Shopping in Paris

PARIS, CAPITAL OF SHOPPING

Shopping is one of the main motivations for a city break in Paris, and with good reason. As the European capital for shopping, fashion and design, Paris has 62,000 shops – including 5,000 in the ready-to-wear sector alone. With major department stores, iconic luxury brands and famous shopping districts, Paris is a fabulous shopping destination, 365 days a year. Historically, Paris has always been a major reference for fashion and luxury, and all the major international brands have a flagship store here.

NEW TRENDS AND NEW ADRESSES

A selection of new openings New shops open in Paris every year.

La Grande Épicerie du Bon Marché has been a landmark of Saint-Germain-des-Prés for going on 100 years now. In 1923, the world’s first department store extended its premises to the corner of Rue du Bac and Rue de Sèvres in order to set up what was described as a ‘food counter’ offering the finest teas and preserves. The concept was an immediate success. Soon afterwards, the store decided to emphasize its unique array of products by creating displays organized by country or theme, with such delights as gingerbread from Germany, truffle-flavoured pasta from Italy and sea salt from Okinawa. Nearly a century later, this shrine to fine food has finally opened a Right Bank branch: Grande Épicerie Rive Droite in Rue de Passy in the 16th. Another department store, Citadium – the urban clothing brand from Printemps, targeted to young people – has opened a second branch on the Champs-Elysées and a third one inside Printemps Nation. The brand is leveraging the enduring popularity of streetwear and sneakers. Fitness wear brands have also seized on this trend to open new shops in Paris, like the first Adidas Football Store, located in the new Forum des Halles, a Foot Locker flagship store, a bigger Nike store on the Champs-Elysées, and the all-new ‘temple of sneakers’ at the BHV Marais. Moving far more upscale, all the world’s major fashion magazines devoted plenty of column space to the opening of the sumptuous Maison Louis Vuitton on Place Vendôme. The American architect Peter Marino drew inspiration from the court of the Sun King to design the new boutique; indeed, an enormous gilded sun extends across the façades of the two private mansions housing the prestigious brand. All of Louis Vuitton’s trademark craftsmanship is displayed here under a single roof: luggage and leather goods, prêt-à-porter, shoes, perfume, fine jewellery and timepieces.

Sadly, in late 2017 Paris bid adieu to perhaps its best-known concept store when, after 20 years of existence, Colette in Rue Saint-Honoré closed for good. But the legacy of this extraordinary boutique lives on in a new Paris trend: more and more big-name brands are opening hybrid retail spaces that are far more than a traditional store. These are places where you can have a coffee or lunch, curl up with a book or even browse art while you’re shopping, as at Merci, Broken Arm and L’Exception. A few of them are full-fledged art galleries, like the previously mentioned Maison Louis Vuitton, which has a permanent exhibition comprising 33 works of contemporary art, some created exclusively for the space. Similarly, the new Zadig & Voltaire flagship in Rue Cambon tastefully blends art and fashion: in the basement, customers browse the menswear collection amid paintings by Julian Schnabel and Richard Serra and sculptures by Franz West and Daniel Firman. In a different but equally innovative style, La.Salle.de.Sport de Reebok combines retail space with a proper gym and meeting place in a huge loft right in the centre of Paris, on Boulevard de la Madeleine. The ‘hybrid’ trend can also be seen in 86Champs, a new concept store featuring both beauty brand L’Occitane en Provence and the pâtissierie Pierre Hermé in one large Champs-Elysées emporium. Customers can test a range of Provençal fragrances and sample the celebrity pâtissier’s macarons and other melt-in-the-mouth delights under one roof. The concept store, which is open late, also offers customers an opportunity to have breakfast, lunch or dinner, or to enjoy a coffee brewed by a barista. L’Appartement français, a new 200-m² concept store entirely devoted to French-made products, open in a highly central Paris location from June 2018, and offer customers a shopping experience that is quite different from the norm. The range will include candles, perfumes, slippers, clothing, toys and fine food from more than 90 different brands, attractively displayed in a boutique designed to resemble a private apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, living room and so on. This young ‘green-focused’ brand created as a result of a crowdfunding initiative already has an online shop. And that’s another current trend: many brands first successfully establish a presence online and then go on to open their first bricks-and-mortar shop in Paris. Take, for example, two recently-established brands selling French-made spectacles and sunglasses, which have already earned renown in several European countries: Polette (Rue de Rivoli) and Izipizi (formerly See Concept, in the Marais). Then there are the sparky designers at Macon&Lesquoy (Canal Saint-Martin), an upcoming brand that makes brooches and badges lavishly adorned with silver and gold thread embroidery in a style melding glamour, rock-chick and quirky. Many other emerging French brands are shoring up their sales presence in Paris. The young designer Maxime Simoëns has opened a new flagship store in the Marais for his brand M.X Paris. Le Slip français, the underwear and pullover maker whose sales are booming, now markets its range through five shops in the French capital, including two new branches in Bastille (Rue de Charonne) and Batignolles (Rue Legendre). In short, new shops have been opening at a dizzying pace in Paris. Meanwhile, the city retains its timeless appeal for those of us who love shopping – as fashion’s elder, designer Pierre Cardin, proved in 2017 by opening his sixth boutique in Paris at the ripe old age of 95. The new womenswear prêt-à-porter space is located right next to the famous restaurant Maxim’s, also owned by Cardin. We’ll always have Paris!

