Paris Shopping Overview

Rue Charlot - Market | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Paris

Even the most ignorant fashion novice can look at the average Parisian and think, “damn…they look good!” All the incredible shopping in Paris must have something to do with it. Window-shopping is like an Olympic sport in this town, and the French even have a name for it, “lèche-vitrine,” which literally translates to “licking the showcase.” They don’t mean it literally, of course, so keep the tongues at bay, even though it might be hard when staring at all the incredible displays that pop out from practically every major street in Paris.

Although government officials have begun to enforce regulations to curb ongoing commercialization, the stunning Avenue des Champs-Élysées is filled with a plethora of popular brand stores from Nike to Louis-Vuitton that cater to the tourist crowd, while fashion aficionados shopping for unique luxury designers could spend weeks exploring even more upscale side streets like Avenue Montaigne.

The center of the fashion world would not be complete without Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, a street comprised of some of the most spectacular shops on the planet, while Montmartre’s cobblestoned Rue du Steinkerque leads past countless little cafés, brasseries, and shops selling everything from football jerseys to watercolors of quaint Paris scenes before finally depositing trekkers at Sacré-Coeur Basilica, the stunning white cathedral perched on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Anyone looking for the best in French accessories, shoes, and lingerie should head to Rue de Rennes, which is the place to go to find something for every budget, while Les Puces de Saint-Ouen – commonly known as “Les Puces”– is one of the largest flea and antique markets in the world, attracting more than one hundred thousand visitors every weekend since 1885. How’s that for Paris shopping! Now go lick something.

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