April 5, 2007

Best Shopping in Paris

By Verdict Staff

AndrouËt boutique

Paris and shopping, shopping and Paris – the two words seem to match perfectly, and are testament to the city’s long history as a consumer paradise.

The birth-place of couture as we know it, the city overflows with boutiques dedicated to the timeless pieces of all the big-name designers, foreign as well as French. Dior, Galliano, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Gucci, Jean- Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Armani, Burberry – all these can be found at numerous locations around the capital. Paris is not all about big brands however; there are also plenteous opportunities for shoppers on the look out for vintage clothing and accessories, out-of-print books and magazines, artisan-made beauty products and gourmet fare.

BEST SHOPPING AREAS/DISTRICTS

Paris is one big shopping district really, almost every street offering an eye-catching boutique or fine food store.

However, there are wellknown concentrations of shops that it would be folly not to visit, as they combine luxury with convenience. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is one of the most famous shopping ‘districts’ in Paris, despite being just one road. But what a road it is; stretching from the 16th arrondissement to the 1st, it encompasses all the best designer boutiques as well as incredible fur stores and antique booksellers. Avenue Montaigne is also worth a trip, with its concentration of top designer boutiques such as Dior, Agnés B and Chanel. For those seeking out more modern fashion, the many boutiques dotted around the Marais area are the best option, and are also excellent places to observe the young and oh-sofashionable natives in action.

COLETTE

Colette

In a city where tradition, old-school grandeur and classic style reign, Colette is a breath of fresh air.

A resolutely modern concept store on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, it is well known for its cutting-edge designer fashion by the likes of Lanvin, Comme des Garçons, Proenza Schouler, and Gareth Pugh, and for its range of cool knick-knacks. Colette is also home to the Water-bar, a restaurant and bar serving over 100 varieties of – yes, you guessed it – water.

+33 (0)1 5535 3390

213 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75001

www.colette.fr

FRANCK ET FILS

Located in the 16th arrondissement, known to Parisians as ‘le beau quartier’ due to its exclusivity, Franck et Fils stocks all the big brands but in a quiet, classy environment.

There’s no grabbing or hustling here; staff and customers alike take their time moving around this plush carpeted store, which offers a choice selection of products from houses such as Chanel, Dior, Tod’s, and Fendi. Stop off at the Café de la Grande, the store’s tearoom & restaurant, for a refreshing pause in your shopping, or cross over the road to casual -glam restaurant La Gare for an apéritif.

+33 (0)1 4414 3800

80 Rue de Passy, 75016

www.francketfils.fr

GALERIES LAFAYETTE PARIS HAUSSMANN

In 1893, cousins Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn opened Galeries Lafayette.

Initially a small haberdashery store, it grew into what is now a 10-story department store selling luxury products of all shapes and sizes. Designer women’s and menswear is plentiful in this immense shopping destination, but the big draw must be the beauty department, positioned directly underneath a magnificent glass-domed ceiling. Don’t forget to check out the window displays too; the artful and extremely aesthetic arrangements are an excellent source of fashion inspiration.

+33 (0)1 4282 3456

40 Boulevard Haussman, 75009

www.galerieslafayette.com

LE BON MARCHÉ

The only department store on the Left Bank, Le Bon Marché is Elite Traveler’s favorite of the lot.

Although smaller than Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, it is more select in its choice of products, stocking only the classiest and most elegant clothes and accessories. The interior is modern, light and spacious; here it is the products that draw the eye, not the décor. Recent developments include the newly-refurbished ‘papeterie’, an airy, extensive stationery section filled with rows of glossy books on every conceivable topic, plus comfy armchairs in which to browse them.

+33 (0)1 4439 8000

24, Rue de Sèvres, 75007

www.lebonmarche.com

Stefano Ricci

Classic Italian tailoring at its best, Stefano Ricci offers refined clothing and accessories for the discriminating gentleman, as well as a coveted home ware range.

All garments are handmade, with shirts cut from the finest Egyptian cotton and sewn together by expert craftsmen. The trademark cufflinks are handmade by master goldsmiths using solid gold, platinum, diamond and a host of semi-precious stones including blue topaz, rhodolite and onyx. The luxury leather range includes wallets, footwear, belts, travel bags and handbags for the perfect gift.

+33 (0)1 4723 7550

97 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008

www.stefanoricci.com

PRINTEMPS HAUSSMANN

Founded in 1865, Printemps is one of Paris’s great ‘grand magasins’ or department stores.

Almost side by side with its rival, Galeries Lafayette, it is a vast bazaar of all that is beautiful, luxurious and exclusive. Behind its listed Art-Nouveau façade lie accessories, clothing, homeware and beauty products by Gucci, Guerlain, Paule Ka, Furla, Piaget, Hermès and many others. Printemps also offers its visitors a range of dining or cafe options; visit the in-store Ladurée boutique for a reinvigorating coffee and pastry, or in summer ascend to ‘Le Délicieux’, a chic rooftop restaurant with panoramic views over Paris.

