Contrary to popular believe, Paris isn’t the most expensive city in the world, but walk down Ave. des Champs de Elysee and you may beg to differ with us. Shopping in Paris doesn’t have to break your wallet.
We know you want to look good when you hit the Paris nightlife, so make sure to take this guide with 7 valuable tips along with you on your next shopping excursion to get the best bargains.
- Be on the lookout for vintage. It’s in style and you can find plenty of it at Marche Aux Puces (Paris Flea Market). Additionally the early bird gets the worm, even when shopping in Paris so arrive early.
- Small boutiques offer more seasonal sales. If you want more bang from your buck, avoid the large branded retail stores. You may be able to find 40% -50% off some items during the busy holiday season.
- Shopping in Paris is prime during the bi-annual sales in January/February and then again in June/July. This is the best time to shop for designer clothing.
- Outlet designer discount stores have last year’s collection for half the price. Miss Griffes at 15 Rue Penthievre is the place to go for women’s wear. Another place to check for designer clothing is the thrift shops. You can find some great bargains at these “designer depots” as they call them in Paris.
- Duty free shopping in Paris is open to non European Union citizens. You must spend at least 175 Euro in one store within three months to qualify for the benefit. Make sure to keep track of your receipts.
- Shopping etiquette goes further than you would think. Enter the store by saying, “Bonjour” and the sales staff may have a tendency to be more attentive.
- If you’re only shopping for souvenirs there are several street vendors and gift shops near the Paris attractions. You can purchase a mini Eiffel Tower at almost any street corner.
After a day of shopping in Paris, you’ll definitely be hungry. Check out our list of top places to eat in Paris.