Paris is well-known as a premier shopping city, and because there are so many places to turn, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are the city's shopping areas that you need to check out:
As a tourist: The Champs-Elysées
Everyone must visit this Paris hotspot at least once. The Grand Boulevard is home to high-fashion houses, international fashion chains like H&M and Zara and numerous Parisian cafés. The stunning views of the Arc de Triomphe don't hurt either. However, in the summer, the street is inundated with tourists, so make your way to The Champs-Elysées during the fall when the tourist season is at a low.
On a budget: Rue de Rivoli
At the edge of the famous Marais district of Paris, Rue de Rivoli is a frugal fashionista’s dream. Here you can find popular French labels such as Bershka and Pimkie, as well as smaller boutiques and vintage stores with great prices. There is a giant two-level Zara store carrying an incredible assortment of clothes. Additionally, check out BHV le Marais, a department store that carries almost any label that you can imagine.
To feel truly French: Passy/Rue de L’Annonciation
Rue de Passy, in the 16th Arrondissement, is just out of the way of most tourists, but there are still numerous stores worth visiting. Try some of the unique shoe and swimwear shops, and don’t forget to check out larger French labels such as The Kooples, BA&SH, Maje, and Zadig & Voltaire. Off of Passy, amble down Rue de L’Annociation, a narrow cobblestone street with every sort of shop: wine, cheese, coffee, tea, health foods, patisseries, boulangeries, boucheries, as well as delicious cafes. Be sure to visit Creperie Chez Yannick, where you can sit down for a meal consisting of various savory and sweet crepes.
When you want to splurge: Rue Saint-Honoré
Rue Saint-Honoré is where the most fashionable and wealthy Parisians go to shop. In addition to housing the big names such as Hermes, Cartier, Miu Miu, Prada, and Moncler, this area is home to eclectic, high-end boutiques such as Colette. Be sure to visit Maison Ladurée for a snack to enjoy while shopping, or at least while window shopping.