Paris is the world fashion capital where new boutiques open every day. To satisfy your hunger for shopping, I propose two days out: one on Paris’ right bank, from the newly renovated Halles to the cool boutiques of the Marais, and the other on the left bank of the capital, from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to Bon Marché.
Follow me along these two routes to get the best of Parisian shopping, from brand new shops, major brand boutiques with reasonable prices and chic little spots, to authentic areas to visit at least once in your life.
My morning shopping at Halles
In the heart of Paris, the forum des Halles is a place to rediscover! In addition to the large Nike boutique and the incredible Lego shop, two concept stores under the new glass canopy are worth a visit.
L’Exception showcases nearly 400 French designers or Made in France supporters with men’s and women’s wear, leather goods, shoes, perfume and lifestyle items.
Le Sept Cinq and its 40 designers are brought together in a boutique-apartment that is also a tea room.
24 and 26 rue Berger, Les Halles metro station
My favourite place to lunch
Le Nanashi offer healthy Japanese cuisine. The menu offers a different vegetarian, meat or fish bento (little Japanese picnic dish) each day. The homemade juice alone is worth a visit. And the desserts are to die for.
57 rue Charlot, Arts et Métiers metro
My afternoon in the Marais
The chic new boutique you must discover
Inaugurated in October 2017, this Kenzo boutique explodes with colour as soon as you walk in, typical of this very colourful brand. You will find all of the latest collections here. Projections and exhibitions complete your shopping experience. Pay attention to the colourful wall tapestry at the entrance by Olivier Colombard. It pays homage to the brand’s tiger logo.
120 rue Vieille du Temple, Filles du Calvaire metro station
A perfumery worth visiting for its architecture
Designed by Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane, the new Frédéric Malle perfume boutique resembles a little nightclub tucked away in this Marais building. Inside, the walls are mirrored and the shelves and tables are made of wooden 3D grids.
13 rue des Francs Bourgeois, Saint-Paul metro station
Food lovers just have to stop here
Opened in summer 2017, the new Pierre Hermé boutique offers a gourmet route. Architect Jeff Van Dyck created a round décor to showcase the macaroons (18 flavours to choose from) and pastries on offer.
4 rue de Bretagne, Filles du Calvaire metro station
Surprising shopping at Wies Schulte
Having arrived in the Haut Marais district in October 2017, designer Wies Schulte first started by designing a reversible cotton tote bag. Success! Today, the label’s wardrobe has continued this identity with easy-to-wear pieces in different materials, mostly for women and little bit for men, too.
74 rue Charlot, Filles du Calvaire metro station
A curious hybrid boutique
The brainchild of Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac, this place, in which Rodin’s Thinker was created, houses an Officine universelle Buly boutique, Café Tortoni, an onigiris (rice balls) counter, a florist and a fast fashion space.
45 rue de Bretagne, Filles du Calvaire metro station
Set your bags down and have a spot of tea
For a well-earned break in the Marais district, le Loir dans la théière is well-known by all Parisians for a cup of tea and pastry in an antique-style atmosphere. It gets its name from the doormouse (loir) that slept in the teapot in Alice in Wonderland.
3 rue des Rosiers, Saint-Paul metro station
A morning in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
For hip young girls
Domitille and Angélique Brion designed this ready-to-wear label for young, hip, Parisian teens. It's simple and chic. It has been so successful that Soeur now dresses the mums.
88 rue Bonaparte, Saint-Sulpice metro station
Gift idea: An historic scented candle
Trudon beeswax candles have been around since 1643. Once the favourites of Louis XV and the monarchy, they are now an emblematic Parisian brand. What’s more, today’s models are perfumed. Choose from mint tea, campfire, orange blossom, leather, and many others.
78 rue de Seine, Odéon metro station
Just like in the magazines
Caravane is a dream of a decoration boutique, a little like the covers of decoration magazines. Here you will find large sofas covered in grey linen, colourful cushions, fluffy rugs, dishes and assorted cutlery as well as discreet lighting. Inspiration guaranteed!
9 rue Jacob, Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station
My point of reference for jewellery: Y Eyes
Deze juwelier heeft bijzonder veel bedeltjes, armbanden met gelukssieraden, ringen en andere kettinkjes in allerlei kleuren. De ontwerpster Yohanna Allouche houdt van astrologie en siert bijna elk sieraad met het oog dat kwade geesten verdrijft...
62 rue des Saints-Pères, M° Saint-Sulpice
Have lunch on the terrace
For me, having lunch on the terrace is non-negotiable when shopping Paris. The Bar de la Croix Rouge’s terrace isn’t big and is the perfect place for people-watching, a favourite Parisian past-time. If it’s too cold, it is still worth going inside to treat yourself. The tarte tatin is to die for!
2 place Michel Debré, Saint-Sulpice metro station
My afternoon in the 7th district
Good deals for the kids
An unmissable shop for shopping mothers, the Bonpoint outlet offers previous seasons’ collections at 30% off. Prices are even lower during sales season!
42 rue de l'université, Rue du bac metro station
Inès’ chic bazaar
In her eponymous boutique, Inès de la Fressange brings together decorative objects, fashion accessories, jewellery and lingerie in addition to her clothing collection. It’s a real treasure trove of fashion!
24 rue de Grenelle, Rue du bac metro station
Home of great deals on second-hand items, Chercheminippes offers items for teenagers, women, men, home, accessories and kids. It’s an Aladdin's cave in which you have to rummage to find great-priced treasures. It’s real neighbourhood institution!
102 rue du Cherche-midi, Vaneau metro station
The historical monument boutique to visit
And finally, for your viewing pleasure, the Hermès boutique is a must-see to admire the old Art Deco style Lutetia pool. Moreover, it has been classified as an historical monument.
17 rue de Sèvres, Sèvres-Babylone metro station
Tea time at Six
Hotel Six offers two tea menus - at €14 and €17, with Kusmi tea or fruit juice, an assortment of madeleines made with olive oil and fruit or chocolate cakes and/or Carl Marletti pastries.
14 rue Stanislas, Falguière metro station