In France, the Sales season is limited to just 2 six-week periods each year. If you're lucky enough to be in Paris at the right time, you can get some great deals on everything from luxury brands to fast fashion. Here are our suggestions for shopping the sales during the 2019 'soldes.'
It’s officially the season of Les Soldes, the six-week sales period that comes around just twice a year. For 2019, the winter sales run from January 9 – February 19 with the summer sales stretching from June 26 – August 6. If you’re in town at this time, it’s the perfect chance to get some great deals in Paris. From world-renowned luxury brands to small local boutiques, nearly everyone participates, so prepare to do some shopping! Here are our tips for where to faire les soldes while in Paris:
Yes, even the crème de la crème of luxury brands gets in on les soldes, often offering between 20-40% off some of last season’s items. From Louboutin to Chanel and Louis Vuitton to Longchamp, all the famous names can be found around the Place Vendôme or along the Rue Saint Honoré. This oh-so-chic part of Paris lies north of the Tuileries Garden and extends west to the Palais de l’Elysées, the home of the French President. Needless to say, this area attracts a lot of tourists, window shoppers, and luxury-lovers alike.
Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris – Metro Tuileries
Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 – Metro Concorde
One of Paris’s main shopping streets, the Rue de Rivoli is roughly two miles long. Although it runs all the way from Saint Paul in Le Marais past the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde, most of the stores lie between Hôtel de Ville and the metro stop Louvre-Rivoli. Along the street, you’ll find shops selling mostly fast fashion, affordable accessories or beauty products. It can get very crowded though, so try to go in the morning during the work week.
For a somewhat less crowded shopping session, try the Rue du Commerce instead. Little-known by tourists, this tree-lined street in the 15th Arrondissement is a favorite among locals. Roughly 100 mid-range boutiques and budget-friendly brands sell men’s and women’s fashion, shoes and accessories, or beauty products and jewelry.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris – Metro Louvre-Rivoli
Rue du Commerce, 75016 Paris – Metro Commerce
This pleasant open-air shopping center is often overlooked by Parisians and tourists alike. Situated in the 12th arrondissement, Bercy Village is home to several home décor boutiques and clothing stores, and there are also plenty of great restaurants if you work up an appetite.
Address: Cour Saint-Emilion, 75012 Paris – Metro Cour Saint-Émilion
These four stores represent the historic Grands Magasins de Paris, department stores that date back to the second half of the 19th century. With impressive architecture housing several floors of designer clothing, accessories, home décor, beauty products, and gourmet goodies, these stores are like a shopping mall in and of themselves. You could spend all day shopping the sales, and even take a break for lunch, without ever having to step outside!
Printemps 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris – Metro Havre-Caumartin
Galeries Lafayette 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris – Metro Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette
BHV 52 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris – Metro Hôtel de Ville
Bon Marché 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris – Metro Sèvres-Babylone
Stay warm while doing your winter shopping in this recently-constructed indoor mall. Located on the Left Bank of the Seine in the 15th arrondissement, the Beaugrenelle Paris is light and airy with impressive contemporary architecture. This chic but edgy building is home to over 100 stores and restaurants, covering everything from home décor to fashion and beauty. Inside you’ll find prestigious Parisian brands like Ladurée and Guerlain as well as fashion-forward clothing boutiques and big-name chains. And to top it off, it’s just a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.
Address: 12 Rue Linois, 75015 Paris – Metro Charles Michels
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