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Paris is famous for its fashion shops and trends. Where and what can you shop for in Paris?
Check our list of the best shopping streets, shopping centers, shops, and markets in Paris.
Paris is the shopping metropolis of France. Here, shopping centers, shopping streets, small boutiques and markets meet for the pleasure of shopping addicts and quality clothing lovers. Fashion is an essential part of the culture in Paris, it's even considered an art. Between freaky ideas, designer fashion, and luxury labels, you can find everything here.
Our first tip is definitely to bring good shoes, if you will spend few hours shopping in Paris. Indeed, Paris has a very developed metro system but somehow, walking is very pleasant. The streets and even shopping malls are very well-designed, but may make you tired quickly.
Here are some places where you might walk a lot while shopping.
Shops in Paris are generally open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 20:00, Sunday is a holiday. Grocery stores are open on Sundays at certain hours depending on the district. Some smaller shops close for one or two hours at lunchtime. However, the large shopping centers are usually open on Sundays.
Weekends: Since the easing of the store-closing law, shops in tourist areas may also open on Sundays. This affects around 3,000 shops in Paris. Especially in the well-known shopping streets such as Champs-Élysées, Rue Saint-Honoré, and in Le Marais. In these places there are many shops open on Sundays. All major shopping centers, including LaFayette, Les Halles and many more, are also open on Sundays.
An overview of shopping streets, shopping centers, and markets
Paris is filled with good shops all over the city. However, you can distinguish 2 types of shopping places: shopping centers and shopping streets. Both have advantages and inconveniences and appeal to different kinds of people. Do you prefer to have all the shops available in one big center? Or do you like to be in the fresh air and walk-by shops on a street?
In a shopping center, you know what is inside thanks to the mall plan at the entrance and it can be practical on a rainy day in Paris. The shopping street are more open for surprises and help you discover the city at the same time. To get all the good addresses, we prepared two articles for you that guide you through the shopping areas in Paris.
What can I take home from Paris?
There are as many ideas of presents to bring from Paris as there are shops. Here, we prepared a list of 11 ideas of things to bring home from Paris. Check out typical Parisian clothing, food, special Parisian items and many more ideas that will make you and your loved ones very happy!
What brand to buy in Paris?
Paris is a wonderful paradise of French and international brands. From luxurious to average price, you can find a shop for every desire and every budget in the capital of France. There are some "must-shop in" places only available in Paris or big cities around the world. Let's take you through them.
The Largest Shopping Street. The Most Famous Shopping Center. The Most Important Market.
The most famous shopping street in Paris and far beyond is the Avenue de Champs-Élysées, with its luxury boutiques, flagship stores, designer labels, and small boutiques along the side streets. More than 300,000 people walk along this magnificent, almost 2-kilometer-long boulevard every day. A must-see, even if you don't plan to buy much, at least the Arc de Triomphe.
Check our article on things to do on Champs-Élysées Avenue in Paris.
The Les Galeries LaFayette shopping center has all types of shops, from budget shops to top-of-the-line luxury brands, over a total surface area of 70,000 m². The roof terrace of Galeries LaFayette is famous for its champagne bar called the Ice Cube Bar, which offers a magnificent view of Paris.
The oldest market in Paris, Marché des Enfants Rouges, "Market of the Red Children", dates back to 1615. The children from the nearby orphanage used to be dressed in red, the color of charity, which gave the market its name. The lively market atmosphere and the numerous gastronomic offerings attract visitors from all over the world. The market is located in the Le Marais neighborhood and it is easy to combine a visit to the market with a visit to some sights.
Paris is a capital city with about 12.5 million citizens. That is why the shopping streets, districts and centers are spread out all over the city and there are numerous pedestrian zones in Paris. This makes it easy to combine a visit to the main sights with a short shopping break.
Such examples are the Avenue de Champs-Élysées, which stretches from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, and Rue Saint-Honoré, which extends to the Le Marais quarter with the Picasso Museum, as well as Pompidou Center and the National Museum of Modern Art.
Additionally, you can visit the Parisian weekly markets.
Shops are open in Paris between 9:00 and 20:00. Supermarkets often open earlier and stay open until 20:30 at the latest. Shopping centers and fashion stores sometimes do not open until 10:00 a.m. It is always advisable to check the exact opening hours of the shops on the Internet.
Since the easing of the store-closing law, shops in tourist areas may also open on Sundays. This affects around 3,000 shops in Paris. Especially in the well-known shopping streets such as the Champs-Élysées, the Rue Saint-Honoré or in Le Marais there are many shops open on Sundays. All major shopping centers, including LaFayette, Les Halles and many more, are also open on Sundays.
Supermarket chains, shopping centers and shops almost always accept debit and credit cards. Small cafes, restaurants and market stands sometimes do not accept cards. The question of accepting cards before ordering is therefore a recommendation in Paris.
Unique fashion is mainly sold in the boutiques around Boulevard Saint-Germain and in the Le Marais district.