Meandering along a quaint Parisian street such as the so-chic Rue du Sèvres in St.-Germain-des-Prés or the stylish Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the Marais is something every shopper must do while in Paris. Plan on spending hours just dawdling, making your own one-of-a-kind discoveries and unearthing that keepsake gem that will forever remind you fondly of Paris. Days like these are treasure hunts where you’re sure to know you’ve found it when you see it.
Alas, time is all too often the greatest of luxuries, especially when traveling. So if you have a list of items to check off, any one of these delightfully trendy malls on the 10BEST list will serve your purposes stylishly and efficiently.
For a thrilling bout of window shopping, both the Place Vendôme, filled only with precious jewelry boutiques such as Chanel, Chaumet and Boucheron and the nearby Rue St.-Honoré, where you’ll find Hermès, Lanvin, Givenchy and more, one right after the other, offer visual delights and irresistable temptations.
Parisian department stores are also an experience unto themselves and every shopper with any pride will make their requisite pilgrimages to Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le BHV and Le Bon Marché.
And since no visit to Paris would be complete without a browse through Shakespeare & Co., you’ll find this landmark bookshop listed alongwith the booksellers – les bouquinistes - who are such a fixture on the banks of the Seine that they’ve long since become part of the Parisian landscape.
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