  • NEW! 86Champs (L’Occitane & Pierre Hermé) 86 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8th – www.86champs.com
  • NEW! Adidas Football Store – Forum des Halles 4 rue Berger, Paris 1st – www.adidas.fr
  • NEW! Christofle 221 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st – www.christofle.com
  • NEW! Citadeum 65 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8th – www.citadium.com
  • NEW! Foot Locker 66 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8th – www.footlocker.com
  • NEW! Izipizi 46 rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris 4th – www.izipizi.com
  • NEW! La Grande Epicerie Rive Droite 80 rue de Passy, Paris 16th – Tel +33 (0)1 44 14 38 00 – www.lagrandeepicerie.com
  • NEW! L’Appartement français – www.lappartementfrancais.fr (boutique in central Paris to open in June 2018)
  • NEW! La.Salle.de.Sport de Reebok 12 boulevard de la Madeleine, Paris 8th – lasalledesport.paris
  • NEW! Le Slip français 7-9 rue de Charonne (Paris 11th) & 87 rue Legendre (Paris 17th) – www.leslipfrancais.fr
  • NEW! Macon&Lesquoy 37 rue Yves Toudic, Paris 10th – Tel +33 (0)9 53 92 89 10 – maconetlesquoy.com
  • NEW! Louis Vuitton Maison Vendôme 2 place Vendôme, Paris 1st – Tel +33 (0)1 81 69 27 50 – www.louisvuitton.com
  • NEW! M.X Paris 13 rue Veille du Temple, Paris 4th – www.maximesimoens.com
  • NEW! Pierre Cardin 5 rue Royale, Paris 8th – www.pierrecardin.com
  • NEW! Polette 91 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st – www.polette.com
  • NEW! Zadig & Voltaire Cambon 244 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st – www.zadig-et-voltaire.com

1 – HOT SPOTS: SHOPPING BY DISTRICT

Boutiques in the Golden Triangle

In the ‘Golden Triangle’ extending from Porte Maillot to Avenue George V, Avenue Montaigne and the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées, Paris offers the best in haute couture and luxury ready-to-wear fashion, with couturiers including Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Kenzo, Givenchy, Saint-Laurent Paris, Prada, Elie Saab, Vionnet and Azzedine Alaïa. In 2017, this circle of prestigious names was joined by Shiatzy Chen, a Taiwanese couture brand founded in 1978, which has now opened its second Paris store on Avenue Montaigne. On the Champs-Elysées, luxury brands rub shoulders with ready-to-wear. Several carmakers also have showrooms here, including the French trio Renault, Peugeot and Citroën. On the side with odd numbers, Ladurée, Louis Vuitton, Longchamp and Le Drugstore Publicis cohabit with Abercrombie & Fitch, J.M. Weston, Maje and Kooples Sport. On the side with even numbers, Cartier and Montblanc have stores near the Arc de Triomphe end of the street; further on, you’ll find Tiffany & Co and the legendary Guerlain boutique-and-spa. In between those two locations, Monoprix, Eric Bompard, Kusmi Tea, Zara, Petit Bateau, H&M, Sephora and the concept store Le 66 stock products to suit various tastes and budgets. Citadium also chose the famous avenue to be the location for its new 3-storey flagship store displaying urban fashions geared to 15-25-year-olds. Across the way, at Number 66, Foot Locker has recently opened a store over two floors stocking the brand’s range of footwear as well as numerous active wear brands. Adidas has extended its Champs Elysées store by taking out a lease on the adjoining retail spaces, and Nike – which already has a store on the avenue – has announced it will be opening its flagship there too in the near future, at Number 79. The department store will occupy the vast 9,000 m2 building that formerly housed the Virgin Megastore. Meanwhile, M&Ms is to open a retail space devoted to the famous button-shaped chocolates, similar to its stores in New York and London. The M&M’s emporium will juxtapose a brand-new Apple Store extending over more than 6,000 m², designed by the architect Norman Foster.

