Shopping in Gay PARIS

From fetish wear to high-fashion, Paris offers visitors an endless array of shopping experiences. Whether its browsing trendy boutiques in the Marais to exploring the flea markets in Saint-Ouen, after museums and monuments, Shopping is the top thing to do when in the city

Boulevard-Haussmann

Boulevard Haussmann, one of the many shopping zones in Paris, is where you will find the city’s finest department stores.


As you stroll through Paris you will notice how chic everyone looks and how effortlessly people carry off that certain look. From hipster boys to muscle hunks, its hard not to stare as the boys shop, party and relax along the Marais.The city has distinct shopping districts where you can pick up bargains, designer outfits and of course that little “je ne sais quoi” to take back home as a memory of your visit. Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honoré is where you will find all of the high end designer fashion stores who have made French haute couture the envy of the world’s fashion designers. Think Hermes and Saint Laurent.

Head to Boulevard Haussmann for the top department stores in Paris from Printemps to Galeries Lafayette. Stunning stores and an endless supply of consumer treasures.The Marais is home to the city’s trendier stores, antiques and fine art. High street fashion, chain stores and Sunday Shopping takes place long the Champs Elysees. Finally, the Saint-Ouen flea market is the city’s largest, and dates to the 19th century. Located at the very northern tip of Paris, les puces are an essential shopping stop.

It would be impossible to come up with any comprehensive shortlist of the best shopping in Paris, but here is a selection of our favourite shops in the city offering an eclectic taste of Paris.

  • When to Shop?

    All shops are usually open from 9am to 7pm. Stores are generally open on Sunday in two top Paris shopping districts: Champs Elysees and Le Marais. Paris sales take place in January and July.

  • Traditional Paris Markets

    There are more than 58 different markets in Paris. Most are open between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. – and never on Mondays. The Saint Ouen Flea Market (Porte de Clignancourt, 18th arrondissement ) is the most famous.

  • What we love!

    Parisians prefer to buy much of their food from specialty stores, such as bakeries (boulangeries), butcher shops (boucheries), cheese shops (fromageries). Paris is famous worldwide for its artisan foods.

Hugo & Victor St. Honoré Paris

Hugo & Victor St. Honoré

7, Rue Gomboust, 75001 – Fancy something delicious to eat?

Hugo & Victor is indeed a far cry from traditional PASTRY shops. It offers a world of its own: a true gourmet Pastry shop. Frédéric Béal, Hugo & Victor’s sommelier has selected wines to match, confront or exalt each flavor. Not just a sweet bite, but a whole tasting experience.

MON – SAT: 9 A.M. – 8.15 P.M. SUN: CLOSED www.hugovictor.com

Mariage Frères Étoile

260, Rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 – Time for tea?

Mariage Frères, France’s oldest tea house, is now the world’s most exclusive luxury tea merchant. Over 600 varieties of rare teas are laid out apothecary style. Around the store you will feel and find the tempting tea flavoured and tea scented products and a large choice of beautifully designed tea accoutrement and exquisite tea cuisine and patisserie where tea is imaginatively employed by their chefs.

MON – SUN: 10.30 A.M. – 7.30 P.M. www.mariagefreres.com

Mariage Frères Étoile
Nose

Nose

20, Rue Bachaumont, 75002 – Smell like a superstar!

Born from a team of beauty professionals and enthusiasts, Nose is centered around a single idea: running personalized perfume diagnostics. With a surface of 175 m2, the store is located right in the middle of Paris’ 2nd arrondissement. Nose offers an exceptional collection with more than 50 brands of rare perfumes, cosmetics and home fragrances, as well as perfume diagnosis for discovering the fragrances most suited to one’s profile.

MON – SAT: 10.30 A.M. – 7.30 P.M. SUN: CLOSED www.nose.fr

Cire Trudon

78, Rue de Seine, 75006 – Candles for every occasion!

In 1643, a merchant named Claude Trudon arrived in Paris. Through a fortunate marriage, he became the owner of a store in rue Saint-Honore, in the Saint-Roch’s quarter. In addition to grocer, he was also a wax merchant and supplied his customers with domestic candles and candles for the parish. Trudon developed and perfected his know how to produce candles of the best quality.

MON – SAT: 10 A.M.- 7 P.M. SUN: CLOSED www.ciretrudon.com

Cire Trudon
Pierre Talamon

Pierre Talamon

15 rue du Temple, 75004 – Get the French Look!

