Paris is the city for the chic shopper. A trip to Paris must include shopping, whether it's at the top department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marche, or the smaller exclusive boutiques. Here is my short guide to the top luxury Paris shops from designer fashion to perfume.
Top Paris Shopping Areas
Like any city, you’ll find top shopping in various central areas. What is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ takes in the district between the Champs-Elysées, the avenue Montaigne and the avenue George-V in the 8th arrondissement. Also check out the avenue Montaigne (8th arrondissement), the Faubourg Saint-Honore (8th), Saint-Germain-des-Pres (6th), and the arcaded Palais-Royal (1st). But while these areas have the big names, the more cutting-edge shops and chic boutiques have spread out into the Left Bank, Sevres Babylone, and the Marais.
More about the top Paris shopping districts.
Top Department Stores
Top department stores have a lot of fashion names, so these are worth checking out:
- Galeries Lafayette for its expanded luxury and designer fashion section, and everything else.
- Le Bon Marche for its Left Bank chic, iconic building and fabulous food department.
- Le Printemps is another iconic and beautiful store every visitor should see.
- Le BHV Marais renovated in 2014 offers everything, even cooking classes from staff from Alain Ducasse.
Top One-Stop Fashion Shopping
Montaigne Market on avenue Montaigne houses top designers, both international names and more niche labels and a great range of accessories. Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang bags; Jimmy Choo and Lanvin shoes; JBrand skinny jeans and a leather jacket from Snow from St Barth. Go on, you know you need them. It's also one of the places for Paris Fashion week shows.
Address 57 ave Montaigne, 8th
Tel.: 00 33 (0)1 42 56 58 58
Metro George-V, Alma-Marceau
Monday to Saturday 10am-7pm
Other One-Stop Fashion Shops
Colette on rue Staint-Honore in the 1st arrondissement is where the fashionistas gather not just for the latest avant-garde fashion, but also for those must-have gadgets that look so chic in Paris apartments. Plenty for kids too.
Top beauty and well-being salons
For a Thai spa experience, spend time at Harnn & Thann Located in a pretty courtyard on rue Moliere, the spa offers Thai massages amongst other treatments. It also has a tempting boutique selling own name oils, soaps and creams.
Harnn & Thann
Address 11 rue Moliere, 1st
Tel.: 00 33 (0)1 40 15 02 20
Monday to Saturday 11am to 8pm
Thursday to 10pm
Other Top Spas and Salons
Best Foot Forward
You find both the top names like Christian Louboutin and artisan shoemakers in Paris. For a wide selection go to Espace chaussures des Galeries Lafayette in their luxury shopping area where you'll find all the names like Jimmy Choo, Prada, Gucci, Dior and more.
Address 40 bvd Haussmann, 9th
Tel.: 00 33 (0)1 42 82 30 25
Monday-Saturday 09.30 am to 07.30 pm Thursdays: Open until 9 pm
Other Top Shoe Shops
- Go to the exclusive Christian Louboutin shop in rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the 8th arrondissement for those signature red soles of some of the most beautiful shoes in the world.
- Roger Vivier on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore in the 8th arrondissement for colorful, beautifully designed shoes from the company started by the man who created the stiletto heel.
- Smart men go to that quintessential English shoemaker, John Lobb, at the boutique at 21 rue Boissy d'Anglas in the 8th. For bespoke shoes, make an appointment at 32 rue de Mogador in the 9th, tel.: 00 33 (0)1 43 47 58 14
The Very Best China and Glass
To transform your apartment or house with Paris style, Bernardaud is a top brand in tableware and table decoration, though less well known than names like Christofle internationally. Each year the company creates a new porcelain dinner service. If you are in Limoges, you can see how the porcelain is made on a guided tour of the factory.
Address 11 rue Royale, 8th
Tel.: 00 33 (0)1 47 42 82 66
Monday-Saturday 10am to 7pm
Other Top Shops
Scents to Seduce
France and perfume are inextricably linked through the town of Grasse in the south of France where the major perfume houses create their new scents. Modern perfume was created in France in 1889 when Aime Guerlain produced Jicky. It was followed by Chanel No 5 in 1921, Arpege by Lanvin in 1927 and Patou’s Joy in 1930. Other great names have been reincarnated like Francois Coty, who lived at the Chateau d’Artigny in the Loire Valley.
For bespoke scents, try the following.
Personal Shopping Service
Get the most out of your Paris shopping by having a personal program created by an English-speaking guide. Two companies that provide the service are Ultimate Paris and Paris for a Day. A personal guide will meet you to discover what exactly you want to see and where you want to shop and tailor-make an itinerary for you. She will then accompany you, with a car, on the tour. To get the most out of this, contact the company beforehand for the first stage, so when you arrive in Paris you can hit the ground running.