Champs Elysées, Paris
Everyone recommends not to go to the CE for shopping, because it seems rather expensive. My experience is that you can 6 Euro on a coffee there, but on the other hand you find a large variety of french affordable(H&M prices, or slightly more) brands. Try it!
What to buy: Clothes, Clothes, Clothes! Maybe some shoes also.
What to pay: As much as you want...my last trip was a big and one small bag for 150 Euros....
There is a lot to say in regards to shopping in Paris, plenty to do... enjoy yourself...
Haute Couture shops found on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement.
Top quality shoes, bags, and leather goods are the province of Rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Grenelle in the 6th.
Truly trend-setting fashions may be seen in the shops on Rue Etienne Marcel and Place des Victoires bordering the 1st and 2nd arrondissements.
Some of the better-known emporiums of Haute Couture and jewelry include: Cartier (8th), Celine (8th), Chanel (1st & 8th), Chaumet, Christian Dior (8th), Christian Lacroix (8th), Piaget, Yves Saint Laurent (16th), and Van Cleef & Arpels (8th).
Sadly, the Champs-Elysées — formerly the bastion of fashion and class — has degenerated into a neon strip of fast food chains, banks, airline offices, malls, and cinemas aimed squarely at the tourists. Exceptions to this trend are the Guerlain Parfumerie, with its turn-of-the century elegance and its curved staircase, as well as the neo-classical Virgin Megastore, a mammoth retail haven for recorded music.
Les Halles offers a subterranean shopping center with more than 180 stores, connected by a maze of escalators and mall-walks guaranteed to give anyone a headache. If you can survive the nightmare, it is possible to find low-budget copies of Parisian-chic fashions and other trendy clothes here.
What to buy: For a pleasurable and mainstream shopping experience à l'américaine, shoppers should check out the department stores in Paris. Two of the most famous rivals, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, may be found side-by-side on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement, carrying designer, brand name and private label merchandise.
La Samaritaine, located in the 1st between Les Halles and the Pont Neuf, is a five-store complex which prides itself as the one where "on trouve tout".
Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville - BHV, located in the 4th, is better known for practical commodities, such as furnishings, do-it-yourself supplies, lighting and auto parts, though they do stock a decent selection of clothing and accessories. Le Bon Marché, the only Left Bank (7th arrondissement) department store, earns top marks from both shoppers and food lovers, with its adjoining food halls and roof garden.
One of the most renowned places to find treasures in Paris is at the flea market. Paris has three main flea markets of ancient descent, situated around the old gates of the city. The origin of the name refers to the cast-off clothes of royalty which were commonplace in centuries of old, teeming with the little insects.
Entertaining in every respect, they are a good source of bargain treasures if you go early enough (between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.), before the massive influx of shoppers. Antikita's official web site of the Saint Ouen Flea Market (Porte de Clignancourt, 18th arrondissement ) provides a map of the sprawling complex and permits virtual windowshopping of its merchants' wares. The other major markets may be found at Porte de Vanves (14th) and Porte de Montreuil (20th).
What to pay: Prices varied. If you're coming from America, be ready to pay double for regular items. Be selective, the value of the dollar is lower than the Euro.
Bookworms will find most books in Paris to be somewhat expensive, particularly foreign books.
However, one of the most charming fixtures in Paris consists of the rows of bookstalls perched against the parapet of the Seine River, known as les bouquinistes. Here, many a connoisseur of ancient tomes has been able to find a particularly valuable first edition, given an appropriate degree of patience and a seasoned knack for bargaining. For general French titles, the largest and most convenient shop is the FNAC in the Forum des Halles.
Two of the better-known English-language bookstores are Brentano's (2nd arrondissement ) and Shakespeare & Co. (5th).
Louis Vuitton just reopened their shop at Champs Elyseeslast October and it is a totally different experience. They even have a galary at the top floor of the shop and you have to take the elevator to the top and then walk down the shop.
What to buy: Bags
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. 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.
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.
There are tons of high end shops on this avenue. Everything you could ever ask for! But even if you don't buy anything, this avenue is worth a visit anyway. Strolling through it's tree lined streets gives one such a sense of gratefullness! Gratefullness of being able to be in this beautiful, magical city!
What to buy: Perfume, Designer clothes, everything!
Everyone hears of the wonderful shopping on the Champs Elysées. So we had to go ourselves.
Admittedly we are not keen shoppers (yes, I know that sounds weird coming form a woman! lol), but even so, we found it a little overrated.