Saint-Germain des Prés, Sèvres-Babylone and Rue de Rennes: an eclectic mix

For a shopping spree in the heart of Paris, the districts of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Sèvres-Babylone and Rue de Rennes offer an eclectic mix of designer labels and readyto-wear. On Boulevard Saint-Germain and the surrounding streets, the store windows of big-name designers draw the eye: Emporio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Gérard Darel, A.P.C., Carven and Jérôme Dreyfuss. Rue de Rennes has a line-up of fast fashion and mid-market brands like Gap, Zara, Étam, H&M, Kookaï, Caroll and Comptoir des Cotonniers, as well as more upscale names at one end of the street, like Hackett, Lancel, Kenzo and the perfumer Jo Malone. Behind the small Square Boucicaut is Le Bon Marché, stocking more than 25,000 exclusive high-end products. The stylish department store has been revamping each of its floors over the past few years. It opened a new lingerie section in 2017 – a 1,800 m² expanse displaying an exquisite selection of women’s underwear on the first floor, near the clothing section. The menswear and children’s departments are also up for a makeover in 2018. Several big-name fashion labels have opened stores in the vicinity of this temple of elegance, including Hermès Rive Gauche on Rue de Sèvres and shoe and bag designer Christian Louboutin, a favourite with celebrities, with a Jimmy Choo store just down the road. Inès de la Fressange has transformed a 200 m2 former foundry in Rue de Grenelle into a delightful boutique. The former top model presents her personal selection of decorative items, sunglasses, jewellery, local products and lingerie. As of 2016, the neighbourhood around Saint-Sulpice Church has got a new lease of life with the reopening of the Saint-Germain market, attracting the likes of the Apple Store, Marks & Spencer and Uniqlo. Meanwhile, some trendy, artsy French brands have set up shop in Rue Madame: A.P.C., Maison Kitsuné and Jamin Puech as well as Toulouse-based Maison Drapier and the concept store Centre Commercial. Owned by the people behind the Veja brand of fair trade sneakers, the store stocks sustainable and ethical fashion brands.

On Boulevard Saint-Germain, Emporio Armani used the recent refurbishment of its boutique as an opportunity to open the Emporio Armani Caffè, boasting a terrace. A little further on, a Ralph Lauren store now occupies a palatial four-storey private mansion complete with a trendy restaurant, Ralph’s. On the same side of the boulevard, French fashion designer Vanessa Seward, formerly of Azurro and A.P.C. – her fan club includes celebrities Kristen Stewart and Natalie Portman – has her third Paris boutique right next to Moncler with its display of down jackets and ski clothing brand Fusalp. Upcoming Marseille-based brand Just over the Top (JOTT) has opened a small store displaying its colourful down jackets near the Café de Flore while, nearer Odéon, Le Coq Sportif had Jean-Charles de Castelbajac design its new shop.

