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Paris is a city known for its abundance of beautiful stores, which makes it the ultimate destination for ardent shoppers. Not only do these stores carry products and brands that make your shopping dreams come true, a good number of them are in over a hundred year-old buildings officially marked as historic monuments. Such historic structures manage to blend the city’s neo-classical architecture in the 19th century, with architecture from the Haussmann era down to present day contemporary design. This article takes you on a picturesque journey to the most beautiful stores in Paris that have a unique ambience and feel about them that makes shopping in Paris worthwhile.
Beautiful Cosmetics Stores in Paris
BY TERRY at Galerie Véro-Dodat
Galerie Véro-Dodat was built in 1826 which hosted and was frequented by the emerging middle class in Paris and its famous public figures in history. In 1965, it was assigned the status of a French historical landmark. While it was renovated in 1997, it has kept its original neoclassical architecture. Presently, it houses elegant shops that sell antiques, art and luxury goods. It also houses the only Christian Louboutin store in the world that is dedicated to men. However, when it comes to beautiful cosmetics stores in Paris, BY TERRY takes the cake.
As soon as you step inside, you’ll be welcomed by the gorgeous interiors of the boutique. The visual merchandising beautifully lays out the different BY TERRY products on solid marble tables and counters. The makeup corner is right by the window that lets in just the right amount of natural light needed for a makeover. It doesn’t come as a surprise that BY TERRY’s interiors are so beautiful because its founder, the legendary makeup artist Terry de Gunzberg, had studied architecture before she pursued a career in the beauty industry.
The entire boutique is spread across two floors with the first floor dedicated to showcasing BY TERRY products and their famous Palette Factory, while the second floor is where clients consult with skin tone chromatic experts in creating their very own BY TERRY cosmetics.
Luxurious spa and beauty treatments are also held at this boutique which you can book by email. Overall, the store’s elegant design and their staff’s thoughtful service create one of the most beautiful shopping experiences in Paris.
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- Address: 36 Galerie Véro-Dodat
- Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm
- Metro access: Line 1 – Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Now, if you are looking for history as well as refined apothecaries, Buly 1803 gives you all that and more. Officially known as L’Officine Universelle Buly, this perfume store gives you a stunning 19th century feel amidst the most beautiful scents in the world. With a nod to the original Parisian perfumer, Jean-Vincent Bully, who started making perfumes in the late 18th century, Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac, the brands overseers, re-established the store in 2014. The Buly 1803 store in the 3rd arrondissement takes you back in time with its marble and wood decor and gives off a quiet ambience with a luxurious serenity and calm.
- Address: 45 Rue de Saintonge, 75003
- Access: Line 11 – Arts et Métiers | Line 9 – Oberkampf
- Open from 10:30am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday; limited business hours on Sunday and Monday
Guerlain on Champs-Elysées
Founded in 1828, Guerlain has maintained its status as a French luxury brand and its flagship store is nestled in a historic building with all the charm and sophistication that this brand is known for. The Guerlain store on the famous Champs Elysees Avenue, is a protected French historical monument. After renovations in 2013, the Guerlain store added more space, that has made it not only the biggest single brand perfume store in the world, but also a luxurious haven for perfume, cosmetics and skin care enthusiasts.
- Address: 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008
- Access: Line 1 – Franklin D Roosevelt
- Open from 10:30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday; from 12pm to 8pm on Sunday
Beautiful Fashion Boutiques in Paris
Longchamp Saint-Honoré Flagship
Since its founding in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain, Longchamp has grown to be one of the most recognizable luxury brands in the world. The Saint-Honoré flagship store is located inside a beautiful Haussmannian building that’s been registered as a historical monument. Upon entry, let your eyes travel as you observe several works of contemporary art pieces, making for an excellent and unique shopping experience. The interiors of the flagship also trace the evolution of the family-run business. You’ll find Longchamp products ranging from handbags to ready-to-wear all beautifully displayed showing just how far and wide the brand has grown.
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- Address: 404 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
- Access: Line 1 – Concorde
- Open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday
Repetto store in the 2nd arrondissement
For all the ballerinas out there, shopping at the Repetto store in Paris’ Opera district, is essential. Located near Opéra Garnier, this historic shop has been providing ballerina gear since 1947. The store has a unique vintage feel and has gone on to partner with other brands like Issey Miyake. At this store, you can even participate in a workshop where you would be able to design your own personalised ballerina flats as well as shop the ready to wear collection.
