Shopping in Paris, France
There is no better place in the world for those who like to do some shopping. Considered one of the world capitals of fashion and a temple of consumerism, Paris offers a huge variety of shops in streets, galleries and fairs, where you can find a little bit of everything – clothes, cosmetics, art objects, home utensils, among many others artifacts – at prices ranging from cheap to extremely expensive.
Get ready to walk a lot, as there is not only one place to shop in the French capital, but a multitude of them. The good news is that, in addition to purchasing good products, during these trips you will also experience the delicious climate of the busy shopping streets of Cidade Luz. Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Paris, France.
And if you are interested in much lower prices, take the opportunity to shop during the promotion seasons, which take place at two times of the year: winter (after Christmas, usually) and summer (at the end of June). In French, these unmissable opportunities are known as soldes.
Another important tip for those who want to save is the détaxe, that is, the refund of 12% of the value of a purchase that must have cost over 175 euros (and have been made in a single day). The first step is done when the product is purchased, when the buyer mentions to the establishment that he wants to obtain a refund. See countryaah.com for more information about Paris, France.
The store, therefore, will provide the buyer with the necessary forms that will be declared when leaving the country, however, in some large establishments, the refund already happens right after the purchase (a way to keep the customer spending).
Assuming that a person leaves the country by plane, he or she should seek airport customs some time before departure and before check in. That’s because the inspector can ask to see the product purchased.
There, she must show the forms, which can be presented to the inspectors or on PABLO machines for validation. PABLO machines are very easy to use, just follow the instructions that are available in eight languages. After that, just look for a currency exchange to receive the money (if you haven’t already).
Avenue Champs Elysées (Avenue des Champs-Élysées)
Known by the French as La plus belle avenue du monde, in the literal translation, “The most beautiful avenue in the world”, Champs-Elysées (Avenue of the Champs-Élysées) is one of the busiest and most expensive addresses in Paris. They are 1,910 meters long, full of shops of all kinds – among them world famous brands, cinemas, cafes and restaurants.
It is on the Champs-Elysées, for example, that one of the most delicious (and beautiful) sweet shops in the French capital, Ladurée, is located, where you can try one of the best macarons in town – the pistachio, raspberry and caramel flavors are a must. -, in addition to other delicacies, such as hot chocolate and Eclair de chocolate (candy similar to the chocolate bomb).
Those who enjoy walking will enjoy the Arc de Triomphe – Champs-Elysées – Praça da Concórdia (where the Obelisk is located). On the way, full of beautiful scenery, take the opportunity to visit the Petit and the Grand palais, the Pont Alexandre and Jardin des Tuileries.
Bercy Village is a kind of open mall, which looks more like a charming shopping street in the city of Luz. There you will find several white stone “mini-stores”, placed next to each other, where stores of the most diverse types are installed, among them Fnac, Sephora, Dammann Frères (of teas), among others.
In addition, Bercy Village also has a cinema, cafes and restaurants serving various delicacies; many of them with tables outside, an excellent option for a meal or a drink outdoors, on the hottest days of the year, of course.
Cour Saint-Émilion, Paris – CEP: 75012
Telephone: +33 825 16 60 75
Hours: Mon – Sun: 11: 00–2: 00
It is in the boulevard Haussmann that are two traditional and famous French department stores: the Galeries Lafayette (site with a version in Portuguese) and Au Printemps (see more about it here). The two establishments occupy a huge area and concentrate in a single place a large number of brands, such as the world famous Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, among others.
Get ready to face a place full of consumers; in addition, the prices charged on both vary from cheap (less famous brands) to extremely expensive. A good tip, therefore, is to take advantage of the liquidation seasons.
MD’s Tip: Take the opportunity to walk around the region, which, in addition to the famous department stores, also houses a good number of popular establishments.
Boulevard Haussmann, Paris – CEP: 75009
Boutique Lindt – Paris Opera
If you are passionate about chocolates, especially those from the Swiss brand Lindt, you can not miss the brand’s boutique in Paris, located just a few steps from the Opera. Upon entering the enclosure, you will be greeted with piles and piles of truffles of the most diverse and different flavors; the local system is self-service (picked, weighed, paid).
But that does not mean that the store also does not sell the already known traditional chocolate packaging, on the contrary. In addition, at the Lindt boutique there is a café that serves a range of delicacies such as hot chocolate, tasty ice cream and a host of other desserts. All made with the famous Swiss chocolate. It is worth taking a break there!
11 bis rue Scribe, Paris – CEP: 75009
Telephone: +33 1 43 12 32 40
Hours: Mon – Wed, Fri – Sat: 9: 30–20: 00 Thu: 9: 30–21: 00
Carrousel du Louvre
Apple, Lacoste, Printemps, La Maison du Chocolat, Bose, among other famous brands are all concentrated in this charming underground shopping center in the first arrondissement of Paris. A place that, in addition to at least 40 stores, houses the famous inverted pyramid of the Louvre and a very complete food court, with options such as Starbucks, among others.
