Shopping for fashion in Paris is a divine experience. It’s one of the city’s main attractions.
In fact, experiencing the city’s fashion culture should be high on your list of things to do in Paris.
Like haute cuisine and fine art, Paris is renowned for fashion. Whether it’s the latest in ready-to-wear styles or high-end luxury labels you’re interested in, Paris is a veritable feast of fashion.
Chic fashion boutiques, luxury flagship stores, glamorous department stores and designer workshops are all in abundance here. You’ll find an plenty to please any taste and compliment your own personal style.
What to expect when shopping for fashion in Paris
Fashion shopping in Paris has been a grandiose affair for centuries. In 1664, Sebastiano Locatelli (wealthy Italian merchant) visited the city. In his journal, he enthusiastically wrote about the “vast number of shops full of every kind of merchandise imaginable”. He was particularly taken by the “unusually attractive women” running them.
In the 19th century, Paris became a leading destination for international travelers, many seeking the city’s refined and luxury goods. Its grands magasins (department stores), like Le Bon Marché (opened in 1852) and La Samaritaine (opened in 1869), were famous.
Today, shopping for fashion in Paris is still a grand affair. Millions flock to the luxurious department stores like Galeries Lafayette. There’s also an incredibly rich mix of chic boutiques to choose from. It’s also home to the top luxury designer labels and their stunning flagship stores.
It’s in Paris, for example, where you can get become intimate with Chanel and the life and legend of it’s iconic creator, Coco Chanel.
But take note. There’s no single center for fashion shopping in Paris. Fabulous boutiques can be found across the city, often in the most unsuspecting little streets. Each neighborhood (arrondissement) has its own style.
Having said that, there are some areas for fashion shopping in Paris that truly shine. In this post, we’ll highlight 4 of our favorite spots. These are the top spots where you’ll be treated to the best fashion in Paris has to offer.
Visit for the window-shopping. Bathe in pure Parisian refinement and elegance. Or go further and indulge yourself with a few special purchases. Compliment your own wardrobe.
Let’s get started …
Fashion Shopping in Paris on Avenue Des Champs Elysées
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The Champs Elysées is perhaps Paris’ most famous symbol of elegance, refinement and luxury. It’s also frequently described as “the world’s most beautiful avenue”.
Between Concorde and Etoile, the Champs Elysées gives you a delightful perspective extending from the Louvre Pyramid to Paris’ modern business district, La Defence.
Strolling the Champs Elysées is a perfectly fashionable affair. You’ll discover a number of stunning ready-to-wear boutiques and impressive high-tech showrooms.
Here are two of our all time favorites.
Address: 115 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Like all major fashion labels in Paris, Hugo Boss goes all out to present its collections in the best light. The architecture and design of this state-of-the-art boutique alone is well worth the visit.
This is Hugo Boss’ biggest store in Paris. It’s 1100 square meters of opulence over 3 floors. Two giant silver chain chandeliers housed behind glass columns over 5.5 meters high light the main areas.
It’s minimalist décor is impressive, to say the least. The straight lines and quality steely grey finishes mirror the minimalist rows of smart designer garb.
Here you’ll find the very best of Hugo Boss’ menswear, featuring of course its tailored lines in mens suits and formal wear.
High-tech LED screens feed a constant stream of Hugo Boss fashion runway footage. The visual flow envelopes the space with the Hugo Boss aesthetic.
The stylish shop assistants, all dressed in signature Boss suits, are ready and attentive to your needs. You’ll get very good advice on ranges and styles from professional stylists.
This is one of those shopping experiences that defines all others, just like our next choice.
Address: 101 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
This isn’t the original address for Louis Vuitton’s first store on the Champs Elysées. But it is, without doubt, one of the most impressive fashion addresses in Paris.
Louis Vuitton has been on the Champs Elysées since 1854, originally only offering his luxury traveling trunks. Today, the prestigious brand (the world’s most valuable) offers a museum worthy store and deeply cultural experience.
The building alone is impressive enough. Seven floors of pure opulence feed the senses with 100% elegance, refinement and luxury. It has to be seen to be believed.
This Vuitton store now includes all of the brands lines, including leather goods, ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories, and even its haute couture. There’s also a cultural center on the 7th floor and a remarkable collection of classic and historical Vuitton everywhere to see.
Louis Vuitton Champs Elysées is one of the most visited fashion houses in Paris. Getting in can be quite the chore. Long lines form early and can mean entrance is denied with numbers are too great.
You can visit Vuitton Champs Elysées in 100% VIP style with a professional fashion and style guide, which guarantees you’ll not miss a detail of this stunning fashion temple.
