The village-like charms, excellent boutiques, cafés and pretty streets that you’ll discover in the 7th arrondissement between the Champ de Mars gardens and the Esplanade des Invalides makes this our favorite neighborhood in Paris. Most of our apartments are located nearby, where you’ll experience the authentic Parisian lifestyle that we love. Enjoy strolling along the Rue Saint Dominique and Rue de Grenelle, both lined with lovely shops, restaurants and cafés. Be sure to walk up and down the small cross streets as you explore this neighborhood.
Don’t miss visiting the famous Rue Cler market street in the 7th arrondissement. We think you’ll fall in love with the charms of this neighborhood just as we have! Rue Cler has a wonderful selection of food shops, including Davoli (fabulous Italian delicatessen), La Sablaise Poissonnerie (one of the finest fish merchants in Paris), several fruit and vegetable shops, our favorite cheese shops, Oliviers & Company (lovely olive oils), Le Repaire de Bacchus wine store, A la Mère de Famille Chocolatier, Famille Mary Miel et Nature (natural shop specializing in honey) and many more. Be guided by an expert and taste many of the delicious treasures this area has to offer with our 7th Neighborhood Gourmet Food Tour gaining the insider’s knowledge you’ll need to really experience the taste of Paris. (See more about Rue Cler in the Best Open-Air Markets and Food Shopping Streets in Paris section below.)
When it comes to Paris fashion, the Triangle d’Or is where every woman dreams of shopping in Paris. This shopping mecca is formed by Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue Francois 1er in the 8th arrondissement just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. This is the heart of Paris’ Haute Couture shops and the finest fashion houses in the world, including Dior, Chanel, Ferragamo, Dolce e Gabbana, Prada, Valentino, Bulgari, Gucci and many more. The Grand Couturiers (major designers) of Paris are mostly clustered around the famous Avenue Montaigne. When you shop in the Triangle d’Or in Paris, there are so many flagship stores on this street that you will be overwhelmed with the Paris shopping possibilities.
Yves Saint Laurent made a monument of their flagship store in Paris, where one of Paris’ most influential designers established his headquarters. Continue your Paris shopping spree at Bulgari where you’ll find their gorgeous jewelry on display. Shop at S.F. Dupont for the most prestigious writing instruments in the world. Shopping in Paris for luxurious designer linens? Porthault Linens (Linge de Maison) is based here. Looking for that special perfume in Paris? No problem! Caron’s shop, located in the Triangle D’Or of Paris, is a French institution for Parisian women.
Continue your Paris Shopping excursion around the corner on Avenue George V where you can shop at Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gianfranco Ferré, Givenchy, and Kenzo. Along Rue Francois 1er, enjoy shopping at Rochas, Courrèges, and Balmain on this beautiful street.
Head toward the Champs Élysées to shop at trendy Zara and the last word in cosmetics, Sephora’s flagship store. You will pass the Louis Vuitton flagship store and won’t be able to resist a stop, even if it’s just to enjoy a look at their gorgeous luggage and bags.
For an elegant break during your Paris shopping spree in the Triangle d’Or, stop in at the legendary Four Seasons, George V or the Plaza Athénée (famous for the last episode of Sex and the City) for tea or a three-star meal!
RUE DE RIVOLI, PALAIS ROYAL & PLACE DES VICTOIRES
The 1st arrondissement is a heavenly spot for shoppers! Elegant and trendy shops line the refined Rue de Rivoli, popular Place des Victoires and surround the beautiful gardens at the Palais Royal. Located within easy walking distance of the Louvre Museum, these are spots dedicated shoppers won’t want to miss!
