Destination’s City Guide to Paris:
Our favorite areas to shop in the city:
Saint Germain: designer, homewares, footwear, books, cafes, galleries
Shop: Begin with rue du Four, where you’ll see French chains like Sinéquanone, Les Petites, Maje and Eurythmic, as well as teen-oriented outlets like Alambic and cute kiddies’ shoes at Pom D’Api.
Rue Saint Honoré and environs: designer, mid-market, department stores
Rue Saint Honoré and rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré are paved with designer names.
Rue Saint Honoré, the Jardin du Palais Royal is another worthwhile destination, for vintage boutiques Didier Ludot and Gabrielle Geppert. Relative newcomers include Marc Jacobs and Rick Owens.
Place Vendôme: two legendary department stores, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.
Etienne Marcel: youth, denim, vintage
This is the place to come if you want to know what the young and hip are up to. When they’re not on the terrace of the contemporary yet slightly faded Etienne Marcel café, they’re frequenting the stores on the street of the same name. These include Diesel, Levi’s, Marithé et François Girbaud, Bill Tornade and Barbara Bui.
Le Marais: creative retail, vintage, kidswear, homewares, galleries
Vintage stores in rue de Poitou, pioneers moving into the area included multi-brand Shimji in rue du Perche, Gaspard Yurkievich in rue Charlot and Cypriot designer Erotokritos in rue Vieille du Temple.
Canal Saint Martin: bohemian boutiques, lifestyle
Bastille, this developing area attracts a more bohemian, laid-back crowd than some of the destinations above. The Canal Saint Martin is predisposed to ambling, although it does boast the pleasantly kitsch fashion and accessories store Antoine et Lili and a terrific design bookshop, Artazart. French designer Agnès B has her headquarters near here, as well as stores for men and women.
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche 24 rue de Sèvres www.lebonmarche.fr
The Musée de la Mode et du Textile, next door to the Louvre, and the Musée Galliera both stage extensive fashion-related shows.
The Pompidou Centre should not be missed for its excellent exhibitions, pioneering architecture, and the stunning view from the Georges restaurant on its rooftop.
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