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Anyone familiar with Paris for shopping?

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QueenMaeve Thu 18-Apr-13 11:22:12

I'm heading to Paris in 2 weeks, dh has promised me some dc free time so I can shop. Can anyone recommend any good French High Street stores or what areas are good to shop in? I would love to buy some nice bits and pieces but my budget isn't Chanel prices. grin Any suggestions are welcomed,even homeware or children's wear I would like to look at.

Lurleene Thu 18-Apr-13 16:16:03

If you go in Monoprix check out the toileteries.When I go there I buy lots of La Petite Marseillaise items which are absolutely dirt cheap, such as 1 euro for a lip balm, but similar to L'Occitane. Just as lovely but a tenth of the price!

LadyMountbatten Thu 18-Apr-13 17:36:52

i ifnd shopping in forirn lands REALLY hard and annoying

LadyMountbatten Thu 18-Apr-13 17:37:35

i did boulevard Hausmann and found all the dept stores no better than anything here

pinkhousesarebest Thu 18-Apr-13 17:45:29

Rather annoyingly La Roche Posay is often cheaper in Boots. I stock up before I come back to France now.

NoGoatsToe Thu 18-Apr-13 18:49:58

Apologies for hijack OP, but if anyone has any recommendations for nice hotels in Paris, I would be v. grateful. DH is taking me there next weekend for my 40th and hasn't quite got round to booking anywhere yet. hmm

hattymattie Thu 18-Apr-13 19:23:54

I like rue st andre des arts (M° St Michel). You can walk down there from Notre Dame and into St Germain des Pres with St Sulpice. Much more French than Blvd Hausseman where the Grandes Magasins are not a patch on anything in London.

QueenMaeve Sat 20-Apr-13 19:54:04

Have made a list of all of these and I'm off to google them on maps. Petite I shop a lot locally in independant boutiques, we have some nice ones round here, I also like vintage, from the high street a bit of Zara and a bit of H&M. I tend to stick to my own style with the odd trendy thing. I hate wearing the same as everyone else so I am always on the look out for something different when I travel.

MrsPnut Sat 20-Apr-13 20:00:58

Nogoats - last time we went we stayed here and it was very nice and central.

Shopping wise, we walked along rue st honore and most of the other streets around there. I was just mooching though so can't remember much of it.

polyhymnia Sat 20-Apr-13 20:28:51

Love that Rue du Four pharma but have only been going for 10-12 years.

polyhymnia Sat 20-Apr-13 20:31:14

Yy to St Andre Des Arts and also to Rue de Buci and Rue Jacob nearby.

polyhymnia Sat 20-Apr-13 23:50:02

nogoats on hotels recommend Bel Ami in St Germain - great location - and liked the Lutetia also on Left Bank where we stayed last time.

PetiteRaleuse Sun 21-Apr-13 08:54:27

Is the Sunday morning market still going on rue de Buci? Well worth a visit in its own right.

OP I will need to look them up but there are several excellent vintage shops near Bastille but as I only went a couple of times I don't quite remember the details.

Not something for a weekend trip, but the Sunday flea markets used to be good for vintage. I have heard that they are not as good as they were though.

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