What to do > Shop

There are many wonderful areas to shop in Paris, such as Rue du Bac, Rue de Sèvres and Le Bon Marché, but my preferred area has to be the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré which crosses the magnificent rue Royale and merges in to rue Saint-Honoré.

From affordable 5 Euro treasures to ultra luxurious must-haves, this street has everything a woman could ever wish for.

Here are some of my favorite gems you'll find throughout the city, listed by category.

Gorgeous Garb

Comptoir des Cotonniers

Comptoir des Cotonniers is known for its easy wear, comfort and, above all, trendy casual Parisian chic.  It holds well made basics with an affordable price tag to boot.

I have several of their pieces, one being a heavy cotton sweater. I was concerned with it keeping its shape and stretching over time; a year later and it's still perfect!


Location & how to get there

342 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Tuileries, Pyramides

Cotélac

J'adore my new dress from Cotélac!

This French boutique is full of beautiful fashionable and good quality clothing with reasonable prices to boot.  My dress was 195 Euros; not cheap, but not bad for some authentic trendy garb!     


Location & how to get there

284 rue St-Honoré, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre, Tuileries

Ekyog

I love my tops from Ekyog!  The cotton is extremely comfortable and their style is classic with a touch of trend.  

There are several locations in Paris. 


Location & how to get there

23 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Paul

Parisian Bags

Chanel

We landed mid-morning on Christmas Eve. Arriving at our hotel to find out that our room was not quite ready, we decided to part ways and purchase our stocking stuffers. Yes, we brought along our stockings to stuff in Paris. Why not! After hours of shopping the plan was to meet at my favourite boutique, Chanel on rue Cambon, just for a look.  Two glasses of pink Champagne later, I left with my Christmas gift: the Classic Mademoiselle Flap Bag! Ahhh!

 

If you are planning a Chanel purchase, there is no better boutique than the original located on rue Cambon.


Location & how to get there

31 Rue Cambon, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Madeleine, Tuileries

Fairmount

 The first time I entered this store my friend Andrea and I were overwhelmed by all the beautiful colours! We couldn't keep our eyes focused on one item. 

Here they have gorgeous leather and suede classics alongside trendy bags in any colour you can imagine. Regardless, I left... with a brown one! I can't understand why. But I do love my very-soft Fairmount Hobo bag! 

 


Location & how to get there

94 Rue du Bac, 75007 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Rue du Bac

Gerard Darel

The unpretentious "it" bag!  

Gerard Darel is a popular Parisian brand. You'll find many beautiful, understated bags in all colours, shapes and sizes to choose from. 

There are many locations in Paris. I prefer the one in Marais. 


Location & how to get there

41 Rue Francs Bourgeois, 75004 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Paul

Jerome Dreyfuss

My friend Julie is also a bag lover and came across this boutique the last time she was in Paris. She quickly filled me in.

I absolutely love their website! And because I can't get enough of hearing that little boy yell out Oscar, I'm getting one. So, on my next trip to Paris I will make my way to Jerome Dreyfuss and pick up one of their fun, fashionable and funky Parisian bags.

Update: On a recent trip, I did exactly that: I checked into my apartment and headed straight for Jerome Dreyfuss. The Oscar bag was sold out! However, there were many others which I loved. But I have to warn you, they are quite expensive! The small satchels start at 400 Euros. Yikes! But I still love them...

Update II: I bought the Bobi!!!! (The Oscar was not in stock.) I'm in love with my new bag. 


Location & how to get there

1 Rue Jacob, 75006 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Mabillon, Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Longchamp

The Longchamp brand is extremely popular, especially with tourists. Nevertheless, they are fun, practical and reasonably priced bags; taking out a second mortgage is not required in order to afford one!  

With many colours to choose from, the canvas tote bag is their biggest seller, and also makes for a great souvenir.

If it is leather you are looking for their selection of totes, handbags, back packs and clutches is endless.


Location & how to get there

12 Rue St Florentin, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Concorde, Madeleine

Louis Vuitton

My girlfriend Orla and I sat on Fouquet's (see Eat section) terrace for hours watching the people go by while nibbling on bread, cheese, meats, grapes and consuming lots of very nice French wine. All of a sudden, a visit to Louis Vuitton was necessary, and the rest is a bit fuzzy. But I believe it took only ten minutes before we were both proud owners of a brand new Neverfull Louis bag!  