- Address: 22 Rue de la Paix, 75002
- Access: Line 3, 7, 8 – Opera
- Open from 9:30am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday; from 10am to 7pm on Sunday
Beautiful food stores in Paris
Ladurée on Champs-Elysées
Since the mid-20th century, Ladurée has upheld the status of one of the leading brands where luxury meets indulgence. Founded by Louis Ernest Ladurée in 1862, the Ladurée store quickly became a place for people to have social gatherings and gave birth to the idea of Parisian tea rooms. It’s one of the brands that have the strongest identity where every Ladurée shop in the world is instantly recognizable from its pale pistachio-green colored walls.
When in Paris, don’t miss the Ladurée store on Champs Elysees. It encompasses the French art de vivre in its decor and ambience where you can enjoy classic Ladurée macarons and pastries like Ispahan with some hot drinks. Better yet, wake up early to enjoy an indulgent breakfast. We definitely recommend their classic French toast that is served with maple syrup or jam and Chantilly cream.
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- Address: 75 avenue des Champs-Elysées
- Access: Line 1 – George V / Franklin D Roosevelt
- Open daily from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm
Patrick Roger on Place de la Madeleine
This award-winning brand is every chocolate lover’s dream and much more. From the giant chocolate sculptures to the chocolate covered walls, Patrick Roger’s store at Place de la Madeline is a complete blend of art and chocolate! Launched in 2012, The space is a mixture of chocolate and aluminium, designed in soft curves and shapes with pieces here and there that gives you a feel of nature while you are indulging in chocolaty decadence. A visit here is not only a feast for the mouth but for your eyes as well!
- Address: 3 Place de la Madeleine
- Access: Line 8 / 12 / 14 – Madeleine
- Open daily from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm
À la Mére de la Famille store in the 9th
There is no better city to buy sweet treats from and no better store than À la Mère de la Famille in Paris. This pastry store first opened its doors in 1761 and has now become a household name and a paradise of confectionery. Since 1984, its flagship store in the 9th arrondissement has been listed as a French historical monument. The building has maintained the traditional décor of painted wooden countertops, old tiles and resplendent chandeliers, a conventional type of the Belle Époque era.
- Address: 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
- Access: Line 7 – Le Peletier
- Open from 9:30 am to 8pm Monday to Saturday; 10am to 7:30pm on Sunday
Beautiful lifestyle stores in Paris
Merci concept store
Founded in 2009, the Merci concept store is truly one of a kind with its tasteful blend of fashion, home décor, books and refreshments. Spread across three floors, you get the glitz and glam as well as the quiet sophistication that is Paris. It is the most Instagrammed store in the entire city, with its iconic Fiat 500 car adding an understated class to the ambience. Staying true to its name, some of the proceeds are donated to help education and development in Madagascar. You can take a break from shopping designer brand clothing, at the used books café and even buy tote bags and stationeries as souvenirs.
- Address: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
- Access: Line 8 – Filles du Calvaire
- Open from 10am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday; from 11am on Sunday
Shakespeare & Co. bookstore
Shakespeare & Co. is an all-time crowd favourite and has been so since it was opened in 1951. This location is right at the famous Kilometer 0, the point at which all French roads begin. The store is in a 17th century building that was once a monastery. The store has been featured in movies like Midnight in Paris and it regularly hosts lectures and book signings from writers around the globe, so you might get lucky if you happen to visit and your favourite author is in town! This is very nice place to take a cosy break after visiting famous stores.
- Address: 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
- Access: RER C – Saint-Michel-Notre Dame
- Open from 10am to 10pm Monday to Saturday; 12:30pm to 8pm on Sunday
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store
This is one of the most well-known department stores not just in Paris but in all of France. For over 120 years, this beautiful store with its vaulted art nouveau décor, has continued to dazzle shoppers with not only high-end fashion and luxurious goods and products, but also with its numerous year-round activities and events. You can shop major brands like Longchamp and BY TERRY or even sit in on the private fashion shows.
And for Christmas 2019, visitors can also have fun for free on the ice skating rink and glass walk that brings you so close to their fabulous Christmas tree. This is the undoubtedly the place to have the ultimate shopping experience.
- Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009
- Access: Line 7 /9 – Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette
- Open from 9:30am to 8:30pm Monday to Saturday; 11am to 8pm on Sunday
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