4 shopping districts you should go to in Paris

Forum Des Halles, the shopping centre in the heart of Les Halles neighborhood.  Photo: Zoetnet (Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced)

Forum Des Halles, the shopping centre in the heart of Les Halles neighborhood. Photo: Zoetnet (Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced)




Les Halles

Les Halles is a formerly huge market area that has been turned into a mall, huge subway station and great, green garden. Les Halles is situated right in the middle of the city, in the 1st arrondissement. Les Halles is the underground hub for whole Paris: 3 RER-trains stop there, bringing in people from the suburbs, couple of subway lines pass there too, all of them turning over only a little less than one million (yes, 1 million) passengers every day.

Main attraction for shoppers is the Forum Des Halles mall that hosts for example stores of following brands: GAP, H&M, Starbucks, Yves Rocher, Svarowski, Bershka, Levi´s, Desigual and many local brands. On top of numerous stores the mall has also more than 20 movie theaters and several cafés and restaurants. Wonder how big this mall is? The number of customers it serves every year, whopping 40 million, tells something about it!

It doesn´t end there in Les Halles. When you´re done with the Forum des Halles, head out and towards Centre Pompidou, the modern art museum close by, and you´ll find numerous restaurants and boutiques on the way.

How to get there:

How to get there: The station is called Les Halles, Chatelet Les Halles or Chatelet – all of them being practically one station. Board subway line 11, 7, 4, 14 or RER A, B or D and get off at Chatelet / Les Halles –station.

This is La Defense main street, seen from the great arch of La Defense.  (Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced)

This is La Defense main street, seen from the great arch of La Defense. (Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced)

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La Defense

La Defense is the biggest business district in Europe. It spans a huge area full of high-rises just west from Paris, actually outside the inner-city. (You can spot the high rises of La Defense easily once you rise above the rooftops.) La Defense is not just about corporate offices, there is a huge shopping center too. The La Defense shopping center is called Les Quatre Temps (4 seasons) and it has a big selections of stores from brands like Apple, GAP, Toys´r Us, American Apparel, Foot Locker, Lush and more. Les Quatre Temps has basically many things under one roof and you can get there quite conveniently on the subway line 1.

How to get there: Hop on the subway line 1 and ride to La Defense station.

Louvre-Tuileries

Louvre-Tuileries is a neighborhood right in the heart of Paris. Yes, you guessed it, the famous Louvre museum is located there. The area has more than art, though. Louvre-Tuileries neighborhood is very well known for it´s shopping possibilities. Many independent clothing designers have their flagship stores there and the area is considered to be popular among hip, up-and-coming designers. This is definitely not a budget shopping destination, so if you´re forced to window-shop only, you might want to traverse towards Les Halles for your average shopping experience. But Louvre-Tuileries offers more than just cream-of-the-crop –fashion: some boutiques are also dedicated to very fine food, sweets and jewelry.

How to get there: Take subway line 1 to Louvre Rivoli and look for streets called Rue de Rivoli, Rue du Louvre, Rue St-Honoré and Quai des Tuileries.

Champs Elysées, probably the most prestigeous shopping area in the whole world. Photo: Cayetano (Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced)

Champs Elysées, probably the most prestigeous shopping area in the whole world. Photo: Cayetano (Source: Flickr, creative commons licenced)

Champs-Elysées

Champs-Elysées is definitely The shopping street in Paris. It´s a major tourist attraction, but you can do some serious shopping there. The street hosts flagship stores of very prominent brands from many branches, such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Mercedes Benz. So, how about a new suit and a car for a souvenir?

How to get there: Catch subway 1, 2 or 6 to Charles de Gaulle Etoile – you´ll be starting at the top of the Champs-Elysées avenue, right in front of the Arc de Triomphe. Or if you want to keep walking towards the Arc, take subway 1 or 13 to Champs Élysées Clemenceay in the avenue´s other end.