Paris is one of the world’s shopping capitals, with shops of all budgets and tastes available. The city is full of amazing stores and lots of them have their biggest sales of the year right after Christmas. Sales are state-regulated in France so shops are only permitted to have two sales per year, which makes finding a bargain all the more sweet. Winter 2020 sales kick off on January 8th and end February 6th, 2020. So get your credit card ready as we take you through the best places to bag a bargain in the French capital.
Le Bon Marche
Often described as the world’s first modern department store, Le bon Marche is a Paris institution. You’ll find a mix of designers from high end to the more boutique brands as well as one of the most impressive food halls in the city. The sale will run for 10 days in January and the discounts will vary depending on the brand.
Under the very glamorous roof of Galeries Lafayette you’ll find over 3,500 (yes, you read that right!), different brands. A real shopper’s paradise. It is the epicentre of French style and at any time of year it’s the perfect place to people watch some of the capital's chicest residents. During the sale expect bigger crowds than usual but discounts of up to 70% towards the end of the sales.
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We’ve mentioned Merci on the blog before as it's one of the best concept stores in Paris, but it really is worth going on about. It’s our favourite concept store in the French capital, full of things you’ll want to take home. From clothes and accessories for men and women to gifts and homeware, it’s hard to do a shopping trip here and leave empty handed. Their sales are a great time to pick up some unique pieces.
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Does anything sum up Parisian style more than Chanel? Probably not. If you’re heading to the so-called ‘golden triangle’ which is the area of luxury boutiques at the heart of the Champs-Elysees, then you’ll definitely be paying a visit to Chanel. Their classic items rarely go on sale, but more seasonal styles do and you can sometimes find items with up to 60% off.
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In-the-know Parisians flock to White Bird for unique and one-off finds. The three boutiques are some of the best jewellery stores in Paris, and stock a contemporary collection of jewellery which ranges in price from €80 to €100,000 so visit with an open mind and an idea of how much you’re willing to spend. The refined spaces provide shoppers with an enjoyable browsing experience and knowledgable staff will be happy to help. The January sale here starts on the 8th of January in all three of thier boutiques.
A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting the flagship Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Elysees. On the first day of the sale, you may have to wait outside as they only let a small number of shoppers in at a time. Expect to be fighting over handbags and scarves with up to 50% off. They often stagger their sale too with smaller discounts at the beginning of the sale so it might be worth waiting until the end for more money off.
If you’ve been dreaming of owning something from Hermes then you’ll love their sales. They usually last for a really short period of time (2-3 days) and the good stuff will be gone in the first few hours. People travel from all over the world for this sale so instead of holding it in their beautiful showroom they move over to the much more spacious Palais de Congrès to accommodate the crowds. Small groups of shoppers are allowed in at once and you’ll have to queue outside. While you’re unlikely to bag yourself a Birkin, you will find scarves and other accessories with 40-50% off. If you want to be close to the action, stay in one of our luxury apartments in Paris near all the best shops, so you know you won't have far to travel for your designer accessories.
If you’ve travelled all the way to Paris to go shopping then it makes sense to buy from local designers. Sandro is a French brand that has gone global and the sales they hold in Paris in January are the perfect place to get your hands on some of their clothes. Look out for their leather jackets which are much-loved by French fashion editors. You might find one with up to 60% off.
Another French brand to keep an eye out for while you’re sales shopping in Paris is ba&sh. This boutique fashion label specialises in womenswear with a bit of a bohemian edge. You’ll find peasant dresses and gorgeous kaftans as well as more simple staples. The prices are mid-range but in the sale you might find a top or dress for as little as €150.
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Comptoir des Cotonniers
Comptoir des Cotonniers has come to epitomise that certain brand of French style that people all over the world try and copy. Their shops in Paris are full of simple, well-cut separates for men and women that you’ll wear season after season. It’s already good value, so if you go during the sales, expect to pick up some real bargains.
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