Shopping the boutiques of Paris

Les boutiques de Paris

The best concentrations of high-end and fashionable stores in Paris are in the adjoining 1er and 8e. No single street offers more shops than the long rue du Faubourg St-Honoré/rue St-Honoré and its tributaries. Even if you can't afford the prices, it's fun to have a look.

Big fashion houses like Hermés (no. 24; www.hermes.com) hawk ties and scarves, Longchamp (no. 404; www.longchamp.com) sells leather handbags, and Hervé Léger (24 rue Cambon; www.herveleger.com) does cutting-edge fashion.

Even better, you can get discounts on runway samples and slightly worn creations of the big names at Anna Lowe (104 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré; www.annalowe.com), and—down in the 16eme—Réciproque (89-101 rue de la Pompe, www.reciproque.fr), the largest luxury consignment shop oin Paris, offering slight bargains on a remarkably wide range of the big labels and top designers.

For a break from the clothes and accessories, La Maison du Chocolat (225 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré; www.lamaisonduchocolat.com) sells confections as rich as its prices, and Au Nain Blue (5 bd. Malesherbes; www.aunainbleu.com) reigns as one the fanciest toy emporiums in the world, currently in its eigth generation of family management since opening in 1836.

Jewels glitter on place Vendôme, just off rue du Faubourg, at Cartier (no. 23; www.cartier.com), Chaumet (no. 12; www.chaumet.com), and Van Cleef & Arpels (no. 22–24; www.vancleef-arpels.com).

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rue du Faubourg St-Honore.
Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, the main drag of Parisian boutiques. (Photo by Alan Eisen)