(Paris, Ile-de-France, France)
Paris is world famous for its endless shopping opportunities and is especially renowned for perfume, cheese, wine, fashion, fine jewellery and antiques. There are also numerous second-hand shops, street markets and book stalls, as well as high-gloss department stores such as Au Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette.
The Avenue Montaigne; the Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré; along the Left Bank in St Germain-des-Prés (in the Marais district) are the leading areas for haute couture. Famous boutiques include designers such as Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Valentino, Lanvin, Gian Franco Ferre, Hermes and many more, whilst the world's most elegant jewellers can be found on Place Vendôme and rue de la Paix.
Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 82 34 56
To see the interior of the historic ten-storey Galleries Lafayette, with its art-nouveau finishings and breathtaking steel and stained-glass dome, is an experience in itself. This magnificent, expansive department store offers numerous brand-name items.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:30 to 18:45 (until 21:00 on Thursday)
Le Bon Marche
Address: 22 Rue de Sèvres, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 39 80 00
Most of the large department stores are situated on the Right Bank but Le Bon Marche, on the Left Bank, offers the same facilities and is less crowded. There is a park in front where you can relax in very pleasant surroundings after shopping. Its food market is the city's largest and here you will find everything you might need.
Address: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 82 50 00
One of the city's top department stores and is located in the Opéra Garnier area, which is on the Right Bank of the Seine.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:35 to 19:00
Address: 213 Rue St. Honoré, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 35 33 90
This store features sleek and innovative goods and is a thrilling place to shop on the otherwise reserved Rue St. Honore. The tea salon, amongst other things, offers a very extensive range of bottled waters.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 11:00 to 19:00
Agnes B, Paris
Address: 2 Rue du Jour, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 33 11 68
Right at the cutting edge of fashion, with unique designs, this is one of the most chic clothing stores.
Situated near the Champs-Élysées this avenue boasts nearly all of the biggest names in fashion.
A statue of Napoleon in the centre of this public square, looks out on some of the finest names in jewellery.
Rue Royale, Rue de Rivoli, Place de la Concorde
Many shops on the Rue Royale specialise in high-quality jewellery. Rue Royale leads to the Place de la Concorde and the famous arcades of the Rue de Rivoli, famous for its exclusive shops. Rue de Rivoli from the Place de la Concorde to the Louvre is entirely covered, making for very convenient window shopping irrespective of the weather.
Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré
One of Paris's most elegant shopping areas where most top designers have their designer boutiques. This area also offers a wide choice in crystal, jewellery and porcelain.
Formerly an area of predominantly bakers and butchers, but now a hotspot for chic and trendy boutiques. Many historic streets lead are to be found in this area.
Place des Victoires
With its imposing statue of Sun King Louis XIV, Place des Victoires is now famous for the many cutting-edge fashion icons.
Situated on the Place de la Madeleine is Fauchon, the most famous food store in Paris where the goods on sale are both exotic and luxurious and this is reflected in the prices. Frequented by gourmets, who can afford the unique range of the finest teas, coffees, wines and spirits.
Au Nain Bleu
5 boulevard Malesherbes, 75008, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 65 20 00 Fax: +33 (0)1 42 65 20 20
This world-famous toy store has delighted children since it first opened in the 1830s.
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
Situated on the Left Bank just across from Notre Dame, this unique bookstore features books and literary history.
37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 05 80 88
This widely acclaimed bakery features a wide selection of high-quality pastries and breads. Organic produce is a speciality.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 08:30 to 20:30