Before you begin to do the shopping in the best shopping streets in Paris, remember that the main stores in Paris usually open from 10 am until 7 pm. They are closed on Sundays except for shops in Carrousel du Louvre, Avenue Champs-Elysées, the Marais district or Sevres-Babylone.
Rue de Rennes
A large and long street, located in the sixth department. Between the station Saint-Germain des-Prés at one end and Montparnasse at the other end, you can also get out of the tube at Saint Sulpice, Rennes, or Saint Placide stations! Ruye de Rennes is unarguably one of the the best shopping streets in Paris for tons of clothes, accessories, shoes, and boutiques! If you are tired from walking in and out of the shops, then you are not too far from the pleasant and quiet garden of Luxembourg (Jardin du Luxembourg)!
Boulevards Saint Michel and Saint Germain
These two boulevards are perpendicular to each other. That is where the shops are numerous and attractive, with a young and relaxed atmosphere. This is the area of Sorbonne university, which will explain to you the number of bars and cafes and bookstores. Take a walk around some small typical streets like Rue de la Huchette, Rue Saint Severin, and Rue de la Harpe.
Rue Saint Honoré
Rue Saint-Honoré in the 1st arrondissement, is a “chic” place for shopping. You have expensive fashion designer and more moderate boutiques. This is also the street where you will find the Colette (at No. 213), an emporium of designer clothes, electronics, and bookshops, with a library and an exhibition hall. You can keep walking towards the area 8 leaving the Royal Palace behind you, where the street changes its name and becomes Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré.
It is all along this road in the 8th district that you will get to see the Elysee Palace, where the president of France lives. Thus, this place has not stolen its reputation as one of the best shopping streets in Paris.
For travelers and bargain shoppers, you should know that Paris has two sales periods:
– Summer sales begin Wednesday, June 25th and end Tuesday, July 29th.
– Winter sales start around 8 January each year.
For a period of six weeks, all the shops in Paris offer many discounts to liquidate their stocks of the past season. (Discounts can sometimes reach – 70%).
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