On Wednesday shoppers hit the streets of Paris for the first day of Les Soldes – the official sales that take place in Paris every summer and winter. Sales are serious business in France, and not just for shoppers! The dates are set by the government, and this year the soldes d’été – summer sales – will take place from June 27th to July 31st. The sales are one of the best rewards of visiting Paris in July, besides the warm weather and beautiful parks. You’ll find deep discounts wherever you shop, from the big name designers and trendy department stores to popular French chain stores and even charming boutiques. Just keep your eyes out for soldes soldes soldes and head for the bargains!
Top Shopping Spots in Paris
Paris is a dream for shoppers! Yet, with so many great shopping areas and department stores, it can be challenging to know where to even start. To help you plan your shopping time (and sightseeing, too!), we’ve shared our favorite shopping streets in Paris. There you’ll find all the information you need to make sure you hit the best shopping areas, whether you’ll be in Paris for the summer and winter Soldes or anytime of the year!
For the best shopping options and deep discounts, the Grand Magasins are the first stop for many Parisians and travelers. These are the large department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette located on Boulevard Haussmann near the Opéra Garnier in the 9th arrondissement. The sales are HUGE at both stores! Here are a few Paris Perfect shopping tips for the Grand Magasins:
- Before heading to Printemps, don’t forget to print your discount card for an extra 10% off of your shopping!
- At Galeries Lafayette, go to the Welcome Desk at the front of the store with your passport (or photocopy) handy and ask for their 10% discount card, which is good in all departments.
- If you’re looking for home décor, don’t miss the sales at the Galeries Lafayette home store just across the street.
- Wear comfortable shoes … there’s a lot of ground to cover!
If shopping on a more intimate scale is your style, you’ll want to visit the charming rue du Commerce, which we’ve named the Best Hidden Shopping Street in Paris. Located near the Eiffel Tower in the 15th arrondissement, this very Parisian shopping street is where locals head for deals during Les Soldes. It’s just a short stroll across the Champ de Mars from our vacation rentals in the 7th arrondissement, too!
Tips, Hints & Bargains
If you’re hitting the Paris summer sales this year, check out our Tips for Snagging the Best Buy & Surviving the Sales. For more information and insider shopping tips, visit our Paris Shopping Guide.
Happy bargain hunting!