Paris Boutiques ★★★

Biberon et Fils, a stationery and leather shop selling high-end handbags at 334 rue St Honore (Photo by Monica Arellano-Ongpin)
Biberon et Fils, a stationery and leather shop selling high-end handbags at 334 rue St Honore

Les boutiques de Paris

The best concentrations of high-end and fashionable stores in Paris are in the adjoining 1er and 8e. No single street offers more shops than the long rue du Faubourg St-Honoré/rue St-Honoré and its tributaries. Even if you can't afford the prices, it's fun to have a look.

Big fashion houses like Hermés (no. 24; Hermes.com) hawk ties and scarves, Longchamp (no. 404; Longchamp.com) sells leather handbags, and Hervé Léger (24 rue Cambon; Herveleger.com) does cutting-edge fashion.

Even better, you can get discounts on runway samples and slightly worn creations of the big names at Anna Lowe (104 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré; Annalowe.com), and—down in the 16eme—Réciproque (92–97 rue de la Pompe, Reciproque.fr), the largest luxury consignment shop oin Paris, offering slight bargains on a remarkably wide range of the big labels and top designers.

For a break from the clothes and accessories, La Maison du Chocolat (225 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré; www.lamaisonduchocolat.com) sells confections as rich as its prices.

Jewels glitter on place Vendôme, just off rue du Faubourg, at Cartier (no. 23; Cartier.com), Chaumet (no. 12; Chaumet.com), and Van Cleef & Arpels (no. 20–22; Vancleefarpels.com). 

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