101 things to do in Paris: shopping
Shops in Paris are world famous. Scroll through the list below for our selection of the very best places to spend your money in the capital – unique shops, appealing emporia and the best-value stalls and markets in the capital... Think we've missed a great place to shop in Paris? Let us know and leave a comment in the box below.
The best shops and markets in Paris
As fleamarket prices have risen over the last few years (especially at Les Puces de St-Ouen, north of Paris at Porte de Clignancourt), bargainhunting has become a major challenge for Parisians. Fortunately, there’s still Les Puces de Montreuil, just east of Nation on line 9. Haggle well and you’ll emerge with some great value bric-a-brac, furniture and antiques. Its location by the Periphérique (Paris’ ring road) is devoid of all charm, but the pleasure of bargain-hunting is priceless.
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- Porte de Montreuil, 20e, Paris
Browse Paris' best bookshops
Smartphones and e-readers may have invaded daily life, but Parisians are still very attached to books and the shops that sell them. In fact many locals like to linger in the land of ink so long that several boutiques, like Le-Monte-en-L’Air in Menilmontant, serve coffee. If you fancy a new read, La Hune specialises in coffee-table art and design books. Or head to Shakespeare & Co opposite Notre-Dame for English lit, old and new. As you meander the Seine, look out for Paris’s iconic bouquinistes, too – traders manning green metal stalls selling all sorts of literary curiosities and treasures.
Read more about Le-Monte-en-L’Air in Menilmontant, La Hune, Shakespeare & Co and bouquinistes
The stalls on rue and place d’Aligre are renowned for selling the cheapest fruit and veg in Paris. Buy your apples and your pears then head inside the covered Marché Beauvau to the cheese and meat counters, where you can stock up on delicious picnic favourites like paté, saucission and camembert. If you fancy wine with your picnic, Caves d’Aligre (3 place d’Aligre, 12th) has a wide selection; and you can buy plastic cups at Franprix (13 place d’Aligre, 12th).
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- Pl d'Aligre, 12th, Paris, France
Famous across the city for its Beaufort, four-year-old Comté and goat’s cheese, Fromagerie Quatrehomme is where Paris’ A-listers come to buy their fromage. Follow your nose to one of two boutiques – one in the 7th and the other in the 18th. The branch on rue du Poteau (18th) is off the tourist trail, on a particularly charming, café-filled street on the northern side of the Butte de Montmartre. Meanwhile, Fromagerie Quatrehomme’s Left Bank branch is a 10-minute walk from Jardin de Luxembourg, should you fancy tasting your cheese, rustic style, on a park bench.
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- 62 rue de Sèvres, 7th, Paris, France
Boulevard Haussmann department stores
When it comes to one-stop shopping, department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps (behind the Palais Garnier) both offer an impressive range of marques – especially designer - with Galeries Lafayette pipping Printemps to the post with its drool-worthy shoe collection. Spend, spend, spend, then admire the Art Nouveau cupolas in each store. Galeries Lafayette’s dome shines green, blue, and gold right across the perfume area, while Printemps has set a café below its glass roof, whose intricate coloured panels make it look like a kaleidoscope.
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Head to Appartement 217 on rue St-Honoré and leave your shopping bags at the door. This temple of beauty and massage is the antidote to aggressive shop assistants and crazed crowds. Whether you opt for a facial or a body massage, all products used are organic. Particularly unique is Appartement 217’s physio-harmonising treatment – a deep-tissue massage performed by a physiotherapist; and the Lyashi Dome, a heated, ceramic chamber that apparently encourages your body to eliminate toxins and fat.
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- 217 rue St-Honoré, 1st, Paris, France
Rue Charlot designers
When it comes to Parisian design, the Haut Marais district around rue Charlot (3rd) is a hotbed for créateurs, with numerous one-off boutiques. Check out designers Yves Andrieux & Vincent Jalbert who recycle vintage fabrics to make an original array of clothes and accessories. Next-door is Monsieur, a tiny jewellery shop where you can sometimes watch new designs coming to life. If it’s shoes you’re after (ladies), head straight to Pring, where a rainbow collection of designs line the bonbon walls; or for clothes try the cutting-edge stuff at AB33 & N°60, also on rue Charlot. Anikalena Skärström, just round the corner on rue du Pont aux Choux, is also a top spot for slick day and evening wear.
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In the heart of the 'golden triangle', Montaigne Market is a temple to luxury fashion, with a stream of designers – both old and new – under one roof. Flit between Givenchy jackets, Valentino dresses and tailored t-shirts signed The Row, and check out the latest cuts and fabrics. If you’re feeling daring, you could even try a few on. It’s unlikely you’ll find anything under 150€ and most items rise into the thousands, but for fashionistas in need of inspiration browsing Montaigne Market’s shelves is like walking through the pages of Vogue.