More fashion shopping on the Champs Elysées …
Here are 3 additional addresses to add to your fashion list of things to do in Paris on the Champs Elysées.
Address: 154 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Cartier has been the master jeweler and watch maker in France since 1847.
The label’s Champs Elysées boutique is, like expected, a remarkable display of this historic label’s best luxury goods. It offers a large selection mixing tradition and innovation.
The Kooples Sport
Address: 97 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
The Kooples is one of the latest rising stars of the French fashion scene. Created in 2008 by brothers Alexandre, Laurent and Raphael Elisha, The Kooples has quickly become a trendy chic label to have.
In the Champs Elysées store you’ll find high quality and eminently fashionable dress shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, jogging suits, jackets, shoes and accessories for both men and women.
Address: 116 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Could you ask for anything more classically French? Since 1918, this renowned French label has been widely expanded from its original focus on baby clothing.
Today, you’ll find a large range of high-quality bodysuits for babies alongside peacoats for mothers.
For Pure Elegance, Avenue Montaigne
Another essential zone in Paris for the discerning fashion shopper is avenue Montaigne. There you’ll find the grand couturiers and exceptional luxury boutiques.
Avenue Montaigne epitomizes French charm and elegance. It’s also where you’ll find one of France’s most important names in fashion history.
Saint Laurent Paris
Address: 53 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Set over 900 square meters, this exquisite boutique offers a feast of 21st century art deco in marble, concrete and mirrors. The interior is also punctuated with graphic art.
This boutique pays homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s love of modernist lines and his reputation as the world’s most revolutionary fashion designer.
It’s a “must visit” address for the truly fashion addicted.
The store is divided into two floors. The ground floor gives pride of place to YSL accessories, from bags to shoes, and the unisex jewelry line. The first floor is dedicated to YSL’s ready-to-wear collections for both women and men.
Christian Dior (Haute Couture)
Address: 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Christian Dior himself fell in love with the little townhouse at this address. He knew instantly that it would become the home of his couture label.
Here, Dior was born. It’s where Dior worked to give women the desire to seduce and be assertive with their fashion. The “New Look” was created there and Dior’s Haute Couture brand began imposing its ideal of elegance and glamour worldwide.
Still today, the beating heart of Dior is found at N°30 avenue Montaigne. The uber-chic flagship store inspires the label’s designers.
Inside, you’ll find Dior’s exquisite collections of cosmetics, jewelry and accessories. You’ll also discover ready-to-wear collections for men and women. There’s a stunning display of leather goods and perfumes, too. And don’t miss the “home boutique” for more …
When you’ve finished at N°30, take the Dior experience further by dropping in next door.
In 2007, to celebrate 40 years of creation, Christian Dior opened two new boutiques dedicated to the designer’s ready-to-wear children’s collections.
At 26 avenue Montaigne you’ll find wonderful collections for babies. At 28 avenue Montaigne, there’s the collections for children up to 12 years old.
Address: 53 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Created in 1945, the house of Céline is always a good idea. At N°53, you’ll find the label’s haute couture collections for women, including the fabulous glove, handbag, shoes and perfume collections.
Located within a traditional Haussmann building, this relatively new store covers two floors. It features bespoke furniture tailored to the clean lines of the Céline aesthetic.
The boutique boasts 500m² of shopping space with large windows that let in just enough sunlight to dazzle the fine marble, grey stone and concrete interior.
Precious raw materials like Vicenza grey stone perfectly reflect the spirit and refinement of Céline’s aesthetic. Just perfect to present Céline’s high-end collections of women’s apparel, shoes and leather goods.
Fashion Deluxe on rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré
This is one of Paris’ most famous streets for refined and elegant fashion shopping.
Start at rue Royale and finish in Place des Ternes. You’ll discover many upscale boutiques along the way.
Here are five of our all time favorites in this sumptuous fashion shopping zone:
Address: 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
This Hermés flagship store will not let you down. The impressive window displays alone will never cease to amaze. They’re refreshed 4 times a year.
This is Hermés’ historical address in Paris. The company founder Charles-Emile Hermès opened his workshop here in 1880.
Address: 22 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
This is the flagship store for the French fashion house founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889. It’s a brand famous worldwide for elegance and intricate trimmings and precious decorations.
Some have described this store as “how I imagine heaven would look like”.
The décor is simple. The clothes, shoes and accessories are divine. And the service is charming, attentive and not at all pretentious. All round, a five star visit awaits you.
