Pret Reporteur. Top Shops: Top Ten Places to Shop in Paris

November 20, 2008 • Shopping


Gabbie Perez for Second City Style Magazine

After living in the City of Style for over three years, I
have finally made a definitive list of places I will always shop. Some
of these choices are obvious (if there are any avid readers of my
articles out there, they should know by now that I am obsessed with
Colette), while other places I have never written about before. So here
we go…

10. Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
Metro: Porte de Clignacourt
Get ready for an adventure when visiting the flea market at Porte de
Clignacourt. From rare furniture and Art Deco knick-knacks to vintage
Chanel scarves and porcelain dolls, you can find anything your heart
could desire here. For the best deals, try your best French to bargain
down prices. Be sure to bring cash and be ready to hunt for some
extraordinary treasures!

9. Hermès
24, rue Faubourg St. Honoré- 75008
An iconic Parisian establishment, Hermès offers the best of the best.
Whether you are looking to buy an extravagant custom-made leather horse
saddle or chunky silver link jewelry, Hermès is your store—though my
favorite item happens to be the simple silk print wrist scarf that runs
about 90 euros.

8. Nanie
137, boulevard St. Germain- 75006
Always stocked with the hottest trends, Nanie is the shop of today’s
fashion (it’s no wonder why this shop is a favorite among young French
women). Supplied with the trendiest of labels—from Paul & Joe to
Maje—Nanie is the Parisian shop of fashion now (but beware of the
snooty sales attendants…).

7. Free P Star
8, rue Ste. Croix de la Bretonnerie- 75004
Hands down the best vintage store in Paris. Whether you are looking for
something outrageous (sequins, fur, polyester) or something classic
(white button-downs, leather clutches, tweed jackets) this shop offers
the best in resale. But be prepared for large crowds and a very narrow
winding staircase to the basement—which leads you to the best finds in
all of Paris (and from my experience, that is not an exaggeration).

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