Below you will find a list of
shops by type. Go to the food shopping page for food
Department Stores in Paris
Galaries Lafayette, 40
Blvd. Haussmann, 75009. Metro Chausée d'Antin.
Blvd. Haussmann, 75009. Metro Havre Caumartin. Both Printemps and Galeries
Lafayette offer a 10% discout if you show your passport, or have a discout card
from an association, e.g. BCWA.
Marché, 22 rue de Sèvres, 75007. Metro
Sèvres-Babylone. Also has a very good international food section.
Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville
(BHV), 52 rue de Rivoli, 75004. Metro Hôtel de Ville. Has an
extensive DIY dept. in the basement, also a good pet dept. Enter straight from
Bookshops with English books in Paris
W. H. Smith, 248 rue de
Rivoli, 75001. Metro Concorde. Ask for a discout card (carte de
Gaglinani, 224 rue de Rivoli, 75001. Metro
Tuileries. Great for books for presents; it has one of the best collections of
The Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse,
Brentano's, 37 av de l'Opera, 75002.
5 place St. Michel, 75006.
bookshops in Paris
The San Francisco Book
Company, 17 rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006. Metro Odeon. Tel: 01 43 29 15
Shakespeare & Co., 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005.
Famous, but I go to the one above.
Tea & Tattered Pages, 24 rue
Meyet, 75006. Metro Duroc. Apparently it used to be good. One of the few
bookshops I can come out of without buying anything.
appliances shops in Pairs
As well as the dept. stores
above the following are also good.
Ikea. 5 stores outside Paris.
Sells everything at reasonable prices. Delivery can be pricey
Habitat, 35 av de Wagram, 75017, and other locations,
Castorama. Numerous locations, good for
Darty. Numerous locations. Electrical appliances. Will deliver,
service and repair their goods.
FNAC. Numerous locations. Computers,
CDs, audio, video, cameras.
Tati. Numerous locations. Inexpensive
Pier Imports. Numerous locations. A cross between
Tati and Ikea.
Supermarkets in Paris
|Within Paris the supermarkets
seem out of date and pretty small. Also do not expect much in the way of
"service with a smile". You would be well advised to buy one of the shopping
trolleys that you see the local housewives using. I'm not going to write any
names here as they are all equally awful.
Flea Markets in Paris
Marché aux puces
d'Aligre, Place d'Aligre, 75012. Open every day 9:00 am - noon. Metro
Marché aux puces de Vanves Av. Georges
Lafenestre and Av. Marc-Sangrier, 75014. Open Sat & Sun 7:30 am - 1 pm.
Metro Porte de Vanves.
Marché aux puces de Montreuil,
Montreuil-sous-bois. 93100. Open Sat, Sun & Mon 7:30 am - 7 pm. Metro Porte
Puces de Saintouen (Clignancourt), Rue de Rosiers and
Rue de Jules-Vallèes, 75018. Open Sat, Sun & Mon 7:00 am - 7 pm.
Metro Porte de Clignancourt.
E. Dehillerin, 18 &
20 rue Coquilliere, 75001. Metro Les Halles. This shop supplies the restraunt
and hotel trade with kitchenware, but the general public can also shop here. It
is the very best place I have found for knives, pots, pans and anything else
for use in the kitchen. You will find stuff here that cannot be found anywhere
else. It is a really old-fashioned, overcrowded, confusing place, but don't let
that put you off. The staff know their business very well, and one or two can
speak a bit of English. Prices are not written on the goods. Each item has a
code and you must go to one of the two books to look up the price. There are
two prices, one with and another without tax.
A. Simon, 48 & 52
rue Montmartre, 75001. Metro Les Halles. Closed on Monday mornings. This shop
is similar to Dehillerin, and is just a few hundred metres away, but is
prettier and has a greater emphsis on tableware. The prices displayed do not
usually include tax, so remember to add on about 20% to get the final