Paris Department Stores
For a more mainstream Paris shopping experience, check out Paris’ department stores, or grands magasins. Two of the city’s most famous, Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, can be found on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement, carrying merchandise at all price levels. Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, or BHV, located in the 4th, is better known for practical commodities, notably home furnishings, while FNAC specializes in CDs, DVDs, books and electronic equipment. Le Bon Marché, located on the Left Bank (7th arrondissement), was Paris’s first department store and today is one of its chicest. It has a great food section, restaurant quality food and a great roof garden.
- FNAC | Forum des Halles, 1 rue Pierre Lescot, (1er)
- BHV | 52-64 Rue de Rivoli, (4e)
- Le Bon Marché | 24 Rue de Sèvres, (7e)
- Au Printemps | 64 Blvd Haussman, (9e)
- Galeries Lafayette | 40 Blvd. Haussman, (9e)
Haute Couture (High Fashion)
Paris is the home of haute couture. No more need be said of this blend of high art culture and fashion. The highest concentration of couture houses is on the Right Bank. Most can be found on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement For more trend-setting fashions, Rue Étienne Marcel and Place des Victoires, bordering the 1st and 2nd arrondissement, is best.
- Agnès b | rue du Jour, (1er), Métro: Les Halles
- Jean-Paul Gaultier | 6 rue Vivienne, (2e), Métro: Bourse
- Issey Miyake | 3 place des Vosges, (4e), Métro: St. Paul
- Sonia Rykiel | 175 bd St-Germain, (6e), Métro: St. Germain des Près
- Barbara Bui | 50 av Montaigne, (8e), Métro: Franklin Roosevelt
- Chanel | 40-42 av Montaigne, (8e), Métro: Franklin Roosevelt
- Christian Dior | 30 av Montaigne, (8e), Métro: Franklin Roosevelt
- Givenchy | 8 av Georges V, (8e), Métro: Alma Marceau
- Hermès | 24 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré (8e), Métro: Concorde
- Louis Vuitton | 101 av des Champs Élyssés, (8e), Métro: George V
- Thierry Mugler | 49 av Montaigne, (8e), Métro: Franklin Roosevelt
- Yves Saint Laurent | 38 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, (8e), Métro: Concorde
Passages are glass-roofed commercial shopping corridors where you can do some of the best specialist shopping. They not only provide an excellent treasure hunt, but also a charming and delightful shopping experience. Inside you will find restaurants and cafés, antiques, bric-a-brac, jewelry, secondhand goods, postcards, etc.
Here are some passages you can visit:
- Galerie Véro Dodat | 19 rue Jean-Jacques, (1er), Metro: Palais-Royal-Musee du Louvre or Louvre-Rivoli
- Galerie Vivienne | 6 rue Vivienne, (2e), Metro: Bourse
- Passage des Panoramas | off rue Vivienne, (2e), Metro: Bourse
Vintage shopping is very popular in Paris. There are lots of great shops to visit whether you’re going for a retro look or more recent one. A cheap option is to go to one of the many consignment stores located throughout the city. Chic Parisians discard their clothes with the seasons so it is fairly easy to pick up great quality items from places such as Alternatives in the Marais (18 rue du Roi-de- Sicile, 4e). You can also find sample pieces, sale stock items and last season’s pieces at Le Mouton à Cinq Pattes (19 rue Grégoire-de-Tours, 6e). Visit this page for a full list.
One of the most engaging places to find hidden treasures in Paris is at the flea market, of which the city has three major ones – Saint Ouen, Porte de Vanves, and Porte de Montreuil. They’re a great source of bargain treasures, and give you a great insight into the immigrant experience of New Parisians. Be aware that they get very crowded, so unless you enjoy elbowing your way through a see of people, go early enough to beat the massive influx of shoppers and tourists.
- St-Ouen | 8, rue Jules Valles, (Saint-Ouen), Métro: Porte de Clignancourt
- Porte de Vanves | avenue Georges Lafenestre & avenue Marc Sangnier (14e), Métro: Porte de Vanves
- Porte de Montreuil | avenue de la Porte de Montreuil, (20e), Métro: Porte de Montreuil
Other PICA pages which may interest you:
- Learn about the Different Paris Neighborhoods.
- Learn about French Culture & Customs.
- The PICA Paris Museums Page.
- Visit the PICA Paris Cultural Activities Page.
- Check out the PICA Day Trips Page.
- Check out our always-growing PICA Paris Restaurants Page.
- Recommended List of Paris Cafés & Bars.
- Looking for Vintage Clothing Shops?
- Where to go for Paris Nightlife.