Paris, the perfect place for shopping.
Paris is synonymous with shopping. With its high fashion, street chic, the finest foods and fine art antiques, you may want to take a spare suitcase when you visit, because there's no way you're leaving empty handed.
Whether you're looking for a gift for the family or a whole new wardrobe, let Eurotunnel Le Shuttle help you find the shopping district which best suits you.
Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Élysées
The Champs-Élysées will be the first stop for many tourists looking to experience the shops of Paris.
Running in one long glorious sweep from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, the avenue is known in France as 'La plus belle avenue du monde' – 'the most beautiful avenue in the world'.
However you feel about its looks, the Champs-Élysées offers a mixture of big brands and high quality. A special committee, formed 150 years ago, oversees the avenue and lobbies to keep unwanted shops out (in 2007 they successfully banned H&M from opening a branch there), meaning that retailers work hard to maintain the highest standards and give you the best possible shopping experience.
At the east end of the Champs-Élysées turn off onto Avenue Montaigne for a more exclusive shopping experience with many of the big fashion labels. Here you can pick up exclusive clothing and jewellery while also acquiring a terrifying credit card bill, but then you are on holiday.
BEST FOR: Big name shops – Adidas, Benetton, Disney Store, Nike, Zara, Cartier, Bel Air Fashion, Toyota, Gap, Sephora, Virgin Megastore, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari and more.
PARKING: Parking Claridge, 60 Rue Ponthieu, €27 per day. Vinci Park Services, 18 Avenue Champs Elysées, €3.30 per hour. Q Park, 79 Avenue Marceau, €3.10 for one hour.
This tree-lined avenue running from the 8th to the 9th Arrondissement is dominated by two of Paris's largest and oldest department stores; Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps.
Galeries Lafayette began as a haberdasher's in 1893 and today occupies three buildings on Boulevard Haussmann. The main building, Lafayette Coupole, is worth a visit for the grand architecture alone, standing ten storeys high and dominated by a magnificent glass dome.
Once you've finished marvelling at your surrounding you can find anything from fashion, cosmetics and jewellery to books, music, and electronics.
Just down the street Au Printemps offers similar architectural wonders, with a stunning stained glass cupola sheltering diners in the store's restaurant. Again, the shopping is spread across three buildings, with a variety of big name fashion brands, from Chanel to Calvin Klein, and home furnishings.
BEST FOR: Everything you need in one place, clothes and home furnishing.
PARKING: Vinci Park Gestion, 45 Boulevard Haussmann. Parc Stationnement, 164 Boulevard Haussmann. Haussmann Galeries Lafayette, junction of Rue Mogador and Boulevard Haussman.
The hip heart of Paris lies in Le Marais, a district spread across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, populated with fashion boutiques, antique shops and cafes scattered amongst historic buildings and sights.
The Rue des Francs-Bourgeois is one of the few places in Paris to ignore France's strict Sunday closing law, so is a perfect destination for the weekend visitor. The long road has numerous fashion boutiques crammed between magnificent traditional hotels. And when you're done shopping the Paris History Museum is just round the corner.
More top fashion shops can be found on the Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the city's Jewish quarter. Here you will find a mixture of kosher boulangeries, charcuteries and restaurants mixed in with independent fashion boutiques.
BEST FOR: Small boutiques, antique shops, putting the legwork in to find a bargain.
PARKING: Parc Baudoyer, Place Baudoyer, €28 for one day. Vinci Park France, 48 Rue de l'hotel de ville. Hotel de Ville, 3 rue de la Tâcherie, €26 for one day.
Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli
If food is your thing then Les Halles is the district for you.
Not only does the area boast the biggest indoor shopping mall in central Paris, but it also has a plethora of bakeries, fish stores, cheese shops, wine shops, produce stands and flower shops, many of which can be found on the Rue Montorgueil.
The mall (Forum des Halles) has five floors, mostly underground, and a wide variety of shops and restaurants, from small boutiques to well known brands and even a cinema.
The nearby Rue de Rivoli is another of Paris's most famous streets, though less exclusive than the Champs-Élysées. As well as leading tourists to some of the city's biggest museums (including The Louvre) Rue de Rivoli features shopping opportunities ranging in size from department stores to book stalls.
BEST FOR: Food, shopping in bad weather.
PARKING: Parking Rambuteau and Parking Berger, access from the tunnels of the rue des Halles, rue de Turbigo, the rue Coquillière or rue du Pont-Neuf, €15 for one day.
Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Faubourg Saint-Honoré has been dubbed 'the most fashionable street in Europe' thanks to the presence of nearly every major fashion house in Europe. This is the perfect place to splash out on that exclusive outfit to be seen wearing in a chic Parisian nightspot.
The surrounding area hosts the world-famous Louvre museum and Tuileries gardens and is host to numerous cafes where you can give sore shopped-out feet a break while enjoying the scenery.
BEST FOR: Exclusive fashion – Lanvin, Hermès, Lancôme, Dalloyau, Dior, Roger Vivier, Vogue, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.
PARKING: Parking du Carrousel, Avenue du Général Lemonnier.
Getting there and around
Paris is the perfect place to make some shopping!
Just a few hours drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel's Calais Terminal.
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