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Shopping

The capital of fashion host luxurious shops from the most famous designers and are a unique reference, although not the only reference, since large department stores, second-hand markets and traditional markets are alternatives to consider

Paris and shopping seem to be synonyms. It is inevitable to think about fashion and, of course, about great designers who have their shops in the most exclusive locations, such as Avenue Montaigne and the Champs Élysées, with high-end shops such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior or the Louvre area with Versace, Hermès or Yves Saint-Laurent. The list of options is obviously huge, since Paris is the capital of fashion. Although these places also have lower-end shops such as Zara, there are other not so expensive shopping areas, such as large department stores where you can have a meal while shopping. Galeries Lafayette (www.galerieslafayette.com) offer designer pieces from Jean-Paul Gaultier or Christian Lacroix as well as a wide range of sports and gourmet items, accessories and cosmetics. Printemps (www.printemps.com/international) has a history of over 100 years and a wide variety of products and clothing brands, decoration, accessories or jewellery as well as services like watch repair, personal shoppers and concièrge. For antiques, the Marais (www.parismarais.com) is the ideal choice, but during the weekends you can find fairs and markets where it is possible to find vintage pieces and second-hand objects, such as the Vanves market (www.pucesdevanves.typepad.com) or the Saint-Ouen market (www.parispuces.com). To find works from new French artists, there is nothing better than to visit the Bastille creative art market on Saturdays (www.artistesparisbastille.fr). The traditional Parisian markets are also not to be missed (www.parisinfo.com), where people sell a bit of everything and where you can get to know the customs of the local residents.

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