Shopping in Paris by the Neighborhood
Surprising a lot of people, Paris is a top destination for Spring Break. Regardless of whether or not you’re on your way for spring break or any other season of the year, you’ll want to map out your shopping strategy in advance. Paris is divided into neighborhoods, or arrondissements, and each one has a unique character, special restaurants, and of course, shopping. There are a few, however, that stand out above the rest
Palais Royal, Front Lawn | ©Jonthan Khoo/Flickr
Where the 1st arrondissement meets the 8th on Paris’s Right Bank, the Rive Droite, is where you’ll find the best shopping strip. This fertile hunting ground includes the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the Champs-Elysées, which has seen many changes over the years, but it still the place to be seen. If you are near the Palais Royal, you’ll find a jewel of a collection of boutique shops around the garden areas of the palace.
Galerie Vivienne | ©Dorli Photography/Flickr
Located near the Palais Royal you can find the Garment District, which features amazing clothing bargains and some other unique shops. There is also a small collection of streets that are now closed to vehicle traffic and covered in glass. The Passage du Grand Cerf, between 145 Rue St-Denis and 10 Rue Dussoubs, is a place of amazement. From hippie retro stores to Asian-themed shops you’re bound to find something that pleases. Plus, don’t pass up on the food stalls.
Foule Rue des Francs Bourgeois | ©Damien Roué
Home to the Musée Picasso this neighborhood is a great place to find street art, particularly stencil graffiti, sprinkled on building walls and inside doorways. The upper Marais area, down near the 4th arrondissement features a large number of men’s clothing stores. Also look for the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, which is open on Sundays; a rarity in Paris. It features trendy fashion boutiques and outdoor dining opportunities.
Bastille | ©stephen h/Flickr
This is the neighborhood for lovers of art and food. Both the Pompidou Centre and the Bastille district are settings for up-and-coming artists and galleries, not to mention extremely talented street performers. You will also find the Marche aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux (the flower and bird markets) just on the north side of the Île de la Cité.
Shakespeare and Company | ©Olatz eta Leire/Flickr
Part of the Latin Quarter, the 5th arrondissement is also home to many of the cities educational and research establishments, like the Sorbonne. This means you’ll find plenty of budget shopping, apropos for someone living on a student’s budget. My favorite joint in the whole town is the eccentric and electric book store Shakespeare and Co., which you’ll find right down beside the Seine. For the young, and the young at heart, visit the cinema L’Épée de Bois (the Wooden Sword) on a street with the same name.
Opera House Entrance | ©Sam-H-A/Flickr
Home to many of the city’s big department stores, including Printemps’ flagship store. The 9th arrondissement is defined by the Paris Opera house, railway stations, and luxury hotels, but don’t pass up the Passage du Havre and the Rue de Caumartin for a modern Paris shopping experience.