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Shopping in Paris

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Parisian’s are well known for their effortless chic and flawless fashion choices; surely it must be their choice of shops? Rosie Khdir ventures Paris to find that ‘je ne sai quoi’.

People flock to Paris for its architecture, its museums, the cuisine, but more importantly for the eclectic choice of shopping. There is literally something for everyone in this city of stylistas, so sit back and relax as we take you on a shopping tour of Paris.

If it is designer goods that you dream of, the crème de la crème, then head to Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. As one of the chic-est streets in Paris, Saint-Honoré is home to the fashion heavyweights like Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL and Chanel, where you can browse for clothes, cosmetics and elegant home furnishings. If your piggy bank runs away squealing at the prospect of these price tags then go and simply enjoy the window displays, you’ll be in awe of their creative genius.

For a dose of designer meets high-street, take a stroll down the magnificent Champs Elyseés, an avenue lined with tall plush trees and fully stocked plush stores. This avenue is a fashion monument known around the world and offers the high-end with the affordable, so you can enjoy Chanel and Zara all in one long stroll.

A dizzying maze of concessions and floor after floor of consumer goodness, these are the wonders of the department store and Boulevard Haussmann houses two of the most grandiose stores in Europe. The Printemps store dates back to 1865 and after a series of extensions, a fire and the bombings of WWII, the building still stands and is as beautiful as ever. The most impressive feature of the building, aside from the merchandise inside is the stained glass cupola situated above the main restaurant of the store

The Galeries Lafayette is just as lavish with its huge circular main room lined with balconies looking over the cosmetic delights below. Galeries Lafayette is a sight to behold at night with its lit up exterior and also has a terrace which is free to access and gives fantastic views of the city. Both department stores offer everything under one roof including food, clothes for men and women, jewelry and home wares.

If you have a love for objects with a past life, then Paris certainly has a lot to offer. The historic Marais quarter is a treasure trove filled with fine art, antiques and jewelry not to mention the up-and-coming designers who have settled there. Rue Saint-André des Arts, in its historic 18th century setting, can also turn out some great vintage clothes and rare books.


If you have a love for objects with a past life, then Paris certainly has a lot to offer. The historic Marais quarter is a treasure trove filled with fine art, antiques and jewelry not to mention the up-and-coming designers who have settled there. Rue Saint-André des Arts, in its historic 18th century setting, can also turn out some great vintage clothes and rare books.


Shopping in Paris is a truly exhilarating experience and these are but of few of the wonders it beholds. Hopefully, after a visit to this fashion mecca, a little of the French fashion flair may rub off! Happy shopping