Shopping in Paris: The Places to Go

Shop till you drop!

by Alice Griffin

Get your trip to Paris started on the right foot with this insider guide to the coolest shopping spots. Fit for all your sartorial whims and fancies. I promise it’s time (and money) well spent.


For something a little different

The rough-and-ready working-class neighbourhood of Belleville is known for its street art, cool, eclectic cafes and bars, and unique shopping outlets. The long stretch of shops along the Rue de Belleville has all sorts of homeware, food and style fodder ideal for individuals looking for something completely original.

Depending on the time you visit, you may find yourself in the monthly street food market. Close by is the Rue Sainte-Marthe, a quiet street is lined with art studios and plenty of eateries. Check those out and the street art that is dotted throughtout the district.


For flea finds

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Are you in the market for second-hand trinkets and exotic curios? You’re in the right city. A rummage through a flea market or two is practically mandatory in Paris. It’s where eccentric stallholders and antique dealers travel from far and wide to share their wares. The best of the bunch is the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (said to be the biggest flea market in the world). Les Puces de Montreuil and Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves.


For boutique shopping

Marais, the heart of Gay Paree, is the place to visit for boutique shopping in the city. Everything from larger chain stores (the sophisticated ones like Sandro and Maje, no H&M’s here) to significant designers, little knick knack shops and concept stores. Each vie for your attention on these quaint streets, which feel both old-world and super modern. The area caters to the city’s cool crowd, meaning there are plenty of kitsch and trendy bars, restaurants and cafes to pop into once shopper’s fatigue hits.


For a classic Parisian experience

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There’s no better way to appreciate the Parisian shopping of old than by visiting the city’s 18th-century arcades. Today only a few of the original hidden shopping passages remain. However, if you know where to go, shopping in a stunning belle époque arcade, a glittering art nouveau Galerie or an ancient courtyard is still well within reach.

Our favourites are the Passage du Grand Cerf, Galerie Vivienne, Passage Molière and Passage des Panoramas. Though you’ll need to have a bulky wallet if you’re looking to do anything more than window shop.


All you need to do now is save the pennies, and get yourself ready for a Parisian shopping adventure. Where do you love shopping in Paris? Send us your suggestions in the comments below, and we’ll make sure to try them out. All in the name of research!

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Ayesha Ahmed January 21, 2019 - 10:23 am

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Gavin Darvell January 21, 2019 - 11:34 am

Thanks, Ayesha, we’re really glad you’ve found our pages of travel inspiration. There will be plenty more to come in the future.

Sarah Khan January 21, 2019 - 10:25 am

nice information about paris.. i really love it.
its also called lovers city..
thanks admin sharing for nice info

Gavin Darvell January 21, 2019 - 11:32 am

Paris is a lovers and shoppers delight. Glad you enjoyed reading the post. Your support is very much appreciated.


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