There’s shopping and there’s shopping, and there’s no better place than Paris except for maybe the good ole days in Hong Kong and Singapore, where you can find nearly anything you want, in any color, flavor or shape. The same goes for food in the streets of Paris. See our foodie write-up here and chocolate enticement here. And remember for those reading, the below perspective is from a woman in her forties who tends to have a softer spot than most for European design and shoes.
I’ll continue to add to this ongoing list of shops, boutiques, streets and funky stores, as well as provide insights as new things emerge. Feel free to add your own experiences and insights to the comments to make the content fresh and alive.
Boutiques, Shoes and Designers:
- Rene Derhy with locations on rue des Rosiers, Boulevard Saint-Michel, rue de Rennes, rue de Sevres, rue Gal Leclerc and in the Galeries Lafayette department store.
- CLIF – I always end up in a CLIF shoe store at least once a Paris visit. There are three locations, 2 rue de Buci, 153 rue de Rennes and 127 Boulevard Saint Germain. They also have a fabulous selection of leather bags and rucksacks.
- Boutique Pataugas on 211 rue Saint Honore.
- Coup 2 Coeur for shoes on 4 rue Clement, 75006, Paris.
- Piscine, with locations near metro stops Odeon, Courcelles, Saint-Paul in the Marais, Abbesses, Rennes, George V. They have accessories and shoes and you’ll no doubt find something to go home with.
- Andre on 106 rue de Rivoli although they have other locations. I LOVE this store. Shoes, boots and bags. Shoes, boots and bags. And they’re all fabulous. The manager Jean-Pierre at the rue de Rivoli store offers incredible customer service. (at the time of writing this – December 2011).
- Moi Cani on 12 rue de L’Odeon with another location on 48 rue Saint Dominique (apparently his wife runs this one). Old school, homemade and very classic traditional clothing – pants, sweaters, shirts.
- Boutiques d’usine with locations around France, but the one in Paris 6th is on 12 rue du Vieux Colombier. Fun and creative.
- Galeries Lafayette is one of the most well known department stores not just in Paris but in Europe if not the world. Massive on several floors, it takes over the street and is particularly fun around the holidays since their window displays are colorful, creative and engaging. Whether you want perfume, jewlery, shoes, boots, accessories or clothing, its a must stop if you appreciate fashion and design.
- Monderer on 22 rue des Francs Bourgeois in Paris.
- Sandro – has a few different locations around Paris.
- Maje – has a few different locations around Paris.
- Kooples – has a few different locations around Paris.
- Paul Smith Shoes at Galeries Lafayette on 40 Boulevard Haussman. I LOVE his designs.