Paris shopping map locates the best shopping venues in the City of Lights: Shopping Malls, Department Stores, fashion streets, typical Markets, Flea Market, best food and wine stores, book and music stores. More thematic Paris maps.
The Bon Marché is the oldest Parisian department stores. In 1838, Paul and Justin Videau opened a business where they sold linen, umbrellas and haberdashery. Aristide Boucicaut joined the two brothers in 1853 and decided to create a department store focused on women. In the following years, he bought the shares of his associates, enlarged the store, staged the items, labeled their products. The Department Stores were born. They have always sold the best of what the city and France is famous for: high end French fashion brands, lingerie, jewellery, French perfume brands and exquisite tableware. A number of them closed down as the competition from Shopping Malls intensified. Some of them successfully turned into upscale venues with as key advantages are central location, large choice of top brands for quick shopping, tax refund, personal shopper, delivery to hotels and abroad. Paris Department Stores
It took a long time for Shopping Malls to establish themselves in the city. Historically, you went shopping at the department stores, in the top fashion streets and at the myriad of stores everywhere. Department Stores turned into upscale venues. A few downtown urban projects of the 20th century included large Shopping Malls. Nowadays, Parisians regularly go to Paris Shopping Malls (Shopping Centers). These shopping venues combine choice, affordable prices and availability of restaurants. Most Paris Shopping Malls are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Paris Shopping Malls.
Most French fashion luxury brands have their main store in Avenue Montaigne (Avenue Montaigne district map) or Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré district map), both in the dynamic Champs-Elysées Avenue shopping district. The Rue de Sèvres (Rue de Sèvres district map) in the left bank has many French fashion stores, including the incredible Hermès store, 17, rue de Sèvres. Le Marais shopping is trendy and shops are mostly open on Sundays (Le Marais fashion district map), as Champs-Elysées shops do. Champs-Elysées shopping map.
The street markets are one of the true pleasures of the city. A century long tradition, they are good shopping venues. Most markets in town focus on food, including meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and fruit, bought the same day in Rungis, the largest wholesale food market in the world.
A few other Markets are specialized, selling anything from flowers and stamps to unique antiques.
In the 1950ies and 1960ies, many people found great antiques at bargain prices at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market.
This is rarely the case anymore. The Flea Market is selling at normal prices, but it remains a fascinating shopping venue.
The choice is very large. Everybody can find something unique to buy. Prices are moderate to high. The picturesque Flea Market is a true Parisian shopping experience.
The famous Champs-Elysées avenue are the top high end shopping district of the City of Lights. In the district, Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré concentrate many of the most exclusive French fashion brand shops.
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (line 1 and 13), Franklin Roosevelt (line 1 and 9), George V (line 1) and Etoile (line 1, 6, 2) metro stations.
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