Champs Elysées, Paris
I may be stating the obvious by listing the Champs Elysees as a shopping tip, but although the avenue is long, huge, and easy to get lost in; you can find almost anything you're looking for there - clothes, jewellry, children's items, electronics, souvenirs, food, movie theatres, etc. I would reserve more than a couple hours, maybe even a full day if you're planning on doing some window-shopping in some of the world's most glamourous boutiques.
Some of the shops I specifically remember seeing on my last trip:
-Disney Store (good opportunity to get Paris Disney stuff for kids)
-several other big names
Having the Arc du Triomphe at one hand, and a ferris wheel at the other makes for a lot of great photo opportunities, so bring your camera!
What to buy: There are several car dealerships (Fiat, Peugeot, Renault and Mercedes-Benz) that can all be found along the Champs Elysees. There are even a few Cinemas (that play American movies in English with French subtitles) and TONS of gift shops, music stores, leisure and hobby shops, cafes, bistros, clothing, fashion and more. I would change money over before heading to the Shopping Avenue of the world, but there are also several banks (BNP, Citibank, Societe Generale, and Thomas Cook Change) among many others.
What to pay: I found most items were priced the same as they would be anywhere else. So expect to spend the same amount you would anywhere on clothes, jewelry, music, etc. I found postcards and Pairs souvenirs to be more pricey than anywhere else. I bought a small purse mirror for 13 Euros.
This is the street that ticks, the fashion world is here, you see it right on the avenue or streets and avenues adjacent, all is well packed.
Just walking the street is synonimous to have been in Paris, and if you add the element of shopping, then you are in heaven.
The street can be pricey, there are stores catering to the tourists, however, if you stick to the name brands you will find something unique. Anything you want to know about the avenue is at the official webpage in contact below.
Of course with young adults the stores is FNAC, but then there is PSG football Paris official store, and dont forget for mens my favorites nearby Daniel Hechter,and Daniel Cremeaux.
What to buy: almost everything in several specific stores
What to pay: depends on the store, if stick to brand name it will be comparable prices to other parts of the city
shopping your hearts contents all over the big avenue;then head over to the Port de Suffren for Maxim's the nice boat of Pierre Cardin to have some wine, chocolates, and foie gras for the bigger guys in us ::) from 10h to 20h, with tasting on the upper deck of the boat,near just below the Tour Eiffel;entry is free.Shopping is not ::)
Christmas in Paris is wonderful..the Christmas market at the Champs-Elysées will have about 150 chalets build in the Vosges forests, and will be by the roundabout Champs-Elysées to the place de la Concorde, with a beautiful illumanated big wheel or Grande roue. However the lights wont go on in the Champs Elysées until late November, and it will be a special effect lights new for this year yeah!!!and will be on until January 2014. the event to mark official start of lights will be late Nov on the C-E by the invited host.
This is the official site for all around the Champs-Elysées, the place to be if you are visiting even more lol!!
and more for merchants here
you should check the small boutique stores with sales of 40-50% off all over this area now,usually more unique special things then the better known like H&M and C&A. For the suburbs the La Defense area will have Christmas market too selling all gadgets from Wednesday Nov 23rd to Tuesday December 27th Open from 10h to 19h30 during the week and from 10h To 20h n weekend (got cut off above from translation to English)
Other areas available this year, Marché de Noël du Montparnasse - Monday Dec 5th to Friday Dec 30th
Marché de Noël du Trocadéro - Thursday Dec 8th to Monday January 2 ,open from 11h to 20h
Marché de Noël de la Place d’Italie - Friday Nov 25 to Saturday Dec 24th
Le Village du Père Noël place Saint-Germain des Prés -Friday Dec 2 to Monday January 2
there is also at Marché de Noël des Abbesses, pl de l'Abbesses but no dates out yet.
The prices are reasonable, and the souvenirs will last a lifetime. Joyeux Noel!
Every year the times might change or days move one or two but its pretty much the same for the rest; you can check the sites to be up to date such as
What to buy: Anything under the Parisien sun or moon.
What to pay: you can have sales all over the place sometimes 50% seek the smaller stores around the main streets.
I love the area at the Champs, not just for shopping but also to get socialised, to walk up and down the Boulevard, find the little secrets of the narrow streets crossing the Champs and mostly as getting tired to grab a chair on a cafe and sip a perfect caffee as relaxing ...
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a Boulevard in Paris with its cinemas, cafés, luxury specialty shops and clipped horse-chestnut trees. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets and one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world.
Several French monuments are also on the street including the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. The name is French for Elysian Fields the place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is known as "The most beautiful avenue in the world", La plus belle avenue du monde in French.