Address: 253 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
Over 60 years ago, Chloé was born in Paris and, today, it’s flagship store occupies 5,000 square-feet on the Rue Saint-Honoré.
Designed by monochromatic designer, Joseph Dirand, this store features wonderfully classic design. There are fabulous textural finishes like velvet furniture, all with a modern twist.
Feast your eyes on the soft, elegant interior with blush-tinted walls. There are stone door frames and limestone floors. A 3D plaster motif recalls a pattern used by Chloe in the past.
Perfectly reflecting the Chloé woman, it has town-house feel, with grand staircases at either end and natural light flowing in through a series of arched white windows.
Lounge areas with 70s looking mustard mohair-velvet sofas and shaggy cream rugs are ideal for relaxing. There are modern high-tech touches, too. The roomy change rooms are fitted with iPod docks.
The palette of ivory, light pinks, rose gold, gray and beige, the new design is both pure and architectural, soft and feminine.
In the store’s windows and first room a group of mannequins showcase the Chloé “attitude of the moment”.
The ground floor displays the accessories and a huge space dedicated to footwear. The upper level, which has wide parquet flooring, carries ready-to-wear.
Address: 28 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Givenchy is the symbol of classic French luxury and tradition. And a visit to this store at N°28, will give you full access to that tradition.
This Givenchy store features a simple and elegant facade that gives little away of what awaits you within. Undressed windows mean that the interior of the shop is itself the window display. You simply have to go in.
The ready-to-wear collections here are exclusively for women. Each clothing section has been given its own darkly romantic theme, with stone walls and marbled flooring enhanced by brass gold shelving and clothing units.
The ground floor is reserved for accessories, including shoes, watches and jewelry, while the lower ground floor houses the ready-to-wear line and the store’s exclusive VIP room.
Enjoy your time here and feel the grace of Givenchy. Imagine, the world of Aubrey Hepburn, Givenchy’s muse and close friend. She was the label’s most elegant ambassadress.
Fun, Personal Style and Trendy Chic in The Marais
Fashion in Paris isn’t all about top luxury labels, of course. And one of the best places to discover alternatives and the latest from new designers is in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement, in the Marais.
This is the district to explore the latest in a myriad of fashion and designer boutiques. It’s also a place to enjoy some of Paris’ oldest architecture, delightful gardens and the stunning Place des Vosges.
This is a very popular fashion shopping area and is best enjoyed on the weekend.
Here’s a short list of some of our favorite addresses in the Marais for fashion shopping.
Address: 7 rue Commines, 75003 PARIS
Les Vignoles is a concept store playing elegantly with Parisian and French fashion identities. The owners, Yann and Yannick, bring together stylists, designers and other contemporary artists inspired by Paris.
You’ll find no tacky souvenirs here, just pure Parisian style. Everything is Parisian chic.
There are plenty of offbeat and inspired accessories, clothes and “found objects” that have been re-imagined.
Looking for something unique to compliment your personal style? Here’s where you’ll find it. There are sweatshirts adored with leather feathers, Kobja’s handbags, and even jewelry made out of taxidermy toads, snakes and other amphibians.
Address: 16 rue de la Verrerie, 75003 PARIS
Looking for luxury vintage? This address will not let you down. Fabulous trinkets clutter the floor and fur coats hang from the ceiling.
The jewelry displays are overflowing. Here’s where you’ll find Loubtoutin, Dior, Kenzo, Chanel and the like.
Address: 24 rue Charlot 75003, Paris
As the name reveals, this is where you’ll find Parisian leather designer Florian Denicourt’s handbags and accessories in abundance. His work is found in high-end department stores, like Le Bon Marché or Liberty’s in London. But this tiny boutique is his label’s official home.
Find men’s and women’s bags to please. Each model sports a different minimalist form and exquisite trimmings. The workmanship is a testament to the very best of French-made. The men’s shoes, too, are superbly colored, hand-sewn, with vintage styling.
Address: 26 rue Saint-Antoine 75004 PARIS
Without a doubt, Garrice is one of the best places in Paris to find luxury brand shoes.
Only the highest quality is sold here. From ultra-feminine Casadeis to Repetto ballet pumps, to the clean lines of Michel Vivien, you’ll find only the very best quality and always fashionable at Garrice.
Address: 77 rue Charlot 75003 PARIS
Looking for that unique designer piece from your favorite designer. Mon Amour is the place to go. It collects and exhibits designer pieces from around the globe.
This is where you’ll find rare Yves Saint Laurent shoes, an oriental bag from the 1940s, or an old dress by an idolized designer made in his youth. For the dedicated vintage shopper, this is el dorado!
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