When it comes to the epitome of looking effortlessly cool, let’s face it, the Parisians have nailed it down to a T.
Sophisticated, cool and always chic, Parisians have the ability to turn a mediocre outfit into something ready for that perfect Instagram shot.
That said, while having an elegant style doesn’t come easy to most of us, we can certainly try to emulate it by shopping the same way they do! Even if shopping isn’t your favourite activity, these areas also provide some great travel ideas.
Rue de Passy – the boutique area
Rue de Passy is in the 16th arrondissement and is one of the busiest shopping streets of Paris. As well as the bigger name brands, Rue de Passy is the home of ‘classical chic’ with its many boutiques along the narrow one-way street.
Though not the first choice to grab a bargain, the area’s filled with cafes, eateries and patisseries which would make for a good plan B!
You can reach Rue de Passy from La Muette or Passy stations, which are located nearly on each end of the street.
Rue de Rennes – the area with everything
On the left bank of the River Seine is the long and large street in the 6th arrondissement, otherwise known as Rue de Rennes.
This is the place where you can buy pretty much anything and everything! Whether it’s clothes, shoes, accessories, things for the home, you name it, Rue de Rennes has it.
What’s more, it’s highly accessible, with Montparnasse and Saint-Germain des-Prés metro stations at either end of the shopping street.
Avenue Montaigne – the expensive area
If you’re looking to go all out on some high-end designer brands, you’ve come to the right place.
In the 8th arrondissement is Avenue Montaigne, a somewhat unnoticeable street between the Rond Point des Champs Elysées and Place de l'Alma.
Come here to find your famous designers like Louis Vuitton, Dior and Chanel. For more information on the area, head to the local website.
Avenue des Ternes – the local area
Between Place des Ternes and boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr in the 17th arrondissement is the quieter shopping area of Avenue des Ternes.
You’re more likely to be around locals than tourists here (not necessarily a bad thing!) making it an ideal place to do some shopping — of the window or buying kind.
Here you'll find many ready-to-wear brands, shoe stores, as well as domestic appliances and the local supermarkets and patisseries.
Boulevard Haussmann – the mainstream area
Boulevard Haussmann stretches from the 8th to the 9th arrondissement, and is essentially the commercial hub of Paris.
Behind the Paris Opera is where you’ll find the big department stores, such as Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Expect to see well-known brands inside, alongside French favourites too.
In case you don’t get your shopping fill from these 2 mammoths of a shopping centre, the area’s also home to some familiar high street names like H&M and Uniqlo.