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.
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 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.
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