The 11 Best Places to Shop in Paris
Le Bon Marché • 7th
Upscale and pricey department store with high-end luxury clothing, furniture, and cosmetics. Large gourmet supermarket and wine cellar next door. Beautiful space, in the 7th near the border of Saint Germain.
Avenue Montaigne • 8th
Along with the Champs-Élysées and Avenue George V, this makes up the Golden Triangle of luxury shopping. Exclusive luxury brands like Dior, Gucci, and Givenchy all have shops on this street.
Le Marais • 3rd, 4th
Area for hip and trendy boutiques. A mix of French and international designers with mostly smaller boutiques vs. department stores. Best streets are Rue de Rosier, Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, and Rue du Temple.
Galeries Lafayette • 9th
The most popular department store with tourists in search of famous French brands like Louis Vuitton and Cartier. There’s a range of price points represented, with lots of options for clothing, housewares, gourmet foods, and wine. It’s worth a peek inside for its ornate interior and gorgeous domed ceiling.
BHV • 4th
Favored by Parisians, this one stop shop has nearly everything under one roof – from a hardware store to an onsite cooking school to many of the top fashion brands. Hip clothing and accessories with multiple styles and price points.
E. Dehillerin • 1st
The selection of cookware at E. Dehillerin is vast and overwhelming, but fun to browse. Choose from old school copper pans, professional grade knives, or unique gifts like an antique butter curler.
Legendary English language bookstore that was a favorite of Hemingway, Ginsburg, and Burroughs. Beautiful location on the Seine near the Place Saint Michel. If it gets too crowded, head to the new café next door.
Deyrolle • 7th
Unusual shop devoted to taxidermy with hundreds of stuffed exotic animals on display and for sale. Everything from giraffes to safari animals to pristine collections of insects and butterflies. Beautiful reprints of botanical posters are available too – just like the kind that used to hang in French schoolrooms.
Maison Beaufrere • 6th
The most beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements in Paris. Gilles Sieg-Beaufrere has a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, something akin to having a Michelin star for outstanding artisanship. Inside the Marché Saint Germain.
Maison Bremond 1830 • 9th
Formerly known as Première Pression Provence, this shop is a great source for foodie gifts, especially from the South of France. Think artisanal French olive oils (in handy to travel cans), gorgeous olive wood bowls, and regional specialties like herbes de Provence, jars of tapenades, or terrines with lavender.
Merci • 3rd
Chic and stylish collection of clothing, housewares, furniture, and accessories in this multi-level space in the Marais that feels like an art gallery.
8 Best Paris Food and Flea Markets
Marché Saint Germain • 6th
This covered market has some of the highest quality purveyors of cheese, fish, produce, and meat in Paris. The best part of the market is the wine shop Bacchus + Ariane. Locals frequent B+A for a glass of wine after work, but anyone can bring their own food from the market and (for a small corkage fee) have a picnic on the terrace.
Marché d’Aligre • 12th
Off the beaten track market in the 12th arr. that highlights Paris’ diversity. There are two sections to the market – the food stalls with lots of choices for produce, spices, and non-French foods, and a flea market section with cheap second hand items. Open every day except Mondays. Next to the popular covered market Marché Beauvau.
Bastille Market • 11th
One of the biggest markets in Paris, with approximately a hundred stalls. Impressive selection of produce, fish, local cheeses, and free range chicken at affordable prices. Busy and bustling, the emphasis is on food, but there are a few stalls that sell handcrafts, housewares, and clothing. On Saturdays, the market is exclusively devoted to arts and crafts.
This popular market in the Marais, a mix of farmers market and food stalls, is at its best on Saturday mornings. Local vibe and something for everyone. Dining options include a Moroccan traiteur known for its couscous or the popular crepe producer who sings while you wait in line. Nearby tables are available to eat at while other stalls operate more like a formal restaurant.
Marché Raspail • 6th
About 40 vendors make up this farmers market which specializes in high quality producers – and strictly organic producers on Sundays. Operates three times a week along the Boulevard Raspail.
Marché Anvers • 9th
One of the few markets that operates in the evening, this local gem sits next to a park with views of the Sacré-Cœur and hosts some excellent producers from the Paris region. The market starts around 3 pm every Friday.
Marché aux Puces de Vanves • 14th
Flea market in Paris where you can still find some good deals. Different price points and lots to choose from – high end furniture, electronics, used housewares, vintage clothing, and artwork.
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen • Saint-Ouen
The biggest and most well-known flea market in Paris. Entire blocks devoted to antiques; mid-Century modern, vintage items, books, art, clothes, posters, you name it. Don’t expect to find any great bargains here but its fun for spending the day. Just outside Paris but accessible by the line 4 metro.
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