The world's biggest flea market welcomes 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it and this place will have it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes, all at rock-bottom prices (especially if you're a dab hand at haggling). There's a jovial fairground atmosphere with the aroma of food wafting around and people crowding round the stalls, hoping to pick up a 1970s leather jacket or a rare Louis XV chest of drawers. Make sure you have cash on you, as stallholders seldom accept credit cards and the nearest available cash machine is always lined out.
This department store is right inside a heritage monument, and ladies will go crazy for the collection of clothes, jewelry and other accessories on display. The most famous and trendiest brands have a corner at Printemps: Chanel, Dior, Gucci, YSL, Stella McCartney, and Louis Vuitton. The fourth floor is devoted to promoting new designers such as Zadig & Voltaire, Isabelle Marrant and Vanessa Bruno. For men, there is a separate six-floor section. For your home, you will find home furnishings, china and silverware, and anything else you could think of for your wedding registry. Speaking of weddings, visit the wedding salon to try on your future bridal gown. If you care to indulge in some post-shopping pampering, Printemps even houses its own salon and spa. What else could Printemps possibly offer? A fashion show every Thursday! Gastronomes also have the opportunity to fill their baskets with delicacies at Printemps Gourmet-take a break in the restaurant or café before embarking on one more fix of Parisian fashion.
Craving a bit of outlet shopping? La Vallée Village, with its meticulously manicured storefronts and spacious walkways, is a sophisticated bargain hunter's dream. Located in the up-and-coming community of Marne-La-Vallée, the shops exemplify the spirit of the region.
A part of the newest urban development project by the same name, Val d'Europe is a trendy shopping center which has become one of the most popular shopping destinations in Serris. Aside from a variety of shops selling clothes, gadgets, home decor items, beauty products and the like, and a number of restaurants and cafes like Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's and Veng Hour, the shopping center is also home to one of the branches of the famous Sea Life chain of aquariums. So whether you feel like going on a shopping spree or simply wish to spend an entertaining day out, Val d'Europe is a great place to come to.
Nestled in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, Aki Boulanger is a fusion bakery specializing in Japanese and French confections. Small yet cozy, this corner cafe bakes around the clock to provide patrons with the freshest baked goods like their marbled green tea and red bean bread, matcha eclairs, green tea macaroons, azuki bean filled beignets and more. They also serve up fusion gourmet coffee drinks like their matcha au lait. So grab one of the few tables, a sweet treat, and watch the world go by at this popular Parisian boulangerie.
One of the most famous haute couture brands in the world, Chanel is also one of the oldest fashion houses (opened in 1909), known for the little black dress, the tweed suit, and Marilyn Monroe's favorite Chanel N°5 perfume. Under the direction of designer Karl Lagerfeld since 1984, the main boutique is located in the center of the high fashion district near Place Vendôme.
Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.
Fleux' is the venture of Gaétan Aucher and Luc Moulin. It is an eclectic store for interior designers, shoppers and home decorators. You will find decorative elements and designer pieces that are fancy, unusual and creative that are suitable for every budget. Its easier to feel that you are in a treasure trove of beautiful things which includes everything from tableware, objects, wall deco, gadgets, wallpaper to furniture and lighting.
When you talk about fashion in Paris, Azzedine Alaia is the first name that comes to mind. This Tunisian designer is very popular for ready-to wear or prêt à porter for women. Make sure to check the price tags before you decide to pick up anything.
Always mentioned in conjunction with a similar store, Sic Amore, Mi Amore sells costume jewelry, gifts, scarves, gloves and hats created by different artists and fashion designers. The store is literally packed with original, innovative collections: an alternative colorful fashion made of a mixture of wool, velvet and silk combined with feathers, sequins, pearls, glass or galalith beads. Beautiful scarves made of petals of shot silk are on display next to a large choice of costume jewels shaped as dragonflies or necklaces of waxed paper flowers. For the cold season fleece hats with flowers and scarves originally cut and shaped as ruches, flames, strips and plaits.
At Anatomica you will find a selection of shoes unlike anywhere else. Their foreign and house brands are all designed to fit your feet the way they actually are shaped, making them more comfortable than the average shoe. In addition to their footwear, you can also find a variety of interesting men's clothing, which continue their unique aesthetic.
Moustaches (Whiskers) is a pet shop with nearly every product for cats and dogs. It is located in the heart of the Marais, divided in seven sections over the store’s 150 square meters (1615 square feet) of space. There is the Toy department with a ball distributing kibbles, the Walking department, the Clothing department with different coats, health (shampoos, brushes), sleeping department which offers beds at different prices, the Food department with famous brands, and the Master department (notebooks, books, DVDs). 2500 products can be found in this store; among them are famous brands but also innovative products from emerging brands.