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)

Top shopping experiences in Pais

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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

Typical Parisian Night Out with a Local

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Best of Paris Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Bonjour Paris! - Fun Family Intro 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 Favorite Food Tour: 10 Tastings

Nella was a great and informative guide! She helped us navigate through tapenades, cheeses, and educated us on the regions where they came from. She introduced us to meat products that we could never get back home, and helped us choose the best oysters. Our group unanimously agreed that the Aux Merveilleux were the best things we had ever put into our mouths, and we have Nella to thank for that experience! She was also helpful in providing other recommendations for our stay in Paris. 10/10 would recommend!

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Parisian Hidden Gems: Local Secret Passages

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the fascinating tour of the Secret Passages of Paris. Lucien was extremely well-informed, a specialist on his subject and most entertaining. The tour actually lasted over two hours but it seemed to flash by because it was so interesting and enjoyable. Angela and I were the only guests on the tour, I was a little apprehensive as to whether I would enjoy the experience... I couldn’t have been more wrong. We would heartily encourage anyone to take this trip, and enjoy its fascinating insights into the historical development of these unusual shopping experiences. Lucien is a very interesting and entertaining guide. We would recommend him and his tour without hesitation.

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Paris Like a Princess

I booked the Princess in Paris for my 10yr daughter I was skeptical since she was 10 but Christianne tailored it perfectly. Christianne is a delightful person, she was our fairytale tour guide telling stories as we walked the streets of Paris stopping by various monuments. She made my daughter feel extra special with her little surprises and treats through out the day. This one on one experience was the perfect start to our Mini vacation. Thank you Christianne for a magical and memerable day!