Haussmann-Opéra: the heart of Parisian shopping

The Haussmann-Saint-Lazare-Opéra district is a leading urban shopping area, and the top retail district in the French capital. It is home to major department stores, and new shops regularly open here. Founded in 1912, Galeries Lafayette showcases big luxury brands and the latest fashion trends over four floors. The fifth floor is devoted to children. The menswear department (Galeries Lafayette Homme) is in a separate building, with displays over four floors. On the opposite side of Boulevard Haussmann, the five-storey, 7500 m² Lafayette Maison & Gourmet has a vast array of fine food, kitchenware and tableware. The Printemps Haussman department store also puts the focus on luxury, stocking upscale accessory and fashion brands like Alexander McQueen, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Red Valentino. Stocking more than 200 beauty brands, Printemps Beauté now occupies a building of its own in Rue de Caumartin, together with the children’s fashions and home decor sections. The menswear building Printemps de l’Homme underwent a complete makeover by several different architects in 2017, and now extends over five floors (comprising prêt-à-porter, luxury, sportswear, footwear, a multi-brand section, a personal shopper service and a miniature concept store). Printemps du Goût, a new space for food lovers, opened on the two top floors of the menswear building on 10 January 2018. One floor is devoted to fine food and the other to dining. This gourmet paradise places the focus on top-quality seasonal produce and products, all sourced in France. It also offers the chance to sample food by four of France’s rising culinary stars: Akrame Benallal, Gontran Cherrier, Laurent Dubois and Christophe Michalak. Rue Scribe, next to the Palais Garnier Opera House, is another favourite haunt of fashionistas. The Japanese unisex brand Uniqlo, the womenswear shop Maje, and Eric Bompard, the specialist in cashmere jumpers and clothes, can be found here. On the corner of Rue Scribe and Boulevard des Capucines, the building that previously housed cashmere purveyor Old England has been converted into a watch and jewellery store where Bucherer showcases 23 prestigious watch brands over six floors, including Piaget, IWC, Panerai, Longines, Rolex, Tag Heuer and Jaeger-LeCoultre, and also has an in-store watchmaking workshop. American brand Tommy Hilfiger has opened a 700 m2 store in the former premises of a bank on Boulevard des Capucines, between the Opéra and Madeleine. And the perfumer Fragonard opened its seventh and biggest Paris store in the area – a 300 m2 expanse stocked with fragrances, accessories, decorative objects and clothing

The Marais: avant-garde style

Shops selling edgy clothing and design and a host of underground designer boutiques have given the Marais its avant-garde reputation. Strolling around the district is a pleasant experience. Several streets such as Rue des Rosiers are pedestrianized, while Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue du Temple are closed to motorized traffic on Sunday. The Marais is also home to chic contemporary brands like COS, Vanessa Bruno, Isabel Marant, The Kooples, Maje, Sandro, Repetto and Zadig & Voltaire.

In recent years, the southern part of the Marais has become a luxury shopping spot, with more and more deluxe menswear brands opening new shops in the streets around Le BHV Marais: Gucci, Moncler, Fendi, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino Homme, The Kooples, Sandro, J.M. Weston and John Galliano. The department store Le BHV Marais is the landmark of the district, stocking brands targeted to a clientele of young urban creatives. By installing several food trucks (collectively known as ‘Le Parisian Omnivore District’) in the courtyard of its menswear store L’Homme, and opening the BHV 14Temple, a shop at 14 rue Vieille-du-Temple selling only sneakers (brands include Van’s, Veja, Puma, Le Coq Sportif, Hummel and Reebok), Le BHV Marais has consolidated its image as a store firmly anchored in the current-day ethos. The Haut-Marais has also had its fair share of openings, especially in the streets leading off from Place de la République and Boulevard Beaumarchais and Boulevard Filles du Calvaire, with hip and creative young brands staking their claim to the area: Erotokritos, Leon & Harper, AMI Paris, Éditions MR, Maison Kitsuné and Agnes b. Also on Boulevard Beaumarchais is La Maison Plisson, a food hall stocking around 1,500 exclusive (mostly organic) gourmet products as well as locally sourced fresh produce. It also has two restaurants serving fresh-from-the-market dishes to enjoy on-site or to take away. Nearby, the stylish and very trendy concept store Merci stocks everything from clothes to design items. It also has two seating areas where you can have a meal. Further down, Bonton, the children’s clothing specialist, has opened a concept store selling gifts, accessories and fashion for kids. It even has a children’s hair salon. Then there’s The Broken Arm, a smaller concept store: a clothes shop/café set up by three young hipsters, selling designer lifestyle items and fashion brands like Carven, Kenzo and Christophe Lemaire. The Marais is dotted with shops selling skincare products and perfume: Aesop, Kiehl’s, Acqua di Parma, Diptyque, Guerlain, Jo Malone, Chanel and Annick Goutal. The Liquides boutique even has a ‘perfume bar’ with rare essences and fragrances from independent perfume makers. Trudon, a venerable brand which is enjoying a fresh wave of popularity, sells its famous scented candles in a shop near Rue des Rosiers. And Kerzon, an emerging brand set up by two brothers, began selling its line of scented candles and homecare products at its first boutique in Rue de Turenne in 2017.