What to buy: All kind of branded shops, clothes, shoes, leather wear, jewelry, watches, as said in brief, all kind of luxury money can buy .... :)
What to pay: A lot ...
Champs d'Elysees offers an atmosphere that makes shopping a bit different. I don't need to say more. Walk up and down the Champs d'Elysees and visit those fab shops.
What to buy: Bags, shoes, jewelries, clothes
What to pay: Save enough.
Champs Elysees is a serious destination for style-conscious shopping, although the streets off the Champs Elysees running off Avenue Montaigne (with a few notable exceptions) is the place to find haute couture these days - Cartier and Vuitton may have flagships on the Champs Elyees, but check out Vuitton on Avenue George V if you want to be treated more as a customer than a tourist. Gaultier, Hermes, Chanel, Dior along with any other houses of style are to be found in the triangle of George V, Elysees and Montaigne. Plus many of the best restaurants and cafes as well as stylish hotels.
What to pay: A fortune :)
I wouldnt exactly say that this is the place to go to. Yes, there are many high end stores here but everything is so much more expensiveon Champ Elysees. We walked around, looked at stuff but really didnt buy anything. When we dd buy something around here we usually found it cheaper somewhere else.
What to buy: If you dont mind paying ridiculously high prices there are many high end stores here. Just remember the tax is higher here.
What to buy: Enjoy window shopping and stop in at some of the auto showrooms along the Champs Elysées. Plenty of clothing stores, jewelry stores, and souvenir shops as well. Stop for a snack or drink at one of the outdoor cafes or bakeries and enjoy people watching.
Yves Saint Laurent shop in Champs Elysees. Not my kind of shopping place, but interesting to see other people spend their money.
What to buy: The expensive shops has luxury products of handbags, shoes, belts, small leather goods, jewelry and accessories.
Shop along the Champs Elysees and see familiar stores such as Sephora and Disney- they are larger than life. Buy perfume. However, plan on spending a lot of money! Note: We found the same gifts on offered on shops on the Champs-Élysées for significantly cheaper prices at vendors on the smaller streets.
The famed Avenue des Champs-Elysees is known for its high-end stores. Of course, browsing is free. I just like strolling up and down, looking in the windows, and imagining having the money to buy something here. It's a good place to watch people and snap photos.
What to buy: The best and priciest items are all here.
What to pay: If you need to ask, then it's too much.
My first impression of the Champs Élysées was that it was a large, extravagant shopping street. And it is. But on subsequent visits I began to understand the attraction of this triumphal avenue. I could see why the French hold their parades here. I was enchanted on the eve of the new millennium when I saw that street was closed to traffic and Ferris wheels had been placed along the avenue, as art. Now it’s one of my premiere destinations when I visit Paris. I don’t truly feel that I’ve arrived in Paris until I’ve walked along the Champs Élysées on my way to the Arc de Triomphe at Etoile.
On one trip I resolved to continue past the Arc de Triomphe at Etoile to the Grande Arch de la Defense. I reasoned that if the Champs Élysées evoked such wonderful emotions on one side of the Arc de Triomphe, why not on the other side? Unfortunately, the avenue leading to the Grande Arch de la Defense just felt like a busy street with a curious lack of monuments. La Defense is worth a look, but it isn’t worth the walk. Take the RER.
With its cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops, the Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. It has been called La plus belle avenue du monde ("The most beautiful avenue in the world").
What to buy: You can buy famous designer-brand mens and womens clothes (e.g. Gap, etc.), luxury leather goods (e.g. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc.) music CDs, etc. You can also watch movies or drink coffee at the numerous Cafes along there and do people watching.
What to pay: Depends on how much you want to spend
There are several car show rooms on the Champs Ellyses: Peogeot, Mercedes and Citroen (and perhaps others that we didn't see)
Peugeot is the best: there are fabulous concept cars to view. There are also many models for sale at very reasonable prices - sometimes as little as EUR 2 which comes with a nice fancy bag and brouchure. It can make a perfect, and very cheap, gift for any male (or indeed female) relations back home.
Besides being the most famous street in Paris, the Champs Elysées is one of the best places in town to shop. It has blocks and blocks of stores, both big and small, all waiting for you to spend your hard earned euros. I was there for the Christmas season and, because the sidewalks are so wide, I never felt like it was too crowded - and there were lots of people out there too. I don't always like crowds, but I found it easier to handle than, say, 5th Avenue in NYC.
If you're looking to buy, do some window shopping, or if you're just looking for a good Paris walk on a very famous street, you will end up on the famed Champs Elysées at some point during your Paris stay. It's history and shopping, all rolled into one.