Paris: Elegance, Style and Rue Saint-Honoré
Updated: Mar 24, 2019
When I'm in Nottingham and feel the need to go clothes shopping, it's pretty easy. I head into town, if I want high street brands I go to Vic Centre, if I want designer I go to The Exchange, if I want vintage/charity shops I go to Hockley and if I want to get stabbed I go to Broadmarsh. It's a little bit more difficult in Paris, even though it's pretty small for a capital city, there isn't just one main area to go shopping, where you go all depends on what you're looking for so I've put together a little list to help!
Of course you have the hallowed streets of Avenue Des Champs-Élysées and Rue Saint-Honoré but for those of us on a less *ahem* lavish budget, you might struggle so I've tried to include places to shop that matches everyones wallets!
Large Shopping Centres:
Forum des Halles - 1st Arrondissement €€
Métro Châtelet- Les Halles (line 1,4,7,11,14, RER A,B,D)
Les 4 Temps et le CNIT - La Defense €€
Métro La Défense (Grande Arche) (line 1/ RER A)
Beaugrenelle - 15th Arrondissement €€
Métro Bir-Hakeim (line 6)
Les Galleries Lafayette - 9th Arrondissement €€€
Métro Havre-Caumartin (line 3,9), Opéra (line 3,7,8), Auber (RER A), Haussmann-Saint-Lazare (RER E)
Le Bon Marché - 7th Arrondissement €€€
Métro Sèvres-Babylone (line 10,12)
Le Printemps Haussmann - 9th Arrondissement €€€
Metro Gare Saint-Lazare (line 3,12,13,14), Havre-Caumartin (line 3,9), Auber (RER A) Haussmann-Saint-Lazare (RER E)
Le Carrousel de Louvre - 1st Arrondissement €€€
Métro Palais Royal - Musée de Louvre (line 1,7)
BHV Marais - 4th Arrondissement €€
Métro Hôtel de Ville (line 1,11)
Forum des Halles
Métro Porte de Clignancourt (line 4)
If you have just acquired a stately home and need furniture to fill it, no word of a lie, Paris flea markets are where you will find it. From bargain vintage designer bags to solid oak furniture to silver sets you'll pick them up here.
Marches Aux Puces de St Ouen - 18th Arrondissement
Probably the largest and most famous flea market, it is made up of several smaller markets - this website explains it very well!
Marches Aux Puces
Métro Alma-Marceau (line 9), Franklin.D.Roosevelt (line 1,9), George V (line 1)
Gossip girl said it best: "Spotted: B and S. Chic and cheerful up on Boulevard Hausmann. They dallied at department stores and stayed awhile at Tally Weijl. Down on Rue Saint-Honoré they courted couture at Palais Royale. Then they headed to the Golden Triangle. Where Montaigne meets Georges V. And luxury goods are the opiate of choice."
This, nearly perfectly, sums up high end shopping in Paris. Montaigne, George V and Rue Francois 1er in the 8th Arrondissement, is the epitome of shopping in Paris, it is the heart of Paris Haute Couture, world renowned fashion houses and flagship stores!
Les Arcades are the covered passageways you can find all over Paris, they burst with old-world elegance where you can find luxury boutiques, rare bookshops and intricate antiques and jewellery!
Galerie Vivienne - 2nd Arrondissement
Métro Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (line 1), Bourse (line 3)
A more 'high end' arcade, where Jean-Paul Gaultier opened his first boutique! There are great places to eat and stop for a drink along here too!
Passage de Grand Cerf - 1st Arrondissement
Métro Etienne Marcel (line 4)
Arguably, one of the most beautiful arcades, and one of the least crowded! You can find one of my favourite florists here, alongside beautiful jewellery and homewares!
Passage Brady - 10th Arrondissement
Métro Chateau d'Eau (line 4)
When I used to live in Barbès this was my go to place for a bite to eat, unofficially nicknamed 'Little India' it is teeming with curry houses and spice shops! You can also buy beautiful fabric here!
Passage Moliere - 3rd Arrondissement
Métro Rambuteau (line 11)
Named after Théâtre Molière, here you can find Librarie Scaramouche (can you do the fandango?) which sells an enormous range of rare cinema posters! There are also several lovely boutiques including Tamano Paris where you can have made to measure, one of a kind shoes made for a reasonable €250!
Passage Jouffroy - 9th Arrondissement
Métro Richileu- Drouout
This passage will take you back in time and is filled with lots of fun and colourful shops! Including an old fashioned toy shop and Musée Grévin ( a waxwork museum)! Go and have a wander, even if it's just to gaze in at the beautiful window displays!
Les 4 Temps et le CNIT - La Defense
Tulleries and Palais Royale:
Métro Tuileries (line 1), Pyramides (line 7,14)
Best for: High end designer pieces, quality cosmetics and perfumes.
Here you will find the likes of Rue Saint-Honoré, with it's multitude of designer stores and concept stores alongside chic boutiques which can be found in the arcades of the Palais Royal
Metro Saint-Paul (Line 1) or Hotel de Ville (Line 1, 11)
Best for: vintage stores, handmade jewelery, antiques and foodies
The Marais quartier is beautiful in itself, here you can discover trendy boutiques, vintage shops, restaurants and a lively gay community! Many shops are open here on a Sunday, which is rare in Paris!
St Germain-des-pres - 7th Arrondissement
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Line 4), Sèvres-Babylone (Line 10)
Best for: Avant-garde fashion, books, art and home furnishings
Enjoy exploring this neighbourhood, and stopping by iconic Paris landmarks such as Les Deux Magots or Cafe de Flore for a coffee during your shopping! Don't miss le Mouton à Cinq Pattes, (there are several stores on Rue St. Placide and they sell last season's designer clothes or rejects at a fraction of the price!) or Le Grande Épicerie at Bon Marché where you can find everything for a perfect Parisian meal!
Rue du Commerce - 15th Arrondissement
Métro Commerce (line 8), Avenue `Émile Zola (line 10)
Best for: Latest Trends, Feeling like a local and cosmetics!
A great mix of shops, including, Sephora, Gap, Comptoir de Cotonniers and L'Occitane
Rue Cler - 7th Arrondisement
Métro École Militaire (Line 8)
Best For: Foodies
Rue Cler market street has a wide selection of food shops such as Davoli (Italian delicatessen), La Sablaise Poissonnerie (one of the most renowned fishmongers in Paris), several fruit and vegetable shops, many, many cheese shops, Le Repaire de Bacchus wine store (It is Paris after all!), several patisseries and chocolatiers and many restaurants and cafés!