Paris Travel Planner   Shopping in Paris, France
Chic boutiques, street markets, elegant passages, glittering department stores, bookstalls along the Seine, fine museum shops—Paris is shoppers' paradise! Here are some tips to get your started.

Strawberry tarts, Paris, France



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Paris is known for its wonderful markets, and with good reason. Open air markets, covered markets, organic markets, and market streets all offer fresh delicious food—and much more. They're great fun and worth visiting, even if you're not planning on cooking. You might come away with a great picnic lunch. More...

Covered Passages

You can combine shopping and sightseeing by visiting some of the beautiful covered passages of Paris. These 19th century glass-roofed arcades were all the rage for a while, and over 100 dotted the city. Today about 20 remain, offering a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as interesting architecture and design. Some of the most interesting and accessible passages are located near the Palais Royal and off of the Grands Boulevards.


Passage des Panoramas, Paris
The lovely Passage des Panoramas.

Flower Market

The Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market), on Île de la Cité in Place Louis-Lépine, is just upstairs from the Métro's Cité station. Come any day of the week to enjoy the flowers, whether you buy or not. On Sunday, the flower market becomes a bird and small pet market.

Designer Shops

All of the great French fashion houses have shops in Paris, of course, and the great department stores sell all sorts of good French stuff. If you want to see a street full of top designers, stroll down the Avenue Montaigne (8th arrondissement).

Colorful stockings, Paris, France

Department Stores

Le Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville, more commonly called BHV (BEY-ahsh-VEY), just on the north side of the Hôtel de Ville by Le Marais, has departments for everything from fashions to furniture to table napkins and mailing envelopes. If you're lacking some travel need, chances are you'll find it here. (Métro: Hôtel de Ville)

Two of the largest and best known Le Printemps, 64 Boulevard Haussmann, and Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, both behind the Opéra Garnier (Métro: Chaussée d'Antin).

The luxury end is occupied by Le Bon Marché and Samaritaine, which re-opened in 2021 after being closed for 15 years and renovated. Both are worth visiting for their remarkable buildings, and they offer many designer labels. Bon Marché is also known for its Grand Épicerie, a huge and comprehensive gourmet market. More...

Flea Markets

For a real shopping adventure, take the Métro to the Porte de Clignancourt station on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday from 09:00 am to 20:00 (8 pm) for an adventure in the vast Marché aux Puces de la Porte de St-Ouen, also known as the Clignancourt Flea Market, with several thousand stalls, carts, shops, and vendors selling everything from used blue jeans to antique paintings and furniture. From the station walk north on Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt. Watch out for pickpockets or your wallet, relieved of its contents, may be on exhibit the week after you visit.

Museum Shops

Most of Paris' great museums have marvelous museum shops selling arts, crafts, books, and souvenirs of high quality at very reasonable prices.

English-Language Bookshops

Looking for English-language books in Paris? You'll find them here.


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Travel Costs in Paris

Money-Saving Shopping Tips

Markets in Paris

Covered Passages of Paris

Flea Markets of Paris

Department Stores in Paris

Top Paris Museums

English-Language Bookshops

What to See & Do in Paris

Planning Your Time in Paris


Paris Transportation


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Produce market, Paris, France
Delicious fresh produce at a shop
on the market street rue Mouffetard.

Abbey Bookshop, Paris, France

Abbey Bookshop, Paris, France.

Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, ParisAbove, An assortment of items at
the Flea Market of St-Ouen.

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