Paris is the capital of fashion and design trends. For Parisians fashion and design is like a ‘walk in the park’, thus making Paris the reigning centre for trend-setting fashions. Making a list of shopping areas and boutiques in Paris is no easy task because all centres are almost equal in popularity. Shopping is one of the main reasons for Paris to draw millions of visitors every year, and given below are some the leading shopping districts and shops.
1) Place de lopper & Boulevard Hausmann
These are two popular streets in Paris which hosts massively large departmental stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Like most popular stores they too feature designer collections, gourmet foods, household goods, jewellery, hardware and much more. The Printemps Department store also boasts of a large rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Paris. Visitors choose this shopping area as anything they desire is available here. Boulevard Hausmann is about 2.5 kilometres and is one of the tree-lined boulevards in Paris.
2) Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore
This is relatively a narrow street when compared to the rest in Paris. However, it is considered to be one of the most fashionable streets in the world because it hosts practically every single major global fashion house. It has a serious of high fashion stores and other exclusive establishments. Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honore is an extension of Rue Saint-Honore. On this street at number 55 is the Elysee Palace which houses the President of the Republic.
Mistigriff is located on Rue St Charles is a store that might have a ‘budget-style’ look, but sells genuine clothes at attractive discounts. Women’s apparel and accessories are available for a very small price. You will need to spend some time in this store to find a Couture garment from a famous label. Mistigriff is listed as one of the popular shopping stores in Paris.
4) Shoes at Andre
Andre is a major French shoe brand and there are many shops in Paris and France. Visitors will find very trendy shoes at reasonable prices here, and they also offer limited edition shoes in collaboration with young and talented designers. Each season Andre takes pride to invite hot fashion designers like Katherine Pradeau and Bali Barret to create exclusive shoe and handbag collections.
5) Cosmetics at Viseart
Viseart recently opened their make-up bar on Rue Charlot, 3rd Metro Republique and is the latest tip for good-value and quality cosmetics. This store is well-known within the fashion and film-world. The assistants are professionals who will help you to test and choose your product. They will also give you a 45-minute makeover by appointment.
6) Saint-Ouen Flea Market
This is one of the famous flea markets in Paris officially known as Les Puces de Saint-Ouen but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas). The Flea Market is located in a city close to Paris and is about six hectares in extent. It is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and is estimated to welcome over 70,000 visitors every week. It has over 2000 shopping selling almost everything and is one of Paris’ most famous shopping venues.
7) Avenue des Champs-Elysees
This is the most prestigious avenue in Paris, France and is a very famous tourist destination. There are cinemas, cafes and luxury speciality shops located amidst clipped horse-chestnut trees. It is one of the most famous streets universally as well and is the most expensive strip of real estate in Europe. It is also known as “The most beautiful avenue in the world”.
8) Avenue Montaigne
Originally this street was called Allee des Veuves (widow’s alley) because women who were in mourning gathered here, but the street has changed since the early days of the 18th century. Avenue Montaigne now boasts of many stores specialising in high fashion, such as Dior, Chanel, Valentino and Ralph Lauren. Jewellers such as Bulgari are found on this street as well.
9) Les Helles
Les Helles is one of the most important shopping centres in Paris. It is named after the large central wholesale marketplace which was demolished in 1971 and is now replaced with an underground modern shopping precinct. This area contains sculptures, fountains, museums etc and is very popular amongst visitors.
10) Rue d’Alesia
Rue d’Alesia is another major street in the south of Paris. It is the best place to find shops selling last season’s fashions at a discount. This street is frequented by visitors who are keen on bargain deals for clothing.