Tips for Christmas Shopping in Paris

A shopping trip to Paris is a wonderful treat at any time of year, but as Christmas draws closer and the city becomes festooned with millions of twinkling lights, the prospect of flexing your credit card on in the markets and boutiques of Paris becomes nothing short of magical. However, with so many places to visit and so much sightseeing to do in between you’ll need to be prepared before you go, so here are our tips for Christmas shopping in Paris.

Lights over Paris Photo: johncuthbert43 on Flickr

Lights over Paris

Set a Budget

It goes without saying that shopping in Paris can become a costly affair, with hundreds upon hundreds of shops in which to spend your hand-earned cash. If you think that the temptation to over-spend may be too much, only pay for your purchases in cash and stick to a strict budget each day.

What’s more, the exchange rate can sometimes make it a little tricky to work out exactly what you’re spending, so familiarise yourself with the rate and don’t hesitate to resort to your mobile phone’s calculator if you’re not sure of a price.

Shopping at Galarie Lafayettes in Paris Photo by Hamza Hydri

Shopping at Galarie Lafayettes in Paris

Map It Out

The streets of Paris sprawl out in every direction and unless you know exactly where you’re heading, you could end up spending more time hunting for your hotel than a bargain.

Buy or print a map of Paris before you go and plot out the shops you want to visit, and also familiarise yourself with what kinds of shops are in each area of Paris, such as antiques and fine art in the Marais and high-end designers in Saint-Honoré. Oh, and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, as your feet will thank you for it!

Vintage shopping in Paris Photo: Mysterymoor on Flickr

Vintage shopping in Paris

Say ‘Oui’ to Vintage

Whilst Paris is famous for its chic boutiques, there are also dozens of vintage shops in which you can find everything from retro crockery to 1960’s designer dresses. Some of the most well-known vintage shops include Vintage Désir on Rue des Rosiers and Come On Eileen on Rue des Taillandiers, but you should also make time to explore second-hand markets like the St. Ouen Flea Market, the largest of its kind in the world.

Some vintage shops and market stalls may be more ‘upmarket’ than others, but you could find yourself snapping up a rare gem as a Christmas gift for the fashionista in your life, at a snip of the original price – that’s if you don’t decide to just keep it for yourself!

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Photos: Paris lights by JohnCuthbert43, Galarie Lafayettes by Hamza Hydri, Vintage shopping by mysterymoor

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  • Reply
    December 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I WISH I could go Christmas shopping in Paris! The shopping malls there are divine. Maybe next year. 🙂
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    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      December 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      @Gina Yes, and I think that Christmas is a great time for fabulous shopping in Paris, when everything is sparkling and festive

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    December 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

    You now have me dreaming of flying to paris instead of staying home with ALL of the family for the next week. Shopping and the food… mmmmm

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      December 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      @Belinda – thanks, well if you live in Bristol like me you could fly there for the weekend and still be back in time for Christmas!

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