Covering a total surface area of 575 hectares, Paris’s 12 International Tourist Zones offer plenty of opportunities to indulge in a little retail therapy, even on a Sunday! More than 3,000 retail outlets are open for business in different parts of the city.
Champs-Élysées and avenue Montaigne
Every day of the week tourists from all over the world, shopping enthusiasts and fashion devotees stroll up and down the world’s most famous avenue, where haute couture and luxury names such as Louis Vuitton and Guerlain rub shoulders with popular and affordable brands such as Gap, Disney Store and Kusmi Tea. A stone’s throw away, avenue Montaigne is indisputably the place for fashion designers, and this is where you’ll find top name boutiques such as Givenchy, Jimmy Choo and Yves Saint-Laurent.
The Galeries Lafayette (72,000 sqm.) and Printemps (52,000 sqm.) are without question the high points of any shopping expedition in Paris! Over a million product references and hundreds of brands are on sale in these stores, sometimes exclusively. Not far from these two legendary Parisian department stores is the passage du Havre, leading to the Gare Saint-Lazare, which extends this incredible shopping experience even further.
This historic area is especially well known for its high concentration of trendy shops. You can find almost anything you need in the emblematic general department store, the Bazar de L’Hôtel de Ville (BHV MARAIS). Why not try a Sunday brunch in one of its 3rd-floor restaurants? The surrounding streets in the Marais district teem with a variety of independent boutiques such as Bring France Home, where you can buy “100% made in France” souvenirs to take home.
Beneath its giant leaf-shaped canopy made of 18,000 “scales” of glass, the Forum des Halles, in the very heart of Paris, has revolutionised the Sunday shopping experience. This European shopping mall comprises more than 150 shops catering to all budgets, as well as restaurants and the largest cinema in France.
The legendary Montmartre hill also has plenty to offer Sunday shoppers. From vintage clothes shops to trendy boutiques, this most famous of Paris’s districts is an absolute treasure-trove. It’s ideal for a Sunday shopping outing with family or friends.
Formerly a wine market, Bercy Village is one of the most original shopping areas in the city. The remains of the stone storehouses, originally used for wine, have been renovated and converted into more than forty boutiques. Visitors are spoiled for choice: homeware, fashion, nature discovery, gastronomy and leisure activities.
Overlooking the Seine, the futuristic glass-fronted Beaugrenelle Paris shopping centre was designed by the architects Valode & Pistre. Inspired by the Parisian department stores, and accessible by Batobus, this must-see Paris shopping venue houses 120 fashion outlets as well as restaurants and recreational facilities.
Louvre Rivoli, Vendôme
Located beneath the Louvre museum, the Carrousel du Louvre is an unusual and delightful shopping centre comprising about thirty souvenir shops and luxury boutiques specialising in leisure activities and interior decoration. Literally an extension of the Louvre museum, this shopping centre in the heart of Paris is one of the capital’s most highly rated, and also houses a branch of the Printemps department store. A stone’s throw away, the avenue de l’Opéra, leading to the Haussmann district, also has a few shops which are open on a Sunday, including Paris Louvre KAMS Duty Free SPHE, which has a wide range of tax-free items. In the streets around the rue du Marché Saint-Honoré and the Place Vendôme, Sunday shoppers will find some of the major names in the luxury segment, including Guerlain, Chanel and Chloé.
Montparnasse and the rue de Rennes
The rue de Rennes has something for all tastes and for all budgets! Clothes shops, beauty shops, jewellers and more can be found in this shopping district which stretches into the Latin Quarter. At the foot of the Montparnasse Tower, the marché de la création Paris Montparnasse is an immense open-air art gallery. Art-lovers can discover paintings, engravings, sculptures, ceramics, marquetry, stained-glass, silk-screen printing and other forms of artistic creation.
The Latin Quarter
Famous the world over, the Latin Quarter and its narrow streets offer an opportunity to combine a historical visit with a shopping expedition. Looking for a typical but trendy souvenir of Paris? Try Par’ici, the number one outlet for souvenirs of the capital. Let yourself be tempted by a sweet treat that won’t increase your sugar levels at Les Belles Envies, a “sugar-free” chocolate and pastry shop. After a stopover in the Latin Quarter, why not continue your shopping trip on the nearby Île Saint-Louis.
In the south-east of Paris, the Olympiades district is an absolute gold mine! Whether you are looking for phones and phone accessories, clothes, jewellery or food, you’ll find plenty of choice in the shops along the avenue d’Ivry and the avenue de Choisy.
The Palais des Congrès, in the north-west of Paris, has a shopping area open to visitors on Sundays. Fashion, arts and culture, food and beauty; there is something for everyone.
Le Grand Paris
Sunday can also be an opportunity to wander around Paris’s well-known flea markets. If you’re interested in antiques and second-hand goods, explore the Saint-Ouen flea market, the Serpette and Dauphine markets, or the Porte de Vanves flea market.
And to find some real bargains and take advantage of heavily reduced prices, visit the outlet stores:
And, to snap up great deals and get big discounts, head for outlet stores:
Located near Versailles, in the Grand Plaisir shopping area, One Nation Paris is the biggest outlet shopping centre devoted to fashion and luxury goods in the whole of France. Open from 10am to 8pm seven days a week, it can be reached by shuttle bus from the centre of Paris.
For good deals to the east of Paris, the place to go is La Vallée Village Chic Outlet Shopping, in Marne-la-Vallée. There is a laid-back atmosphere at this open-air shopping centre near Disneyland Paris, where past collections from the best-known brands (Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Longchamp, Kenzo, etc.) are sold at steeply discounted prices. A truly unique shopping experience! Good to know: a shuttle service makes it easy to get to La Vallée Village from Paris.