There are so many things that the French are good at but perhaps the most coveted (aside from the accent) is knowing how to look gorgeous. We read about French elegance all the time. It’s all over social media, it’s a recurring theme in iconic films, especially in noirs, made even more notorious by the Audrey Hepburn charm. Paris, aside from being synonymous with sophistication, has also come to mean fashionable and stylish. It doesn’t take a long look at the famous Champs-Élysées avenue to realize that it is one of the most revered cities when it comes to being chic and in style. So perhaps, we might be of help in pointing you towards the best fashion districts in the city of lights.
For some reason, Parisians make the case of looking good seem like a genetic trait unique to their ancestry. They influenced the way we view elegance and somehow made it their job to dress the rest of the world in ‘fab.’ Anything with a touch of Paris is enviable, and undoubtedly, fashion designers from all over the world look to Paris as the nirvana of fashion refinement. The influx of visitors that come to Paris come for various reasons - many of them to shop exclusively within this marvelous fashion high ground.
It’s no surprise why aside from the historical monuments, the awe-inspiring art in the museums, and the charming sidewalk cafes, Paris is studded with fabulous boutiques offering a gold mine of treasure finds for those who want to sport sass and class.
You have plenty of options to choose from, especially if you’re going for luxury shopping. The following are our top picks for acing fashion in Paris.
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The Louvre and Tuileries district is home to the best shops in fashion design, interior decor, and quality cosmetics. Encompassing Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Saint-Honoré, Rue de la Paix, and the Place Vendome, it is accessible via the Metro Concorde using Line 1 for Tuileries and Lines 7 and 14 for the Pyramides.
Perhaps the heart of Parisian luxury shopping in the city, the neighborhood boasts a wide array of prestigious design shops from the likes of Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hermes, especially along the Saint-Honore district. Le Printemps is a big department store in the area with a great staff and a rooftop cafe.
If you’re coming for high-end vintage shopping, the upscale stores along Palais Royal are unmissable. You will come face-to-face with some of the most expensive and high-end fashion items in existence including fashion accessories and art.
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The Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville or BHV located in the historical district of Marais features around 900 brands covering various products including DIY, tableware, interior decoration, and culture. Of course, you will find lots of fashion labels - a true lifestyle department that offers such diversity under one roof.
From Swedish furniture at Le Fluex’ to the Parisian fashion collection at Les Vignoles, there’s plenty of unique finds at Le Marais. If you want to take a break from all the shopping, you can drop by La Belle Hortense for a quick cup of coffee while you read a chapter of a book, just so you can ogle more at the merchandise in the Ofr. Also, hit the patisserie at Popelini to take out some French goodness to your accommodation.
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To get a real feel of deluxe Parisian luxury shopping, head to the department stores found in Boulevard Haussmann where hunting for merchandise is elevated to the level at par with being housed in authentic Belle Epoque architecture. If the clothing designs don’t impress you, surely the building will, although we can’t see how you can ever not in the first place given the concentration of top designer selections in the area. Of course, fashion is not the only thing you will pick here. You can also find cozy places for gourmet shopping, home furnishing items, and jewelry, among others.
Located in 40 Boulevard Haussmann, the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann displays an array of glitzy luxury mini-boutiques and shops that sell fashion and fine jewelry.
Les Arcades is another nearby trip - and one you shouldn’t miss. This is a flagship shopping passageway made famous by the convention of the world’s pioneering fashion brands. Aside from the elite shopping store, you can also drop by the charming little bookshops and the stores full of souvenirs and gift items.
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Perhaps the core of Paris’s most envied fashion houses, the Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées feature designer stores like Dior and Louis Vuitton. These premier names in the field of fashion dominate the area, making it another tourist attraction in the city. In here, you can find the most lavish pieces in haute couture and ready-to-wear luxury fashion. From top designer brands to trendy chain stores and Sunday shops, this avenue is a common target among fashion enthusiasts.
For moms who are traveling with their kids, the nearby Disney stores will also make a unique experience for your child so both of you gets to enjoy the shopping spree.
Dedicated to vintage collectors, bibliophiles, and tasteful home interior decorators, St-Germain-des-Prés, Sèvres-Babylone and rue de Rennes sells the most envied fashion collectibles worldwide along with a various mix of fun items and souvenirs. The nearby rue de Rennes displays an incredible line up of design brands from the likes of trendsetters H&M, Gap, and Kookai. On the boulevard down the road, you can see right away the coveted fashion houses of Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and more!
You can find the famous Le Bon Marché department store in this area, a high end, upmarket department store that sells a fabulous collection of clothes and accessories. Adjacent, you can find a food shop that could easily be the city’s most chic grocery store.
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And just like anywhere in Paris, you can easily find fine places to indulge your inner foodie, perhaps stop by a local patisserie to take home some mouthwatering macarons.
If shopping is your main goal in Paris, you don’t have to worry about running out of options. The city of lights carries great fashion secrets even in some of its most historic districts. So if you don’t know where to begin, simply head to the nearest shopping district and you might just be surprised of what you’ll find.
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