Where to find the best shopping in Paris.
Paris is the quintessential shopping city, renowned throughout the world for both the quality and quantity, of its choices. From the capital’s legendary luxury goods boutiques to the world’s largest flea market, there’s something here for everyone and at every price range. Our handpicked selection reflects the diversity and originality of Paris’s shopping scene.
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Bon Marché (Grande Épicerie, Bon Marché Maison)
For sheer variety, all three of Paris’s historic grand magasins (big department stores)—Galeries Lafayette, Au Printemps, and Le Bon Marché—are worth a visit. For a more leisurely high-end experience, Le Bon Marché embodies the Left Bank’s bourgeois-bohemian spirit, with a curated selection of crème de la crème designers. The Grande Épicerie gourmet grocer is the biggest and finest specialty foods shop in Paris, and Bon Marché Maison is a great place to load up on French housewares. Expect 20 to 40% off at the quarterly sales in fall, winter, spring, and summer. The store is particularly dazzling at Christmastime.
Set back in a cobbled courtyard in the Haut Marais, Merci, Paris’ concept store par excellence, where a choice selection of men’s and women’s fashion mingles with housewares (think French waffle towels and linen sheets in dreamy hues), pottery and furniture, stationary, a great jewelry selection, and lots more. Also in the Marais, we love L’Éclaireur’s inspired selection of the best French and European designs for women and men. The three onsite cafés are popular meeting spots in the neighborhood.
This oh-so-Parisian perfumer’s historic Champs-Élysées boutique was gorgeously restored to highlight its royal symbols: the sun and the bumblebee. Creators of such legendary fragrances as Shalimar, L’Heure Bleu, Mitsouko, and La Petite Robe Noir, here you’ll find the entire line of fragrances and luxury cosmetics, a full spa, and a chic café. If you’re shopping on the Rue Saint-Honoré, stop in at Guerlain’s elegant new boutique at no. 365, a few steps from the Place Vendôme.
Officine Universelle Buly and Amalthea
Modeled after an old-fashioned apothecary, both the Saint-Germain (Rue Bonaparte) and Marais (Rue Saintonge) outposts of Officine Universelle Buly could have been here for a hundred years. Luxurious all-natural fragrances and beauty concoctions for the face and body come in delicious scents like tuberose, orange blossom, damask rose and Scottish moss and are packaged in boxes personalized with your name written in an old-fashioned flourish. A great spot for gifts and a little splurge for yourself.
If you prefer your beauty products 100% pure, Amalthea’s motto—simple, safe, organic—even extends to the bottles, which the boutique will clean and refill for you. Products include a full range of face care for all skin types that leaves skin baby soft and radiant—and the best natural shampoo in Paris.
Serge Lutens Palais Royal
At Serge Lutens Palais Royal, a fairy tale jewel of a perfume shop tucked away under the elegant arcades of the Palais Royal gardens, you’ll find the entire range of heady fragrances created by Parisian perfumer Serge Lutens, along with his sumptuous cosmetics in a rich palette of irresistible hues (142 Galerie de Valois).
Louvre - Chalcographie du Louvre
The Louvre’s official boutique, Chalcographie du Louvre, covers several shops over two floors at the museum’s Carousel du Louvre entrance, and is a one-stop shop for all things Louvre. This high-end concept store offers a choice selection of gifts like luxe scented candles from Trudon, botanic-themed T-shirts and bags by Not Venomous, and natural perfumes, along with sculptures, ceramics, and glassware made in the Louvre’s own workshops. Do not miss the Chalcographie du Louvre’s selection of limited-edition artists’ prints hand-printed on the Louvre’s original plates, including historic maps, botanicals, decorative arts, and contemporary pieces by the likes of JR, Jenny Holzer, Louise Bourgeois, and dozens more.
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Diptyque and Trudon
The famous candle-maker Diptyque’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés flagship carries the full line of irresistibly scented candles in flower and fruit fragrances like black current, rose, lily of the valley, orange flower, tuberose, fig, amber, and many more. There’s also a range of home fragrances, seductive perfumes, body lotions, bath scents, and soaps all wrapped in their signature three-tone papers for the perfect gift or deliciously scented memento of Paris.
Celebrated in the 18th century for perfecting snowy white beeswax for candles, Trudon provided tapers to the French nobility. Now these sublimely scented candles come in elegant colored glass in four sizes.
La Dernière Goutte and La Cave de la Mère Germaine
La Dernière Goutte, a convivial wine seller tucked away on a charming street in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, offers a meticulously hand-picked selection of natural and small estate wines from every region of France, including a choice array of small-producer Champagnes, Armagnac, Cognac, and the classic Vieille Prune. The friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking staff makes browsing a pleasure.
Cave de la Mère Germain, an offshoot of the Mère Germain trio of hotel, Michelin-star restaurant, and wine shop in Châteauneuf du Pape, specializes in the wines of Provence, along with top wine vintages and spirits from around France and the world. Tucked between Saint-Germain’s legendary cafés, it’s a great place to scout out a rare vintage or bottle of Champagne.
The French Métiers d’Art—bestowers of the coveted Best Craftsperson of France awards and promoters of French expertise—is also behind the capital’s only crafts concept store. You’ll find the work of dozens of top artisans and artists over four floors, including impeccably crafted glassware, porcelain, jewelry, leather goods, furnishings, housewares, fine art, and more. An excellent place for a souvenir of the French art de vivre.
