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The best shopping streets in Paris

Shopping in Paris is a must when visiting the fashion capital of the world. From fashionistas to art lovers, Paris is a city of choice. These are the 5 best districts and shopping streets for shopping in Paris.
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1. Le Marais - boutiques and concept stores

The trendy old quarter Le Marais is a true shopping paradise. In the picturesque shopping streets, you will find famous designer shops, but also a lot of special boutiques and concept stores. For the best shopping streets of Le Marais, walk down Rue du Turenne until you get to the junction with Rue du Vieille du Temple and Rue des Francs Bourgeois.

Boulevard Beaumarchais is home to one of Paris' most popular concept stores: Merci. Shop here for the trendiest designer items, from interiors to wardrobes. After shopping, enjoy a coffee in the charming neighbouring Book Store Café.

2. Saint-Germain-des-Prés – art and antiques

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th district, is one of the hotspots of Paris. This district was once populated by artists, writers and philosophers. Today, they live on the streets full of galleries, boutiques and shops selling antiques, home accessories and books.

Stroll along Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Bonaparte for art galleries, antique shops and bookshops. Stay south of Boulevard Saint-Germain, around Église Saint-Sulpice, for more affordable shops.

The quays of the Seine are the place to browse old books, prints and maps in the centuries-old stalls, the 'bouquinistes' of Paris.

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3. Montmartre – vintage and design

The artistic Montmartre is traditionally bursting with vintage shops, boutiques and designer shops. For the best shopping, start on Rue des Abbesses. Many boutiques of popular, new Parisian brands are located here. For vintage, go to Chinemachine, a phenomenon among vintage shoppers. And for retro comic books and vinyl, don't miss Le Ridea de Fer.

For lunch or a coffee, stroll from Rue des Abbesses to Rue des Martyrs in the trendy SoPi (South Pigalle) area. This area is teeming with coffee bars, bistros and trendy lunches. After lunch, pop into Rue Condorcet for more vintage clothes shops and hip brands.

4. Faubourg Saint-Honore – fashion houses and designer boutiques

Crazy about designer labels? Then be sure to plan some time for a visit to the iconic Faubourg Saint-Honore district. This is the shopping area of grandeur shops of fashion houses such as Gucci, Tom Ford and Balmain. But it is also home to more accessible labels, such as &Other Stories and numerous concept stores and designer boutiques from up-and-coming French designers.

The most expensive shopping street is nearby: the Champs-Élysées. Other famous shopping streets in this area are Rue Saint-Honore, Rue de la Paix and Place Vendome.

Still have some time to spare? In just 15 minutes' walk, you can be in Galeries Lafayette on the Boulevard Haussmann shopping street. This famous department store is worth a visit simply for the imposing neo-Byzantine cupola ceiling from 1912 and the roof terrace with a view of the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur.

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5. Saint-Ouen – antiques and curiosities  

Just outside the centre, on the border between arrondissement 17 and 18, you can wander around for hours at the world's largest flea market: Le Marché aux Puces. Spread over 7 hectares, this Puces consists of a whole collection of markets, each with a distinctive feel. Hunt for antiques, curiosities and bric-a-brac in the streets and halls full of shops, stalls and stands.

The Saint-Ouen flea market is open every Friday morning and all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday. A good place to start is Marché Vernaison on Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the market.

Fancy a shopping spree in Paris?  

Thalys will take you to the best shopping areas in Paris in just a few hours. The sooner you book, the lower the price. You can book Paris from € 35 one-way trip from Amsterdam. Are you departing from, for example, Schagen or Zwolle? Then buy a ticket from your boarding station and pay € 44 for a one-way trip.
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