Paris, France is the fashion capital of the world. It is no wonder, then, that people flock to Paris to browse and purchase the up and coming fashion trends. With a plethora of department stores, boutiques and street vendors scattered throughout each neighborhood, it can be tricky to choose the appropriate shopping destination. Here are a few locations that every Paris shopper should check out at least once.
Located next to its rival Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, Printemps is one of the most popular department stores in all of France. The store underwent a massive renovation period in 2006, when stonecutters, glassmakers, mosaic artists and other artisans were called in to preserve and update the beauty of this historic site. Printemps carries clothing lines by local and international designers, as well as furniture, jewelry, linens and shoes.
At 4,544 feet, Daumesnil is easily the longest open-air market in Paris. It is also an excellent place to stock up on fresh produce sold by friendly street vendors. The extra space makes Daumesnil a great venue for a variety of events, such as European Heritage Day.
Le Forum des Halles
This partially underground shopping center has been a major Parisian market for centuries. Shelters for merchants were constructed as early as the year 1183. The underground portion is home to dozens of mosaics, sculptures and even a wax museum. Popular stores at Le Forum des Halles include Chantel Rosner, Naf-Naf, Petite Bateau and Franck Provost.
The Marais Quarter
The eclectic styles found in the Marais Quarter make for an exciting treasure hunt. This shopping district is a favorite haunt of artistic types, who enjoy combing through antiques, ceramics, furniture, jewelry and many other unique items. Great bargains can be found at the Marais, although they may require a bit of haggling with the merchant.
Saint-Ouen Flea Market
The flea market dates back to the 19th century. Today it is the largest flea market in Paris. Many shoppers come here to be entertained and leave the major purchases for other shopping locations. But it is nearly impossible to leave Saint-Ouen without at least one random knick-knack.