This particular shop is the flagship store in Paris; four levels of Louis treasures! I do, however, prefer the boutique located beside Les Deux Magots on Place Saint-Germain des Prés. It's a little more intimate, less touristy and no line-ups! 

 


Location & how to get there

38 Avenue George V, 75008 | Website | Google Maps

Métro George V, Charles de Gaulle - Étoile

Pierre Boisset

For an orginal designer bag that costs a fraction of the other highend brands, Pierre Boisset is the place.  

I do not own one of his creations; however, I have had a really good look! They are beautiful bags.

 


Location & how to get there

22, Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe 75004 | Website

Métro Saint-Paul

The House of Moynat

I am a lover of bags – high quality, beautiful, classic leather bags. It is a very expensive passion, which is why I am the owner of only a few. I would take a bag over a bauble any day!

So it didn't surprise me one bit when, while I was walking down rue Saint-Honoré one day, a large glowing red leather bag sitting in a window display stopped me dead in my tracks. Ugh! Yes, please. My eyes scoured the store front, looking for signage. And for the first time I saw the name Moynat. 

Learning the history of the Moynat brand has been fascinating. The shop opened in 1849 and closed in 1976.

Keeping the fundamentals of Moynat the focal point, the team and its brilliant designer, Ramesh Nair, came together for approximately two years to rebrand the house. The concepts behind their new designs were inspired by the originals dating back to 1878. They quietly opened their doors again in December 2011.

The House of Moynat had returned in a most elegant way. Two designs I find intriguing are the men's Limousine Briefcase and the women's Pauline bag.

The concave base of the briefcase is derived from the original design of the limousine trunk made for automobiles with rounded roofs in 1902.

And the beautifully curved sides of the stylish Pauline bag were inspired by the Moynat trunks which were individually shaped to fit the rear of automobiles in 1914. 

The founders Pauline Moynat, Octavie and François Coulembier would be proud. I am proud and have only just been introduced to this world-class brand. Thank you Guillaume and Ramesh for providing me with such an incredible insight into the most wonderful world of Moynat. 


Location & how to get there

348 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris | Website | Google Maps

Métro Tuileries, Pyramides

Fashionable Feet

Chanel

On every trip to Paris I splurge on one item. I spend months saving my pennies and deciding on what those pennies will be spent on.

On my "Four Days in Paris" trip my splurge was Chanel ballet flats. I have always wanted them! After visiting three different locations I finally found my size. Yes! 

They are wonderful indeed!   


Location & how to get there

31 Rue Cambon, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Madeleine, Tuileries

Colisée de Sacha

I spent the entire summer in my wonderful Colisée de Sacha sandals!  The quality of their leather is excellent and extremely comfortable.

They also have a super fabulous boot selection...next time!


Location & how to get there

64 Rue Rennes, 75006 | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Fairmount

As you've probably noticed, I have also mentioned Fairmount in my bag section; however, they are actually known for their shoes.

 When you step inside you'll notice the outstanding quality of their goods.  The shoes are classic and the selection is extensive.

I couldn't help myself and left with a pair of  Car Moc's.


Location & how to get there

94 Rue du Bac, 75007 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Rue du Bac

Repetto

The Repetto ballet flat was inspired by the demi-pointe dancing shoe.  These elegant and timeless flats were created in 1947 by Rose Repetto and have become quite a sensation all over the world.

They are delicate yet extremely comfortable.  You will find them available in many colours and styles.

The beautifully designed boutiques are a joy to visit so put Repetto on your must-see list!

  


Location & how to get there

51 Rue du Four, 75006 | Website | Google Maps

Métro

Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier, with their ultimate classic shoes, keeps me coming back.  J'adore my Viviers! 

The beautiful boutique is located in my favorite shopping area, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré which crosses rue Royale and merges in to rue Saint-Honoré.  Shopping Heaven!


Location & how to get there

29 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Madeleine, Concorde

Specialty Shops

Astier de Villatte

Astier de Villatte makes my heart melt and is unquestionably my favourite shop in Paris!

This rustic piece of heaven holds the most wonderful hand-made pottery I have ever seen. Their simplicity is what makes them so desirable. These little pieces of art (cups, saucers, mugs, plates, bowls, vases, etc.) are mostly in white and there are many patterns to choose from. No two are the same.