Martyrs/Pigalle: the hipster haunt

With its village atmosphere, bobo (bourgeois bohemian) vibe and vintage boutiques, SoPi (for South of Pigalle) is the latest trendsetting district in Paris. Bustling Rue des Martyrs links the 9th arrondissement and Montmartre. Adjacent streets have several renowned vintage shops like Zac & Sam for men or Chezelle and Rétro Chic. Shoe and handbag designer Karine Arabian has her historic shop in this district – as does optician and fashion designer Marc Le Bihan, who shares a retail space featuring eyewear, accessories and hand-made clothing with jewellery designer Jean-François Mimilla. The area also has several miniature concept stores marketing their personal selection: like Place A, which rounds up interior decor objects and other trendy gifts by international designers. Likewise for Sept Cinq, a shop set up by two young design enthusiasts, which promotes the work of emerging Paris designers. L’Œuf sells costume jewellery, women’s clothing and South Pigalle brand products. The Martyrs/Pigalle district also has many renowned local food shops. Bakery/pâtisserie/caterer Delmontel is famous for its baguettes and gourmet creations. Nearby, on Rue des Martyrs, the pastry chef Sébastien Gaudard gives a delicious twist to classic French desserts like the Paris-Brest and the Saint-Honoré. Just across the road is Palais des Thés, purveyors of green, black and ‘grand cru’ teas. At number 37, Mesdemoiselles Madeleines, creator of original madeleines, sells only these scallop-shaped tea cakes, while the shop across the way, the pâtisserie Popelini, specializes exclusively in cream puffs. At number 45, the skills passed down from father to daughter have given rise to a wonderful chocolate shop, La Petite Chocolatière. A little further down, at number 54, the temperature drops to -6°C inside the ice cream shop Glazed, which compensates shivering customers with sizzling flavours: vodka, wasabi, and Espelette pepper. Cool brands like Maison Kitsuné, A.P.C. and Aesop have recently set up shop on Rue Condorcet. On the other side of Rue des Martyrs, Jamini, an interior decoration label that gives a very Parisian touch to Indian textiles, has opened its second store on Rue Notre Dame de Lorette. Another home decor store is located next door: Lab., which stocks household linens made exclusively in France.

Palais-Royal and Saint-Honoré: trendy, chic and cutting-edge

The area between the Louvre, Rue Royale, Opéra, the Palais-Royal and Rue SaintHonoré is a classic Paris shopping spot. Vintage haute couture at Didier Ludot, the doyen of the area, with his famous little black dresses; luxury windows at Marc Jacobs, Rick Owens and Stella McCartney. There is an Acne Studios shop where you can pick up their cult jeans. The gardens of the Palais-Royal are flanked by the Montpensier and Valois galleries, which are full of renowned craftsmen and designers. Fabre is the place to go for handmade gloves; it is also where designer Jérôme Dreyfuss showcases his fashion-forward handbags. Shoe addicts head straight to Pierre Hardy, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin’s men’s boutique. Trendy brands like Maje, &Other Stories and Bleu de Paname have also chosen this district to show off their collections. Rue Saint-Honoré is still the stamping ground of big names in fashion like Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Chloé, Longchamp and lingerie designer Chantal Thomass. More and more international luxury brands are springing up alongside these prestigious labels. Recent arrivals include Americans Coach, Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs. Italian elegance is well represented by the Missoni, Fendi, Furla and Brioni boutiques, and British brands are not far behind: Alexander McQueen, Mulberry and Paul Smith have shops here, recently joined by Stella McCartney and London jeweller David Morris, whose creations have been worn by none other than Elizabeth Taylor.

Montmartre: Paris sightseeing and shopping

Around Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur, there are many opportunities to take a break from sightseeing and do a bit of shopping. It’s a paradise if you love shoes, handbags and other accessories. There’s unusual jewellery at designer Emmanuelle Zysman’s shop, as at the little boutique Schade and at Corpus Christi. Ready-to-wear brands are increasingly numerous in this area: Ba&sh, Kookaï, Sandro, Le Slip français, Leon & Harper and Karl Marc John in Rue des Abbesses; Antoine & Lili, Maje and Les Petites at the top of Rue des Martyrs. Montmartre also has art and craft venues like the concept store Spree, which mixes clothes, stylish furniture and an art gallery, and the Lekker Kkoncept store where specialist designers in various fields sell their wares. At Lulu et Brindille, parents will find clothes, soft toys and decorative objects for 0-3year-olds. Or they can head for the two Petit Pan shops that specialize in colourful, poetic clothes, fabrics and decorative objects. Keeping alive the bohemian spirit that’s ever-present in Montmartre, several boutiques sell vintage clothes (Chine Machine, By Flowers), second hand objects and bric-à-brac (l’Objet qui parle) and a quirky selection of ‘found’ objects (Tombés du Camion, Rose Bunker Cool & Recycled).

