Where to buy products ‘made in Paris’
The best way to feel like a Parisian is to buy local. The ‘Fabriqué a Paris’ label was created to distinguish products and objects produced in Paris that embody Paris’s identity and traditions. You’ll find it on edible treats like honey and ham, as well as wine and spirits, clothes, shoes, homeware and more unusual items such as bicycles and guitars.
For gourmet indulgence, head to La Grande Epicerie de Paris on Rue de Sèvres – it’s a landmark for Parisian food and drink. The Bonjour Concept Store in Oberkampf sells playful decorative items and a wealth of great gift ideas. For a mixture of the two, including stationery and beauty products, we have to recommend online boutique Faubourg 203. And no visit to Paris would be complete without a peek inside famous department store La Samaritaine, ideally situated between the Louvre and Notre-Dame, and now reopened after an ambitious renovation. View the city store directory here .
The French capital is equally famous for its flea markets – and the Marché des Puces in St-Ouen , just 20 minutes away from the city centre, is the world’s largest. No fewer than 14 individual markets converge for an open-air shopping experience like no other, where you never know what you might stumble upon and can enjoy anecdotes from the stallholders. Also in the wider Paris Region, admire and buy beautiful ceramics from the showroom at Sèvres . Take an exclusive tour of the workshops housed in a wing of the National Ceramics Museum, witnessing the exceptional skills passed from generation to generation of artisans since the 18th century.
Top shopping areas in Paris and its region
Great shopping can be enjoyed almost anywhere in Paris – but there are a few key places worth adding to your list. The ‘Golden Triangle’ between Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V is one of the most stylish districts, home to big brands and a discerning clientele. Live the Left Bank lifestyle in stylish St-Germain-des-Prés and visit the iconic Bon Marché department store. The historic Marais boasts boho and vintage stores galore, and for something edgier, head up to Montmartre for shops with a difference.
What about tax-free outlets? Just 30 minutes from Opéra or Place de l’Etoile by shuttle bus, One Nation Paris in Les Clayes-sous-Bois boasts over 400 brands at discounted prices. The ground floor is dedicated to streetwear and sports labels, while upstairs you’ll find high-end and luxury fashion. Another short transfer from the city takes you to fellow outlet La Vallée Village , near Disneyland Paris. Browse over 110 fashion and accessory boutiques here. What’s more, both outlets are open seven days a week!
*Saving combines VAT refund with a 5-10% cheaper price of goods compared with the UK.