Born from a team of beauty professionals and enthusiasts, Nose is centered around a single idea: running personalized perfume diagnostics. With a surface of 175 m2, the store is located right in the middle of Paris’ 2nd arrondissement. Nose offers an exceptional collection with more than 50 brands of rare perfumes, cosmetics and home fragrances, as well as perfume diagnosis for discovering the fragrances most suited to one’s profile.

MON – SAT: 10.30 A.M. – 7.30 P.M. SUN: CLOSED www.nose.fr

BHV Homme

36 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 – Our favourite in Paris!

BHV Homme is the Multi-floor Department Store on the next street north (behind) the huge flagship store on the rue du Rivoli. As its name indicates, it is a store entirely dedicated to men. Take Neiman Marcus, Macys, Lord & Taylor, Saks and add a large dose of French flavor and voila! They have everything a man needs to survive! If you lose your luggage head here first for everything you need from head to toe. Head to Bert’s Cafe in the store for a rest after wearing out your credit cards. ‘(¿)

MON – SAT: 10 A.M.- 7 P.M. WED 10:00 am – 9:00 pm www.bhv.fr

BHV Homme
Amusement

Amusement

3 bis rue Papin 3e – Geek Chic!

If geeks had their own shop in paradise, it might look like Amusement, the Gaîté Lyrique’s ‘creative-shop’ (Paris’s avant-garde digital arts centre) selling everything from Star Trek Monopoly and Rubik’s cube mats to old-school Polaroid cameras and wacky electronic key-rings and memory sticks. The cherry on the cake, however, is the personalized video game service. Tell the team what games you like and they’ll make a new one just for you (pre-order at amuse_me@amusement.fr).

TUE – SUN 2pm-8pm www.gaite-lyrique.net/

IEM Marais

16 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 – French fetish?

IEM is impossible to miss. The store located at Rue St Croix de la Bretonnerie is in the heart of the Marais. A fetish emporium par excellence, the gigantic Tom Of Finland illustration on the front of the building offers you a taste of what to expect in store from fetish wear, underwear and more. This small store is stocked to capacity with friendly staff and sexy outfits.

OPENING TIMES VARY CHECK WEBSITE. – www.iem.fr

IEM Marais

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette

40, Blvd. Haussmann, 9th arrondissement – Shopping heaven!

First inaugurated in 1893, the Galeries Lafayette department store is a Paris fashion institution. Located near the stately Opera Garnier, this is an essential stop for fashion enthusiasts: men and women’s designer collections are always kept at the cutting-edge, and the latest trends in jewelry and accessories, home furnishings, or cosmetics can all be perused under one roof. Galeries Lafayette also houses one of Paris’ gourmet food markets, Lafayette Gourmet, that will be sure to tempt foodies. Modeled after a middle eastern bazaar, the store flaunts elegant Belle Epoque architecture.

OPEN DAILY (Except Sundays) – www.galerieslafayette.com

Le Bon Marche

24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 – Label Shopping!

Le Bon Marche store caters to the design lovers of Paris. The beautiful interior showcases Dior, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and a host of other designers. It is designed in small boutique areas with staffing to address any need you express in finding clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories galore to outfit you in the latest designs. Needless to say that all comes at a very high price but if you want to find what is hot in Paris this is a place to check out.

OPEN DAILY (Except Sundays) www.lebonmarche.com

Le Bon Marche

Recommended Hotels in Paris

Book your Paris hotel well in advance.

Rates tend to climb during peak Season and special events, the earlier you book, the better the rate, last minute deals are hard to find.

Ritz Paris
5 Star, Luxury

Ritz Paris



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Located in Paris, 500 m from Opéra Garnier, Ritz Paris features a selection of bars and restaurants, a fitness center and a spa and wellness center which includes a pool, sauna and massage facilities. The hotel also features a garden

L’Empire Paris, 4 Star
Perfect Location

L'Empire Paris



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Located 300 m from the Louver Museum and 21 m from shopping on the Rue de Rivoli, L’Empire Paris offers air-conditioned guest rooms with LCD satellite TV & free WiFi. A smartphone with free internet access & free international calls is provided.

Hotel du Petit Moulin
4 Star, Boutique Hotel

Hotel du Petit Moulin



Booking.com

Located in the Marais district of Paris, Hotel du Petit Moulin is a boutique hotel entirely decorated by Christian Lacroix. The Picasso Museum is only 300 m away and Noter Dame is 0.9 mi from the hotel. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout

Hôtel Le Relais des Halles
3 Star, the Heart of Paris

Hôtel Le Relais des Halles



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In a pedestrian street in central Paris, Hôtel Le Relais des Halles Paris is just over a quarter mile from the Georges Pompidou Museum. It features individually decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi access & antique-style décor. Facilities for making tea

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