Paris: Most Prestigious Place for Shopping
Paris is considered to be heaven when it comes to shopping. Even after the internationalization high street chains and luxury brands, tiny individual boutiques with dominating staff still exist in large numbers.
Elite designer fashion houses gather on avenue Montaigne, designer brands on Faubourg St- Honoré and in St-Germain-des- Prés, while rue de Grenelle is something that should not be missed for shoe shoppers.
You will find a more mysterious combination of hot fashion and ancient medals and prints in Palais Royal’s rarefied arcades. For teenager, funkier fashions, you can go to northern Marais, which has a combination of multimark shops like Surface, Air and Antik Batik, vintage stores and small boutiques.
St-Germain is also very good for luxurious furnishing fabrics and classic designs of 20th century, while classy traditional dealers assemble around rue de Lille and rue de Beaune, and tablewares and porcelain hold strong influence on rue Royale close to place de la Concorde.
The huge grands magasins Galeries Lafayette and Printemps on boulevard Haussmann and the charming Bon Marché on the Left Bank are known for one stop shopping, opposite one another with huge fashion labels, food stalls, beauty floors and much more.
Lifestyle creating concept store Colette is worth a view to keep tab of the new trainer of limited edition, hi-tech gadget or fashion accessory, while the newly arrived Merci offers bobo alternative of 21st century, with its changed chic appearance and combination of latest and used clothes, kitchenware and designer furniture.
The city includes more than 70 food markets, which is an important part of local life. Majority of these markets take place for two to three mornings in a week.