Champs Elysées, Paris
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).
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!
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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 :)
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.
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,, ;-)
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.
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.
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.
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....