Shopping in Paris is always worth, especially if it is sales season!
Without a doubt, however, there are areas of the Ville Lumiere that represent a true paradise for our Parisian shopping (and not only).
A shopping weekend in Paris: the most famous destinations
The famous area of Champs Elysées: loved by tourists, it represents a sort of open-air commercial gallery where you can find almost all the famous brands, including beauty giants like a Sephora store that closes at midnight, dream of every beauty addicted. Not far from Champs Elyseés you can find the streets of luxury with all international brands: Rue du Faubourg Saint Honorè, Avenue Marceau and Avenue Montaigne, a dream for any woman.
I do not particularly love the area of the Champs Elyseés: it represents for me a succession of shops that I find also in Rome and not too Parisians. My shopping weekend in Paris always starts from Galeries Lafayette, behind the Opéra on Boulevard Haussmann, a masterpiece of Art Nouveau and the second most visited place in Paris after the Louvre. A stone’s throw from Galeries Lafayette, always worth a visit, the department storePrintemps, masterpiece of Liberty with a dome that enchants, then with a walk you reach the wonderful Place Vendome, temple of jewellery and extra-luxury watches. You can continue to the Carrousel du Louvre, a shopping arcade with 34 shops and 11 restaurants located underground between Louvre and Place du Carrousel.
A shopping weekend in Paris: magic places
From here skirting or crossing the beautiful gardens of the Palais Royal you will arrive at one of the most typical routes of Paris in 18th century: passages and galleries, ancestors of modern shopping malls, which have preserved all that charm and that often hide real gems for shopping. Built in 1823, according to the plans of the architect François-Jean Delannoy, Galerie Vivienne is listed among the historical monuments since 1974: 176 meters in length and under a zenith light that through the glass cover illuminates the mosaic floor of the time. Continue to the Passage des panoramas, the first covered passage in Paris: built in 1799, it has retained its ancient charm along its 133 meters of intense activity, where you can find restaurants, artisans, shops, maitre chocolatier and even theatres. Built in 1836, Passage Jouffroy is one of the most visited covered passages of the capital, with a beautiful architecture in iron and glass (the spinner glass roof immediately captures the attention) and the marble flooring. The passage has a great variety of activities: from Musée Grévin to Salon des Miroirs, an old Brasserie of the nineteenth century, from Hôtel Chopin to many book shops. Not to be missed is Valentin, a very popular tea room. The walk continues with Passage Verdeau, built in 1847 and continuation of the other two passages, Panoramas and Jouffroy. Antiquarians and unique shops (old books, postcards, collectors cameras, etc.) are illuminated by natural light thanks to the high coverage in fish-bone glass.
Charming accommodation for your shopping weekend in Paris: Hotel Parister
One of the dreams of every woman in Paris is not only shopping, but also a romantic dinner and charming accomodation, close to major Parisian attractions and shopping streets.
Hotel Parister is all of this: a beautiful, 5-star design hotel that not only offers a classy stay, in an excellent location to move around the most beautiful and emblematic areas of Paris, but also provides a weekend of deep relaxation thanks to the many services offered.
It starts from outside: internal gardens, very well designed, so green, that create corners of deep relaxation, almost intimate, in the heart of Paris (click to enlarge the gallery):
Hotel Parister combines all the pleasures of life: it starts from the eyes, with a design furniture and many artworks. We continue with the taste, thanks to a breakfast made with organic raw materials and of great quality, excellent, but also to a special menu of cocktails, for the evening, to entertain in couple or with friends, at the restaurant Les Passerelles.
Finally, your physical wellbeing: massages, SPA, Hammam, fitness area with personal trainer for yoga and exercises or cross-training, and a beautiful swimming pool of 20 meters open 24 hours.
Rooms are spacious, equipped with every comfort: from mattresses and pillows to the Nespresso coffee machine, from the large bathroom with separate bathtub and shower and with excellent beauty products to the mirror for the makeup worthy of a MUA, from the view on the green walkways to books of art available in the room, from Handy (the comfortable smartphone to call – also abroad – and use in the city) to room service.
What about kids? Even a 5-star hotel can accommodate children, making them feel not only special but also desired guests. They are not treated in a prim manner as the label of the 5 stars would require, but are welcomed (even in the pool) with warmth and tender smiles. And with real bio scrambled eggs at breakfast, according to Sissi “the best I’ve ever eaten!!” This is where Hotel Parister wins, especially if you are a couple with children, who wants an accomodation full of charm, romance and pampering without sacrificing sense of family with children.
A shopping weekend in Paris: sales and outlet
Sandro, Maje, Zadig et Voltaire and many others: here are all the addresses of outlets in the city (but also read my final tips, please!)
Clothes of the brand déstocké A-40%
Rue André Del Sarte, Paris 18
The latest collections Chloé à – 50%
8, rue J. P Timbaud, Paris 11
Maje Stocks, Claudie Pierlot, Les petites
-40% on last year’s collection
Rue de Marseille, Paris 10
The dancers of all colors, lowered to – 50%.
24 rue de Châteaudun, Paris 09
Stock Sonia Rykiel
About 40% less on articles from previous collections
64, rue D’alésia, Paris 14
Up to 60% less on previous collections.
92, rue des Martyrs, Paris 18
The collections of the current year at lower prices
82, rue de Réaumur, Paris 03
The shoes collections of the previous year are available at reduced prices
44, boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris 03
Stock Zadig and Voltaire
The women’s, men’s, children’s collections and accessories of the past seasons up to 40% less
22, rue du Bourg-Tibourg, Paris 04
Discounts on previous collections
18, rue de la Verrerie, Paris 04
Last year’s collections benefit from 30% less
26, rue de Sévigné, Paris 04
Children’s clothing collections up to 40% less
42, rue de l’université, Paris 07
In these years of travels to Paris I have visited them all but… outlets have never seemed too cheap, especially because often the clothes seemed a little ruined… going there may be worthwhile, but just if you’re in the area without making detours.
Another important topic are sales: really cheap, indeed very convenient! But remember that periods of sales are slightly different from Italy: for winter season they are in late January/early February while for summer in late June/early July. If you buy in the first few days you will find a good choice, while in last days you will find very few items (even if the discounts increase considerably up to 60%!)… if you want to save time I recommend Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, BHV Marais and Le Bon Marche: in one place you can find all the collections!