Top ChoiceBooks in Paris

Bouquinistes

With some 3km of forest-green boxes lining the Seine – containing over 300,000 secondhand (and often out-of-print) books, rare magazines, postcards and old advertising posters – Paris' bouquinistes (used-book...

Top ChoiceBooks in Latin Quarter

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company

Enchanting nooks and crannies overflow with new and secondhand English-language books. The original shop (12 rue l’Odéon, 6e; closed by the Nazis in 1941) was run by Sylvia Beach and became the meeting point for...

Top ChoiceDepartment Store in Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette

Grande-dame department store Galeries Lafayette is spread across the main store (its magnificent neo-byzantine stained-glass dome dates from 1912), its men’s store, and homewares store with gourmet emporium.Catch...

Top ChoiceMarket in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen

Spanning nine hectares, this vast flea market was founded in 1870 and is said to be Europe’s largest. Over 2000 stalls are grouped into 15 marchés (markets) selling everything from 17th-century furniture to...

Top ChoiceFood in Latin Quarter

Le Bonbon au Palais

Kids and kids-at-heart will adore this sugar-fuelled tour de France. The school-geography-themed boutique stocks rainbows of artisanal sweets from around the country. Old-fashioned glass jars brim with treats...

Top ChoiceConcept Store in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Merci

A Fiat Cinquecento marks the entrance to this unique concept store, which donates all its profits to a children’s charity in Madagascar. Shop for fashion, accessories, linens, lamps and nifty designs for the...

Top ChoiceFood & Drinks in St-Germain & Les Invalides

La Grande Épicerie de Paris

The magnificent food hall of department store Le Bon Marché sells 30,000 rare and/or luxury gourmet products, including 60 different types of bread baked on-site. Its fantastical displays of chocolates, pastries,...

Top ChoiceDepartment Store in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Le Bon Marché

Built by Gustave Eiffel as Paris’ first department store in 1852, this is the epitome of style, with a superb concentration of men’s and women’s fashions, homewares, stationery, books and toys. Break for a...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Sézane

As if fashionistas needed any confirmation that northern Paris' 'nouveau quartier' Clichy-Batignolles is the place to be: iconic fashion brand Sézane has opened its first self-service concept store in a cavernous...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Veja

Living proof that Parisian fashionistas are increasingly green: every Saturday and Sunday huge queues snake outside this 2019-opened store, much-loved for its ecofriendly, unisex trainers (sneakers) and...

Top ChoiceMarket in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Marché d’Aligre

A favourite with chefs and locals, this chaotic street market's stalls are piled with fruit, vegetables and seasonal delicacies such as truffles. Behind them, specialist shops stock cheeses, coffee, chocolates,...

Top ChoiceCheese in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Fromagerie Alléosse

On stall-filled foodie street rue Poncelet, heady fromagerie Alléosse has its own cheese-ripening caves (cellars) spanning 300 sq metres with four separate environments. Its 250-plus cheeses are grouped into five...

Top ChoiceFood & Drinks in The Islands

38 Saint Louis

Not only does this contemporary, creamy white-fronted fromagerie (cheese shop) run by young, dynamic, food-driven duo Didier Grosjean and Thibault Lhirondelle have an absolutely superb selection of first-class...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Les Récupérables

Eco-conscious Parisian designer Anaïs Dautais Warmel takes unwanted fabric scraps from upholstery workshops and haute-couture fashion houses in Paris and transforms them into wildly trendy, petrol-blue bomber...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Belle de Jour

Be whisked back in time to the elegance of belle époque Paris at this Montmartre shop specialising in perfume bottles. Gorgeous 19th-century atomisers, smelling salts and powder boxes in engraved or enamelled...

Top ChoiceHomewares in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Kerzon

Candles made from natural, biodegradable wax in Parisian scents such as Jardin du Luxembourg (with lilac and honey), Place des Vosges (rose and jasmine) and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (cedar and sandalwood) make...

Top ChoiceMarket in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Marché Bastille

Marché Bastille

If you only get to one open-air street market in Paris, this one – stretching between the Bastille and Richard Lenoir metro stations – is among the very best. Its 150-plus stalls are piled high with fruit and...

Top ChoiceConcept Store in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Thanks

Former financial-trader-turned-jeweller Arnaud Soulignac is the creative mastermind behind this tiny boutique specialising in stylish and unique homewares, gifts and jewellery – all made in France. The...

Top ChoiceCheese in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Fromagerie Goncourt

Styled like a boutique, this contemporary fromagerie is a must-discover. Clément Brossault ditched a career in banking to become a fromager and his seasonal cheese selection – 70-plus types – is superb. Cheeses...

Top ChoiceHomewares in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Storie

Beautiful objects with une histoire (a story) is what this backstreet boutique is all about. Hand-woven items from West Africa pile next to silk and cashmere from Afghanistan and cushions from Laos. Items are...