Paris shopping map locates the best shopping venues in the City of Lights: fashion districts, shopping malls, department stores, typical Markets, flea market, best food and wine stores, book and music stores. More thematic Paris maps.
Most luxury French fashion brands have their main store in Avenue Montaigne (Avenue Montaigne district) or Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré district), both in the dynamic Champs-Elysées Avenue shopping district. The Rue de Sèvres (Rue de Sèvres district) 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), as Champs-Elysées shops do. Champs-Elysées shopping map.
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. These shopping venues combine choice, affordable prices and availability of restaurants. Most Shopping Malls are open on Saturdays and Sundays. They have a large choice of French specialties including fashion, perfume, wine and food. Le Forum des Halles near Centre Pompidou is the largest shopping mall downtown. Beaugrenelle is close to the Eiffel Tower. The largest shopping malls are not in downtown. Les Quatre Temps in La Défense and Val d'Europe near Disneyland, easily reachable by metro, are recommended.
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.
The city is famous for its food. All kinds of fresh products are brought overnight from all regions of France and Europe to Rungis, the largest fresh product wholesale market in the world, sold the next day in the street markets and in grocery stores. They are turned into great meals the same day in the best restaurants.
We made a selection of the best stores selling great food and wine. Some are famous gourmet food stores. Others are little known. There are many other great food stores in town. The famous bakeries are often just around the corner.
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.
Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Levi's, Zara, Lacoste and now Apple have established their flagship stores on Champs-Elysées. The car showrooms of Citroën, Renault, Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota complement shops to create a unique shopping experience.
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