Rue de Rivoli
Only in Paris can fashion, shopping and elegance be combined in such a fabulous way like the arcaded Rue de Rivoli running along the Tuileries gardens and Louvre Museum. Walking down the shop-lined street, be prepared to find so many stores you won’t be able to visit them all in one day. And it doesn’t even end there, because then you have all the side streets to explore, which are filled with tons of original boutiques and fashion stores. Follow Rue de Rivoli all the way to the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville where you’ll find BHV – one of the biggest department stores in Paris where you’ll find fashions, home décor and everything in between (See Department Stores section below for more details)
Jardin du Palais Royal
After a day of visiting museums and shopping, the peaceful Jardin du Palais Royal is a wonderful spot to rest. Surrounded on three sides by arcaded buildings, the Palais Royal gardens are more intimate and private than the larger Tuileries Gardens nearby. After relaxing in the beautiful garden setting, explore the surrounding arcades lined with restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.
Place des Victoires
The Place des Victoires is an elegant circle designed in the 17th-century by the well-known French architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect behind the splendor of Versailles. Situated on the border between the 1st and 2nd arrondissements, the Place del Victoires is located in an upscale neighborhood filled with shops by some of Paris’ top designers as well as boutiques by up and coming and cutting edge designers. Enjoy window shopping along the refined streets around Place des Victoires.
Place Vendôme is one of the seats of elegance in the 1st arrondissement. This grand square is surrounded by 18th-century arcaded buildings and at the center stands the tall column built by Napoleon to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Austerlitz. For a taste of opulence, stop by the Ritz Hotel, where you can find Michelin starred restaurants and a wonderful bar to relax in. If you’re staying in one of Paris Perfect’s luxury rental apartments near Place Vendôme, you can enjoy all of the perks of the neighborhood without breaking the bank with a stay at the Ritz. Stroll around Place Vendôme, where you’ll find some of the biggest names in fashion and jewelry in the world, including Cartier, Bulgari, Chanel, Tiffany’s, Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rolex, Montblanc and many more.
Once described as “the belly of Paris” by Emile Zola, the Forum des Halles used to be Paris’ main market, selling fruits and vegetables for restaurants throughout the city. This area was transformed in the 70s into a multi-level underground shopping center dominated by the curves of the modern glass and metal designed building. While not very intuitive to navigate, this popular shopping area features small boutiques, trendy large chains as well as restaurants and cinemas. Above Les Halles is a large pedestrian area with many open-air cafés and bistros. Settle down at an outdoor table on a sunny day and you can sit out for hours and watch the world go by.
Enjoy the lively street scene along the Rue Montorgueil market street, where you’ll find everything you need for a wonderful meal at your Paris Perfect apartment. This neighborhood is filled with inviting cafés and restaurants ideal for taking a shopping break to enjoy a moment of Parisian daily life.
Explore this area in a different light with our Dark Side of Paris Walking Tour.A historical look at these now modern streets, telling the gruesome tales and dark secrets that Paris has been hiding.
Forum des Halles
This huge underground shopping center is a popular spot for finding the latest fashions all under one roof. You’ll find Kookaï, Benetton, Zara, Naf-Naf, Promod, Princesse Tam Tam, Mango, Sephora, Etam, H&M, Manfield, Darjeeling, Celio, André, Esprit, Du Pareil au Même, Pimkie, Quicksilver, L’Occitane and many more.
PLACE DES VOSGES & LE MARAIS
Once the haunt of old nobility, the Le Marais neighborhood in Paris’ 3rd and 4th arrondissements is a lively neighborhood known for its trendy boutiques, vintage shops, restaurants and vibrant gay community. Tourists and Parisians alike crowd the narrow pre-Revolutionary streets to absorb the atmosphere of this quaint neighborhood. Sunday morning is a popular time for strolling along the streets when many of the shops are open, which is unusual in other parts of Paris. Start your stroll in the picturesque Place des Vosges, a beautiful historic square surrounded by an arcade lined with a great mix of elegant and artistic shops. Top-Tip from us – take advantage of the Marais Walking Tour, an introduction to one of the trendiest areas of Paris. Guided by an expert, you can explore the fascinating history of the area whilst noting down the hottest fashion stores as you pass by to revisit after and shop like a real local!
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