If you think about shopping in Paris, you probably think about brands like Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. However, beside the Haute Couture brands, you can also find numerous shopping malls and second-hand markets, where you can find antiques, nice clothes, and all kinds of items at modest prices. Usually, shopping in Paris is rather expensive, but if you have patience, you can find some real bargains.
Below is a list of some of the best shops in Paris, so take a read through them and try to include some of them in your next trip.
Bouquinistes is a huge book market along the Seine. Here, you can find used books of different genres. The booksellers are called Bouquinistes and the boxes where they keep the books they are offering are also called Bouquinistes. This daily market along the Seine has existed since 1821, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
2. Marché d’Aligre
The Marché d’Aligre is a typical Parisian market where you can get all kinds of French and international delicates. Thanks to many stands where you can get flowers, the market is very colourful. Along the side of the market are many local and international stores and you will also find charming woodwork shops down the little alleys leading away from the market. No matter what you are looking for, enjoy the walk and be impressed by this historical market with its own individual flair.
3. Puces de la Porte de Montreuil
This market, located close to the metro station Porte de la Montreuil, is a second-hand flea market. It is located slightly off the tourist beaten track, however it is definitely worth checking out. You can find pretty much everything here, from antique glassware and furniture to 1940s clothes and antiquities. Haggling is a must at this market, so put on your best French accent and don’t accept the first figure that is offered to you.
4. Galeries Lafayette
The Galerie Lafayette is a shopping mall that offers a variety of luxurious goods, such as perfume, jewellery, and fashion. So long as you have the money, you can get everything you’ve been longing for as far as luxurious goods are concerned. The original Galerie Lafayette was founded in 1893 and today, there is a Galerie Lafayette in every big city in France.
5. Au Printemps
Au Printemps is a French department store located on Boulevard Haussmann not far from the Galerie Lafayette. It is very tourist-friendly and you will find that there is a team of translators who are happy to help you find whatever you are looking for. Founded in 1865, the store is beautifully designed and you won’t fail to be impressed by the architecture. Shop here for clothing, jewellery, accessories, and beauty products.
6. Forum Les Halles
The mall “Forum Les Halles” is a combination of a leisure park, underground mall, and huge subway station. The forum itself was opened in 1986 and contains a variety of shops, restaurants, and leisure activities between its doors, including the largest indoor pool in Paris! If swimming isn’t your thing, there are a range of movie theatres, museums, and discotheques to be explored. And the subway station located underneath everything makes this a really convenient place to visit.
7. Avenue des Champs-Èlysees
The most famous street in Paris, Avenue des Champs-Èlysees, is also one of the most expensive strips of property in the world! Running just over a mile, numerous shops and boutiques along the street offer international and national treats and popular perfume brands, and high-class restaurants attract visitors with extraordinary homemade specialty goods. The strip concludes at the Arc de Triomphe, which was built to honour Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories.
8. Boulevard Saint-Michel
The Boulevard Saint-Michel is located in the Quartier Latin. Along the 1380-metre street, the University Sorbonne and the Jardin du Luxembourg are situated. At the northern part of the street, numerous comic shops and bookstores provide you with reading material from all over the world.
9. Rue d’Alésia
The Rue d’Alésia is a popular street located in the south of Paris. It is where you will find outlet stores selling brand name products at bargain prices. Basically, if you love to shop, you should definitely head here for at least a day!