Parisian chic just never goes out of style. Whether you want to see the latest collections from France's most renowned fashion houses, discover some unique pieces in the city's top concept stores, or are dying to get a taste of Fashion Week, check out our guide for where to go for some well-deserved retail therapy.
Begin with the classics
Start your day at the ‘golden triangle’; an area of Paris formed where the Champs-Elysées, Avenue Marceau and Avenue Montaigne meet. This spot is known as the home of haute couture, and it's all too easy to lose yourself in the classic glamour of its stylish boutiques.
Dior's flagship store is situated on the Avenue Montaigne and was first opened in 1947. Decorated in classic 18th century Parisian style, the building itself is as elegant as the clothes inside. From billowing evening gowns to feminine Lady Dior bags, named in honor of the late Princess Diana who immediately fell in love with them, each purchase includes a little piece of the house’s history.
Further along, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, admire the striking metal walls and emblazoned LV logos that give Louis Vuitton's flagship store its distinctive character. Have your own initials hot stamped onto a handbag by a skilled craftsman on-site, and don’t miss the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, a museum on the seventh floor which hosts art exhibitions and other special events.
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From cutting edge to catwalk
For classic Parisian styling in the way of simple tailoring and high-quality accessories, look no further than A.P.C. The brand has several stores dotted all over the city, and you’ll find one just off the Rue Saint-Honoré on Rue d’Alger. The minimalist interiors here provide the perfect showcase for the toned-down pieces that are on display.
After New York, London and Milan, Paris is the last city scheduled to host Fashion Week in the calendar. From the Haute Couture the first week of July to the Women's Fashion week at the end of September, fashion is and will always be an important aspect of Parisian culture. Get a taste of what it's like to be in the front row at Paris Fashion Week with a trip to Galeries Lafayette, situated in the 9th arrondissement. Every Monday and Friday at 3pm, the store's 'Salon Opéra' plays host to a fashion show with seats available by reservation only. And after the show, head up to the rooftop for panoramic views over the city.
Other Parisian delights for your shopping break
Nothing speaks of French refinement more than 'parfum'. Parisian institution Guerlain was founded in 1828 and is situated on the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées. As you would imagine, the store has a fragrance for every taste but whilst here make sure you try Shalimar, a harmonious blend of bergamot, iris and vanilla that is said to capture passionate love and has been a bestseller since 1925. After you've sampled the scents on offer, head downstairs to Le 68, where lauded chef Guy Martin pairs gastronomy with aromatic scents. Sample the fillet of bream with aloe vera, tofu and cucumber marinated in ginger, followed by the irresistible macaron des jardins de Shalimar with clementine and bergamot.
While in Paris, you'll also want to experience french cuisine of course, renowned around the world as an art form. From La Durée on the Champs Elysées to Fauchon on the Madeleine square, Paris offers something exquisite for every foodie. For a unique experience head on to 86Champs, a concept store born from the collaboration of the "Picasso of pastries", Mr Pierre Hermé and the cosmetics brand l'Occitane. Revolving around scents, flavors, textures and balance, this new luxurious place is on its way to becoming a Parisian institution.