Paris

Nothing, but nothing, can push you into the current of Parisian life faster than a few hours of shopping. Follow the lead of locals, who slow to a crawl as their eyes lock on a tempting display. Window-shopping is one of this city's greatest spectator sports; the French call it lèche-vitrine—literally, "licking the windows"—which is fitting because many of the displays look good enough to eat.

Store owners here play to sophisticated audiences with voracious appetites for everything from spangly flagship stores to minimalist boutiques to under-the-radar spots in 19th-century glass-roofed passages. Parisians know that shopping isn't about the kill, it's about the chase: walking down cobblestone streets looking for items they didn't know they wanted, they're casual yet quick to pounce. They like being seduced by a clever display and relish the performance elements of browsing. Watching them shop can be almost as much fun as shopping yourself.

And nowhere is the infamous Parisian "attitude" more palpable than in the realm of fine shopping—the more haute the more hauteur.

Parisians are a proud bunch, and they value decorum. So dress to impress—and remember your manners. You must say bonjour upon entering a shop and merci, au revoir when leaving, even if it's to no one in particular. Think of it more as announcing your coming and going. Beyond this, protocol becomes less prescribed and more a matter of good judgment. If a salesperson is hovering, there's a reason; let him or her help you. To avoid icy stares, confidence and politeness go a long way.

As for what to buy, the sky's the limit in terms of choices. If your funds aren't limitless, however, take comfort in knowing that treasures can be found on a budget. And if you do decide to indulge, what better place to make that once-in-a-blue-moon splurge? When you get home and friends ask where you got those to-die-for shoes, with a shrug you'll casually say, "These? Oh . . . I bought them in Paris."

Sort by: 23 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL Area Search CLEAR ALL
Loading...
Loading...
  • 1. Cire Trudon

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Household Items/Furniture

    This company has illuminated the great palaces and churches of Paris since the 1600s. Nowadays it provides the atmosphere for tony restaurants...Read More

  • 2. Diptyque

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Household Items/Furniture

    A Paris mainstay since 1961, Diptyque's flagship shop is famous for its candles, eaux de toilette, and body fragrances in a huge range of...Read More

  • 3. A. Simon

    Louvre | Household Items/Furniture

    This is where Parisian chefs come for their kitchen needs—from plates and glasses to pans and wooden spoons. The quality is excellent and the...Read More

  • 4. Alexandre Biaggi

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Household Items/Furniture

    Alexandre Biaggi specializes in 20th-century Art Deco and also commissions pieces from such talented designers as Patrick Naggar and Hervé van...Read More

  • 5. Astier de Villatte

    Louvre | Household Items/Furniture

    Come here for tongue-in-chic interpretations of 18th-century table settings and furniture; live out your Baroque or Empire fancies with milk...Read More

  • 6. Avant-Scène

    Latin Quarter | Household Items/Furniture

    Head to Avant-Scène for original, poetic furniture. Owner Elisabeth Delacarte commissions limited-edition pieces from artists like Mark Brazier...Read More

  • 7. Christofle

    Grands Boulevards | Household Items/Furniture

    Founded in 1830, Christofle has fulfilled all kinds of silver wishes, from a silver service for the Orient Express to a gigantic silver bed...Read More

  • 8. Conran Shop

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Household Items/Furniture

    The brainchild of British entrepreneur Terence Conran, this shop carries expensive contemporary furniture, beautiful bed linens, and items for...Read More

  • 9. E. Dehillerin

    Louvre | Household Items/Furniture

    Never mind the creaky stairs: E. Dehillerin has been around for almost 200 years and clearly knows its business. The huge range of professional...Read More

  • 10. Gien

    Louvre | Household Items/Furniture

    Gien has been making fine china since 1821. The faience spans traditional designs—such as those inspired by Italian majolica, blue-and-white...Read More

  • 11. Idé Co.

    Canal St-Martin | Household Items/Furniture

    Little items for the home in a riot of colors are sold at Idé Co. But you'll also find fabulous rubber jewelry and funky stuff for kids big...Read More

  • 12. La Chalcographie du Louvre

    Louvre | Household Items/Furniture

    More than 13,000 prints from the Louvre's collection can be had at the museum's own print shop for a relatively minor investment. The most popular...Read More

  • 13. La Trésorerie

    Canal St-Martin | Household Items/Furniture

    No place outfits chic Canal St-Martin lofts better than this soaring eco-friendly boutique. Housed in a historic treasury, it assembles the...Read More

  • 14. Laguiole

    Champs-Élysées | Household Items/Furniture

    This is France's most famous brand of knives; designers like Philippe Starck and Sonia Rykiel have created special models for the company. ...Read More

  • 15. Le Monde Sauvage

    Marais Quarter | Household Items/Furniture

    Le Monde Sauvage is a must-visit for home accessories. Expect reversible silk bedspreads in rich colors, velvet throws, hand-quilted bed linens...Read More

  • 16. Maison de Baccarat

    Champs-Élysées | Household Items/Furniture

    This museum and crystal store was once the home of Marie-Laure de Noailles, known as the Countess of Bizarre. Philippe Starck revamped the space...Read More

  • 17. Muji

    Marais Quarter | Household Items/Furniture

    Kanketsu (simplicity) is the guiding philosophy at Muji, and the resulting streamlined designs are all the rage in Europe. Must-haves include...Read More

  • 18. R&Y Augousti

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Household Items/Furniture

    The Paris-based husband-and-wife team of Ria and Yiouri Augousti take such materials as shagreen, nacre, and palm wood to make furniture and...Read More

  • 19. Sentou

    Marais Quarter | Household Items/Furniture

    Sentou knocked the Parisian world over the head with its fresh designs. Avant-garde furniture, rugs, and a variety of home accessories line...Read More

  • 20. Van der Straeten

    Marais Quarter | Household Items/Furniture

    Paris designer Hervé van der Straeten started out creating jewelry for Saint Laurent and Lacroix, designed a perfume bottle for Christian Dior...Read More

No shopping Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

There are no results for {{ strDestName }} Shopping in the searched map area with the above filters. Please try a different area on the map, or broaden your search with these popular suggestions:

Around the Web