Parisians like to shop, but so too do visitors to Paris and there is no shortage of shopping experiences from high end fashion and perfume brands to trendy clothing designer brands and of course food, coffee, cheeses, wine and lots more.
If you are at the Louvre – you will be able to see small arcades under the Palais Royal, and equally if you are on the Champs Elysée you will also see many high end fashion brands.
There is no shortage of shops to find in Paris, and sometimes you will just come across a special shop as you tour the various sights of Paris.
There are however two shops and shopping areas that I think you should see and these are –
Galleries Lafayette – at 40 Boulevard Haussmann, nearest Metro – Chausée d’Antin La Fayette
This Department Store dates back to 1893 and its glass dome on top (which you should see from underneath) sets the tone for this great department store. Like many shops in Paris it may be closed on Sundays. See www.gallerieslafayette.com
NOTE: The Boulevard Haussmann has lots of other fashion and food shops too, including discount clothing shops. Also look at Printemps at 64 Boulevard Haussemann – another big department store that has a history dating back to 1865. See www.printemps.com
Also near the Metro Station, Opéra there are many big name fashion stores too, and this is where the beautiful Paris Opera House is located – one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris.
Le Bon Marché – 24 Rue de Sévres, nearest Metro, Sévres – Babylone. See www.lebonmarche.com
This department store was first built in 1852 and is also an institution within Paris. They have all the fashion brands, but one of the highlights is to see the Food Hall area at 38 Rue de Sévres. From cheeses, macarons, chocolates, biscuits, wine, fruit and everything food, this is the place to see it. Again in this area, you will also find many other stores too.
There are many other shopping areas in Paris, but if you first go to the ones above, you will gain one impression, and hopefully your credit cards haven’t suffered too much by the time you leave. For a different shopping experience – try finding these shopping areas –
Almost all of the shopping areas are close to or next to Metro stations, so if you get lost, just ask or get back to a Metro station and you will know where to go from there -