Shopping Streets

The most famous! Can I really avoid this one? Of course not! This avenue is very large, and offers a nice view on the Arc de Triomphe on one end, and on the Place de La Concorde on the other. It's quite nice at night, all lit up with the town and cars lights. Some people might think that it's a very "chic" place, but in fact, there is a quite important diversity in the shops as much as in the crowd walking up and down the street. You can meet there businessmen (and women!), because there is a …

This street is located in the 16th area, the "classical chic" area of Paris. This is a one way street, quite narrow but long enough to be tired of shopping at the end. You can get of La Muette or Passy stations, which are located nearly on each end of the street. Here too, in the variety of "boutiques" (this term means smaller shops, where the owners choose what they want to sell, and don't have to sell one name only like a franchised dealer), you can find nearly everything: shoes, clothes (a …

A long and large street in the 6th area. Between the station Montparnasse at one end and Saint-Germain des-Prés at the other end, you can also choose to get out of the tube at Saint Placide, Rennes, or Saint Sulpice stations! Tonnes of clothes, shoes, and accessories shops! If you're tired of walking in and out the boutiques, you're not too far from the nice and peaceful Jardin du Luxembourg!

This part of the Boulevard Haussmann, located between Chaussée d'Antin et Havre Caumartin metro stations in the 9th area, behind the Paris Opera (Garnier, not the Bastille Opera), is where the famous Printemps and Galeries Lafayettes department stores are standing. Cosmetics, fashion, home accessories, each floor has a thematic. If you're not tired yet, a lot of other shops around are going to welcome you, such as C&A, H&M, Zara, Benetton, Uniqlo and many more!

This discret street of the 8th area is between the Rond Point des Champs Elysées and Place de l'Alma (Alma-Marceau metro station) near the Seine. This is the place to find famous designers shops such as Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. Nothing cheap there!

Not especially known by tourists, I quite enjoy this large avenue of the 17th area, busy and lively. You'll find big names like Darty (home appliances) and Fnac (books, films, music, photo shop, booking tickets for shows), but also clothes shops (1.2.3, Naf-Naf), lingerie, shoes, bakery (Paul), supermarket (Monoprix), and typical brasseries or "sandwicheries" for a nice pause! You're not far from the Champs-Elysées, that you"ll find going up the Avenue de Wagram (from Place des Ternes …

Rue Saint Honoré, in the 1st area of Paris, is a "chic" place to shop. You've got expensive couturiers and more moderate designer boutiques.That's also where you'll find the trendy Colette (at n°213), a design emporium of clothing, art objects and electronics, with a photo gallery, a bookshop and an exhibition space. You can carry on walking toward the 8th area (with the Palais Royal in you back) where the street changes into Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. This long but interesting street …

The Rivoli street is one of the longest of Paris. It starts around the metro station and area of Saint Paul, in the 4th area, goes through the Hôtel de Ville and crosses the whole of the 1st area, passing along the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries. The first part of it is the most interesting, thanks to the numerous and various shops it offers, but also because it touches the Marais, one of the oldest and most typical place of the capital. A few houses are still standing since the …

Those Boulevards are perpendicular to each other and cross at the limit between the 5th and the 6th area, the Boulevard Saint Michel being this frontier. That's where the shops are quite numerous and interesting, with a young and laid back atmosphere. This is the area of the universities (La Sorbonne), that could explain also the number of bars and cafés, and bookshops. Take a walk in some little typical streets around, like Rue de la Harpe, Rue de la Huchette and Rue Saint Séverin.

It's not one street, but a few, around the Centre Pompidou, also called Beaubourg, which are going to attract you. You'll find huge shops selling a variety of postcards and posters, and funny clothes boutiques. You're in the 4th area, but carry on and cross the Boulevard Sébastopol and you'll arrive in the 1st area, at the Forum des Halles (created in the 70's), an underground shopping center built on several levels, with all the chain shops you can imagine. But this place does't have a …