Every time I'm in Paris I add to my collection, Alexandre.

 


Location & how to get there

173 Rue St Honoré, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre, Tuileries

Le Bon Marché

Not having visited Le Bon Marché for some time, I had forgotten all of the beauty and temptations it holds!

Opening its doors in 1852, it is the oldest and one of the most famous department stores in Paris.   Le Bon Marché  specializes in luxury fashion for men and women, furniture and highend gifts. A shoppers' dreamland.

 

If you are famished and cannot tear yourself away, try Le Café Littéraire.  A beautiful cafe located in the book department.

After spending a few hours enjoying every inch of this amazing structure, up and down the escalators a hundred times, and trying on too many shoes, I left with a gorgeous pair of Colisée de Sacha sandals!         


Location & how to get there

24 Rue Sèvres 75007 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Sèvres - Babylone

Les Ateliers d'origine

My friend Orla and I were wandering the streets of Marais and came across this sweet little shop full of hand-made tassels, pillows, sacks, blankets, fabric covered books, you name it. I love the variety of colours and left with several of her tassels.


Location & how to get there

2 place de Thorigny, 75003 | Google Maps

Métro Chemin Vert, Saint-Paul

Merci

Northern Marais, also known as "Nor-ma", ok maybe not, holds many secrets and less commercial shops such as Merci.  What a rarity! Merci is indeed one of the most interesting shops I have ever seen. Entering through a flower shop you find yourself amidst a shopping paradise.  You will find a collection of house wares, vintage clothing, shoes, used bookshop, café, furniture, linens and the list goes on. My favorite purchase is the napkin linens.  They also make for an excellent hostess gift or souvenir. 

A definite must see.

 


Location & how to get there

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Sébastien Froissart

Olivier de Sercey

Olivier de Sercey is a sweet little stationary boutique that has been in existence since 1870. I adore their birthday cards! 


Location & how to get there

96 Rue du Bac, 75007 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Rue du Bac

Papier Plus

An exquisite hand made paper shop! 

The notebooks are hardback and cloth-covered which are available in many different colours and sizes. The stationery is so original and fine you won't be able to make a choice.

I've purchased several souvenirs here which have all been well received!


Location & how to get there

9 Rue Pont Louis Philippe, 75004 Paris | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Paul

Exquisite Antiques

Antiquits

If you don't feel like trekking out to Saint-Ouen, you can find many antique shops throughout Paris. One of my favorites is Antiquits, a beautiful little antique shop where during my first visit I scooped up a painting within minutes! 


Location & how to get there

18 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 | Google Maps

Métro Anvers, Pigalle

Puces de Saint-Ouen

If you are interested in antiquing, I would recommend a guide. Unless, of course, you are experienced and/or adventurous and/or can speak the language. My delightful Parisian friend Isabelle can take you to one of the most famous and largest antique markets in Europe, Puces de Saint-Ouen. Here are literally thousands of vendors in approximately 15 various markets. I personally enjoyed the Marché Serpette for the gorgeous French country furniture. The Marché Serpette was also recently featured in Conde Nast for its vast variety of unique vintage baubles.

 
 


Location & how to get there

Porte de Clignancourt, 75018 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Porte de Clignancourt

Cosmetics and Accessories

Canzi

If you're looking for cosmetics you must visit Canzi, an organic and natural cosmetic boutique with beautiful bath products and skin care. Here I purchased an exquisite bath scrub only to have it confiscated by security at the airport. I packed it in my carry-on bag, a very stupid and expensive mistake! I was literally in tears and creating such a fuss that I envisioned I would spend a night in a Parisian jail. I left Paris that time feeling a little deflated. So learn from me: don't forget to check any liquid containers larger than 100 ml. Argh!


Location & how to get there

4 rue Ferdinand Duval, 75004 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Paul

Hermès

I absolutely love the Hermès' fun multi-coloured bangles.

Though I would very much cherish a Kelly bag I do believe I would lose a husband if caught spending $10,000 on a purse! I shall stick to the bangles. For all you women who can afford to indulge, I hate you.

By the way, Hermès costs much less in France than in Canada. 


Location & how to get there

24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Madeleine, Concorde

L'Occitane

Since 1976, L'Occitane has been an international hit. It is still my favorite when it comes to hand soaps. 

