Sharing One of our Paris Secrets — The Best Shopping Street in Paris!
Would you believe me if I told you that one of Paris’ best shopping streets is hidden just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower, surely the city’s most-visited monument? Follow along with me, and I’ll share with you this little shopping secret in Paris’ 15th arrondissement, just across the beautiful Champ de Mars gardens from our favorite neighborhood in the 7th arrondissement. It’s called rue du Commerce, a very appropriate name for a wonderful shopping street!
There are over one hundred boutiques packed into this lovely tree-lined street. A shopping delight!
The first time I walked along the rue du Commerce, I realized I had stumbled across one of the best hidden shopping streets in Paris. Not only for the selection, which covers everything from one-of-a-kind boutiques to affordable fashions, but because I was shopping where the locals go. As I stepped out in the street to take a few photos, I relished the fact that I was the only person in sight with a camera. If you’re visiting Paris, it’s a short walk from many of our vacation rentals in the 7th arrondissement.
Start at the top where Ave de la Motte Piquet meets rue du Commerce and plan on spending a leisurely morning or afternoon. It’s only five minutes walk our newest Paris short term rentals, which we’re excited to share with you. The Renoir and Monet Paris rentals boast show-stopping Eiffel Tower views and a perfect central location — close to Commerce, close to the renowned Grenelle open air market and near all the excellent restaurantse in the 7th.
Enjoy the shopping and also the neighborhood around the Champs de Mars Gardens for it’s a true Parisian village. Stop for a café, picnic in the park, have lunch and experience life as a Parisian. You’ll find every kind of fashion, from back-to-school wear to high French fashion!
Our college-age son needed some basics before going back to Boston last Fall. He found the boat shoes he was looking for, nice polo shirts for a bargain price, cotton slacks in pale green and blue …. even underwear. Everything is just that little bit different from clothes in the U.S. where he goes to college – the latest colors, more tailored shirts and slacks.
There’s something for every age and taste – Frech fashion even for middle-aged moms like me …
What we find so refreshing about rue du Commerce are the dozens of excellent fashion boutiques. These stores sell the latest trends in fashion without the big expensive labels. You don’t find them in the expensive couture streets in Paris. Just ike Reciproque, the best designer consignment store in the nearby 16th, this is where in-the-know Parisians shop.
You’ll find everything from discount perfumeries to great cosmetic stores such as Sephora.
There’s every kind of store, including baby stores, shoe stores, young fashion, men’s, women’s fashion and high end designer stores. Young Parisians love to shop here and your teenagers will too…
You won’t see tourists here, since rue du Commerce is the shopping spot for Parisians in this village-like neighborhood. It is packed with every type of fashion boutique, café, pâtisserie, pharmacie and chocolatier a shopper could ever want. For our family, it’s the first stop when we’re looking for anything from shoes to affordable casual clothes to that special dress for the prom.
Filled with cafe’s, you’ll have many tempting choices for where to stop and take a break while watching the world go by.
With over 100 fashion shops tightly packed into a few city blocks, not only are prices good, but it’s great value for your time!
Starting at the Eiffel Tower, walk along the Champ de Mars gardens toward the Ecole Militaire, cross the avenue de Suffren and head down the avenue de la Motte-Piquet – marking the border of 7th arrondissement and the 15th. This charming neighborhood is where you’ll find our lovely Quincy one bedroom Paris vacation rental. Wander along the dozens of cafés and restaurants on Ave. de la Motte Piquet, known by locals as one of the best café streets in Paris. It’s a perfect rest stop after an intense morning of shopping. There are several excellent bistros and even a Starbucks if you crave a Frappuccino. Sometimes I can’t resist!
After your break, you’ll be ready for a day of shopping down rue du Commerce!
Stop in at the Monoprix (think the French version of Target) at the corner of Rue du Commerce and Boulevard de Grenelle where you’ll find affordable fashions, household and beauty products on the first level and a huge grocery store on the second level. Monoprix is a fun spot to explore alongside the locals out doing their daily shopping!
The Monoprix is like a small version of a Target in the U.S., and offers fashion at a good price and a nice supermarket upstairs.
Stroll along Ave de la Motte-Piquet on your way to rue du Commerce. This pretty street has more outdoor cafés than any other street in Paris, and is a favorite spot for locals! Guests who stay at our Monet luxury 4 bedroom Paris rental are in heaven – not only will they enjoy stunning Eiffel Tower views, but they are just a short stroll from the wonderful cafés and the rue du Commerce shopping street!
Rue du Commerce is a one-way street with large sidewalks on both sides that runs through a charming residential neighborhood.
There’s even a pretty park where you can sit and relax halfway through.
Since there isn’t a lot of traffic, we love that you can crisscross the street easily if you see a shop on the other side that catches your eye. You’ll spot some familiar names right away at H&M and Zara, and as you walk down the street you’ll find a wonderful mix of small boutiques and big names, such as Cyrillus, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Pimkie, MAC, Promod, Sephora, Celio, DPAM, Gerard Darel, Jules, Arthur & Fox and many more.
How do French women look so chic, even while out shopping??
Before heading back home, the aroma of freshly baked bread from the boulangerie Kayser on rue du Commerce always pulls me in. Tucking the still warm baguette into one of my shopping bags, I stroll along this very special street, relishing the feeling of having found where I fit in Paris.
Enjoy a taste of French life watching the scenes of children playing in the beautiful Champs de Mars Gardens on your way home.
In the eening, enjoy a relaxing evening and million dollar views of Paris from some of the most beautiful vacation rentals in Paris.