Monday, August 3, 2015

Shopping in Paris - Favorite Shops!

Let's talk about one of my favorite things to do in Paris... Shopping!!
A Guide to Shopping in Paris - My Favorite Shops!
Shopping in Paris

Shopping on Rue St. Honore

Astier de Villate
173 Rue Saint Honore
This shop is the cutest shop full of handmade porcelain.  A lot of the porcelain is in white - their signature look.  But the white is NOT boring... they have interesting motifs.


This is what I carried home in my carry-on... these two cute little bud vases! J'adore them!


Herve Chapelier
390 rue Saint Honore
Ever heard of this brand?  It used to be kind of popular in the 90s.  They make great travel bags, beach bags, school bags, and lug-around-town bags.  I used to use one of these for my books in college. Tres chic. I get a bag from here every time I go. I can't help myself.
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Longchamp
404 Rue Saint Honore
Longchamp is a very French brand.  They make beautiful handbags and I'm sure a lot of you already own a Le Pliage bag.  But did you know they are a LOT cheaper in Paris??  For instance, the long champ le pliage large shopper is $145 in the USA.  In Paris, it costs 78 Euros which equals about 90 US dollars (Spring 2015).  If you spend over 150 Euros at this store, you can get the VAT tax back and save an extra 15%.  Just saying... this is a VERY FRENCH and VERY NICE gift for someone (or yourself)!  
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Anne Fontaine
370 Rue Saint Honore
Anne Fontaine is known for making beautiful white blouses.  They are timeless and classic.  They also have trendy designs too.  I highly recommend taking one home... just know they aren't cheap (uh, is anything in Paris?).
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Colette 
213 Rue Saint Honore
Everywhere I read on the internet before I left was about how "cool" Colette was.  Honestly, I didn't think that this store felt very French to me AT ALL.  It reminded me exactly like Kitson, a store in LA.  They had loud music blasting full of a lot ofAmerican brands. I'm sure a lot of people will think this store is cool, but to me it did not feel Parisian at all.  If you want nice clothes you can shop here, but if you want Parisian clothes, skip it.
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 Manoush
162 Rue Saint Honore
This is the cutest clothing store.  Ironically my cousin posted a picture on instagram when she went to Paris a few weeks after I did.   I totally recognized the dress she was wearing in the dressing room... it was from this store!  While I did not buy anything here, I would've loved to have something from here!
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These cute dresses were in the window display when I was there:
E. Goyard
233 Rue Saint Honore
This company is famous for their luggage and hand bags as well.  They have a famous print and if you're in to collecting suitcases or pretty bags you need to go there.
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Hermes
24 Rue de Fabourg Saint Honore
A lot doesn't need to be said about Hermes.  If you want to have the most fashionable scarf from Paris, you go here.
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Le Petit Bateau
9 Rue du 29 Juillet
This is a clothing store for children and babies.  But is is the cutest clothing store!!!  These locations are all over Paris and is where the Parisians buy stuff for kiddos.  If you want your toddler looking tres chic, check them out! (FYI, I wore Petit Bateau when I was little, my mom had me starting out in French fashion! Is that why I love Paris?). Also a some great gift ideas you can take home easily.  These locations are all over Paris.  You can check out the location finder here.
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Near Saint Honore... either a 10-15 minute walk...
Christian Louboutin
19 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 
Just like the Louis Vuitton, Louboutin's are also quite a bit cheaper to buy in Paris.  I had so much fun looking at all of the shoes... while there were quite a few pretty shoes, I didn't see any I couldn't live without.  I don't wear super high heels anymore.  However, next time I go I will be on the hunt for some pretty red-soled shoes!
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E. Dehillerin
18 rue Coquilliere
This is the oldest cooking ware store in Paris!  They have so many unique items here.  This is where Julia Childs bought her copper pans!  I wrote about it in a post here.  We bought several tart pans and wooden spoons.  If you like to bake or cook, head here for your souvenirs!  Just remember, you can't take knives or objects that could be used as weapons on the airplane!
Printemps 
64 Blvd Haussman
This is a large department store in the 2nd arr in Paris.  While we were there they were decorated in Spring pink celebrating their 150th birthday.  This store is HUGE.  They have many different places to eat inside.  If you know you want to buy lots of things under 150 euros, buy them all here so they add up to over 150 euros so you get your VAT back.
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Galeries Lafayette
40 Boulevard Haussman
This department store is just across the street from Printemps.  It was a ZOO. The tour group buses have this store on their maps so EVERYONE was there. It was so crowded I couldn't stand it.  But they did have some good deals on scarves here. If debating between the two dept stores, I would go to Printemps.  But my favorite dept store is Le Bon Marche in St. Germain.
Galeries Lafayette
Champs Elysees
Louis Vuitton
101 Avenue de Champs Elysees
Since I had last been to Paris, the shopping scene has changed.  The Champs Elysees seemed to be where all the super high end shopping was; now it seems it has moved to St. Honore.  But if you are looking to buy a LV purse, you MUST go to the headquarter store on the Champs Elysees. It's FIVE stories!  I wrote about buying a LV in Paris here.


