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The area which surrounds the ever-impressive 17th century Palais Royal gardens is often overlooked as one of Paris’ elite shopping spots. But it’s home to the most eclectic mix of haute couture, celebrated antique spots and independent boutiques. Best known for its art dealers, the area is now a must-visit for those searching for Stella McCartney, Rick Owens and Pierre Hardy.
A brisk walk from the Eiffel Tower, the Rue du Commerce is one of the greatest secret shopping spots in Paris. This quiet, one-way street offers an impressive array of international high-street brands, small independent boutiques and fresh food nooks, while the village-like feel of the neighbourhood makes it a popular haunt for true Parisians.
Look no further for a relaxed shopping spot than the Canal Saint-Martin. It packs a punch with the biggest mix of effortlessly hip boutiques - including The Kooples, APC and Agnès B. Fuel in between stops in and out of the shops at the bistros, bars and cafés all along the way.
Luckily for shoppers, this passage was restored to its former glory a few years ago. Since it's off the usual tourist track, it's less crowded than other shopping centres. Stop by Rungis wholesale market for the freshest blooms before divining into the contemporary jewellery designer shop Eric et Lydie.
Actually, Galerie Vivienne is one the most iconic covered arcades in Paris. The grand architecture of the covered passageway, artful mosaic floors and hand-carved wooden details, transports visitors back to the 1800s. But to actually shop here and not just admire the purely Parisian aesthetic is an underrated activity. Most stores pay homage to traditional Parisian design. Jean Paul Gaultier opened a store here in 1986, which is still the brand’s flagship today.
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