When you think of Paris you might think of fashion shows, high couture, and prices that match designer brands, but Paris has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. I went exploring some fun stores for shopping on a recent trip to the city of lights. Here are some recommendations.
Head to the Latin Quarter on Boulevard St. Michel. The stores are reasonably priced here because so many students frequent the area. If you are looking for clothing you have Étam and Pimkie. There is also a second-hand store that sells clothing by weight. We went in and were pleasantly surprised by the trendy clothes we found. They also claim to have the best vintage clothing around. There are also several stores for bags and shoes on this street. If you are looking for books/journals, or paper goods Gilbert Le Jeune has a massive store as well as several other stores according to subject along the whole street. They have books in multiple languages.
Monoprix is on this street and it has clothing, makeup, and groceries.
If you like sporting equipment, turn to Rue des écoles and visit Le Vieux Campeur. There are also second-hand book and music stores down the whole street.
Hop on the metro and go to station Forum les Halles. Forum Les Halles is a huge mall. It has H and M, Zara, and many other stores including a two-story pharmacy where you can receive recommendations on skin care. If you walk from the Latin Quarter to Forum Les Halles (go past Notre Dame) you will pass one of the big department stores, Samaritaine. There are two stores side by side. The first store has designer clothes and prices to match, and Louis Vuitton is across the street. The second store has prices that fit my budget more.
Galerie Lafayette and Le Printemps are two other large department stores. The prices were high, but I have a feeling there was probably a section of the store that was better priced.
If money is not a problem, go to The Champs-Elysées and enjoy some time in Louis Vuitton and Chanel!
We were wandering around one day and found a fantastic store called Le Coton Doux. They had unusual and vibrant shirts for men. Check them out at www.cotondoux.com.
You will find treasures by taking your time and wandering through this beautiful city. Happy shopping!