The brand originated in Provence, where the creator developed fragrances that were natural and authentic, my favorite being the citrus scent of Verbena.

Since it costs less to purchase this product in France than Canada I usually leave with several bottles.  

 


Location & how to get there

17 Rue Francs Bourgeois, 75004 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Paul

Lovely Vintage

Catherine B

If you are in the market for vintage Chanel or Hermès this is your shop. As you can imagine, her collection— after being in the business for over 20 years—is beyond impressive.   

When I walked in I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous Chanel blazers. All those beautiful blazers! I couldn't believe it. She also has shoes, belts, bags and jewellery. You name it, she has it. 

Next time I visit I won't be leaving empty handed!


Location & how to get there

1 Rue Guisarde 75006 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Sulpice, Odéon

Didier Ludot

Didier Ludot is an internationally-acclaimed vintage shop. Many say that its namesake and owner actually started the vintage craze. For that reason alone a visit is a must. It also helps that this beautiful shop is located under the wonderful arcades of the Palais Royal gardens. Carrying only French designer brands, at the shop you'll find handbags, shoes, sunglasses, accessories… and the list of desirables goes on and on.


Location & how to get there

33 Rue Valois, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre, Pyramides

Gabrielle Geppert

GG has every brand name you can think of; here you can find Roger Vivier shoes from the 60's, Herme's bags, (still over 4,000 Euros), Chanel bags and so much more. My jaw dropped as soon as I stepped inside and I don't think it closed again the entire time I was there.

However, I did leave a little embarrassed: I tried on this gorgeous little hat and was completely lost in how wonderful it looked on me only to have my husband poke my shoulder to tell me it belonged to another shopper! Oops – and she was French too! I bolted!


Location & how to get there

31 Galerie Montpensier, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre, Pyramides

For Foodies

Hediard

If you're looking for that perfect foodie souvenir you must visit Hediard. This fine food boutique offers many luxury products. 

My husband adores anything and everything with truffles! He is also a huge fan of Foies Gras, and there I found an endless supply of both. 

Hediard is also known for it's fruit jelly, cookies, jams and  assorted chocolates. Yum yum!

 


Location & how to get there

21 Place Madeleine, 75008 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Madeleine

La Grande Épicerie de Paris

The look on my husband's face as we walked into La Grand Épicerie de Paris was priceless. He is a true foodie and was instantly and completely overwhelmed. He started off walking straight in, then walked to the left, then to the right...he honestly had no idea what to look at first!

Forty minutes and three full shopping bags later, I had to drag him out.

It's a fantastic market and shouldn't be missed!


Location & how to get there

38 Rue de Sèvres 75007 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Sèvres - Babylone

Rue Cler

For all you foodies out there, I strongly recommend Rue Cler.

Rue Cler is an open market cobblestone-pedestrian street with many fruit, vegetable and seafood stands along with a wide variety of restaurants and cafés. You will find one of the best coffees in Paris here at Café du Marche, a pretty little café. (I just love their turquoise French bistro chairs!)

This market is located in the left bank and easily accessible.

If you wish some company, my friend Isabelle will take you to this food lover's paradise to assist in picking out your plat du jour! To guarantee the best selection an early morning visit is a good idea. (This is when staying in your Holiday France Rentals apartment would be ideal, you can cook your own fabulous dinner!)


Location & how to get there

Rue Cler, 75007 | Google Maps

Métro École Militaire

Book Worms

Librairie Galignani

Dating back to 1520, this book store claims to be "The First English Bookshop Established on the Continent". Though it has moved several times over the years, its current address since 1856 is on the posh Rue de Rivoli, directly across from the Tuileries gardens.

They have a vast selection for the English reader.


Location & how to get there

224 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Tuileries

Shakespeare and Co.

Not only will you find your next book at Shakespeare and Co., you might also be lucky enough to enjoy a reading from one of your favorite authors. A while back I had the pleasure of hearing Janet Skeslien Charles read bits and pieces from her book, Moonlight in Odessa. Every time I'm in Paris I check their events to see whose reading.

You will find the store quite crowded and jam-packed with books. The heavy awkward front door and creaking uneven wooden floors is the perfect depiction of what I love so much about Europe; old, imperfect and full of character.

It also has a fascinating history which you can find on their website.


Location & how to get there

37 Rue Bucherie, 75005 | Website | Google Maps

Métro Saint-Michel