Paris, the world shopping capital, is packed with fashion boutiques, shops with delicious products and other souvenirs! All of which will delight your family and friends but also your clients and colleagues at a thank-you occasion or even a seminar. Some stores even offer workshops, catering spaces, rooms to organize events, and bespoke services such as a personal shopper. The challenge will be selecting from the latest accessories, delicious goodies, or crafts reflecting French expertise ... Follow our shopping trail through the streets of Paris!
The inimitable Grands Magasins
Paris and its Grands Magasins (major department stores) … This is a great way to begin your stay in the capital, whether it be for a business trip or a group trip! The Printemps Haussmann offers you a unique shopping experience, with a total of 45,000 m² devoted to fashion and luxury goods. The store has unveiled new shopping spaces such as Printemps de l’Homme. The latest offering in 2018 is the Printemps du Goût: a market, a grocery store, and restaurant areas rolled into one, plus a panoramic 360 ° view of Paris ... making it a novel venue for business lunches.
The Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, an icon of Paris fashion, has now put together workshops for an original team-building event. These include wine and cheese tasting, macaron making and even a fashion show – a great way to introduce your colleagues to Paris from a new perspective! For your events, the terrace, with its stunning views of Parisian landmarks, can be privately hired forup to 400 people.
After the Grands Magasins district, head to the Marais, home to the BHV Marais department store. You will find 2,000 brands in beauty, fashion, fine food, etc. The store also offers several places to eat, such as the famous ‘Perchoir’ – a wonderful rooftop bar for a relaxed after-work event. Just on the outskirts of Paris, you can enjoy discount prices at La Vallée Village outlet. This shopping ‘village’ has numerous brands at reduced prices in more than 100 shops, just 5 minutes from the Disney parks and 40 minutes from Paris.
Gourmet hit list
Paris is the capital of gastronomy! It’s impossible to go on a shopping trip without stopping off at places selling delicious specialties from France and elsewhere. Start with the Rue de Rivoli, where the tea room Thé et Beauté Ladurée displays delicious teas and infusions in beautiful boxes. Nearby, Kusmi Tea also offers you a delightful range of the same beverages on the Champs Elysées, in a colourful 200 m² shop. The atmosphere is conducive to discovery, with an à la carte tasting area and a stand devoted to customization. For a nice gourmet souvenir, Products of Paris provides you with a bag made of jute containing creations byindependent artisans with small explanatory labels revealing the history of each product, such as honey from Paris, toffees or pâtes de fruits.
Good wine enthusiasts will find their heart’s desire at Vintage & Cie, with its impressive collection of wines, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. A private room is available with cosy decor for unique customized tastings for up to 20 people, accompanied by experts. Chocoholics can visit one of the three Chocolat par Alain Ducasse addresses in the 1st, 6th or 11th arrondissements. Here, you can treat your clients to a range of chocolates, chocolate spreads, pralines and even candied fruits. Don't miss La Manufacture, in the 11th arrondissement, – a French arts and crafts workshop in the heart of the Bastille district.
Typically French shops
Paris is also renowned for many other types of ancestral know-how! Parisian shops vie with one another in originality to illustrate this, mixing quality and passion.
For an authentic gift, opt for an iconic Laulhère beret – the epitomy of French chic! Laulhère is the last traditional beret-making firm in France, and its unique boutique is on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Merci Gustave !, a designer of collectible objects with a stand in the Grands Magasins and various museum shops, selects glamorous accessories dedicated to the City of Light.
Located in the Marais district, Bring France Home offers you the best of France in jewellery, authentic gourmet products, and even cosmetics. In a hurry? You can order online and receive your gift-wrapped product within 48 hours. Petits trésors de France puts high-range accessories together with culinary specialities to offer exclusive assortments of products, all made in France. The Paris Opéra box, for example, includes a snow globe, honey, Angelina chestnut purée, a cookie plate, postcards and bookmarks. Finally, Groupe Monge, which has two shops, one in the Notre Dame district, and the other near the Eiffel Tower, sells cosmetic and perfumery products at very competitive prices. Note, a 15% immediate tax refund is accorded to customers outside the Euro zone.
On the way back
If you have been too busy with meetings and group visits during your stay in the capital to do some shopping, take advantage of your free time at the airport to take a bit of Paris home with you! The Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports offer a wide range of typically Parisian stores selling upscale fashion and gourmet food and drink. Paris-Charles de Gaulle is also recognized as one of the top 5 airports in the world for shopping, with totally redeveloped spaces to make your visit an unforgettable experience. Of note, the Galerie Parisienne, close to terminals 2E and 2F, is the largest retail space in an airport in France. Have a good flight back, full of souvenirs!