Fashion is an essential part of the culture in Paris. Indeed, Paris is renowned for being the capital of style in the world.
The streets of Paris set the most amazing stage to look for fashion through various stores. Everybody knows that Paris is also home of many prime brands for clothing, leather, perfumes, home decor and many more.
Through the article below, you will find a list of the best shopping streets and boulevards, hosting the flagship stores. Be ready to discover unique vintage boutiques and designer workshops in the beautiful setting of the unique architecture of Paris.
Regarding the shopping activity, if you want to go further, discover our article about all the best shopping centers in Paris !
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1. Champs-Élysées Avenue
Champs-Elysees may easily be the most renowned avenue in the world. It is walked by more than 300 000 people daily. At 1 ¼ miles long and 230 feet wide, it holds a reputation for being a shopping paradise due to the fancy brands of cosmetics, fashion, sportswear, jewelry and watches that can be found from Concord Square to the Triumphal Arch.
Since the establishment of modern Paris, it has been the center of attention. The flagship store of Guerlain Parfumes has been at this spot for more than a century. Speaking of flagship stores, some are more like a museum with a big collection like the Louis Vuitton at n°101.
Of course, everything is not about luxury. There are massive stores of sports brands such as Nike or Adidas, or GAP and Lacoste like well-known clothing shops with reasonable prices.
Tip : The n°75 of the avenue is Ladurée shop, the most renowned macaron producer in Paris. Don't miss this treat !
2. Rue Saint-Honoré
Rue Saint-Honoré is a very long street in Paris, stretching almost 5 km distance between Le Marais Quarter and the Triomphal Arch. This long avenue accommodates a wide range of shops and stores.
The street starts with one of the most central shopping malls of Paris, Westfield Les Halles. Along the way you pass through boutiques, leather shops (including Hermes), shoe stores, designer/tailor shops, furniture stores, cosmetics (like Roger & Gallet) and many more.
Still, its most special corner is the mythic square inside, named Place Vendome. This very popular square among celebrities from all around the world is one of the most exquisite shopping heavens of Paris, surrounded by top jewelry stores.
3. Triangle d'Or
Triangle d'Or translates as the Golden Triangle, which refers to the three neighboring streets of Paris between the Champs-Elysées Avenue and Seine River. That means you can walk through here while passing by the Eiffel Tower and the Triumphal Arch.
Namely, these streets are called Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue François 1st. The area in-between them has been the ultimate place to go for luxury shopping in Paris.
The number of flagship stores, designer shops and fashion houses is excessive to cover in a limited time. To make it more clear, just let us drop some names from the neighborhood : Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Ferré, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Hermes, Dolce e Gabbana, Prada, Valentino, Bulgari, Gucci... and just add the ateliers of great designers (called Couturiers in French).
4. Haussmann Boulevard
Haussmann was the name of the designer/creator of the wide streets and big boulevards of 19th century you see in Paris today. The avenue named after him is one of the most popular hosting the famous shopping centers like the Galeries Lafayette (3 buildings) and the legendary Opera Garnier across the street.
The Printemps is another well-established department and upscale store on the way. If you would enjoy some more boutique, warm and less expensive alternatives, check out the shopping arcades like Passage Jouffroy or Passage des Panoramas.
5. Rue de Rivoli
Rue de Rivoli is a 4 miles long street housing enough stores to spend a whole day or even a whole week ! The street is stretching between the old, authentic and special area called Le Marais and the former palace and now Louvre museum. It could be time saving to discover the Louvre, Le Marais quarter and shop around in the same day !
The pivotal shopping point on Rue de Rivoli is Le BHV/Marais, a very popular department store in Paris. There is almost nothing you cannot find on this line from fashions to accessories or furnitures.
The glorious Place des Vosges could be a superb starting or finishing point at one edge of the street. This 17th century square is surrounded by art galeries, designer shops and really pretty vintage boutiques in paralel alleys like Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue des Archives.
6. Boulevard Saint Germain
Saint-Germain is a great spot for home décor shops, fashion boutiques and gourmet food shops. As you reach the intersection with Rue du Bac and Boulevard Raspail, you’ll enter a fabulous shopping neighborhood.
At the far edge of Saint-Germain area, there is the historical Le Bon Marché shopping center. It is quite worth to have a glance at it both from outside and inside.
Rue de Rennes is one of the main shopping streets of the Left Bank of Paris and particularly good for the travelers looking for shoe stores.
7. Rue du Commerce
Rue du Commerce is the right choice for the travelers, who are willing to go beyond the most famous and tourist-favorite avenues of Paris. It is not a broad street making the visitors dizzy like the other ones but the cozy feeling of the many fashion boutiques are enough the make it a local favorite.
On the Rue du Commerce you will find many shops of perfumery, lingerie, clothing, decoration and gifts as well as some restaurants and cafes including the famous Café du Commerce (no° 51). No need to say, the prices are quite reasonable comparing to the major shopping areas of Paris.
You know where to shop, now it's a question of what to shop. Do you have an idea of the presents you want to make to your loved ones and yourself ? We listed for you souvenirs from Paris. It might give you ideas you didn't think about !