Best fashion shops in paris
Published: 15:19 BST, 14 December 2017 | Updated: 16:45 BST, 5 February 2018
No trip to Paris is complete without a little retail therapy. One of the great fashion capitals of Europe, Paris crams a staggering number of chic boutiques and designer stores into its wide boulevards and narrow streets. Whether you're after vintage bargains, exclusive glam factor or the most in-season styles, here are 10 of the best...
Centre Commercial boasts an impressive selection of sleek footwear
Best for designer labels: Centre Commercial
While the name suggests otherwise, this trendy white-fronted store on Rue de Marseille is far more than a mere commercial centre. Centre Commercial is a slick designer store where Parisian fashionistas flock to pick up some of France's (and the world's) coolest brands. Trendy (but friendly) assistants will help you navigate sleek Veja footwear, Roseanna lingerie and unique pieces by hip brands like Naked and Famous, Suzie Winkle and Valentine Gauthier.
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent
Best for vintage: Thanx God I'm A V.I.P
There are plenty of great vintage finds in Paris, but often you have to rummage for them. For a more organised experience head to Sylvie Chateigner's shop on Rue de Lancry and pick up a dream find. In the ever-changing collection you might find a vintage-style swimsuit by Yves Saint Laurent, cashmere knits by Céline, or even a rare Jean-Paul Gaultier jacket. Clothes are colour-coded and easy to find, and staff are helpful and courteous.
PHM Saint Pères features an eclectic array of men's designer labels, including creations by Pierre Henri Mattout himself
Best for stylish menswear: PHM Saint Pères
In the heart of swanky Saint-Germain-des-Prés, PHM Saint Pères is a men's concept store by designer Pierre Henri Mattout. Welcoming assistants showcase the shop's eclectic array of designer labels and hip trainer brands, including Spalwart. Don't miss the cool button-down shirts designed by Pierre Henri Mattout himself.
Best for secret style: CristaSeya
With no visible shopfront and no walk-ins, CristaSeya works on a strictly appointment-only basis. CristaSeya is hidden away on Rue Ambroise-Thomas in the 9th arrondissement, providing an exclusive outlet for designers Cristina Casini and Keiko Seya to sell a wide range of stylish basics – think wide-legged trousers, classic tees and the perfect knits – straight from their Parisian studio. The most surprising touch is that CristaSeya's collections aren't seasonal, but numbered limited editions that can be bought at any time.
Effortlessly charming and welcoming to all, Paperdolls features items by a variety of cool independent designers
Best for quirky finds: Paperdolls
Opened by British fashion entrepreneur Candy Miller, this colourful, unusual 'concept store' in Montmartre is laid out like a chichi apartment with a dining room, dressing room and living room. Effortlessly charming and welcoming to all, the shop features items by a variety of cool independent designers, including pastel handbags by RoseMarySuzy and retro sweaters by Ladylou.
Best for fashion and homewares: Merci
On the fringes of the Marais, Merci is a stylish fashion and homeware store spread over three floors. It sells a variety of homewares from brands such as Tolix, Jars and Ciguë, plus cool linens, unique ceramics, and a mix of vintage and designer furniture. There's also a fashion floor and watch shop, where you can pick up the shop's own exclusive LMM-01 watch.
Metro: Saint-Sébastien – Froissart
Merci is a stylish fashion and homeware store spread over three floors
Best for stylish staples: Lemaire
All white floorboards and rose-gold ceilings, Lemaire is the kind of Parisian boutique you might dream of. Lemaire is the much-lauded label of the former artistic director of Hermès womenswear, Christophe Lemaire, and this is one of the hottest boutiques in the Marais. His stylish coats, signature T-shirt dresses and luxurious knits draw the city's style hounds to this pleasantly accessible boutique on Rue de Poitou.
Metro: Filles du Calvaire
Best for designer bargains: Maje
We all love a bargain, especially when it comes with a designer label. Maje, the chic label from Moroccan-born designer Judith Milgrom, is one of France's most popular brands. As well as two main shops on Rude de Courcelles and Avenue des Ternes, there are several Maje outlet stores in the city where you can find discounts up to 50%. The largest outlet store is in Montmartre, where you can pick up a classic leather biker jacket or a stylish soft drape dress for a mere snip of the original price.
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent
A look inside Centre Commercial's slick designer store
Best for French-style basics: Petit Bateau
While best-known for its upmarket childrenswear, the popular French brand has thankfully moved into the adult market too. Now a fine purveyor of quintessential French basics, Petit Bateau is your one-stop for Breton-striped tops, padded gilets and the brand's classic caped macs. There are several shops across the city, but one of the largest is on Avenue des Champs Elysées.
Metro: George V
Best for vintage couture: Didier Ludot
For many, shopping in Paris can't help but conjure dreams of finding that perfect vintage Chanel jacket or classic Hermès bag. Actually, that's a pretty achievable dream at Didier Ludot –one of the most famous vintage couture boutiques in the city. Popular with celebrities across the globe, Ludot's selection of vintage couture from Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, YSL and more is found in this small boutique in the Galerie de Montpensier. Service can be rather stern, so maybe not one for the leisurely browser.
Metro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre