The seventh arrondissement is one of the most frequented neighbourhoods in Paris, largely due to the fact that the Eiffel Tower is located here and attracts around seven million visitors each year. The spectacular monument is one of the area’s main draws, yet there is so much more to discover for those willing to explore. Guests often overlook the delights of the district, which actually boasts a wealth of top shopping opportunities. From the beautiful boutiques of avenue Bosquet to famous food souvenir shops on rue Cler, we highlight some of the best shops to visit around the Eiffel Tower.
Rue du Commerce
Rue du Commerce is a top shopping street in Paris. Located just a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, this lesser-known gem offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, affordable chain stores and beauty shops, ideal for both men and women. Rue du Commerce may not have the haute couture boutiques of avenue Montaigne, but it does provide a great insight into how Parisians shop, away from the crowds. Visitors will be able to browse stores such as Maje, Gerard Darel, Gap, Kiehl’s and L’Occitane, as well as smaller gourmet grocery and chocolate shops – ideal for keeping up your sugar levels during an afternoon of shopping.
Bustling rue Saint-Dominique has become one of the best shopping streets around the Eiffel Tower due to its impressive line-up of top boutiques and equally as impressive views of the iconic monument. Branching off from the Champs de Mars park, the street sports has enticing selection of French designer stores including Bash, Claudie Pierlot, Gerard Darel and Comptoir des Cotonniers, ideal for the those who want to invest in French design. Alongside its fashion stores are a handful of speciality food shops and cafés, ideal for refuelling or picking up some edible souvenirs. Le Moulin de la Vierge is one of the best bakeries in the area, offering up delicious breads and patisserie in a chic setting. Rue Saint Dominique is also home to several superb restaurants, which would make the ideal spot for lunch or dinner.
Authentic market street rue Cler is famous for its speciality food stores. Here, you can uncover some of Paris’s best and most-popular gourmet destinations, featuring local produce and covetable food souvenirs. The area has historically been associated with French nobility and the street continues to draw in the city’s elite who visit to invest in the impeccable range of food. The famous rue Cler market gives the street a distinctive village-like feel, with stalls spilling out on to the pedestrianised street and selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fish and bread. The street is the perfect place to pick up edible souvenirs from Paris, with impressive boulangeries, fromageries and the must-visit Famille Mary, which specialises in honey. In summer, be sure to make a beeline for Martine Lambert for some of the best ice cream in Paris.
Located just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, avenue Bosquet has become a favourite address with discerning Parisians and visitors. The avenue is lined with some of the seventh arrondissement’s most chic boutiques and is the ideal place for those who want to find some unique souvenirs. The Black Cat delicatessen is a great pit stop for those wanting to pick up beautifully packaged food gifts while elegant second-hand stores make vintage shopping a must. Be sure to make time to visit Kozy, a superb café offering freshly prepared pastries alongside a healthy food menu.