EuroCheapo's Paris Shopping Articles

Budget-minded shoppers, rejoice! Paris is celebrated for its wide range of shops, including specialty stores, vintage clothing shops, world class department stores, flea markets and more. In the articles below, find our tips for visiting—and saving in—our favorite shops in Paris.

Also in our Paris guide:

• The best cheap hotels in Paris reviewed by our editors
• Articles about saving on Paris hotels
Free things to do in Paris and free outdoor activities
Practical tips to help you plan your trip
• Save on sightseeing and museums
• Saving on nightlife and entertainment
• The best affordable restaurants and bars
• Ways to save on transportation
Cheap flights from Charles De Gaulle and Orly airport

Paris: Walking tour of the Rue de la Paix

Paris: Walking tour of the Rue de la Paix

By Theadora Brack in Paris— Gather ’round my fashion Cheapoupées because this stroll c’est pour vous! Let’s sashay to one of my favorite streets in Paris, the rue de la Paix. Formerly known as rue Napoléon, it was given a new name during the Bourbon Restoration (led by Louis XVIII) of 1814. Connecting the Opéra Garnier » Read more

A guide to supermarkets in Paris

A guide to supermarkets in Paris

When it comes to the age-old struggle between eating in and eating out, Paris is no exception. Restaurants are top notch, with prices to match. Cooking your own meals (if you’re lucky enough to have access to a kitchen) or even picnicking outside will save you loads of euros. However, tourists might find it difficult to » Read more

Paris: 11 famous perfumes to test for free on the Champs-Elysées

Paris: 11 famous perfumes to test for free on the Champs-Elysées

One of my favorite spots in Paris to get beautified in a pinch is the Sephora on the Champs-Elysées. Outfitted with a dramatic ramp, a red carpet and black and white columns, it’s one of the largest Sephoras in the world. A cheapo dream-come-true, the shop is stocked with more than 250 discounted brands of » Read more

Paris: Summer shopping at Le Bon Marché

Paris: Summer shopping at Le Bon Marché

It’s summertime and the shopping will be easy in Paris when the city-wide “Soldes d’été” (the big summer sales) kick off on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. So let’s whet the appetite with a little preparatory window-shopping at Le Bon Marché! Le Bon Marché was not only the very first department store in Paris (in fact, » Read more

Favorite Place in Paris: The Rooftop at the Galeries Lafayette

Favorite Place in Paris: The Rooftop at the Galeries Lafayette

Everyone in Paris has a favorite nook of paradise. So where do I go for a little escapism? Clipping from the fabulous Petula Clark, I make my way downtown to the Galeries Lafayette Coupole’s rooftop, where the lights are much brighter and the view at the top is always free! Here are a few Theadorable » Read more

Shoe shopping survival guide for Paris

Shoe shopping survival guide for Paris

Shoe fanatic Louis XIV got the party started, while Marie Antoinette raised it to new heights. Still, shoe shopping in Paris still gleams brightly. With the recent openings of Printemps’ new three-level atrium and Galeries Lafayette’s brand-spanking-new showroom pumped with 12,000 designer shoes, the art of shoeing has never been more swagnificent. So for the » Read more

Paris Shopping: Buy French kitchenware with the locals

Paris Shopping: Buy French kitchenware with the locals

By Theadora Brack in Paris- Like snowflakes, the truly sensational Soldes by Paris (annual winter sale) has recently returned to Paris, so why not outfit your kitchen with a few French classics? Here are my favorite hot spots for picking up kitchenware, guaranteed to make you the toast of the town! So shop to it, » Read more

Paris Cheap Souvenirs: 5 gift ideas for less than €5

Paris Cheap Souvenirs: 5 gift ideas for less than €5

There are plenty of things to bring back from Paris, whether lasting or fleeting, that won’t eat up all your euros. Here are five of our suggestions for souvenirs that will remind you of la vie Parisien—for €5 or less. 1. Livre d’occasion from Gilbert Jeune With outlets on both sides of the St. Michel » Read more

Paris: A tour of the remodeled Printemps department store

Paris: A tour of the remodeled Printemps department store

Les Musées de Paris aren’t the only ones in the city getting a “little work” done these days. Following suit, why, even the Printemps Haussmann, the grand department store, has begun to enter the final phases of an extreme makeover! Now sporting a chic modern look that nevertheless manages to pay homage to her expansive Belle Époque » Read more

Paris: Five “frugalicious” budget tips to live by

Paris: Five “frugalicious” budget tips to live by

By Theadora Brack in Paris– Being “frugalicious” whilst painting the City of Light red need not be a chore.  In fact, I often find in Paris that the very act of pinching pennies actually enhances the overall experience (said not in a Polly Anna sort of way, I assure you!). Here are five of my favorite tricks for » Read more

