Shopping in France is part of the French art of living. France is proud
the home of the most famous and the most promising couturiers. Besides
designer clothes and shoes, one of the best things to buy in France are
perfumes, wines, cheeses and traditional crafts articles.
Undoubtedly, Paris is the haute couture capital of the world where you
buy top fashion goods in luxury boutiques as well as last year’s models
surprisingly low prices in its numerous discount shops. Other great
for shopping are Lyon, Marseille and Nice. France’s top fashion
all-encompassing department stores are preferred by the French and
international clientèle. Flea markets – a traditional French phenomenon
happen once or twice a week in every French neighborhood and are not to
French wines are an indispensable part of your purchasing experience in
France. You should visit the wineries and enjoy the free samples .
are open daily from 9 am to 9 pm and you can buy wine by the bottle.
wineries will even ship your wine for free. French champagne and cognac
also highly recommended. A liberal sampling of French cheeses is a must,
are French chocolates and pastries. You should consider buying
French delicacies such as pâtés and mustard too.
French porcelain is of exceptional quality especially ones produced in
city of Limoges. Lalique and the Baccarat crystals are world renowned
worth every penny. French tapestries and hand blown glass are an
alternative for the visitor who wants to make an unconventional
Fine lace and ceramics can be excellent presents for your friends and
when you get back home. French handcrafted items are traditionally of
extremely high quality and the available varieties are usually
Shopping hours in France are from 9am to 7pm from Monday to Saturday.
stores tend to stay open a bit longer. Sales take place in January and
when it is really worth shopping since prices usually drop 50 percent.
department stores like Printemps and Galerie Lafayette are a convenient
economic shopping alternative under one roof. They offer a wide choice
textile, clothes, domestic decoration, furniture, cosmetics and
When you enter a French shop remember to show your respect towards the
be nice and polite. It is preferable to greet the staff in French to
demonstrate that you are a serious buyer and not just a window-shopper.
Some of the best French cities to go on a shopping spree include Paris,
Marseille and Lyon. While the City of Lights offers an exuberance of
houses and designer boutiques, it also boasts some well-known department
stores. A particular challenge are the Parisian street markets, where
sharpen your bargaining techniques Shopping in Marseille, the country’s
largest commercial port, happens at Le Bourse. The city’s spending hub
awash in shoe and jewellery shops, designer boutiques, and also has a
Megastore open seven days a week. Lyon, France’s third largest city, is
designer's mecca, its multitude of fashion shops almost outnumbering the
capital’s. Lyon is also world famous for its chocolate and pastries. 1 2