Paris shopping


Find the good places to shop in Paris

Aside from the French capital’s many beautiful monuments, cultural highlights and café chic, another top attraction of Paris travel is its extensive shopping options. When it comes to Paris shopping , everything from gourmet food to haute couture to second-hand markets is on offer.

To enjoy the plentiful supply of fresh produce in Paris, for example, there are a whole host of options. A total of 80 food markets are dotted around the city, each with its own specialty and restricted opening hours. Les Enfants Rouges (39 Rue de Betagne, Paris 75003) is one of the more accessible markets, given that its open six days a week.

For a fun afternoon’s daydreaming as you look through the prestigious items on sale in lofty Parisian department stores, Boulevard Haussmann is the street to head for. Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are both located on this avenue, offering the perfect opportunity to see all the classic grandeur of the clothes, jewelry and home décor on offer.

If you need to buy a gift to take home to your special someone, you should go to Le Bon Marché (24 Rue de Sevres, Paris 75007). This classic department store - housed in a beautiful 19th Century building designed by Gustave Eiffel – is the perfect place to find quintessentially Parisian presents like fashions, cosmetics, food, art and much more.

Flea market fans will definitely enjoy browsing around Les Puces de Saint-Ouen (Avenue Porte de Clignancourt/Rue des Entrepôts, Paris 75018). Known to locals simply as “Puces”, this large and varied market has become a city institution. Open Saturday to Monday, you’ll find antiques, clothes, homewares, artworks and more on sale here.

To capture some of the magic that makes Paris such a home of fashion, you should visit Rue de Faubourg Saint Honoré. Opulent boutiques belonging to big names line this very fashionable street, including world-famous designers like Dior, Versace, Gaultier and Lacroix.

If you are more interested in catching some great bargains, you can head outside the city in your Paris car rental to an outlet mall. McArthur Glen Troyes (10150 Voie du Bois, Pont de Sainte Marie ; +33 3 25 70 47 10; www.mcarthurglen.fr) is a set of three malls situated just outside the town of Troyes that makes up France’s largest outlet shopping centre. Lots of top brands have stores here, including Versace, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and more.

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