Fashion and shopping in general is synonymous with Paris, the city offers many opportunities for those seeking retail therapy. Keep in mind that tax is already included in the price you see on the price tag in France. Most stores stay open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 7pm with some stores remaining open "la journee continue" throughout the day without the mid-day break. Supermarkets have slightly longer hours as do tourist orientated stores.
For chic and trendy shopping try Rue de Rivoli, Rue Saint Honore and Rue de Passy; Champs Elysees is the ultimate street for high-end fashion, perfume, jewelry and flagship outlets but also visit Avenue Montaigne; Haussmann Blvd is the place to go for department stores; St. Michel Blvd for books and the Les Halles area, Rue de Rennes, Avenue des Ternes, Saint Germain Blvd and Rue du Commerce for high street fashions and a range of interesting stores. For antiques, eclectic fashion, unusual items and bargain hunting visit the Marais Quarter's Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Rue des Rosiers and Places des Vosges.
Paris Department Stores
Printemps and Galeries Lafayette top the list of best department stores in Paris; you can find both high-end fashion and luxury goods as well as your standard high Street brands side by side within Paris department stores. The Paris department stores sell a range of items including clothing, accessories, cosmetics, jewelry and household goods. Other popular department stores in Paris are BHV and on the Left Bank there is Le Bon Marche.
Looking eastward along Boulevard Haussmann at the Printemps department store - Photo by David.Monniaux
Paris High-end Fashion
Paris is best known for its Haute Couture high fashion and if you can afford it the city offers endless opportunities to pamper yourself. The Triangle d'Or (between Montaigne Ave, George V Ave and Rue Francois I) is where you'll find all the famous Haute Couture names. The Champs Elysees is the ultimate high-end fashion street in Paris but it is now home to more trendy brands like Zara and Sephora. Paris also has designer depots or consignment stores where you can get the top fashion labels at discount prices; the largest is Reciproque on Rue de la Pompe. There are several outlet malls near Paris like the McArtuhur Glen Outlet Shopping Mall in Troyes and La Vallee Village Outlet Mall near Euro Disney.
Rue Cler Market Street is a neighborhood street rather than a market but it has a village feel and is lined with stores selling fresh and homemade produce like olives, cheese, wine, handmade chocolate and honey. Saint-Ouen flea market (Puces) is located near the Porte de Clingancourt metro stop; here you can find vintage items, antiques, furniture, art and clothing. Saxe-Breteuil Market is open from Thursday to Saturday and sells delicious fresh produce, flowers and fish. It is one of the most picturesque Paris markets. Marche de Grenelle, Marche Ave President Wilson, Bouquinistes (for books and an eclectic range of items), Les Puces de Montreuil (flea market) and Marche aux puces de la Porte de Vanves (flea market) are other great Paris markets.