“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.”—

Honore de Balzac


Shopping for clothes? Shoes? Kitchen utensils? Food? Books?  Antiques?

Paris has it all! Here are some of the popular places to get these things:

Markets, Boulangeries and Patisseries in Paris:

Markets in Paris

Boulangeries and Patisseries in Paris

Department Stores

Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
Galeries Lafayette, Paris. Photo: J. Chung


Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are department store rivals located beside each other on Boulevard Haussmann (40 and 64 Blvd Haussmann respectively). Both were opened in the 1800s and have boutiques inside. Be sure to show your passport at the Information Counter in order to get a 10% off discount card.

Famous Streets, Famous Retailers

Visit Avenue Montaigne and check out Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Valentino.

Avenue Montaigne, Paris.
Avenue Montaigne, Paris. Photo: J. Chung
Dior, Paris.
Dior, Paris. Photo: J. Chung

Kitchen Goods

Dehillerin (18, rue Coquilliere)

E. Dehillerin, Paris.
E. Dehillerin, Paris. Photo: J. Chung
Inside E. Dehillerin, Paris.
Inside E. Dehillerin, Paris. Photo: J. Chung
E. Dehillerin Price List, Paris.
E. Dehillerin Price List, Paris. Photo: J. Chung

It is heaven for anyone who likes to cook or bake. It is located in the Les Halles area and at first inside, it looks like a hardware store. But what neat stuff they have! All sizes of whisks, pots, pans, utensils, and knives. It has been a family business since 1820.

Uniquely Parisian

Colette- on Rue St. Honore-for the latest in fashion, design, electronics, gadgets

Colette, Paris.
Colette, Paris. Photo: J. Chung


Those with English books can be found at WH Smith (248, rue de Rivoli), Shakespeare and Co. (37 Rue de la Bûcherie), and The Abbey Bookshop (29, rue de la Parcheminerie)

Shakespeare and Co, Paris France.
Shakespeare and Co, Paris France. Photo: J. Chung

Local Art

In Montmartre one has to check out the work of local artists in the area Place du Tertre, near Sacre Coeur.

Place du Tertre, Paris France
Place du Tertre, Paris France. Photo: J. Chung

Check out my post, “Unique Gifts Bought In France” to see if there’s something you might consider bring back from your travels.

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