Paris Summer Sales: Tips for “soldes d’été” success

Paris Summer Sales: Tips for “soldes d’été” success

It’s that most wonderful time of the year for shoppers in Paris, Cheapos! “Les Soldes d’Eté” (the summer sales) kick off Wednesday, June 24! Mark your calendar, get set, but first create a plan of transaction. Here are some tips for scoring big during this glorious five-week event. 1. Get smart. I spy. Visit your » Read more

Paris Shopping: Success at outdoor food markets

Paris Shopping: Success at outdoor food markets

Let’s face it. Open-air market shopping in Paris can look pretty intimidating, even to a shopping enthusiast like myself. Cheapos, I’ve been there. In fact, during my first few months in Paris, I avoided the food market scene altogether, sticking instead to the safe predictability of the supermarché aisles. But I’ve changed. I have seen » Read more

Paris Shopping Tip: Pictures from an exposition

Paris Shopping Tip: Pictures from an exposition

Oops, I did it again. I attended an exposition’s “vernissage” (literally, the “varnishing”—how the French refer to a preview or opening of an art show), and became smitten with the show and its fine-looking catalog. Obsession activated. Hit hard, and a post card just wouldn’t do. But, how can I get an art catalogue on » Read more

Paris Shopping Tip: Designer clothing for less at “Sympa”

Paris Shopping Tip: Designer clothing for less at “Sympa”

I see London, I see France… I see Cheapo underpants! I’m still giddy with excitement. You see, I’ve just discovered Paris’ route de la soie (“Silk Road”). It’s a road through the less-traveled bargain clothing stores of Montmartre. Follow my lead and you, too, can find high-end clothing at bargain-bin prices. The Panty Raid low-down Our search takes place at » Read more

Paris Shopping: Tips for flea market success

Paris Shopping: Tips for flea market success

Fellow Cheapos, I’ve got a confession to make: I’m hooked on flea markets. I’ve hardly missed a weekend at the flea market in years. I rarely spend more than €20 a visit, but rest assured, I’ve slowly amassed a world-class collection of treasures (which some might call “kitsch”). Porte de Vanves Flea Market If you only » Read more

Paris: The annual January sales kick off!

Paris: The annual January sales kick off!

Soldes to the Cheapo in Paris! It’s that time of year again, Cheapos. Time for resolutions and those after holiday sales! Perhaps the best shopping, bar none, can always be found in Paris. But in January, true bargain-biased fashionistas hoping to pay less for more couture can enjoy five weeks of top-notch January sales as » Read more

Paris cheap souvenir: Art posters and vintage books

Paris cheap souvenir: Art posters and vintage books

Art and Paris are forever linked—throughout history, popular culture, and in the minds of most visitors to the French capital. Reproduction posters, postcards, and vintage magazine covers allow tourists to bring home a frame-worthy piece of art history (often by the likes of Gauguin, Degas, and Toulouse-Lautrec) for a vraiment cheapo price. Boutique or bouquiniste? Gifts from museum shops or » Read more

Paris: Let the sales begin!

Paris: Let the sales begin!

We were psyched to get a reminder from Gridskipper that the Parisian city-wide “soldes” sales event will be in effect January 9-20. A government regulated program, Paris slashes prices (anywhere from 30-50 percent off) on clothing and the like twice a year, once in January (“soldes d’hiver”) and again during the summer months (“soldes d’été”). From » Read more

Paris: Cheap haircuts, only €5

Paris: Cheap haircuts, only €5

Photo by tofz4u There’s yet another perk to being a woman in Paris, in addition to Ladies Nights and being leered at on the metro, of course: cheap haircuts. Haircuts are €5 for all female Cheapos at the Training Center for Jean Louis David. Who says chivalry is dead? This is not actually as scary » Read more

English Books in Paris

English Books in Paris

In Paris, don’t settle for the Dan Brown paperback at the CDG newsstand. Wait until you arrive in the heart of the city to find your reading material. Paris is known for the quality of its English-language bookstores, which boast better title selections than bookstores in most American cities. English-language bookshops cater to a range » Read more

Paris Alert: Mon Bon Chien Good for Humans, Too

Visitors to Paris looking for fine foie gras need not go farther than the purple facade of an inventive bakery in the 15th arrondissement. This bakery’s foie gras, tasty with an earthy subtlety, is meant for canine—not human—tastebuds. Confused? Don’t be. Mon Bon Chien, the shop behind said fois gras, is the first bakery in » Read more

Paris: Tourism Takes Over The Champs-Elysees

Paris: Tourism Takes Over The Champs-Elysees

photograph courtesy of Willem_H Elaine Scoliano recently reported in The New York Times on the ban placed against Swedish clothing company H&M from setting up shop on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It seems some of the folks at city hall have begun to lament the “banalisation” of the storied avenue, an occurrence most notably characterized » Read more