Paris is not only the fashion capital of the world, it’s also the shopping capital of the world! I’m a Parisian fashionista, and I’m going to let you in on my secret: some of the best hidden and unusual boutiques that can only be found in Paris. They are worth a visit, especially during the sales season.
1 - Sézane, THE trendy boutique
Everyone is talking about Sézane. At first, the French label was only sold online, then finally a boutique was opened in the heart of the Sentier district. The clothing and accessories collections are showcased in their cosy and arty surroundings. And what can be said about the decor, candles and stationery?
1 rue Saint Fiacre, 2e arr. Métro Grands Boulevards.
2 - At Merci, making a purchase is also doing a good deed
You haven’t heard of Merci? It’s a very trendy boutique and at the same time, a charity shop! What are you waiting for? Shop for the latest fashions and help this charity which donates its profits to assist women and children of Madagascar.
What’s available? The 1500m2 shop sells designer clothing, decorative items and linens. It also has a florist, a café and two restaurants.
111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 3e arr. Métro Filles du calvaire.
3 - Canal Saint-Martin bargains
Shop the trendy district of Canal Saint-Martin where French labels such as Maje, Claudie Pierlot and Les Petites sell items from previous collections.
You will find many bargains with prices 30 to 40% off retail. And prices are reduced even more during the sales season. A dream come true!
- Maje, 4 rue de Marseille
- Claudie Pierlot, 6 rue de Marseille
- Les Petites, 11 rue Marseille
- 10e arr., metro Jacques Bonsergent
4 - An arty concept store
A creative store naturally turned towards art. Front de Mode, created by fashion designer Sakina M’sa, offers artistic facilities throughout the 200m² shop. The concept allows you to visit a sort of expo, while finding the outfit of your dreams amongst the fifty designers who have come together under this label to promote sustainable fashion.
On the menu are big names such as Vivienne Westwood, Veja, and Misericordia, as well as more radical designers like Andrea Crews, Christine Phung and Lea Peckre.
Front de Mode, Paris
Front de Mode,
42 rue Volta, 3e arr. Temple metro station.
5- Vintage boutiques
In the trendy 9th district, looking into the window of the Mamie Blue shop is like looking back in time. As well as vintage clothing from the 20s through to the 80s, the boutique offers its own collections which contain limited-edition reproductions of fashions of the 30s and 40s.
Vintage Désir is one of the best vintage boutiques in Paris. A genuine treasure trove, the wood and glass shop front is that of an old hairdresser. It’s the idea place to revamp your wardrobe for next to nothing. Chequered shirts, worn jeans, vintage dresses... it has all of these and more.
For those with bigger budgets, Didier Ludot, a veritable institution of luxury vintage fashion can be found in the galeries du jardin du Palais Royal. Here, they sell only haute couture labels, such as Chanel, Hermes, Lanvin and Dior.
Vintage Désir, Paris
- Mamie Blue : 69 rue de Rochechouart, 9e arr. Métro Anvers.
- Vintage Désir : 32 rue des Rosiers, 4e arr. Métro Saint-Paul.
- Didier Ludot : 24 galerie Montpensier, 1e arr. Métro Palais Royal.
6 - Where to find items made in Paris?
In Paris, Parisian designers are multiplying and business is booming! Here are two examples, and I can assure you that given the choice available, it has been hard to choose just two to focus on.
- Pigalle Paris, the cool Parisian men’s boutique, catches the eye in the 9th district. It is difficult to define this label’s style with its many colours, cuts and different materials. Pay a visit and see for yourself!
7 rue Henry Monnier, 9e arr. Saint-Georges metro station.
- Another typically Parisian label, Maison Kitsuné offers understated and graphic clothing for men and women inspired by the Japanese spirit in fashion.
52 rue Richelieu, 1er arr. Pyramides metro station.
7 - Shopping outlet at the city gates of Paris
Just a stone’s throw from Disneyland Paris, don’t miss Vallée Village, the outlet shop of many major brands.
Bargains are to be had in every one of the 110 boutiques. A Calvin Klein or Sonia Rykiel outfit, a Lancel or Longchamp bag, a Samsonite suitcase, L’Occitane en Provence perfume, a Lalique gift, Repetto shoes, a treat from Ladurée... You will surely find whatever you are looking for.
Vallée Village, Val d'Europe
3 Cours de la Garonne, 77700 Serris
Station Val d'Europe/Serris-Montévrain du RER A
8 - Boutiques to visit
For the more curious among us, Paris has a few surprises that are worth a visit. Notably, the covered passages of Paris contain architectural treasures as well as old boutiques full of charm, including bookshops and stationers, haberdashery, designer clothing boutiques, old toy shops, and the list goes on.
Take a stroll to the Bourse and visit the galerie Vivienne with its beautiful floor mosaics, and shop the Nathalie Garçon and Yuki Torii boutiques among others. At Passage Jouffroy on the Grands Boulevard side, you will find the Grévin Museum as well as a bookshop specialised in antique books under the beautiful arched glass entrance.
At Passage Choiseul, not far from the Opera, you can make a stop at Bio Burger or a siesta bar. This list is by no means exhaustive!
Galerie Vivienne, Paris
- Galerie Vivienne: 4 rue des Petits Champs, 2e arr. Pyramides metro station.
- Passage Jouffroy: 10 boulevard Montmartre, 9e arr. Grands Boulevards metro station.
- Passage Choiseul: 40 rue des Petits Champs, 2e arr. Grands Boulevards metro station.
9 - Go on a journey with this boutique
La Compagnie du Sénégal et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest -- CSAO for those in the know -- showcases products manufactured in this region of Africa. A must-have in the Marais district to change your style.
Compagnie du Sénégal et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Paris
9 rue Elzévir, 3e arr. Métro Saint-Paul
10 - The biggest flea market in the world
If it’s Saturday, Sunday or Monday and you have a hankering to go bargain hunting, take a trip to the large and fantastic flea market at Saint-Ouen. Vintage clothing boutiques, antique shops, unusual gift ideas, inexpensive wooden wardrobes, industrial decor... You will delight in the different areas of the flea market, and find real treasures affordable to all.
The ambiance is good-natured and great for a lunch stop. Try out the trendy Les Cocottes or the Mob Hotel restaurant.
Marché aux puces, Paris
Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen,
124 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, Porte de Clignancourt metro station.