Home to many of the world’s top fashion houses, including Chanel, Givenchy, and Yves Saint-Laurent, Paris is a city that takes style seriously. But that doesn’t mean your only options are high-end boutiques. From famed department stores to charming thrift shops and everything in between, Paris offers a wide range of shopping spots. Here are some of the best.
Begin your shopping tour in the neighborhood of Le Marais. As well as being a historic Jewish Quarter, the area is also home to an eclectic mix of art galleries, concept stores, independent boutiques, and quirky thrift shops. It’s a perfect destination for window shopping and bargain scoring.
Paris’ single most famous place to shop is doubtless the Galeries Lafayette. A storied department store, the Galeries Lafayette—whose elegant Haussmann flagship is located near Opéra and spans 10 floors—is a place where you can shop for hours, break for refreshments on the terrace, and then continue browsing the racks.
Rue de Rivoli
Paris’ answer to 5th Avenue in New York or Regent’s Street in London is Rue de Rivoli, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares. Running parallel to the Seine between the 1st and 3rd arrondissements, it contains a wide variety of international brands and other popular, ready-to-wear clothes.
One of Paris chicest neighborhoods, Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement is home to an eclectic range of shopping stops. From designer boutiques to independent brands, this neighborhood is best explored with a shopping bag or two draped over your arm.