The Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous shopping streets not only in Paris but in the world. Its two-kilometre length stretches from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe and is a must-visit. The street is lined with impressive luxury boutiques from Louis Vuitton to Cartier, as well as huge flagship stores for brands such as Banana Republic and Sephora. All these stores promise unique shopping experiences; the Champs-Élysées is a perfect place to invest in luxury French brands and pick up souvenirs of your time in the city.
Like other streets on our list, rue Saint-Honoré is home to a chic concentration of boutiques, and is the heart of Parisian fashion and design. It offers an eclectic mix of classic designers such as Hermès and concept stores such as Colette. The latter, recognised as the pioneer of Parisian concept stores, is much more than a fashion boutique, and stocks the work of up-and-coming designers across fashion, beauty, music, books and art.
Avenue Montaigne is found in the heart of the opulent district known as the Golden Triangle, and is dedicated to luxury labels. Designer boutiques from Chanel to Prada and Valentino have helped the avenue contribute to Paris’s title as fashion capital of the world. Whether you are looking to buy some luxury gifts or simply wish to marvel at the tree-lined thoroughfare, avenue Montaigne reveals some of the best shopping opportunities in Paris.
The Haussmann-Saint-Lazare-Opéra district is home to the best and biggest department stores in the capital. Galeries Lafayette, founded in 1912, is one of the world’s most celebrated department stores, boasting an impressive inventory of clothing, accessories and premium beauty products – not to mention one of the most famous store ceilings in the world. The Printemps department store, just a few steps away, is the go-to destination for luxury boutiques under one roof, and is full of upscale fashion brands from Christian Louboutin to Louis Vuitton.
Rue de Rivoli
For an all-round shopping experience, rue de Rivoli is the place to go. A huge host of international brands such as Zara, H&M and Gap can be found here, along with great souvenir shops. The Carrousel du Louvre, an impressive underground shopping centre, is a great place to visit after discovering the Mona Lisa and other cultural highlights at the Louvre museum. Since Paris’s shopping laws were relaxed at the start of the year and the Carrousel du Louvre is one of many stores that now remain open until late on Sunday. Be sure to make a bee-line for Apple, Bose and Swatch.