Paris is the fashion capital of the world. It seems that Parisians just have the genetic fashion sense no other group of people do. After art, architecture and culture, fashion and shopping is one of the main reasons millions flock to Paris each year.
Since Paris is dotted with great places to shop, we’ve narrowed it down to seven. Here’s how to find your way around town when you go on your shopping spree.
Best known for housing top fashion labels, cosmetics and home furnishings.
The Faubourg Saint-Honoré district is home to top fashion names such as Versace, Hermes, and Yves Saint Laurent, and avant-garde boutiques like Colette. It’s also the home of the world’s most famous museum, the Louvre, as well as the Opera.
To get there you must take the Metro Concorde Tuileries (Line 1) then the Pyramides (line 7,14).
Paris Department Stores District – Boulevard Haussman
Best known as the prestigious department stores area in Paris – grands magasin.
The grands magasins houses some of Paris’ most famous department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps located on the Boulevard Haussman. You can also find some of the greatest gourmet foods, home design, jewelry and even hardware in this area.
To get to the grands magasins, take the Metro Havre-Caumartin (Line 3 or 9), then the Opera (Lines 3, 7, 8) and finally the RER Auber Line A.
Best known for their unique pieces of jewelry, fashion and fine art.
One of the best places to visit in the Marais quarter is the Place des Vosges. Here you can find some of the best antiques and fine arts. Stores like Satellite and Rue des Francs-Bourgeois are go-to places for fine jewelry. Up-and-coming designers are brought to the spotlight in boutiques along Rue des Rosiers.
To get there, take the Metro Saint-Paul (line 1). Or you can take the Hôtel de Ville metro station (line 1,11).
Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Some of the most famous Avenues in Paris, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées is best known for housing legendary high fashion names and trendy chain stores.
The juncture of Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées is actually rather quickly surpassing Saint Honoré in notoriety, what with Chanel and Dior lining the street. Throw in Louis Vuitton, located at the the Champs-Elysées, and that’s about as luxurious as you can get. Champs-Elysees is also the go-to place for trendy worldwide chains such as Zara.
To get there, take the Metro Alma Marceau (Line 9), the Frankline D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9), George V (line 1), RER A (Charles de Gaulle-Etoile).
Saint-Ouen Flea Market
Best known for vintage clothes, shoes, antiques and other discounted, eccentric items.
Saint-Ouen flea market or Les Puces is the largest flea market in Paris and probably one of the oldest (dating back to the 19th century). Les Puces is a must-go-to place to find items you won’t fine anywhere else. It’s best to come on a weekday to avoid the huge crowds.
To get to Les Puces which is located at the northern tip of Paris, take the Metro Porte de Clingancourt (line 4) or Garibaldi (line 13).
Another hotspot for designer fashion, as well as books and home furnishings, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is home to Sonia Rykiel and Paco Rabanne boutiques.
The local cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés used to be the hangout of famous intellectuals, and is now the haunt of BCBG’s (yuppies). Another must-go-to place at the Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the Le Bon Marché department store whose gourmet market all foodies should frequent.
For hard-to-find books and vintage clothing, pay a visit to Rue Saint-Andre des Arts.
To get to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, take the Metro Saint-Germain-des-Prés (line 4), Sévres-Babylone (line 10).
Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli
Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli is home to some of the world’s major trendy chains and boutiques. This area used to be the home of an enormous food market, right around the area Châtelet-les Halles. It was transformed into a big shopping area around the 20th century.
Metro Les Halles houses a huge underground mall full of global chain stores. At the Rue de Rivoli, the Rue Montorqueil area houses contemporary boutiques, including Barbara Bui and new cutting-edge designers.