Passage des Panoramas, Jouffroy, and Verdeau
Maybe not the most drop-dead gorgeous of Paris’s historic covered galleries—that would be Galerie Vivienne—but this series of three successive galleries is the most varied and picturesque. Start at the Passage des Panoramas (Paris’s oldest, dating from 1799), filled with charming cafés and top-notch restaurants (some with Michelin stars), stamp and coin collecting boutiques, and other curiosities, then cross the Boulevard Montmartre to the main entrance of the Passage Jouffroy, home of the Musée Grevin wax museum and a series of booksellers, art galleries, rock collectors, classic French toys, and more, leading to the charming Passage Verdeau. Just outside Verdeau’s, Rue du Faubourg Montmartre entrance, is the original À la Mère de Famille, Paris’s oldest candy shop.
Thrifting on Rue de la Verrerie
Paris is filled with fripperies (thrift stores) and depot ventes (designer resale shops), but this street in the heart of the Marais, on a stretch from Saint Paul to the Centre Pompidou, is by far the densest. Thrifters will find a dozen or more shops clustered on the street, each within a few minutes walk. Prices are low and sometimes by the kilo. Classics include Free’P’Star, Kilo Shop, Friperie, and King of Frip.
If the Place Vendôme’s famous haute jewelry houses are out of your reach, WhiteBird has your back—and your fingers, ears, neckline, and wrists. This is one of Paris’s best collections of contemporary French and international jewelry designers, specializing in everything from delicate dewdrop diamonds to showstopper cocktail rings. At the Rue des Saints-Pères, Rue du Mont Thabor, and Filles du Calvaire boutiques you’ll find a great selection of statement ear studs along with WhiteBird’s signature line of well-priced staple pieces that easily transition from day to evening.
Causse and Maison Fabre
Since 1892, Causse gantiers have provided stylish Parisians with exquisite handmade gloves in buttery lamb and kidskin and a range of exotic leathers manufactured by hand in the historic glove-making town of Millau. From perforated feather-light driving gloves to silk- or cashmere-lined fashion styles with feathers, metallics, or reptile scale, every glove is as supple and comfy as a second skin. Maison Fabre, founded in 1924, even includes a perfumed pair—a nod to Queen Marie de Medici, who loved giving fragrant pairs (and sometimes poisoned ones) as gifts, along with their popular two-toned styles. You’ll pay more than for run-of-the-mill gloves, but nothing can compare for comfort, fit, and staying power.
St-Ouen Flea Markets and Vanves
Paris’ legendary St-Ouen flea market (marché aux puces) is a city unto itself. The largest flea market in the world, it covers nearly 20 acres with scores of shops both large and small and every conceivable antique and vintage item for the home, as well as fine and decorative arts and fashions. For something a little less daunting, Vanves, held on Saturday and Sunday mornings, is more manageable but may take a bit more perseverance and patience.
La Maison du Pastel
You may not be an artist or think of pastels as sexy, but this dream of a boutique, La Maison du Pastel, will change your mind. The 300-year-old pastel-makers have provided some of France’s most famous artists with velvety, high-pigment, hand-rolled pastels, all handmade in small batches. Available in an eye-popping 1,700 colors in nine gradations (made by adding white, black, or another color), just try making up your mind which colors to choose. To avoid being overwhelmed, the house offers petits rochés (half sticks) so you can get a feel for the texture and colors.
Deyrolle and Design et Nature
A long and cherished tradition in Paris, and now a trend in fashionable interiors, these are the city’s best and most varied taxidermy boutiques, where you’ll find everything from a full-size giraffe to tiny lap dogs that sit silently and still. At Deyrolle, providers of educational French posters for schoolkids for nearly two centuries, you’ll find splendid sculptural artist-designed boxes and a stunning array of insects and butterflies. Design et Nature’s exotic menagerie includes beasts that range from the truly impressive to the hilarious (pastel-colored chicks), along with design-your-own insect boxes.
The world capital of chocolate, with Saint-Germain-des-Prés as its epicenter, Paris now boasts at least two dozen world-class chocolatiers, and maybe more, each with its own personality and signature chocolates. All masters with their own signature creations, it’s impossible to choose a “best,” but we love Jacques Genin’s delicate handcrafted squares for their originality, tenderness, freshness, and flavor. What’s more, Genin’s elegant silver tins, starting with a dozen pieces (€18) up to 72 (€79), make excellent gifts or tasty mementos of Paris.
Set under the antique arcades of the Rue de Rivoli, across from the Tuileries gardens, this is Paris’ oldest English and French bookstore, founded in 1801. Bookworms love to peruse its historic bookshelves for all the classics, as well as the latest in every genre, including gorgeous coffee table tomes, children’s books, and so much more. There’s a reading area in the back, but you’re welcome to take your time browsing, dreaming, or getting advice from the expert staff.
With branches throughout the city, Monoprix is the French variety store par excellence, stocking chic French everyday items like linens, stationery, toys, housewares, and more. The store also has a line of stylish, inexpensive, and classic wearables for the whole family, and utterly adorable kids’ clothes, and is a great place to stock up on French chocolates, jams, or confit de canard at reasonable prices.
Mademoiselle Chapeaux is one of the last high-fashion milliners in the capital to make all of its models by hand in its onsite atelier. Hats in straw, wool, rabbit felt, or silk range from a jaunty silk pillbox to the Lorenzo fedora, the Colette cloche, or the chic Paradise in lightweight straw for summer. Prices start at €50 for a baseball cap to around €425 for the fabulous wide-brimmed Le Provençal in fine handwoven straw. All of the models come in a range of stylish colors. Allow up to three months for a custom hat handmade to your size.