The Best Places to Shop in Paris

June 1, 2016

The Best Places to Shop in Paris I wit & whimsy

I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing the first of three posts featuring outfits I shot while in Paris last month. I had the pleasure of working with Hana whose work I’ve long been a fan of (I’ve followed her blog and Instagram for years and recently her Snapchat as well and she’s just as lovely in person.) We shot in three different quintessential Parisian locations and the first is the magical and quaint Place Dauphine which was in bloom with pink flowers everywhere. Charmant!

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Since this past trip I didn’t have a formal agenda I just went neighborhood by neighborhood and explored and found places I had wanted to visit for a coffee, to pick up a little gift for friends back home or just have a glass of wine with a pretty view. So often when we travel we feel like we have to see it “all,” but in Paris, leisure and la vie en rose is really my priority.

Since I studied abroad in Paris, whenever I go back it feels like a second home. The city streets feel comforting and I never cease to be amazed at how the City of Lights charms me.

In today’s post I wanted to share all my favorite places to shop in Paris. From clothes, to housewares to gifts, this list has been curated by my past three visits in 2014, 2015 & 2016. If you have an upcoming trip, I hope you’ll find it useful!

Chanel Two Tone Ballet Flats

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Fashion

Claudie Pierlot: If there were ever a store that understood my style…Claudie Perlot is it. I wanted everything in this store. It is feminine chic defined perfectly. Lace insets, tailored jumpsuits, midi skirts, striped tees with shoulder bows…everything is gorgeous and well made. The dress I’m wearing in this post is by the label and I love the shape and how delicate the construction is. Multiple locations.

Sézane: You may be familiar with Sézane from their past collaborations with Madewell, but if you head to Paris you’ll have the special opportunity to visit L’apartment Sézane. This showroom meets shop has half the space dedicated to allowing customers to try on their e-commerce only clothes and place an order for delivery. The newly opened second half of the space now allows for “takeaway” offering a variety of items such as bags, greeting cards, housewares and denim you can take home that day. The store is nothing short of stunning. I spent nearly an hour in there trying things on and delighting in the offerings. 1 rue Saint Fiacre 75002.

Printemps: If you’re looking for the Parisian equivalent to Bergdorf Goodman, you’ll find it at Printemps. Beautifully merchandised product in multiple buildings, Printemps is gleaming and glistening full of pretty items. My favorite part though? The (free!) view from the rooftop that lets you soak in the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Couer and the famed rooftops. 64 Boulevard Haussmann 75009.

Colette: This unique spot has everything from the strange to the high-end. The prices make it more of a “look but don’t buy” atmosphere for me personally but I love how many random goodies you can find in every corner of this shop that sits on the famed Rue Saint Honoré. Everything from limited edition Longchamp bags to candles to books. 213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001.

FrenchTrotters: This spot oozes modern French minimalism. They offer cool tees with fun sayings, candles, well-edited selections of shoes and bags and other easy pieces you could throw on, walk out the door and still achieve that French je ne sais quoi. 128 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003.

Comptoir des Cotonniers: This brand had stores in New York at one point but I’d prefer to shop the collection in Paris (but of course!) It’s the quintessential weekend wear brand with girly dresses, linen rompers, cool sneakers and lightweight cardigans. Multiple locations.

Galeries Lafayette: Galeries Lafayette is an upscale French department store with one of the most beautiful ceilings you’ve ever seen. The bustling flagship store sits on Boulevard Haussman in the 9eme arrondissement. If you’re short on time for shopping while in Paris, just head here. They carry most of the best French brands so you can fit a lot in during a short window. I ended up purchasing a dress, a top, a pair of sandals and several gifts during my delightful 2 hours spent wandering around. (And psst..don’t miss the home store across the street whose first floor boasts some of the best pastries the city has to offer!) 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009.

Chanel: Truth be told I don’t think I had ever stepped foot into a Chanel before this trip. I headed to the famed location at 35 Rue Cambon with the goal of buying the ballet flats seen in this post and later learned from Hana that this is the only location that gives white shopping bags instead of black ones. Quelle chance! While I’m usually more of a heels girl, I walked skipped home to my beautiful (temporary) Parisian apartment clutching my white bag as tickled as a kid having just left the candy store.

