While shopping abounds all over Paris there are several key areas which are rich with boutiques and name brand stores. St. Germain is known to Parisians and tourists alike for its plethora of boutiques. Start at the Saint Sulpice church and work your way around down rue du Four, over in the rue du Dragon area where the streets are oh to tiny, and rue de Grenelle with its many shoes stores. Then head up rue Bonaparte to the Blvd St. Germain as it crosses Blvd Raspail where youll find Armani and Caf? Flore across the street. Stop at the caf? de la Marie for a tea or a drink post retail therapy and enjoy the St. Sulpice fountains.
Another obvious choice is the Marais, the area that spans between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements with hundreds and hundreds of stores to choose from. I love rue des Franc Bourgeois, rue Charlot and Poitou in the upper Marais. The Marais is known for trendy and chic boutiques, some of which are the only outpost of the designer. Buying a walk and shop the Marais tour guide, which is easy to download from Girls Guide to Paris.com is a simple way to find the best of the lot. A stop on rue de Rosiers for tea at le Loir de la Theatre is a perfect end to the day.
A lot of people love rue St. Honore and there is no doubt that the big brand names can be found there such as Gucci, Hermes and Dior. With the exception of the well-known concept store Colette, most of the other brands can be found back home. For something more interesting head over to the rue Etienne Marcel between rue de Turbigo and rue du Louvre in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements. Here youll find everything from big-name labels to indie gems to trendy chains. If youre looking to dole out some serious euros on real fashion, start with the heavy hitters at the eastern end of the street: Kabuki and Barbara Bui. Kabuki, is a mini-emporium stocking all manner of expensive European labels like Chlo?, Moschino, Balenciaga and Balmain. Frances own Barbara Bui offers her full collection of cutting-edge shoes, bags and ready-to-wear.
Thankfully, as you continue westward, youll find more casual and affordable options. Denim devotees should be able to find at least one perfect pair between the options at Diesel and Replay. Trend-setters can get the latest flirty skirts and boyfriend jackets at the ever-popular Et Vous and Kooples. But if youre looking for unique pieces, spend some time at Gas by Marie and Saiki. Both boutiques are tiny. The former features lovely, cant-miss feminine dresses designed by Marie Gas, alongside the seasons best pieces by designers like Vanessa Bruno; the latter offers exquisite handmade jewelry.
Before your wallet is totally empty head over to rue Montorgueil for a caf? or a cocktail to celebrate your finds!