Shopping in Paris


For a shopping enthusiast, no trip to Paris is complete without plenty of time spent on their favorite activity – shopping! Lucky for those of you have saved a few dollars by staying in a Paris apartment rental instead of a hotel, fashionistas, foodies, and those looking for flea-market treasures will all find plenty of opportunities to collect their own personal treasures.

Haute Couture
Travelers in search of Haute Couture styles will enjoy exploring the shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne. Here, well-known clothiers and jewelers, such as Chanel, Cartier, and Christian Dior, and others, can be found. For leather goods, such as shoes and handbags, shoppers should look to Rue du Cherche-Midi and Rue de Grenelle.
Shopping Centers and Department Stores
After purchasing some high fashion luxury items, shoppers may also want to check out some of Paris’s excellent shopping centers and department stores. At Forum des Halles dedicated shoppers can look through the 180 stores to find many different clothing styles. While some shoppers have difficulty with the large size, some dedicated digging can turn up lower-budget copies of Parisian trends.
Boulevard Haussmann houses two of the most famous Parisian department stores, Printemps and Galleries Lafayette. There is something for all shoppers in these rival stores, which carry designer, brand name, and private label stock. Shoppers looking for clothing and elegant food should head to Le Bon Marché in the Left Bank. After purchasing some trendy clothes, shoppers can head to one of the adjoining food establishments and enjoy a relaxing lunch before heading back to your short term Paris rental or hotel.
Flea Markets
Those looking for more of a challenge will love to dig through Paris’s flea markets for treasure. Major markets can be found in Porte de Vanves and Porte de Montreuil. Early risers are more likely to reap flea markets’ rewards, as many of the best bargains are gone as early as six or seven in the morning.
Open Air Markets
While there are now a number of convenient supermarkets in Paris, locals often choose to frequent the many open-air markets instead. With nearly seventy open-air markets specializing in everything from organic vegetables to fresh flowers, there is sure to be a close market that will meet anyone’s needs.
Book Collecting
Books in Paris may seem expensive to the average reader. However, collectors will enjoy browsing the shops along the Seine River for rare or first-edition copies of their favorite books. For French language books, the FNAC is the place to be. Two of the better-known English language book dealers are Brentano’s and Shakespeare and Co.
Whether the plan is to window shop or purchase a little of everything, Paris has many opportunities for shopping and many of our Paris vacation rentals are only steps away. From haute couture, to flea market bargains, to rare books, there is something for everyone in Paris.

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