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The Best Places to Shop in Paris

Beauty

Codage: This store’s aesthetic and branding are so on point I could have stayed in there all day. The skincare formulations pull from the periodic table of elements to address your skin’s specific needs. The experience at the shop is meant to be like that of an old apothecary. I bought the SPRING BREAK serum which was a seasonal special edition that instantly made my skin so, so soft. If I didn’t have luggage limitations I would have bought 2-3 more items! 8 Rue du Trésor, 75004.

L’Artisan Parfumeur: If you love scents, don’t miss this minimalistic store with equally minimalistic bottles of beautifully smelling perfume. Everything I smelled I loved and the bottles themselves are pretty enough to want to purchase for that reason alone. 32 rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004.

French Pharmacies: Without a doubt, I always stop into pharmacies when in France. They seem so much more grand and tidy than U.S pharmacies and unlike ours there are no grocery items or office supplies. They truly are for health, wellness & beauty and since I have a mild obsession with French beauty brands, I’m actually going to do a whole post on my favorite French beauty products so stay tuned for that!

Black Lace Dress in Paris

Home

Mona Market: If I was moving into a new apartment, I’d want it to look exactly like Mona Market. An interiors store with beautiful small furniture pieces, fur throws, linens and decorative objects that will instantly add a chic factor to your home. 4 Rue Commines, 75003.

La redoute Intérieurs: Like an upscale Ikea, this store offers sleek and simple furniture and decorative items that I loved. In particular some vases I was desperately wanting to get back to New York. Also the most beautiful pillows I’ve ever seen. 10 Rue du Trésor, 75004.

Merci: Merci actually has clothing in addition to home goods but I recommend coming here for the latter. Everything from tea towels and pillows to the chicest office supplies (we’re talking marble post it notes! Obviously I bought these.) Merci is also home to the most darling Mini Cooper of Instagram fame. 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003.

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Gifts

Bibi Idea Shop: If you want to purchase gifts for girlfriends while in Paris, I highly recommend stopping in here. It’s offerings are similar to that of a Ban.do type brand with coffee mugs, doughnut stickie notes, light up signs…all sorts of fun little offerings. Head across the street to Cafe Charlot for the goat cheese salad when you’re done perusing! 35 Rue de Bretagne, 75003.

Papier Tigre: A super cool stationery store in the Marais, I first discovered Papier Tigre last year when I brought home a rose violette candle that I was head over heels for. I’ve never burned a candle so fast in my life. So this past trip to Paris had me going to pick up a new one but if you’re in need of a sleek notebook or chic greeting card, don’t miss this spot. 5 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003.

Mariage Frères: If I was doing a food category this could fit under that, too but I love to buy French tea as gifts for people (and myself, let’s be honest.) Going into one of the multiple Mariage Frères locations is such an experience. Sensory overload in the best way from all the beautiful tins and intoxicating tea leaves. If you visit the one in the Marais, don’t miss their accompanying tea room. Multiple locations.

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Shop the Post:

Claudie Perlot Dress // Chanel Ballerina Flats // Saint Laurent Bag

[Hana Lê Van Photography]

4 comments on “The Best Places to Shop in Paris”

  1. Your dress is beautiful! Thinking about ordering it for myself, but am curious about sizing..Is it true to US sizing, based on their sizing chart on their website? Or is there a US brand you’d compare the sizing to?

    1. Hi Kaitlyn – I love it so much! The construction is so beautiful. I bought it in a size 38 and am usually always a size 6 (sometimes a size 4 but I had been eating croissants for two weeks when I bought it – ha!) I hope that helps!

  2. These pictures are gorgeous! The pink flowers and the outfit go so well together….and those flats! Heart eye emoji :). I’m definitely bookmarking this post for a trip to Paris in the future (which I hope I can make happen!). So sad Comptoir des Cotonniers closed all of their US stores, and don’t ship to the US – I got some of my favorite clothes there when they were still open here. Just another excuse for me to visit Europe 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Jackie! It was such a dream to shoot in a favorite place. So inspiring. Thank you for the sweet words! ANd RIP US Comptoir! I didn’t realize they had all closed till I went to write this post – so sad!!

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