Galleries Lafayette is a good place to start, on Boulevard Haussman. Not only is it a beautiful, quintessential Parisian district the shopping is excellent. Take the Metro to La Fayette. It's as safe as any major shopping district in any major city, no need to worry. over 7 years ago
Thanks Phil. I heard that GL carries mostly high-end luxury items. Is this true? Or did you mean shop at GL AND along the streets of Haussmann?
I've been trying to plan the 5 days I have in Paris to include visiting Louvre, Notre Dame etc while at the same time do some shopping along the same path. This would then minimize having to return to the same area with the limited number of days I have. What would you suggest? over 7 years ago
Hi! GL is a good place to go, but it's not close to the attractions you want to see. I would recommend you to go to rue Saint - Honore that is in parallel to Rue de Rivoli. There are all grand marks, trendy Colette store, gallery de Valua (quite remarkable place itself) with MarkJacobs boutique and many others. And if you not satisfied you will be able to go to Vendome square (the most luxury part of Paris with old Ritz hotel in which you can visit its own shopping gallery inside) from which you can reach GL like in 15 minutes by foot.
BUT for my taste shopping in Paris is quite expensive because of taxation. I would recommend to buy only french brands becuase Italian and American are quite pricey even if you compare with London (that's been always more expensive because of pound). And tax free starts from 175euro per purchase only.
Good luck over 7 years ago
Thanks Valdimir. Do you know if most French local stores participate in the Global Tax Refund Programme? Or is it mainly the luxury brands and department stores?
Yes, €175 is ALOT to spend on clothes/shoes in one store. Looks like there's going to be more window shopping than shopping:( over 7 years ago