Whether you’re crazy for haute couture or a fan of farmers’ markets, Paris offers some of the best shopping in the world. The city is bursting with cool concept stores, small designer boutiques, eco-friendly artisans, and centuries-old establishments. You can find everything here, if you know where to look. Our recommendations for retail therapy cover it all, from where to get fine foods and French pastries — did someone say macarons? — to Made-in-France fashions and beauty products. Here are the best places to shop in Paris like a local.
One of our favorite things about living in Paris is all of the excellent food, and we don’t just mean in restaurants. Speciality food shops sell all the French staples, both sweet and savory.
We’ve taste-tested around town and we’re sharing our selection with you so you know where to find the best bread, cheese, wine, and more along with the top places for pastries and chocolates. Fellow food lovers, here’s where to do your shopping in Paris like a local.
What better way to remember your time in the French fashion capital than with a souvenir you can wear again and again? We’re sharing our favorite places to buy chic scarves, hand-crafted handbags, beautiful blouses, and more so that you can always look and feel a little Parisian. Our local style mavens agree, for the best of Paris fashion, shop at these stores and then strut your stuff.
Make your home feel French by surrounding yourself with pieces from Paris. While you’re in the City of Light, spend a few hours treasure hunting at a local antique shop, browse handmade housewares in an elegant boutique, or pop down to a department store to pick up a print. These are the stores we turn to when decorating our Parisian apartments.
Bring a bit of Paris’s rich literary culture back home with you and support small local bookstores while shopping in the city.
Like everywhere around the world, sadly more and more bookshops are closing here in the French capital, but fortunately, these lovely librairies remain open, offering exciting stories in the pages of the books they sell as well as interesting tales of what’s happened between their historic walls. If you’re looking for new reading material or perhaps a journal to write in during your travels, you’re sure to love these Paris bookstores.
The French are known for their amazing beauty products, renowned for their fragrances, soaps, cosmetics, and skincare. Be sure to pick some up while in the City of Light so that you can treat yourself to Parisian-style self-care wherever you are in the world. Luckily, they come in conveniently small packages so you can stock up and still have plenty of room left in your suitcase for other purchases! Here are our local recommendations for where to shop in Paris for your beauty product fix.