No visit to Paris would be complete without a browse through the landmark flower market - Marche aux Fleurs - which is such a fixture on the Ile de la Cite, dating back centuries that it's long since become part of the Parisian landscape. More than flowers, you’ll find here souvenirs, witty home decor and other worthy keepsakes.
First thing's first: a shopping spree must always begin by choosing just the right bag. Longchamp offers its fresh new collections each season as well as its beloved classics and the rue St. Honore flagship is a mighty start to your Paris shopping day. A trip to Paris without a favorite bottle of wine brought - or shipped - home for reminiscing just wouldn’t be a trip to Paris. La Cave du Chateau, the wine boutique now open at Prince Robert of Luxembourg’s private Paris mansion, Hotel Dillon, offers a stunning collection of wines from around France in a wide price range - and they can arrange for your purchases to be shipped home for you, too. Keeping on this sweet note of luxury, a box of fine chocolates from one of France's finest, Patrick Roger, will please anyone on your gifts list, if you manage not to eat the whole box yourself first, that is.
For a whirlwind of pampering and gifts, the Christophe Robin salon and boutique on rue Bachaumont offers hair care products, all natural, that will transform your locks into silk. What’s more, you can test the products on site in the oyster shell sink basin for a bout of fun. The new fragrance by L’Occitane en Provence, Terre de Lumière, is available in France and think of all those carbon emissions you’re saving by making your purchase here, in the country where these organic and all-natural products are made. For more bodycare pampering, try the made in France brand Huygens nestled in the chic Marais.
Time is all too often the greatest of luxuries, especially when traveling. So if you have only an hour or two for shopping, Parisian department stores are an experience unto themselves and a requisite pilgrimage to Le Bon Marché, Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le BHV will do the trick.
For a thrilling bout of window shopping, both the Place Vendôme, filled only with precious jewelery boutiques such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Chanel & Chaumet and the nearby Rue St.-Honoré, where you’ll find Hermès, Moynat and Moncler and more, one right after the other, offer visual delights and irresistible temptations.