5 hottest Paris shopping districts

Paris is one of the best cities in the world for fashion. Read on for the 5 hottest Paris shopping districts.

1 – Faubourg St Honore, 8th district

The Faubourg St Honore is one of the most upmarket Parisian shopping streets and home to many upmarket boutiques.  The Moschino window displays are amusing.

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Chantal Thomass is a famous French lingerie designer with a beautiful boutique at 211 rue du Faubourg St Honore.

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Goyard is a luxury French luggage manufacturer to the stars, virtually opposite at 233 rue Faubourg St Honore. It’s also worth having a look at the Peninsula Paris hotel, close to the Champs Elysées. It has recently opened and the decor is stunning.

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2 – Place des Victoires/Palais Royal/The Passages – 1st and 2nd districts

Place des Victoires is a stunning circular square, bit of a contradiction in terms! At the middle, there’s an impressive monument in honour of King Louis XIV. There are quite a few upmarket boutiques here including Cacharel and Zadig et Voltaire.

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Kenzo has a boutique here, and its windows displays are particularly striking.

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Kenzo is omnipresent in Paris – the Kenzo Loves Printemps pop up store has just opened in Le Printemps department store.

Kenzo Loves Printemps
Kenzo Loves Printemps - Luxury Columnist
Jaeger LeCoultre, the celebrated watch and clock manufacturer, also has a shop on Place des Victoires. You can admire the fabulous Atmos 566 clock, designed by Marc Newson using Baccarat crystal.

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Take time to wander around the beautiful Palais Royal which is undergoing renovation, past Didier Ludot’s vintage store selling Paco Rabanne and other treasures.

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Nearby, the area adjacent to the “Bourse” Parisian Stock Exchange, has some beautiful old “passages” or shopping arcades – one of Paris’s unmissable hidden gems. Terry de Gunsburg, the famous creator of YSL Touche Eclat, has her make up and perfume shop next to the Galerie Vero-Dodat.

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As does Christian Louboutin, who also has a shop on the rue du Fabourg St Honore.

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His nail varnishes are shown off to great advantage here.

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3 – The Marais, 3rd district

This area has bags of character – many of the “hotels particuliers” and public squares have been renovated and are open to the public. Most of the shops are also open on Sundays. Do check out Uniqlo’s recently opened store at 39 rue des Francs Bourgeois, it’s in a renovated factory formerly housing the Usine de la Société des Cendres. It has an impressive red brick chimney in the middle of the store. 

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You can find Karl Lagerfeld’s store at 25 rue Vieille du Temple.

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French brand Repetto, originally a ballerina shoe specialist, is having something of a renaissance. They now also make other types of shoe and lounge wear.

Repetto - Le Marais
4 – Opera/Boulevard Haussmann – 9th district

This is a must see if you like department stores. Galeries Lafayette has a beautiful Art Nouveau glass and steel dome. They’ve done a great job at modernising the store and on the food floor you can now eat at counters, as you can in most of London’s department stores. Don’t miss the rooftop terrace with its fabulous views towards the Eiffel Tower.

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View from Galeries Lafayette roof terrace - Luxury Columnist
Take time to visit Le Printemps department store next door.

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Le Printemps - Luxury Columnist
5 – Champs Elysees, 8th district

You will find many luxury and mainstream brands here. The advantage is that the stores are open until midnight and on Sundays, unlike most of Paris. Louis Vuitton’s window displays are fun and fresh.

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Abercrombie and Fitch is located in a stunning hotel particulier. You really have to see this, it’s fabulous!

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