Maison et Objet is becoming closer and it seems the right time to start planning your Parisian trip. We cannot talk about Paris without thinking in luxury shopping. That’s why we suggest you the top 10 best luxury shopping spots in Paris, that you cannot miss.
1. Antica Flea Market
Paris pays homage to the gypsy lifestyle by playing host to some of the most interesting and special “flea markets” around. While Antica is a small marketplace, its unique selection of objects and treasures, hidden in a hushed atmosphere makes this market truly worth visiting. There are only a dozen or so stands here, inviting you to discover their beautiful objects, tapestries, ornaments, Art Deco, Napoleon III and more.
2. Avenue Montaigne
Avenue Montaigne, located just off of the Champs-Élysées, has been considered the grande dame for high fashion and accessories for more than 30 years. Today it’s even considered more important than rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, is onde of the best luxury shopping spots in Paris. The avenue is home to almost every well-known designer and high-end boutique. Luxury brands like Céline, Chanel, Vuitton, Valentino and Robert Cavalli all have storefronts here along with many other stylish shops and restaurants.
Even for the most jaded shopper, no trip to Paris is complete without a stroll down the Champs-Elysées, arguably the grandest boulevard in the world. Not to be missed is the Louis Vuitton flagship store, not at all typical of the small boutiques that give Paris so much character, but truly reflective of the breadth and scope of the products that LV distributes worldwide.
4. Le Bon Marché
If Le Bon Marché doesn’t set your heart aflutter, then it’s debatable whether you really belong in Paris. Staking out a prominent corner in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the department store distills the essence of Parisian elegance and luxury underneath one breathtaking art-deco glass ceiling. Like most things in the French capital, Le Bon Marché carries with it significant cultural history.
Through narrow streets lined by ancient townhouses, The Marais district is a great place to wander around and shop among unique boutiques in the city’s old Jewish quarter. The trendy shopping district is filled with a number of high-end shops and tasty dining venues. It’s also one of the few places in France that goes against tradition and remains open on Sundays. Find shops like Couleurs & Cachemire, Simonne & Lisa B, Phylea, Metamorph’Ose, La Squadra and children’s fashions at Niou, where you’ll find perfect luxury goods to fulfill your needs.
6. Palais Royal
Although extremely historic, Palais Royal is no longer just a place for old-world antiques and objects, but now plays host to some of the most expensive boutiques in Paris. If you’re looking for something vintage you can’t miss the popular Didier Ludot, where you can find that perfect black cocktail dress or a vintage gown by Chanel. Nowhere else can you find the perfect vintage garment, the hottest pair of jeans, custom mink-lined gloves, and have your initials engraved on your own bottle of enticing perfume all under one roof.
7. Place Vendome
One of the most famous squares in Paris, Place Vendôme is linked with the history of France and was commissioned by King Louis XIV in 1685. Designed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart, the square is surrounded by mansions and salons right in the center of the capital. Luxury brands such as Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet, Cartier, Guerlain, and Chanel have all taken up residence among its corridors. It is also home to the Hotel Ritz and the Palais de l’Élysée (the President’s residence). Place Vendôme was also the residence of such famous people as author Ernest Hemingway, composer Frédéric Chopin, author George Sand and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
For those who love shopping in Paris, Printemps is a unique experience! Three buildings, comprising one department store, dedicated to French chic fashion. Discover the French creative touch and find the trendiest luxury brands like Kenzo, Dior, Chanel, Gucci, YSL, Pucci as well as young designers like Paul & Joe.
Printemps is the unrivalled shopping destination for fashion and luxury in the heart of Paris, minutes from the Opéra and the Madeleine. Shopping addicts will love the three buildings and 27 floors with over one million products and 3,000 must-have brands.
9. Rue de Rivoli
For the shopper who has been to Paris multiple times as well as for someone for whom it is the first visit, the rue de Rivoli offers surprises for both. The experienced shopper should head for #224 which is Galigiani, Paris’ famed international bookstore, stocked with the most beautiful and provocative fashion and art books perhaps ever seen in one location. For the first-time visitor to Paris, the rue de Rivoli is a tourist’s delight filled with shops selling souvenir Eiffel Towers in multiple sizes as well as a myriad of trinkets, umbrellas, t-shirts and other such paraphernalia.
10. The Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré includes some of the most exquisite houses of couture fashion. Once you cross the rue Royale and pass Gucci, FBG becomes rue St. Honoré. Here you’ll find stores like Colette, the trendiest boutique in Paris and an informal hipster gathering place. Although it’s easy to pass up this relatively nondescript road, Saint Honore is actually one of the most fashionable areas in the world and a must-see in your luxury life, with stores like Hermes, Lanvin and Roger Vivier calling the avenue home.
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