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The World's Leading Luxury And Fashion Boutiques In Paris

Jan 16, 2008
Paris is an incredible tourist destination in the world, located on the northern part of the country, on the banks of the River Siene. Paris holds the distinction of being one of the Europes most romantic destinations. With its incredible art and culture, interesting museums, fantastic art galleries, sumptuous cuisines, and award winning wines, Paris is also regarded as a premier art, culinary, and travel destination.

Additionally, Paris is also a great shopping destination, and sometimes it is acknowledged as the 'Shopping Capital of the World.' A good number of fashion as well as designer boutiques can be seen here. From chic designer fashion boutiques and antique shops to souvenir outlets and bargain markets and stalls, Paris is in deed a mecca for shopping. Mentioned below in this article are some of the top leading shopping destinations in Paris.

Most popular among the shopping districts in Paris are Paris Department Stores District - Boulevard Haussmann, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Faubourg Saint-Honore, the Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Saint-Ouen Flea Market, and Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli.

Stretching from Paris Ville to Paris Paris IXe arrondissement, Boulevard Haussmann is an elegant tree-lined boulevard, boasting of such department stores as Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps. Galeries Lafayette is a must visit for fashion enthusiasts, boasting of a variety of leading edge designer collections for both men and women, such as, jewelry, fashion clothing, cosmetics, and home furnishing items. Au Printemps is also a great destination for fashionable apparels and other accessories.

Another hot spot for shopping fashion collectibles is Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysees, which is packed with an array of designer shopping malls, cutting edge outlets, and other trendy stores. Stretching from the Arc de Triomphe to the Obelisque on the Place de la Concorde, Avenue des Champs-Elysees is perhaps the world's most beautiful avenue. In fact, it is a must-see destination in France. Few among the fashion boutiques and jewelry outlets here are Valentino, Bulgari, and Chanel. It is also home to the much famed LVMH group's firms such as Celine, Loewe, Vuitton, and Ines de la Fressange.

Located few steps away from Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysees is the city's one of the most renowned fashion streets, namely, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. This is a great place to shop items such as designer items, fashionable home furnishing items, and name-brand cosmetic items. Prominent among the designer shopping establishments in this region are Hermes, Versace, Colette, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Popular shopping districts in Paris also include the Marais, which once served as a place of residence of French royals. The Marais is packed with an array of art galleries, fashion boutiques, cultural centers, night clubs, and world class restaurants and cafes. In short, this is a vibrant area, and is a great spot to shop items such as antiquities, fine art items, rare collections of jewelry, and trendy apparels and other accessories. Apart from these, the Marais is a fantastic destination to purchase the latest in handbags, with a great number of boutiques specializing in selling handbags, such as, Jamin Puech, Vanessa Bruno, Gerard Darel, Pauline Pin, and L'Echoppe a Sacs.

Saint-Germain-des-Pres is a shopping district, situated in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, nearby the Abbey of Saint Germain des Pres. This area is a popular destination for shopping such items as books, chic home furnishing items, and art items. A good number of fabulous cafes are also located here.

Situated in the northern part of the city, Saint-Ouen Flea Market is probably the largest of its kind in Paris. One can purchase from here items such as antique furniture, discounted as well as vintage clothing items, antiquities, oddball items, shoes, and masterpiece paintings.

Earlier a huge outdoor market, Les Halles has now been converted into one of the most significant shopping areas in the city, with a continuum of high-end chain stores. Among the top shopping streets in this district are Rue de Rivoli, Rue Etienne Marcel, Rue Pierre-Lescot, and Rue de Turbigo.

All of the aforesaid shopping districts are complete with a myriad of department stores, supermarkets and commercial centers, camera shops, and duty free shops. La Samaritaine, BHV, Auchan, Carrefour, Intermarche, Le Moyen Format, and La Maison de Leica, are just few to mention among them.

In short, Paris has everything to satisfy all kinds of shopping enthusiast.
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