St. Germain des Pres
Le Bon Marche
24 Rue de Sevres
This is the best department store in Paris.  They have everything and it is not very crowded like Printemps or Galeries Lafayette.
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Le Grand Epicerie
38 Rue de Sevres
If you are a foodie, you MUST go to Le Grand Epicerie which is the next store down from Le Bon Marche.  They had FIVE ROWS of jams and jellies alone.  I stood there just staring because I couldn't decide what jam I wanted to take home!

Check out all the different types of mini madeleine cookies! LOVE.
They have fresh fruits and veggies. It is a giant market.
I love how they have a cute little truck inside full of fresh items as if it were just hauled in on this truck!
Can I just say that I wish our strawberries were sold in these cute little containers? PLEASE oh please! Aren't these baskets the cutest?
This store is actually full of good ideas for souvenirs to bring home - you can bring a nice French jam (keep it under 3 ounces if you want it on your carry on!).  We brought home truffle salt too which makes a nice gift. They have tons of various types of honey - another good gift!  Even those little madeleine bags would be a nice gift.  Just don't bring home dried meats because I don't think customs will let you.

Le Jaquard Francais
53 Rue Bonaparte
We've all seen the pretty tablecloths that this company makes.  They have a nice store in Paris. I highly recommend going in!
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Faconnable
174 Boulevard Saint Germain
This is a nice store that mainly sells men's clothes.  I tried to get my husband to wear a scarf because his heritage is French - but he didn't want to. Sigh. So we got him a really cool belt here.  Very stylish store for guys!
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I've already discussed these stores above, but they have locations in St. Germain as well:

Hermes 17 Rue De Sevres
Herve Chapelier 1 bis Rue de Vieux
Louis Vuitton 170 Boulevard de Saint Germain
Longchamp 21, Rue du Vieux Colombier

Now, my favorite shopping in Paris is... Window Shopping!  I wish I took more pictures of the cute window displays.


Some of my loot... I love how they wrap everything like it's a present!
I love how pretty their wrapping is even for the simplest of items
Um. I like to shop. These are all of my goodies!

I hope you enjoyed my round-up of my favorite shops in Paris!  This is by no means bargain shopping - you don't go to Paris to look for bargains except at the flea market!  Where do you like to shop in Paris?

If you've missed a Paris trip post, catch them ALL RIGHT HERE on my new Paris Trip Round-Up!

Written at http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com

11 comments:

  1. Love it! I see you came home with a full suitcase of loot!

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    1. My suitcase was so full I could not squeeze one more macaron in it!

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    1. As long as the jealously is not green-eyed, then that is okay! We can live vicariously through others' travels.

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  3. My credit card would be in serious trouble if I set foot in any one these shops, let alone Dehillerin. I don't think they don't make a Longchamps bag large enough for me to haul my goodies home. I discovered the wonderful bargain the Longchamps bags are too while we were in Avignon. I must admit I brought home three, all in different sizes. It's amazing the price difference but also how many pretty colors they have in France I found what they call a cosmetic bag that I fell in love with because it's perfect to throw in the totes and it looks nice as a small bag on its own. I enjoyed this post very much.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. It's very nice to meet you. I'll be following you on Feedly.
    Sam

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    1. I was quite surprised with the price difference too! I fell in love with them, my husband got a new work bag and I did too! They have so many pretty colors it is really hard to choose! I don't have feedly, I guess I need to go check that out!

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  4. Hi Angelina! Thanks for the great places, tips and shopping ideas! Paris is on my bucket list, but for now I will vicariously though your travels! Thanks also for all the beautiful pictures!

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    1. I hope you can go to Paris some day! It really is a beautiful city, and you don't need to be fluent in French to make your way around!

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  5. *sigh* Oh, I would so love to go to Paris one day. Alas, my college French is rusty, and my purse is empty. Someday . . .

    Looks like you had a marvelous time!

    Hopping over from Thursday Favorite Things.

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    1. Well, I went over with a full purse and came back with a full suitcase... ;-) and my French is very limited, un croissant, s'il vous plait! Glad you enjoyed looking at my trip!

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  6. This was a really fun post! I'll add a store to your list: La Maroquinerie Parisienne. They have 3 floors of purses, many many brand names, all at a discount of 10-30% (colored dots indicate how much the discount is). Also, on the ground floor is a shop for men's wallets, briefcases, etc. They process your VAT refund, too. http://www.lamaroquinerieparisienne.eu/ A note on VAT refunds--you have to spend 175€ in the same store to claim the refund, not 150.

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