Paris, the capital city of France is often described as the most romantic city in the world. A city of unsurpassed beauty, steeped in history and home to many of the world’s most well-known landmarks, Paris is often listed as the most visited tourist destination in the world (with around 45 million tourists visiting it annually). Paris is an international capital for culture, art, cuisine, and fashion and leaves its visitors charmed and yearning for a return.
The glamorous city boast of its ornate sculptures, public plazas and charming streets filled with upscale fashion and lifestyle stores, quality restaurants and rich art galleries. The city has some of the richest museums in the world which houses artworks of renowned painters like Da Vinci, Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Monet, Manet, Dalí and Van Gogh.
World-class cabaret of Moulin Rouge, Lido de Paris, Crazy Horse, and Paradis Latin draw millions of tourists each year. The beautiful Seine River and its bank (UNESCO World Heritage Site) adds a stunning charm to this beautiful city along with the iconic Eiffel Tower which is the most photographed icon of the world. Add the amazing French Cuisine and the art of culinary dining to the exciting and ever-growing repertoire of attractions ranging from the exquisite palaces to modern day Disneyland theme park, Paris is certainly a paradise for travelers.
Paris’ isn’t accumulated in malls. As a matter of fact, if you are seeking a sopping gala in Paris, you will most likely see it in a street or a city market. For a shopping bonanza, visit these places in Paris:
Paris Flea Markets - Paris’ flea markets is the place for best bargains. The Saint-Ouen flea market, with its 2,000 stalls layered into 16 sub-markets, is the oldest flea market in Paris. It is also the biggest. From vintage attires to junk jewelry and to leather goods and rare books, this market is a warehouse for treasure. Do not consider it just another trash and treasure market; famous celebrities like Sharon Stone and Madonna have stayed to shop here.
Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli - When translated, Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli mean “the belly of Paris.” The place was formerly the venue for one of Paris’ famous open-air market. However, at the turn of the 20th century, the open market was moved and in place of it came into existence the gigantic Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli. Les Halles hides an elephantine mall named “Les Forum des Halles” in its basement. This mall accommodates some of the biggest fashion names.
Boulevard Haussmann - Boulevard Haussmann is a boulevard designed by the famous Baron Haussmann. The boulevard is home to high- and mid-range stores and boutiques. Paris’ famous Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps are located on this street. Its Marks & Spencer store is the biggest in the city and invites huge crowds.
Le Marais - Le Marais, the huge market located in Paris’s historic Le Marais, isn’t a place for people who search for labels and brands. Miles away from the world of commercial enterprise, this is the place for the lovers of antique arts. Home to countless beautiful art galleries and fashion boutiques (owned by upcoming designers), this place is for those with a keen eye.
Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honoré - Paris is the fashion capital of the world and Louvre- Tuileries is its most famous fashion street. Located close by the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Garden, this is the place to splurge and splash. From Versace and Lanvin to Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent, every high-end fashion label has a store here. The area has beautiful cafes where you can sit and sip a coffee once you are done with shopping.
Avenue Montaigne and Champ-Elysees - Avenue Montaigne and Champ-Elysees is called the most beautiful venue in the world. This stretch between Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde has most of mid- and high-range fashion stores. A scanning committee ensures that only those stores that guarantee high-quality products see the light of the day here. Stores include Zara, Cartier, Gap, Sephora, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Adidas, Benetton etc.