Bastille: young, independent and artsy

Tucked away behind the many bars and restaurants catering to night owls around Place de la Bastille are many shops with a young and trendy vibe. Highly creative French brands such as Isabel Marrant and Sessun have been around for many years in this historical district, where even today one can find purveyors of the ancestral craftsmanship dating back to the era when woodworkers and carpet-makers working by appointment to the King had their ateliers here. The area’s small hidden courtyards are now home to young design and advertising firms. The biggest shopping street, Rue du Charonne, is lined with shops selling edgy fashion brands such as Marie Sixtine, Scotch & Soda, Suncoo, SoWeAre and Frenchtrotters, not to mention La Botte Gardiane, maker of the famed Camargue cowboy boots. Several of the adjoining streets, like Rue Keller, are also full of tiny ateliers and trendy brands: handbag specialist Rainbow Factory and fashionista haunt Mademoiselle Jeanne Bastille to name only two.

Rue de Passy & Rue Victor Hugo: classic and casual

Rue de Passy in the 16th arrondissement is one of the area’s busiest shopping streets. Among many other brands, you will find Gérard Darel, Guerlain, Maje, Tara Jarmon, Calzedonia, El Ganso, Lauren Vidal, Cos, Kiehl’s, Jo Malone and Monoprix around here. There is also a shopping centre, Passy Plaza, with 25 shops including Gap, Massimo Dutti, Les Petites, L’Occitane and Elizabeth Arden. What’s more, in 2017, La Grande Épicerie de Paris (of Bon Marché fame) opened its first Right Bank branch here, giving the district a most desirable food shopping address (a 2,600-m2 expanse over three levels) right across from the Passy covered market. In the same arrondissement, but further north towards the Arc de Triomphe, several major brands have stores on Avenue Victor Hugo, such as agnès b. and Isabel Marant. The latter designer’s boutique extends over three floors of a sumptuous private mansion. The same street accommodates Kids Around, a concept store stocking highend children’s clothing, and Bimba Y Lola, the vibrant Spanish womenswear brand offering a contemporary luxury range.

The 17th arrondissement

The area between Ternes and Parc Monceau is ideal for a day’s shopping. It has everything from ready-to-wear and shoes to culture and fine food stores. Rue de Courcelles has Bas&sh, Sandro, Petit Bateau, Princesse Tam-Tam, Soeur and Claudie Pierlot. The area also caters for men: they’ll find stylish shoes at Emling, colourful and original shirts at Nodus, and a semi-bespoke service at Tailor Corner, a new brand that started on the internet and then opened its flagship store on Avenue Mac Mahon. Further to the east, Batignolles is an up-and-coming district with a concentration of fashion boutiques, products for children and the shop-cum-workshops of emerging designers between Rue des Dames, Rue des Batignolles, Rue Legendre and Rue Lemercier. Four young designers have set up the elegant shop 29 Février selling pretty clothes, jewellery and bespoke shoes, all made in the Paris area. French Touche also has objects and accessories by young Parisian designers. Children’s fashion label Arsène & les Pipelettes – 100% French – is the latest addition to the area’s roll-call of boutiques for kids, like Le Pestacle de Maëlou and several shops selling shoes, toys and books for children.

Shopping at the airport

Paris is a shopping destination par excellence, with airport shops to rival the city centre that perfectly complement the shopping experience in the capital. Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports are a showcase for all that’s best in French and international luxury. The hottest trends can be spotted here first, and passengers benefit from duty free prices. There’s fashion, beauty, gastronomy, watches and jewellery, with Armani, Burberry, Château Latour, Dior, Estée Lauder, Fauchon, Guerlain, Hermès, Ladurée, La Maison du Chocolat, Lancel, Lancôme, Longchamp, Mariage Frères, Nespresso, Ralph Lauren, Rolex, Disney Store and many others. Paris Airport is the only place in Paris that offers 7 days a week of shopping, with over 1,000 brands at tax-free prices from the first euro you spend, and no hassles reclaiming tax or paying for excess baggage.
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