+33 (0)1 4282 5787

64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009

www.printemps.com

BEST FOOD SHOPS IN PARIS

ANDROUËT

ANDROUËT

It is almost impossible to visit Paris and not walk by at least one ‘fromagerie’ or cheese shop; they are everywhere, and testament to the French’s great love of the stuff.

Not all fromageries are equal however, so if you are looking to taste a truly scrumptious cheese head to a branch of Androuët, one of the finest cheese ‘houses’ in the capital. Androuët cheeses, selected from the best producers in France, are carefully chosen for their superior quality and provenance, and matured by a team of passionate cheesemongers. Try one of their ‘banon’, a goats cheese from Provence that comes wrapped in a chestnut leaf, or plump for the famous ‘Mont d’Or’, a mild, gloriously gooey cow’s cheese perfect for baking in the oven and eating with toasted baguette fingers.

Stephane Blohorn (owner and general manager)

+33 (0)9 7581 2715

37 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 (St Germain branch)

www.androuet.com

LA GRANDE ÉPICERIE DE PARIS

Just across the road from Le Bon Marché lies their food hall, La Grande Épicerie, a cavernous space brimming with gourmet treats.

Whether you require a gift to take back home or top-quality ingredients for a luxury picnic, the options here are endless: confectionery, cheeses, cured meats, wines, baked items, desserts, fresh fruit and vegetables, leaf tea, coffee beans ground before your eyes – all these and more are available. Make like the Parisians and come here to stock up on champagne, baguettes and a gooey French cheese before wending your way to the banks of Ile St Louis to watch the sun setting over Notre-Dame.

+33 (0)1 4439 8000

38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007

www.lagrandeepicerie.fr

PIERRE HERMÉ

SUMPTUOUS MACAROONS AT PIERRE HERMÉ

Nicknamed the ‘Picasso of pastry’ by his fellow Frenchmen, patissier par excellence Pierre Hermé is the current king of the Parisian patisserie world.

A master at creating strange yet superb flavor combinations, he has enchanted gourmands for quite some time with his cakes, pastries and macaroons. Visit the flagship boutique on Rue Bonaparte to pick up a rich chocolate tarte or try out their house specialty, the ‘Ispahan’, a giant raspberry macaroon filled with rose and lychee cream and fresh raspberries, topped with sugared rose petals.

+33 (0)1 4354 4777

72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006

www.pierreherme.com

FASHION & ACCESORIES

VACHERON CONSTANTIN GALERIES LAFAYETTE (Espace Haute Horlogerie ) BOULEVARD ST GERMAIN Phone: +33 (0)1 4548 3652 Address: 201 Boulevard St Germain, 75007 Website: www.vacheron-constantin.com
BAUME & MERCIER ALDEBERT CIP Phone: +33 (0)1 4068 2328 Address: Palais Des Congres, 75017 Website: www.baume-et-mercier.com
ALFRED DUNHILL FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE Phone: +33 (0)1 4261 5758 Address: 15 Rue de la Paix, 75002, Website: www.dunhill.com
ARMANI COLLEZIONI Phone: +33 (0)1 5689 0650 Address: 41 Avenue George V, 75008, Website: www.armanicollezioni.com
BALENCIAGA FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE Phone: +33 (0)1 4720 2111 Address: 10 Avenue George V, 75008, Website: www.balenciaga.com
BURBERRY FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE Phone: +33 (0)1 4007 7777 Address: 8 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008, Website: www.burberry.com
CELINE FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE Phone: +33 (0)1 4501 8001 Address: 3 Avenue Victor Hugo, 75016 Website: www.celine.com
CHANEL Phone: +33 (0)1 4451 9293 Address: 25 Rue Royale, 75001, Website: www.chanel.com
CHLOÉ Phone: +33 (0)1 4494 3300 Address: 54-56 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008,
Phone: +33 (0)1 4723 0008 Address: 44 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.chloe.com
CHRISTIAN LACROIX Phone: +33 (0)1 4261 3908 Address: 366 Rue Saint Honore, 75001,
Phone: +33 (0)1 4268 7900 Address: 73 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Website: www.christian-lacroix.fr
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Phone: +33 (0)1 4548 4550 Address: 81, Rue des St Peres, 75006
Phone: +33 (0)1 4260 2222 Address: 14 Rue d’Alger, 75001 Website: www.dvf.com
DOLCE & GABBANA Phone: +33 (0)1 4494 9595 Address: 3-5 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4225 6878 Address: 54 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.dolcegabbana.com
DRIES VAN NOTEN Phone: +33 (0)1 4427 0040 Address: 7 Quai Malaquais, 75006 Website: www.driesvannoten.be
EMILIO PUCCI Phone: +33 (0)1 4720 0445 Address: 36 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.emiliopucci.com
FENDI Phone: +33 (0)1 4952 8452 Address: 22 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.fendi.com
GIORGIO ARMANI Phone: +33 (0)1 4261 5509 Address: 18 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.giorgioarmani.com
GIVENCHY Phone: +33 (0)1 4076 0021 Address: 56 Rue François 1er, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4431 5125 Address: 3 Avenue George V, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4268 3100 Address: 28 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Website: www.givenchy.fr
GUCCI Phone: +33 (0)1 5669 8080 Address: 60 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4296 8327 Address: 350 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75001 Website: www.gucci.com
HERMÈS Phone: +33 (0)1 4720 4851 Address: 42 Avenue George V, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4017 4717 Address: 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Website: www.hermes.com
HUGO BOSS BOSS HUGO BOSS Phone: +33 (0)1 4703 9400 Address: 43 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75002
Phone: +33 (0)1 5668 8484 Address: Palais des Congrès, Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017
HUGO BOSS Phone: +33 (0)1 4260 6829 Address: 165 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Website: www.hugoboss.com
ISSEY MIYAKE Phone: +33 (0)1 4887 0186 Address: 11 Rue Royale, 75008 Website: www.isseymiyake.com
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Phone: +33 (0)1 4286 0505 Address: 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002
Phone: +33 (0)1 4443 0044 Address: 44 Avenue George V, 75008 Website: www.jeanpaul-gaultier.com
JIMMY CHOO Phone: +33 (0)1 4723 0339 Address: 34 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 5862 5040 Address: 376 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75008 Website: www.jimmychoo.com
JOHN GALLIANO Phone: +33 (0)1 5535 4040 Address: 384-386 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Website: www.johngalliano.com
LANVIN Phone: +33 (0)1 4471 3173 Address: 22 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Website: www.lanvin.com
LOUIS VUITTON Phone: +33 (0)1 5357 2400 Address: 22 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)8 1081 0010 Address: 101 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Website: www.louisvuitton.com
MARC JACOBS Phone: +33 (0)1 5535 0260 Address: 56-62 Galerie de Montpensier, Palais Royal, 34 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Website: www.marcjacobs.com
MARNI Phone: +33 (0)1 5688 0808 Address: 57 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.marni-international.com
MISSONI Phone: +33 (0)1 4451 9696 Address: 1 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Website: www.missoni.com
MIU MIU Phone: +33 (0)1 5862 5320 Address: 219 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Website: www.miumiu.com
MOSCHINO Phone: +33 (0)1 4544 9696 Address: 32 Rue de Grenelle, 75006 Website: www.moschino.it
MULBERRY Phone: +33 (0)1 4260 0064 Address: 207 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75001
Phone: +33 (0)1 4041 0769 Address: 45 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, Place Des Victoires, 75001 Website: www.mulberry.com
PAUL SMITH Phone: +33 (0)1 4268 2710 Address: 3 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4284 1530 Address: 22 Boulevard Raspail, 75007
Phone: +33 (0)1 4222 6627 Address: 70 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Website: www.paulsmith.co.uk
POLO RALPH LAUREN Phone: +33 (0)1 4477 2800 Address: 52 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4477 5350 Address: 2 Place de la Madeleine, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4477 7700 Address: 173 Boulevard St Germain, 75006 Website: www.ralphlauren.com
PRADA Phone: +33 (0)1 5818 6330 Address: 6 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 5818 6330 Address: 92 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Place Beauvau, 75008 Website: www.prada.com
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Phone: +33 (0)1 4544 0124 Address: 68-70 Rue des Saints Pères, 75007
Phone: +33 (0)1 4723 3637 Address: 45 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4312 9696 Address: 46 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Website: www.ferragamo.com
TOD’S Phone: +33 (0)1 5343 1616 Address: 17-19-21 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 5363 3900 Address: 44 Rue du Dragon, 75006 Website: www.todsgroup.com
VALENTINO Phone: +33 (0)1 4723 6461 Address: 17-19 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4266 9594 Address: 27 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Website: www.valentino.com
VERSACE Phone: +33 (0)1 4742 8802 Address: 45 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.versace.com
YVES SAINT LAURENT Phone: +33 (0)1 4265 7459 Address: 38 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 5305 8080 Address: 32 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4329 4300 Address: 6 Place Saint Sulpice, 75006
Phone: +33 (0)1 4326 8440 Address: 12 Place Saint Sulpice, 75006 Website: www.ysl.com
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Phone: +33 (0)1 5357 8790 Address: 40 Avenue George V, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 5689 1400 Address: 48 Bis, Rue François 1er, 75008 Website: www.zegna.com

WATCHES & FINE JEWELRY

CHANEL Phone: +33 (0)1 4451 9293 Address: 25 Rue Royale, 75001
Phone: +33 (0)1 4723 7412 Address: 40-42 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 5305 9895 Address: 21 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 4286 2800 Address: 31 Rue Cambon, 75001 Website: www.chanel.com
DIOR HORLOGERIE Phone: +33 (0)1 5305 5161 Address: 25 Rue Royale, 75008
Phone: +33 (0)1 5624 9053 Address: 16 Rue de l’Abbaye, 75006
Phone: +33 (0)1 4073 5400 Address: 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Website: www.diorhorlogerie.com