Shopping in Paris ★★

Marché aux fleurs, Marché aux Fleurs/Marché aux Oiseaux, Paris (Photo by Als33120)
Marché aux fleurs, Marché aux Fleurs/Marché aux Oiseaux, Paris

Window-shop with the best: A primer on Paris boutiques, department stores, markets, and more

Paris is a world shopping capital, home to haute couture, fine perfumes, gourmet foodstuffs, and fantastic markets.

The winter sales season is usually Jan 10 through Feb 20.

Shopping In Paris Tours

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Favorite shops, markets, and more in Paris

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The hidden villages of Paris

 
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Village St-Paul
Paris: Marais

Paris's most famous "hidden village" of artist and artisan boutiques

 
My mother and wife at a Parisian park bench picnic (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to get picnic pickings in Paris

 
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Some of the gourmet food shops along rue Saint-Antoine (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett)
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Rue Saint-Antoine
Paris: Marais

Two blocks of cheesemongers, pâtes purveyors, patisserie, gourmet grocers, and even a Monoprix for the basics

 
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Gourmet food in Paris

 
Save money on your France vacation (Photo by 401(K) 2012)

Top traveler tips for dealing with money and shopping in France

 
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The difference between customs, TVA/VAT taxes, and duty-free shopping

 
VAT is the built-in national sales tax in France (Photo altered from Images Money)

Taxes in France and how you may be able to get some of that 20% TVA (VAT) refunded

 
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Just what are Duty Free Stores in airports and when is Duty Free shopping a savings?

 
A U.S. Customs form (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

What you can and cannot bring home with you from your travels

 
Shopping advice (Photo )

Top shopping tips for a trip to France to help you bring home the best gifts and souvenirs from your French travels at the best price

 
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I'm a size what? European clothing sizes measures and shoe sizes and how to convert American clothes sizes to European (and British) ones

 
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I'm a size what? European clothing sizes measures and shoe sizes and how to convert American clothes sizes to European (and British) ones

 
Shopping advice (Photo )

A guide to French retail therapy: shopping, VAT, haggling, customs, and souvenir-buying in France

 
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Pounds and kilos, grams and ounces, stone and tons (and tons, and tonnes)—Deciphering weights in France

 
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Gallons and liters and how to order wine

 
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Shakespeare and Company
Paris: Latin Quarter

The legendary English-language bookshop(s) of Paris

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

Les boutiques de Paris

 
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The Galeries Lafayette (Photo by Sergey Galyonkin)
Department stores
Paris: Opéra (9eme)

Les grand magazins: The department stores of Paris

 
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Markets
Paris

The outdoor markets of Paris

 
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Les Bouquinistes
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

The outdoor book stalls along the Seine in Paris

 
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The flea market and antiques market of Paris

 
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Marché aux fleurs (Photo by Als33120)
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The outdoor Flower Market (and, on Sundays, Bird Market) on Paris's Île de la Cité

 
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The top shops, markets, and shopping experiences in France