It is a superb tree-lined Avenue with many chain shops, some boutiques and some interesting little restaurants, especially the coffee shops. The magnificence of the Arc de Triomphe at the top end of the Champs Elysées adds to the magic of the Avenue.
What to buy: Our favourite shop was Disney.
We bought Happy and Sleepy! lol These two dwarfs are just gorgeous. I was keen to get all 7 but my hubby said 'only 1 each Jen'... good thing he was with me.... haha
One thing we did enjoy doing was sitting at an outdoor coffee shop, watching the people walk by... we always enjoy this, but especially here!
What to pay: Paris is more pricey than New York but cheaper than London. It is all relative I think. I found prices were generally fine.
Louis Vuitton Store on the Champs Elysees featuring the French prestige brand Louis Vuitton handbags, shoes and accessories.
What to buy: Everything Louis Vuitton. Pick up the latest designs before they hit stores outside of France.
What to pay: Bring your checkbook and high limit credit card.
The Champs Elysees is a straight strip of stores with all the common and classic shops on it such as: Prada, Sephora, Armoni, and whatever else brand name you can imagine. This street is very simialr or the 3rd Street Promanade in Sant Monica, CA or better yet 5th Avenue in NYC. Its a very lovely street at night but if your more into the culture or the city in stead of the shopping you wouldnt be caught dead here twice. I enjoyed it, but it gets very tiresome after an hour.
What to buy: Since the Champs Elysees is a single street of the most fasionable store (Even here McDonalds is a 5 star joint!) WHat to buy is all up to what you want! There is almost anything to any extent but nothing i would consider special and unique to the country.
What to pay: You can expect to spend quite a bit here. The last time i checked a Gucci bag was going for $1,000+ ....on sale... So make sure you bring a little bit more if your planning on doing some extreme shopping!
Now you can update your Paris VT tips "live" from just about anywhere in the city.
The map at the link below:
Le WiFi ala Big Mac
"McDuckmeat" and bringing your work with you on Paris holiday....... Êtes-vous fou ? god help us.....
highlights one of the many WiFi spots on the Champs Elysees, but they are (as you zoom out on the map) everywhere in the city.
Not everyone drags their laptop around with them on holiday, but if you do and you don't mind paying the connect charge, you can sit just about anywhere in the city and chat, upload, email, update your VT pages, etc etc.
Putting this tip under "Shopping" as you must pay for the connect charge.
If you are very rich or just like fancy cars, take a walk down Champs-Elysés and enter the big stores of Mercedes and Peugeot...
What to buy: They'll have some really cool models on display that can be seen up close. The Peugeot store also offers a wide range of merchandise!
What to pay: You better bring your big wallet if you wanna bring home a new car, but the Peugeot stores merchandise can be bought for a reasonable price.
This store is very similar the american store express except it is ten times more chic. It is a very trendy store with lots of great stuff. If you like to shop you must go here!!!!
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, accesories, handbags, swimsuits, etc.
What to pay: it is very comparable to the prices at express in the US
On the 25th of June the sale(it`s called soldes in French) strated.and ofcourse being a women I could not resist that,,hehehe,,
At the Champs Elysees there many retail shops,some are expencive,some are average.
What to buy: What your budget allows you,, ;-)
If London has Oxford Street, New York has Fifth Avenue, Singapore has Orchard Road and Tokyo has Shibuya as famous city shopping street than lets try Champs Elysees in Paris. Huge wide roads and strolling down the shopping district. It's fun!
Even though you are not a soccer fan, it's a good experience to pay a visit to the official fanshop of the Parisian soccer team - PSG
The huge two-floor fanshop can be found on Champs-Elysees and is a must-see if you love soccer...unless you are a Marseille fan :0)
What to buy: This shop offers everything a PSG-fan could ask for, and you may even find yourself buying something though you've never seen the team play.
Jereys, t-shirts, jackets, balls, gloves, flags, pins, stickers, teddy bears...everything!
You can even get your own name and number on a jersey...made right in the store in 10 minutes.
What to pay: I bought an original player jersey with name and number, and had to pay a little more than 80 Euros, but you can find stuff there at all prices-levels, and you might even be lucky to be there for the 'sales' period.
The Champs Elysées is probably one of the most famous shopping streets in the entire world. The prices are high here but you can find a deal or two if you look around.
This is another one of those areas that you will want to plan a full day at if you are the shopping type.