The Best Places to Go Shopping in Paris

Find antiques at Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen and shop inside colourful temples at Les Grands Magasins.
 

1. Les Grands Magasins

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No one does stores like Parisians. Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché—collectively called the “grand magasins”—are ornate temples offering a wide selection of clothes, housewares and objects. Even if you’re not in the market for cashmere, step inside to marvel at the gilded elevators and stained glass rotundas, and nibble on an éclair at a fancy in-house pâtisserie.

District: 9e arrondissement

How to get there on Métro: Various subway stops

2. Le Marais

Photo courtesy of Paris Tourist Office

A former aristocratic neighbourhood, Le Marais is the perfect place for strolling cobblestone streets while poking around in perfectly curated niche boutiques. Browse local fashion labels like Sandro and The Kooples, sample delicious chocolates at Jacques Genin and stop for a coupe de Champagne at one of Le Marais’ many intimate bars.

District: 3e and/et 4e arrondissements

How to get there on Métro: The main stops are Saint-Paul, Chemin Vert and Hôtel-de-Ville

3. Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Photo courtesy of Paris Tourist Office

This massive, sprawling collection of 14 antique markets offers something to suit every budget, with acres of indoor and outdoor vendors selling everything from second-hand paniers (for holding warm baguettes) and bronze busts to massive crystal chandeliers. Be prepared to spend the whole day.

No need to pack it: A number of vendors at the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen ship internationally.

District: Saint-Ouen

How to get there on Métro: Porte de Clignancourt

4. Carrefour

One of France’s largest grocery store chains—with several scattered across central Paris—Carrefour is the ideal place to shop for affordable and packable foodie souvenirs. Find everything from thick, fruity jam and big-bodied Bordeaux reds to oversized tins of duck confit, foie gras and cassoulet.

District: Various locations

How to get there on Métro: Various subway stops

[This story appears in the June 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]