Shopping Areas in Paris

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Shopping in Paris

OK, it’s true that Paris isn’t known as a shopping destination for those who are short of cash. In general, the shops, markets and malls here will offer excellent quality and unrivalled choice but they’ll also typically not be geared up to budget buyers. Of course, good deals can be found, particularly in some of the markets, though you’ll need the advice and guidance of locals to help to sniff those out because many tourists will never see them. Service is typically excellent in most shops and friendly, if anarchic on markets and expect queue jumping unless you’re alert! Haggling is not the norm and is frowned upon, with the sole exception of the flea markets.

The opening hours in Paris can be idiosyncratic. Expect many shops to be closed on Sundays and from 12-2 for lunch. Most credit cards and banking cards will be accepted and cash is always welcomed. Personal checks (cheques) probably won’t be taken, even if drawn on a French bank. French sales tax (TVA) is 20% with some exceptions and you may qualify for TVA-free purchases if you’re from outside the European Union. Be sure you know if ticket prices are tax-included (TTC) or tax to be added (Hors Taxe)

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Best of Paris tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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The Secret Passages Tour

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Le Marais Private Tour: Aromas & Scents

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Top 10 Shopping Malls and Chains in Paris

  • Galeries Lafayette. A big institution in Paris and a great (not too expensive) department store stuffed full of goodies.
  • Le Printemps. It’s worth shopping here in this big store just to take a bistro meal under its listed glass dome!
  • Beaugrenelle Mall. Not too far from the Eiffel Tower and offers a big choice of designer brand outlets as well as bars and restaurants. Visiting it has to be on your things to do in Paris list.
  • La Vallee Village. Just to show that Parisian shoppers are cost conscious, this is just outside the city but offers last years top fashions and labels at a third off the original prices.
  • Les Quatre Temps. This is in the ultra-modern La Defense development just outside the city center but it has a big selection of shops and boutiques and another big plus is that it’s open on Sunday.
  • Petit Bateau. If you have your children with you, this chain specializes in small people’s clothing. The designs are trendy, very French, unusual, high quality and affordable.
  • Marionnaud. A well-known chain specializing in fragrances for men and women though with emphasis on the latter. The prices are reasonable and you’ll get great service but don’t expect bargains as, paradoxically due to taxation, French perfume is often more expensive in France than it is in other countries.
  • Galerie Vivenne. Full of unique designer workshops and outlets. Very chic.
  • Palais des Congrès. This small area is full of very up-market boutiques. Really great – even if you’re reduced to window-shopping!
  • La Galerie du Carrousel du Louvre. Believe it or not, there is a very good and very attractive shopping mall immediately below the Louvre itself ! Full of goods and designer labels – have fun!

Top city tours in Paris

Off the beaten path tour of "Le Marais"

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Best of Paris tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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The Secret Passages Tour

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Top Local Products in Paris

  • Chocolate. The French are some of the best ‘chocolatiers’ in the world and the best of the best are in Paris. Incredible works are available and remember to forget about your waistline for a little.
  • Food. This is a horrible term to describe an art form here. Just try the pies, pastries, charcuterie and so on.
  • Wine. True, Paris isn’t known for its vineyards but what it does offer is the best selection of the best wines from all the regions of France.
  • Designer clothes. Self-explanatory really but the fashion house outlets here are incredible – though not cheap. Be warned though, ‘larger sizes’ are still not well understood in Paris where women are expected to be petite and men shorter.

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Paris Favourite Food tour: the 10 Tastings

Michel was a delightful and gracious guide. Due to circumstances over which we had no control our original time slot had to be changed, and he worked with us to find an agreeable alternative. He shared not only tastings, but the history of the Marais area. The 10 tastings were delightful and varied. His knowledge of wines enhanced those tastings. I highly recommend his tour

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French Dinner for Food Lovers

Inka and Sebastien made my short stay in Paris quite enjoyable. Dinner with them included great conversation, laughs, wine, and, of course, great food! At first I thought it would be awkward meeting two strangers for dinner -- boy was I wrong! They made me feel like part of the family -- so much so I didn't want to leave. Warm, inviting, and knowledgeable about so many things which kept the conversation flowing. When I'm back in Paris I plan on joining them again through WithLocals.

If you want to walk away from your Paris trip smiling with good memories ... see Inka and Sebastien.

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Paris with a Photographer: Stroll, Taste, Click

I had never done a shooting tour with anyone before, so when I booked I wasn't sure what to expect. Joao was very cheerful and friendly from the time he shook hands with us till he said bye. We walked the steps of this talented photographer in literally his backyard. Long-time a local in Montmarte neighborhood, Joao knew the history behind the local stores, the streets and the community. He interrupted his stories to only take photos of us next to some iconic features of the town, as well as with the view from Sacre Coeur as the backdrop. I just received my edited photos, which all look stunning. Highly recommended experience and tour guide in Paris!