Au Printemps department store at Christmas time in Paris
There are hundreds, no, thousands of shops in Paris where you can find lots of jolie things. In fact this post could be divided into many, many parts, but for now, we’ll give you the best of the best. So, sit back and relax with your warm cup of your favorite cold weather drink – spiced tea, mulled wine or chocolat chaud and let us take you on a virtual guide of some of the best boutiques in the fashion capital of the world. Without further ado, here is TBF’s Paris shopping guide.
Paris Shopping Guide: Tips in Shopping the City of Lights
Best Department Store – Galleries Lafayette – 40 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
This department store is a must-see if you’re ever in Paris, even if you don’t plan to do any shopping. The main floor which houses makeup counters from the world’s most recognizable brands is indeed a sight to behold. With an incredible domed roof and some of the most beautiful stained glass we’ve ever seen, Galleries Lafayette should be at the top of anyone’s list, fashionista or not! Like any great department store, they also boast of a vast array of brands and carry everything any fashionista’s heart might desire. It would be impossible to have a blue Christmas in this sparkler and what better way to to keep warm than this nifty neckwarmer?
TBF insider tip: Galleries Lafayette offers free in-store fashion shows on Wednesdays! All you have to do is call and make a reservation +33 (0)1 42 82 34 56
Best Boutique Merci – 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris
Merci has to be one of our fave places to find unique gifts and great clothes. Trending a bit on the higher end price-wise, there are still lots of unique items to be found in this beautiful boutique in the super-hip, fashionable Marais neighborhood. There are three floors, two cafes and tons to choose from! Jewelry, cozy sweaters, and adorable stationery with the store’s name imprinted in red – “Merci” – the perfect thank-you card with a dash of Parisienne style. Browse the clothing, shoes and bijoux on the top floor, wander through the gift section on the 2nd where you can find some of the coolest accessories for your smartphone or iPod – fuchsia headphones, anyone? – peruse the home decor in the basement and when you’re all shopped out, head to one of the two cafes for a spot of lunch and un verre de vin rouge (glass of red wine). You’re in Paris, after all!