (and I wish you many Parisian lingerie needs).

Les Halles (métro: Les Halles)

The mall Les Halles offers nearly everything under the sun—from reasonably priced clothes to accessory shops, restaurants and a movie theater. Although I absolutely despise the Les Halles métro stop, the mall is ideal for rainy days and long-term living—less so for short visits.

Rue St. Dominique (métro: Invalides)

In the 7th arrondissement, you’ll find a wonderful shopping street: Rue St. Dominique. It extends through the 6th  but I specifically recommend the stretch in the 7th between cross streets Rue Cler and Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg—home to some gorgeous little boutiques. Both unfortunately and fortunately, I lived right around the corner from this area. A couple dresses and a hundred euros later, my budget and I began to deeply regret this close proximity, but I couldn’t have been happier. It may be a bit more expensive than your average Zara outfit, but you can still find bargain deals here. And keep an eye out for les soldes! As an additional bonus, these shops are just a quick promenade away from la tour Eiffel.

Parisian Shopping – On a happier budget

Le Marais (métro: Saint Paul)

If I had the money, I would spend all my time shopping in le Marais. The narrow cobblestone streets, medieval flair, and falafal stands make for a beautifully cultured quarter, all with fantastic French boutiques scattered throughout. Although somewhat touristy in pockets, the French mill in and out of this eclectic, artsy neighborhood as well, sipping their summer rosé or exploring the many shops and art galleries. If you stroll along Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, you’ll eventually find yourself at Place des Vosges: a lovely little park to rest after a full day of shopping.

My absolute favorite shops in both le Marais and Paris:

Biscote: 45 Rue des Francs Bourgeois

Numéro 60: 60 Rue Charlot

Sunhat purchased at Numéro 60
Sun hat purchased at Numéro 60

Boulevard Saint-Germain (métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près)

For more luxurious shopping, stroll along this beautiful area in the 6th arrondissement, where you’ll find designer boutiques such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior near the legendary cafés les Deux Magots and Café du Flore, where Hemingway once sipped his wine and crafted his novels. I only even entered these stores with my mom, but window shopping is an activity in it of itself, particularly with un pain aux amandes in hand.

Avenue Montaigne (métro Alma Marceau or Franklin Roosevelt)

If you’re really hoping to splurge and want to avoid the madness of les Champs Elysées, I’d suggest Avenue Montaigne. Again, I lived right around the corner from these fashion troves—it was a fantastic lesson in self-control.  Splurge on Chanel, Christian Dior, Chloé, and Prada here. But don’t blame me if you return home with an eye-watering credit bill.

I may have spent more money than I would have liked, but at least I know where to shop in Paris.  Bon courage!

What are your favorite shops in Paris?  What would you add to the list?

(Photo Credit: Gossip Girl)

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