Publié dans Parisian life le Monday, 14 May 2018
Champs-Élysées and avenue Montaigne
Every day of the week tourists from all over the world, shopping enthusiasts and fashion devotees stroll up and down the world’s most famous avenue, where haute couture and luxury names such as Louis Vuitton and Guerlain rub shoulders with popular and affordable brands such as Gap, Disney Store and Kusmi Tea. A stone’s throw away, avenue Montaigne is indisputably the place for fashion designers, and this is where you’ll find top name boutiques such as Givenchy, Jimmy Choo and Yves Saint-Laurent.
The Galeries Lafayette (72,000 sqm.) and Printemps (52,000 sqm.) are without question the high points of any shopping expedition in Paris! Over a million product references and hundreds of brands are on sale in these stores, sometimes exclusively. Not far from these two legendary Parisian department stores is the passage du Havre, leading to the Gare Saint-Lazare, which extends this incredible shopping experience even further.
This historic area is especially well known for its high concentration of trendy shops. You can find almost anything you need in the emblematic general department store, the Bazar de L’Hôtel de Ville (BHV MARAIS). Why not try a Sunday brunch in one of its 3rd-floor restaurants? The surrounding streets in the Marais district teem with a variety of independent boutiques such as Bring France Home, where you can buy “100% made in France” souvenirs to take home.
Beneath its giant leaf-shaped canopy made of 18,000 “scales” of glass, the Forum des Halles, in the very heart of Paris, has revolutionised the Sunday shopping experience. This European shopping mall comprises more than 150 shops catering to all budgets, as well as restaurants and the largest cinema in France.
The legendary Montmartre hill also has plenty to offer Sunday shoppers. From vintage clothes shops to trendy boutiques, this most famous of Paris’s districts is an absolute treasure-trove. It’s ideal for a Sunday shopping outing with family or friends.
Formerly a wine market, Bercy Village is one of the most original shopping areas in the city. The remains of the stone storehouses, originally used for wine, have been renovated and converted into more than forty boutiques. Visitors are spoiled for choice: homeware, fashion, nature discovery, gastronomy and leisure activities.
Overlooking the Seine, the futuristic glass-fronted Beaugrenelle Paris shopping centre was designed by the architects Valode & Pistre. Inspired by the Parisian department stores, and accessible by Batobus, this must-see Paris shopping venue houses 120 fashion outlets as well as restaurants and recreational facilities.
The Latin Quarter
Famous the world over, the Latin Quarter and its narrow streets offer an opportunity to combine a historical visit with a shopping expedition. Looking for a typical but trendy souvenir of Paris? Try Par’ici, the number one outlet for souvenirs of the capital. Let yourself be tempted by a sweet treat that won’t increase your sugar levels at Les Belles Envies, a “sugar-free” chocolate and pastry shop. After a stopover in the Latin Quarter, why not continue your shopping trip on the nearby Île Saint-Louis.