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Shopping Essentials in Paris

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Christian Louboutin

Calling all shoe maniacs!  Expensive, worn by celebrities and irresistibly designed.  Christian Louboutin is located in one of Paris’s beautiful enclosed shopping passages.

19 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Paris, France 75001
Tel: 01 42 36 05 31
Métro: Les Halles
www.christianlouboutin.com

Citadium

Sportswear, streetwear with cutting edge designs, thumping music, a real fashion concept store. Open till 9 p.m. on Thursdays and every day of the week till 8 p.m.

50-56 rue Caumartin
Paris, France 75009
tel: 01 55 31 74 00
Métro: Havre-Caumartin
www.citadium.com

Colette

I guess you can say Colette is a state of mind, a boutique of French pop culture. They sell t-shirts, bottled water, lunch, perfume, fashion and dance mixes. They say of themselves “art meets streetwear.” The three level shop is at 213 rue Saint Honore.

213 rue Saint Honore
Paris, France 75001
Métro: Tuileries, Line 1.
Tel: 01 55 35 33 90
www.colette.fr

D.Porthault

Very fine linens, embroidery, children’s clothing, table goods and even lingerie.   Definitely in the “if you have to ask you can’t afford it” category.  Since the 1920′s.   Also in the Bon Marche and Printemps department stores.

50 Ave Montaigne
Paris, France, 75008
Tel: 01 47 20 75 2
www.dporthault.fr
Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt

De Vinis Illustribus

The best of French wines can be bought here, plus wine tasting can be arranged.    It’s serious tasting, so you must reserve and it generally costs 40 euros.  They do special prices around Bastille Day.

48 rue de la Montagne Ste Geneviève
Paris, France 75005
Tel: 01 43 29 31 10
www.devinis.fr
Métro: Cardinal Lemoine 

Diptyque

Ultimate scented candles.  Actually a 20th century shop, not one of those which goes back to the 1800′s.  A really lovely gift to bring back, as the French are known for creating pure scents.    They are also in the Printemps department store, Haussmann entrance, as well as in London and San Francisco. LG

34 Blvd Saint Germain
Paris, France 75005
Tel: 01 43 26 45 27
Métro: Maubert Mutualite


8 rue de Francs Bourgeois
Paris, France 75003
Tel: (0) 1 48 04 95 57
www.diptyqueparis.com

Etam Lingerie

French style is extended to the clothes you wear that few people see .  This a chain store with ten locations in Paris and many more around the world.  The biggest Paris store is in Montparnasse; the most convenient is probably at Les Halles, the mondo shopping mall near the Sorbonne.  The French work magic with their cutting, but don’t forget nobody does stylishly warm like Europeans.  Even the slippers have flair. LG

139 Rue de Rennes
Paris, France 75006
Tel: 01 45 44 16 88
Métro:  Line 4, Saint Placide
www.etam.com

Fragonard

Perfume and Paris are synonymous.  This legendary product line recently opened a flagship shop at St. Honore.    The brand has expanded from perfume to shawls, candles, home accessories and more.  Their perfume museum is at Rue Scribe. LG

203 rue St. Honore
Paris, France, 75001
Tel: 01 47 03 07 07
 www.fragonard.com

Galeries Lafayette

Every Friday at 3 p.m., this landmark fashion emporium has a live fashion show. It’s absolutely free. Inside the department store is a well-known restaurant specializing in vegetarian cuisine, not to mention 6 other restaurants, including sushi, casual kid dining, a bar and a tea shop.

Save 12% when you shop at Galeries Lafayette. See Galeries Lafayette website for more information. There is almost an entire floor dedicated to Paris souvenirs, and a dining terrace with a panoramic view of Paris.

40 Boulevard Haussmann
Paris, France 75009
www2.galerieslafayette.com
Métro : Chaussée d’Antin, Opéra, Trinité
RER E: Haussman, Opera

Hb Henriot

Hand-painted Brittany pottery, so-called “faience”.  Since 1690, family-owned, with gifts and items at every price point.  Kitsch to some, must-haves to others.

84 rue Saint Martin
Paris, France 75010
Tel: 01 42 71 93 03
www.henriotboutique.com
Métro:  Hotel de Ville

Lavinia

Imagine a 6000 bottle wine and spirit shop, with wine accessories, in the heart of Paris. Now add a lunch and tapas restaurant upstairs. Now go there! Check the website for thematic tastings. Not cheap, not always in English.

3-5 Blvd de la Madeleine
Paris, France, 75001
Tel: 01 42 97 20 20
www.lavinia.fr

Le Derniere Goutte

“The last drop” in French; this is a store where you can get great advice, in English. Ask for a mixed case at a certain price point, and they won’t disappoint you with their picks. They also have cognac, some champagne and hard-to-find plum brandy. Tastings on Saturday afternoons.

6 rue de Bourbon le Château
Paris, France 75006
Tel: 01 46 29 11 62
Métro: Mabillon or Saint Germain de Pres

Mephisto

European cities are for walkers, be they visitors or residents.  This store has a terrific array of walking shoes, boots and  even golf shoes, not to mention casual/sports clothes.  Prices are astonishingly high ($300 for casual shoes!) but the shoes are said to last literally forever.

116 Avenue General Leclerc
Paris, France 75014
Tel: 01 45 40 74 75
Métro: Alesia
www.mephisto.fr

Old England Boutique in Paris

All upmarket British products here for home, fashion and lifestyle.  A taste of the United Kingdom in Paris, France.   Since 1867.  There are also branches in Lyon and Toulouse.   Open Mon-Sat until 7 p.m.

12 Boulevard des Capucines
Paris, France 75009
Tel: 01 47 42 81 99
www.old-england.fr
Métro:  Opera

Opera Garnier

Ceiling by Chagall, commissioned by Napoleon III and built in a gorgeous neoclassical style, this can be visited from 10-4:30 every day of the week.   In 1989, a second, modern opera house opened at the Bastille.  Use the website if you want to buy tickets to a  performance.   There are well-priced last minute seats for those under age 28 on the day of the performance.

Corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber
www.operadeparis.fr
Métro:  Opera

Printemps

The other big department store in Paris.   Inside you find beautiful fashion, home accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and several restaurants and bars with price points for all budgets, some with amazing views of Paris.  Download a coupon on the website before traveling to get 10 per cent off as a foreign shopper. LG

64 Blvd Haussmann
Paris, France 75009
Tel :01 42 82 57 87
www.printemps.com

WH Smith

English language books, magazines and a hangout for expats.   There are author readings and book-signings at least once a week.

248 rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
Tel: 01 44 77 88 99
www.whsmith.fr
Métro: Concorde, rue Cambon

Zadig and Voltaire

Anyone for casual chic? The French do it well. There are many outlets for this brand worn by actresses and hipsters.

3, rue du vieux Colombier
Paris, France 75006.
Tel: 01 45 48 39 37.
www.zadig-et-voltaire.com
Métro: Saint Sulpice, Line 4

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