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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

Paris has been catering to the fancies of the wealthy for centuries, and thanks to French haute couture brands like Chanel, Dior and Givenchy, it’s still associated with luxury shopping today.

But there’s loads more to discover than just posh shops. Stroll the Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Pres and South Pigalle to find gorgeous indie fashion boutiques, or seek out one of the city’s chocolate shops, bookshops, kitchenware boutiques or quirky concept stores selling everything from sustainable clothing to make-up and furniture.

In the 19th century, Paris was the birthplace of the French department store, and its legacy lives on in some of the most famous shopping spots in Europe. And of course, there are the fabulous markets too – from weekly food stalls to vast antiques bazaars.

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A la Mere de Famille

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

A classic vintage Paris candy store front À la Mère de Famille with Dark Green facade and appetizing samples in window

There are old-fashioned bonbons, jellied fruits and chocolates galore in this historical sweet shop, founded in 1761.

Best for ages 4+

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Galeries Lafayette

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Interior of the centre of the mall with four floors of shops and beautiful glass dome

Chic department store with a dazzling Art Nouveau cupola, famed for its food court, luxury fashion brands and rooftop restaurants. Paris’ most famous shopping destination.

Best for ages 18+

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St Ouen Flea Market

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Internal view of a warehouse with two floors of stalls

The largest antiques market in the world, with serpentine alleys lined with shops and stalls of curios, knickknacks and furniture.

Best for ages 13+

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Le Bon Marche

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

A front view of the best shopping mall Le Bon Marche on a sunny blue day

Ultra-chic department store, with architecture by Eiffel and stylish fashion displays, plus an adjacent luxury supermarket and eateries.

Best for ages 18+

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: Any

Who to go with: organised tours

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Teen Shopping and Fashion Accessories Tour in Paris

Paris

Teen Shopping and Fashion Accessories Tour in Paris
Girls, are you looking for something that just screams "I got this in Paris"? Make your best friends green with envy when you arrive home from your trip to Paris with the latest, funkiest fashion. You'll visit places known only to the savviest Parisian teenagers, and find the hippest French brands on this three-hour shopping tour. It's no wonder this tour is such a hit with teenagers and moms!

Price: €140

Min age: 13

Rating 4.26 / 5 [38 ratings]

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The Fashionista Experience: Personal Shopping and Styling Experience in Paris

Paris

The Fashionista Experience: Personal Shopping and Styling Experience in Paris
The Fashionista Experience is THE quintessential Parisian shopping experience in the heart of Paris’ Marais area. We’ll visit unique boutiques carefully selected based on your personal style and taste. Perfect as a treat for yourself, a fun activity for you and your girlfriends, or a gift to the beloved fashion-lover in your life. Beyond the show-stopping fashion pieces you'll get to browse and claim as your own, this experience wouldn't be what it is without me. My name is Linda, and I'm a stylist, expert, and curator of Parisian Chic. During our session, I leverage my years of experience as a personal shopper and stylist and offer you personalized advice on how to incorporate Parisian Chic into your wardrobe, as well as the items that best suit you, your personal taste, and your lifestyle. I make it my mission to ensure that you leave the experience feeling satisfied, confident, and inspired.

Price: €230

Min age: 18

Rating 4.87 / 5 [24 ratings]

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The Fashionista Experience: Personal Shopping and Styling in Paris (Teenagers)

Paris

The Fashionista Experience: Personal Shopping and Styling in Paris (Teenagers)
The Fashionista Experience is THE quintessential Parisian shopping experience in the heart of Paris’ Marais area. We’ll visit unique boutiques carefully selected for teenagers. Perfect as a treat or fun activity for you and your beloved teenager. Beyond the show-stopping fashion pieces you'll get to browse and claim as your own, this experience wouldn't be what it is without me. My name is Linda, and I'm a stylist, expert, and curator of Parisian Chic. During our session, I leverage my years of experience as a personal shopper and stylist and offer you personalized advice on how to incorporate Parisian Chic into your wardrobe, as well as the items that best suit you, your personal taste, and your lifestyle. I make it my mission to ensure that you leave the experience feeling satisfied, confident, and inspired.

Price: €250

Min age: 14

Rating 4.91 / 5 [24 ratings]

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Private shopping tour at the Paris Antique Flea Market

Paris

Private shopping tour at the Paris Antique Flea Market
Get lost in Paris' Saint-Ouen Flea Market (Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen) without literally losing your way on this private guided tour of the city's top destination for vintage shopping. You'll discover a wealth of clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, and more across 14 different sections and more than 2,000 shops with the help of an in-the-know guide, who customizes your experience to help you make the most of the best vintage shopping in Paris. When booking, select a morning or afternoon tour time.

Price: €165

Min age: 6

Rating 4.88 / 5 [17 ratings]

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Paris

Ile-de-France, France

Aerial view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in frame against a beautiful golden sunset

Crammed with iconic buildings, world-class art and a culinary scene steeped in history, Paris is one of the world’s great capitals, overflowing with style, romance, and art de vivre.