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- 57 avenue Montaigne, 8e, Paris
At Merci - a large, loft-like concept store in the Haut Marais – you can pick up everything from furniture, clothes and jewellery to perfume, accessories and books. Nothing new there. What is new, however, is the fact that Merci’s proceeds go to charity - so shopping here could make a real difference to people’s lives. Ethics aside, the products on sale are excellent quality, as are the cakes and snacks in the café, where you can sit and read a novel from the bookshelves.
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- 111 bd Beaumarchais, 3rd, Paris, France
Paris’ best shoe shops
For beautiful footwear, try Galeries Lafayette’s vast shoe department on Bd Haussmann, where you’ll find a mix of designer and high-street names. For real chic, grab a pair of Christian Louboutin’s iconic red soles, or hit the road with K Jacques’ trademark leather sandals. If you’re looking for offbeat shoes, Moss is a nifty multi-brand boutique on the Left Bank and Roger Vivier is the man they say invented the stiletto.
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Picture this: sweet crunchy layers of caramelized pastry, sandwiched with unctuous blobs of mascarpone, flavoured with Pierre Hermé’s magic assembly of vanilla from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico. This heavenly pud – without doubt the best vanilla slice in Paris – is but one of the delights awaiting your taste buds at the cake chef’s boutiques. Pierre Hermé’s macaroons (which come in flavours like caramel butter, rose, pistachio and liquorice), may well make it into your book of ‘best ever’ treats too, along with his fruit jellies and nougat.
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- 72 rue Bonaparte, 6e, Paris, France
If you want history served with your wine head to Les Caves Augé. It has been open since 1850 and was the store where Proust used to go to stock up his cellar: rhe décor, awash in mouldings and panelling, has changed little since then. You can choose between thousands of bottles, the savvy cavistes (wine-sellers) will give you titbits about any grape variety or château you see, and there’s an ever-increasing accent on ‘natural’ wines. If you fancy a degustation, Les Caves Augé offer a tasting day one Saturday each month.
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- 116 boulevard Haussmann, 8e, Paris, France
Didier Ludot’s vintage couture boutique is a beautiful but pricey sanctuary of days-gone-by design. Every piece is stunning, from the Audrey Hepburn-style dresses to Jacky Kennedy-esque jackets and tailored Cary Grant-style men’s suits. Typical brands include Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Chanel and Hermès. There are also displays dedicated to those who Didier Ludot thinks will be the designers of tomorrow.
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- 20-24 galerie de Montpensier, 1st, Paris, France
If you’re into music, you might know Kitsuné as the label that brings underground groups to the surface, but this concept store on rue Richelieu (open since 2008) is also about its founders’ first love: clothes. It’s even cooler than The Kooples - ultra-branché Parisians come here to buy top quality glad rags with artisan-quality finishes and dead trendy cuts. Boys, add to your wardrobe with a tartan shirt and slim-cut jeans. Girls, see to yours with Kitsuné’s cabled cardies and pleated schoolgirl skirts.
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- 52 rue de Richelieu, 1st, Paris, France
Roll your sleeves up and dig into Guerrisol’s never-ending racks of second-hand clothes. A lot of it is tat, but every so often (and often enough for Guerrisol to be the most popular shop of its kind in Paris) you find a gem. It’s particularly good for gents in need of a suit and ladies in search of shoes, with all sorts of styles and colours on offer. Just wash before you wear: Guerrisol does have a certain tang of Eau de Charity Shop.
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- 19 avenue de Clichy, 17e, Paris
At Maison de la Truffe you can taste glorious truffles in the restaurant or buy your own in the boutique. Just breathe deeply as you step in – the enveloping truffle aroma is part of the experience. Then feast your eyes on baskets of fresh truffles (when in season) and tinned truffles and oils. Just remember that truffles, like diamonds, are hard to find – hence Maison de la Truffe’s whopping price tags.
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- 19 place de la Madeleine, 8e, Paris, France
Stepping into Serge Lutens’ dimly-lit Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido feels like you’re walking into a retro-futurist boudoir. It also smells like one, with a light heady fragrance that reminds you Lutens’ perfume means business. Explain what you’re looking for – musk, floral notes, vanilla – then let the knowledgeable staff do the rest. Aside from the perfume creations, Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido has a fab selection of perfume bottles that are well worth keeping as collectables.
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- 142 rue de Valois, 1er, Paris