The Carrousel du Louvre opens every day of the week.
99 rue de Rivoli, Paris – CEP: 75001
Telephone: +33 1 43 16 47 10
Hours: Mon – Sun: 8: 00–23: 00 \ n
If you are passionate about sweets, you must visit Gérard Mulot in Paris. The whole store is mouth-watering; they are breads of all kinds, mini-slices, tiramissù, in addition to the famous and delicious macarons – certainly, one of the main responsible for the success of the brand.
Also, be sure to try the very fresh pain au chocolat, a kind of stuffed croissant that melts in your mouth and costs just 1.50 EUR. The store also offers some gift options, such as boxes full of macaroons of the most diverse flavors, chocolates and many other delicacies.
76 Rue de Seine, Saint-Germain-des-prés, Paris – CEP: 75006
Telephone: +33 1 43 26 85 77
Hours: Mon – Sun: 7: 00– 8 pm \ n
La Vallée Village
To access this outlet that is outside the City of Light you just need to take an RER, the same one that takes you to Disneyland in Paris. Located just outside a huge mall, the Val d’Europe, La Vallée brings together stores from several famous brands, including Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Guess, Diesel, Armani, Red Valentino, Timberland, among others.
There you will find prices much cheaper than in the same stores in Paris. In this link, for example, you can check the current promotions, a way to get to the place very well informed. Remembering that the neighboring Val d’Europe, in addition to several stores (but with prices of a common mall), has a food court with different options.
At La Vallée you will find some restaurants and cafés like Starbucks. The tip for those who do not want to face crowds is to go to the place early or late (the establishment is open from 10 am to 7 pm).
How to get to La Vallée
Take the train (line A4) towards Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy-Parcs Disney®. Get off at the Val d’Europe / Serris Montévrain station (one before the end point), the Val d’Europe shopping mall is just a few steps from the station exit. To get to the outlet, you need to go inside the mall. Check the map here.
Shopping Express (bus)
The comfortable bus departs twice from six locations in Paris twice a day. Are they:
– Place des Pyramides: departure at 10 am (returning from La Vallée Village at 4 pm) and one more departure at 1:30 pm (returning at 6:45 pm). See here the exact location where the bus waits for passengers.
Etoile / Porte Maillot: departure at 10:15 am (returning from La Vallé at 3:30 pm) and one more departure at 1:15 pm (return at 7:00 pm). See here the exact location where the bus waits for passengers.
Trocadero: departure at 10:30 am (return at 3:30 pm) and one more departure at 1:30 pm (return at 6:30 pm). See here the exact location where the bus waits for passengers.
3 cours de la Garonne, Serris – CEP: 77700
Telephone: +33 1 60 42 35 00
Website: http: // https: //www.lavalleevillage.com
Hours: Mon – Sun: 10: 00–20: 00 \ n
In the Neighborhoods section we talk about the general aspects of the Marais, a Parisian neighborhood full of personality and an incredible atmosphere. In this post, however, we want to highlight the shopping streets, as the region is famous for bringing together great brands, stores selling handmade products, vintage, antiques and also art galleries.
Our choices there are Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Place des Vosges and Rue des Rosiers. In the latter are the famous restaurants that serve falafel, learn more about them here. Don’t you intend to buy anything? Then go to the place to “kick your ass”, admire the local architecture and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this area of Paris.
Le Marais, Paris – CEP: 75004
Flea Market (Marché aux puces)
In the Paris flea market you can find a wide variety of products at super-competitive prices. There are more than 10 kilometers of area full of stalls along its entire length, which attracts a huge amount of visitors every year (be careful with your purse and wallet in crowded areas). A fashionistas paradise, Marche aux Puces also houses some excellent options of thrift stores, where you can buy pieces from famous brands and in excellent condition.
The market opens on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, from 9am to 6pm.
Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt, Paris – CEP: 75018
Telephone: +33 1 53 57 42 60
Passage du Havre
On Rue Saint-Lazare is the Passage du Havre, a shopping gallery installed in a historic building renovated and opened in 1845. The place is full of shops of all kinds, cafes and even a garden. That’s right, there was installed the Jardin Du Havre, a green refuge in the middle of the stone jungle of the Parisian center.
L’Occitane, Sephora (very complete, inclusive), Fossil, Fnac, H&M, Levi’s and Starbucks are some of the brands that you will find in this small mall with at least 40 stores. In addition, the place is well known for hosting free concerts and artistic performances throughout the week.
Passage du Havre is just meters from two other very famous shopping addresses in Paris, the department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.
109 rue Saint-Lazare, Paris – CEP: 75009
Telephone: +33 1 53 21 96 72
Hours: Mon – Wed, Sat: 9: 30–20: 00 \ nQui – Fri: 9: 30–20: 30 \ n
Place de la Madeleine
The place, which is very close to Praça da Concórdia, is surrounded by establishments of all kinds, several famous brands and is also well known for hosting some food stores. It is in Madeleine, for example, that you will find the Maille mustard store, where many Frenchmen take their empty glass jars to be filled on the spot. There is also one of the shops at Ladurée, where some of the most delicious macarons in Paris are sold, the unbeatable hot chocolate, among many other delicacies.
Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Church of la Madeleine, the imposing building that is in the center of the square.
Place de la Madeleine, Paris – CEP: 75008
Surrounded by famous jewelers, Place Vendôme is certainly one of the most central, luxurious (and expensive) addresses in Paris. There are brands such as Boucheron, Baccarat, as well as Chanel, Dior, among many others. The architecture of the place, which is very close to Place de la Madeleine, is beautiful and worth seeing up close. In addition, it is good to remember that the charming square is home to one of the most luxurious and famous hotels in the world: the Ritz.
Place de Vendôme, Paris
Paris is a city where you will find a boulangerie (bakery) on every corner. Baguettes, freshly baked croissants, pains au chocolat (a type of croissant with chocolate filling), among other types of bread, can be found in these establishments, which, in most cases, do not work as coffee.
However, in one of the most famous boulangeries in the city, Poilâne, it is possible not only to buy the delicious products, but also to have a coffee in the store next door, which serves the most delicious breads fresh from the bakery oven. Once at the place, be sure to try the delicious jellies and cookies, which are also sold in gift boxes. Founded in 1932, Poilâne has three stores, which open from Monday to Sunday.
8 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris – CEP: 75006
Telephone: +33 1 45 48 42 59
Hours: Mon – Sat: 7: 00–20: 30 \ n
Printemps is a famous department store located in a monument building in the heart of Paris. There you will find no less than seven floors full of stores of the most diverse types, among them several luxury brands such as Gucci, Valentino, Chanel and others.
The temptations are great for those who enjoy shopping, but for those who have no intention of spending money, the tip is to go up to the seventh floor of the building to admire one of the most beautiful views of Cidade Luz. To go to the terrace, you pay nothing; there is also a café on site that serves various delicacies at more relaxed prices.
64 boulevard Haussmann, Paris – CEP: 75009
Telephone: +33 1 42 82 50 00
Hours: Mon – Sat: 10: 30–20: 00 \ n
Rue de rivoli
In one of the most famous shopping addresses in Cidade Luz, there are establishments of the most diverse types: large stores, international brands and also typically French shops. Rivoli Street starts right next to Concórdia Square and extends for at least three kilometers.
When walking along the famous street, where there are beautiful buildings with arcades, you will find international brands such as Zara, H&M, Gap, Mango, Apple, Sephora, Swatch, among others. But if you’re looking for souvenirs, you’ll love the smaller stores that sell all kinds of Paris souvenirs.
Rue de Rivoli, Paris – CEP: 75001
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
On Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré / Rue Saint-Honoré are concentrated some of the most famous brands in the world: Prada, Valentino and Salvatore Ferragamo, among many others. The prices are not very inviting, but a walk through the area full of shops, bookstores, cafes, among many other options, is very pleasant and, therefore, very worthwhile. In the region, you will also find several stalls, where you can taste delicious crepes.
During the tour, you can go to Place de La Madeleine, where the beautiful church of La Madeleine is located (free admission), and to Place Vendôme – surrounded by famous jewelry stores, where the luxurious Ritz hotel is located.
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris – CEP: 75008
In addition to being an excellent neighborhood for walking or just stopping at one of the many cafés scattered throughout the region, Saint-German-des-Prés is also a great shopping center. There you will find a bit of everything, from the famous world brands, passing by renowned candy stores and pharmacies that drive the female audience crazy. It is there, for example, that there is one of the stores of the brand Gérard Mulot, where you can taste the wonderful and famous macarons and the pain au chocolat (type of croissant stuffed with chocolate).
Another good tip in the neighborhood is the Citypharma pharmacy (26 Rue Four), a must for those who love cosmetics, but don’t want to spend a lot. Get there early, as the place is relatively small and fills up very fast. The good news, however, is that many salespeople “scratch” the Portuguese language, which greatly facilitates the lives of those who do not speak French or English.
Westfield Forum des Halles
Paris is a city full of shopping streets, but if you are one of those who prefer the convenience of shopping, you shouldn’t miss the Forum des Halles. A complex that once housed the largest food market in Paris, where years later stores for all types of public were installed.
On one of the four floors of Les Halles, you will find famous brands like H&M, Bourjois, Desigual, Gap, Levi’s, Pandora and Sephora. In addition, the place also offers some options of restaurants, cafes and fast food type cafes.
At the moment, the mall is undergoing renovation works, scheduled to end in 2016. A bold project that includes, among other feats, a translucent-golden pavilion, which can be seen from various parts of the city, the installation of a large patio and beautiful gardens.
101 rue Berger, Paris – CEP: 75001
Telephone: +33 1 44 76 87 08
Website: http: // https: //fr.westfield.com/forumdeshalles
Hours: Mon – Sat: 10: 00–19: 00 \ nDom: 11: 00–19: 00 \ n