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Shopping in Paris is synonymous with famous designers and luxurious brands (the names Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior come to mind). But you will also find more affordable options to match your budget in the huge department stores or many popular neighborhood markets. Take your pick of fashion, food, books or souvenirs.La Vallée VillageLa Vallée Village is 35 minutes east of Paris city center and just five minutes from the Disney Parks. Discover superb price reductions on a selection of the leading French and international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands in 115 outlet boutiques.
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Les Grands Boulevards (Hausmann)This is one of the city's most popular shopping areas, home to prestigious department stores such as Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. They are remarkable as much for the wide range of items sold as for their Art Nouveau architecture. You will find a world of ready-to-wear, with appealing boutiques and affordable brands. A good place to start is with a walk from the beautiful Opéra Palais Garnier down to the stores on Boulevard Hausmann.Kamil Macniak/Shutterstock.com
Les Halles and MaraisLocated in the city center, right between the Louvre and Notre Dame, the shopping mall Forum des Halles features a heap of good shopping spots in a fascinating and crowded underground complex. This is a good source for affordable clothing. Not far away, Le Marais carries many handicraft and antique shops and is always a safe bet to find some unique artifacts.
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Along the SeineOne of the most charming shopping activities in Paris consists of walking along the rows of bookstalls perched against the parapet of the Seine River. Here, if you have time and good bargaining skills, you may find some ancient and valuable tomes or collections of old stamps.Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock.com
Marché aux Puces de ClignancourtThis world-renowned flea market in the North part of Paris attracts over 70,000 Parisians every weekend. Here you can find terrific bargains on everything from vintage clothing to antique furniture.
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Galeries LafayetteParis' most spectacular department store is famous for its unique stained-glass dome. It hosts the most prestigious designer and cosmetics labels, as well as the largest European space entirely devoted to men’s fashion. It is also home to huge toy, jewelry, house ware and delicatessen departments.
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Champs-ÉlyséesThis tourist strip is lined with fast food chains, banks, airline offices, cinemas and malls, such as the futuristic Drugstore Publicis near l'Arc de Triomphe, or Gallerie Marchande des Champs-Elysées near Georges V. The Guerlain Parfumerie, with its turn-of-the century elegance and curved staircase, as well as the neo-classical Virgin Megastore, a huge retail haven for recorded music and books, are highlights.Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock.com
Souffle ContinuThis is a place for music lovers. This record store keeps up with all the new releases, but also has a vast and eclectic collection of older gems, from jazz to metal and everything in between, perfect for allowing yourself to get lost in discovery for an afternoon.
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Le Carrousel du LouvreLe Carrousel du Louvre is a diverse underground shopping precinct adjoining the famous museum. Whether you are looking for music, gifts, perfumes or clothing, you will find a number of well-known stores that deliver quality merchandise and ease of purchase.
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ArtazartCombining Paris' love of books with its passion for design, Artazart is a palace of coffee-table tomes, with everything from fashion and photography to illustrations and children's books. The small art gallery section also showcases works by local talents.
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Le Bon MarchéFounded in 1852, Le Bon Marché was the first ever department store. Tradition and prestige accompany this prominent retail establishment, the top destination for fashion and style. Designer apparel for men and women, cosmetics, and house ware comprise the major departments, and there is now also an impressive food hall.
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Area Surrounding Place VendômeRight off Rivoli is the beautiful Place Vendôme, where jet-setters and millionaires buy their jewelry. This is ”the” area for renowned Haute Couture and luxury goods. From here you can enjoy a walk down to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne where the superb boutiques display their goods out of baroque windows. Women will particularly like Colette, one of the most interesting shopping experiences anywhere, an eclectic collection of fresh-off-the-runway design, fashion, gadgets and music. Men can try Charvet, the oldest and best known boutique in Paris selling top quality ties and shirts.Hugh Millward / Flickr
L'ABC du ParfumL'ABC du Parfum is exactly what it sounds like. Here you can learn about the basics of fragrances, participate in a workshop and go on a perfume tour. You can even take home a perfume of your own creation.
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Album ComicsThe kings of comics in Paris, Album carries everything from American DC and Marvel comics and popular Japanese manga to the much beloved French BD, as well as all sorts of geek-chic merchandise. Book signings are also held, and it is not uncommon to find collectibles and limited edition items.
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CaussesOffering quality seasonal produce, hams and cheeses, along with preserves, breads and other delights, Causses might be the city's best "alimentation generale". It is also affiliated with Esprit Cuisine, where you can be taught to cook delicious meals with the ingredients you have just bought.
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GoldyMamaParis is a goldmine for vintage clothing, but if you can only hit one spot, make it GoldyMama. This small boutique is packed with well-preserved items from yesteryear, making it the perfect place to shop for the 1950's skirts and suits, or indeed, the wacky 1970's shirts you have always wanted. If you are looking for truly unique gifts, look no further.
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Le Sept CinqOn display at Sept Cinq you will only find the work of locally-based designers, working with local materials. Although specializing in accessories and knick-knacks such as jewelry, bags, candles and notebooks, the boutique also regularly hosts book-signings and exhibitions, and there is a cozy cafe in which to take a break from browsing.
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Jimmy FairlyThe one-stop eye-wear shop for hipsters throughout France (with locations in Paris, Lyon, Toulouse and Lille), Jimmy Fairly has a wonderful "buy one, give one" program, whereby upon purchasing one of their retro models, they will donate a brand new pair to someone in need.
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