Luxury Shopping in Paris
Discover the City’s Best Shopping Streets
From the affluence of the Golden Triangle, to the towering department stores of Boulevard Haussmann and the beaming boutiques of Rue Saint-Honoré, the city’s concentration of haute couture and ready-to-wear outlets make luxury shopping in Paris like nowhere else in the world! All that remains is for you to shop until you drop across the capital’s best shopping streets, which we’ve compiled for you in this handy guide.
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
As well as being the world’s most beautiful boulevard, Avenue des Champs-Elysées is also (arguably) its most famous - renowned for spectacles like the Bastille Day Military Parade, the finale of the Tour de France and of course, shopping!
Beginning by the Luxor Obelisk and concluding at the Arc de Triomphe, the 1.2 mile tree-lined stretch of road that lies between provides retail therapy aplenty, as you splurge within high-street fashion favourites - Zara, Abercrombie & Fitch, GAP, Levi’s, Nike, Adidas - before paying a visit to the avenue’s more refined residents.
Chief among these is undoubtedly Louis Vuitton, whose flagship store can be found at No. 101 - unmistakable for the iconic dome that crowns the maison’s Art Deco façade, which is (of course) emblazoned with the eminent, gilded monogram of the fashion house. Should this not quite be enough to satisfy your shopping needs however, Hugo Boss, Cartier, Longchamp and Guerlain are just some of the luxury labels who also make their home on this illustrious avenue.
Along with its grandiose extension, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, these enchanting streets are among the most upmarket retail regions in all of Europe, if not the world! This is the home of French Presidents after all, whose official residence, Élysée Palace, towers over Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
So don’t be surprised if you should see Emmanuel Macron browsing couture collections in the likes of Armani, Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen and Prada, with the adjoining roads purveyors of anything and everything chic! But a short stroll to Rue Cambon will immerse you in the world of another French dynast, as you nosy around the fabulous flat of Coco Chanel - where Karl Lagerfeld still toils today - before popping downstairs for a spot of shopping in the label’s original boutique.
While here, be sure to also make the short journey to charming Place Vendôme, where Louis Vuitton is once again represented in the recently (and exquisitely) renovated Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme.
Once upon a time, Avenue Montaigne was known as Widows Lane, as mourners gathered daily to lament their loved ones. Now, mourning is strictly reserved for the affliction of bank accounts, however, with Avenue Montaigne the only street to oust Rue Saint-Honoré and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in terms of opulence, prominence and prestige!
Though undoubtedly the grand dame of Parisian streets, if you’re looking to spend some serious cash, doing so is made easy in the superfluous boutiques of French heavyweights - Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Givenchy - perched alongside Italian titans: Gucci, Armani, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana. No. 30 is also where you’ll find the original home of Christian Dior, standing a dominant figure over the Golden Triangle skyline in the label’s five-storey superstructure.
But even if you’re not here to partake in some uber-indulgent retail therapy, simply strolling along the enchanting tree-lined avenue, whilst enjoying some window shopping (if it doesn’t pain you too much) is a great way to savour the exquisiteness of the capital’s most costly quarter.
Shopping on Boulevard Haussmann can only entail the giant department stores of Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Both opened in the 19th century, the colossal edifices unveil a whole universe of shopping - with several floors dedicated entirely to fashion, while anything you could ever possibly need can be found across the remaining thousands of square feet.
But beyond mere shopping, a visit to both Printemps and Galeries Lafayette reveals a retail experience like no other, as you marvel stunning Art Nouveau architecture, delight in fine-dining, spectate fashion shows and other free events, or simply inhale some of the best views over Paris within rooftop cafés.
Visiting during the festive period is when both department stores divulge their dazzling best, however, with world-famous window displays, visits from a certain Santa Claus and quite possibly the biggest Christmas trees we’ve ever seen!