“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:
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.
E. Dehillerin (18, rue Coquilliere)
It is heaven for anyone who likes to cook or bake. E. Dehillerin 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.
Keep in mind that you won’t find price stickers on each item. You will find a product code. If you want to know the price, make note of the product code and then look it up on the printout that lists all the prices. These charts are posted all over the store.
Then, take your item to one of the sales clerks. S/he will give you a bill which you will take to the cashier where you can pay (cash or credit cards). While paying, the sales clerk will be wrapping up your item(s). They are very friendly and yes, they speak English. I don’t know if they have the best prices in town; however, I can tell you that just visiting their store is an experience in itself and worth a visit.
Maisons du Monde is a chain of stores that carry home decor/accessories. On the recommendation from a Parisian, I visited the store and picked up a great tablecloth that is ever-so-lightly plasticized on top so that cleaning is a breeze. Of course it has a French motif on it. Stores are located all over France and some other cities in Europe.
Colette on Rue St. Honoré closed in 2017. It carried the trendiest finds from around the world. However, there some other stores which have really unique, hip, kitchy items include:
Fleux (39 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 4e arr)
Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 3rd arr)
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)
In Montmartre one has to check out the work of local artists in the area Place du Tertre, near Sacre Coeur.
Check out my post, “Unique Gifts Bought In France” to see if there’s something you might consider bring back from your travels.