Shopping in Paris
Paris is the world capital of fashion; not just because of haute couture, but also because you will find exactly what you’re looking for in each arrondissement. In Paris you’ll find all the latest trends, the latest fashion accessories, but also everything you need to develop your own style. Currently, Parisians are favoring a hippie, “nomad” look, which combines style and nonchalance. This style comes from different trends: the bohemian bourgeois style, called “Bobo,” which is very present in the capital, but also the vintage renaissance and the desire to buy ethical brands or organic clothing.
Fashion from A to Z in the Grands Magasins
The “grands magasins” (big department stores) of Paris, emblematic of “Made in France” style, offer both traditional and avant-garde collections. In Haussmanian style, these boutiques located on the grand boulevards of the city cover fashion from A to Z, from chic to haute couture, as well as ready-to-wear. If you wish to organize a day of shopping, make sure to visit Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Located in the 9th arrondissement, these two stores are the best in France. On the other side of the Seine, you’ll find le Bon Marché, another of Paris’s renowned great department stores. During the Christmas season, you can contemplate the spectacular holiday decorations in these stores, as well as their animated windows that draw in more and more people each year.
Avenue Montaigne is without contest the most chic street in town. Located in the 8th arrondissement between the Place de l’Alma and the round-about of the Avenue Champs-Elysées, you’ll find labels such as Versace, Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and Valentino, as well as the jeweler Bulgari and the very chic hotel Plaza Athénée.
Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Another very famous street in the 8th is home to numerous luxury boutiques. The street stretches from the Rue Royale to the Place des Ternes and is two miles long. This long street covers the Elysée Palace, the embassies, luxury boutiques, and art galleries.
Les Halles, the temple of street-wear
Les Halles is the crossroads of street-wear trends in Paris. A veritable temple to fashion, renowned for its large choice of athletic shoes, and a generator of the latest trends, les Halles is the place where all young Parisians seem to find themselves. There you’ll find numerous athletic stores such as Puma and Adidas Megastore, but also lots of small street-wear boutiques with low prices. Les Halles is also a gathering place for hip hop culture and you’ll see many performances in the street.
Le Marais, living up to the hype
Not far from the Sentier quarter (where you’ll find wholesale clothing) and from Les Halles, the Marais has become one of the most lively quarters in Paris. This former marsh has the atmosphere of a separate village; it’s a veritable city within a city! Different communities are found there, giving the neighborhood the reputation of being an eclectic and multicultural place. Don’t be surprised if you see a Moroccan pastry shop next door to a Jewish grocery store, all between two rainbow flags! Fashion is clearly all the rage and draws in clubbers who come from all over. So if you want to be able to create your own t-shirt and you aren’t looking for old vintage clothing, you’d better get yourself to the Marais!
Saint Germain Color
Saint-Germain is the chic and intellectual quarter of the capital. Here you’ll find very pretty windows and numerous stores selling accessories, clothing, and shoes. The Elite Company Limited boutique sets the tone with its leather purses, and the best hats are available on the rue des Saints Peres. Finally, Muji delivers its minimalist Japanese spirit, and Natural Brazil offers the riches of its line of beauty products.
Between Nation and Gare de l'Est: the fashion of the streets
The east of Paris seems to bring together streets dedicated specifically to fashion. On the Quai de Valmy, alongside the Canal Saint-Martin, you’ll find addresses that are certainly useful. Be sure not to miss: SAGES Délires, renowned for the original design of its purses; the Quai de Valmy, which is surrounded by boutiques such as Lyly and le Gingembre; and Stock & Marques. This is paradise for those who love old jeans and second-hand jackets.