Where to shop in Paris this summer

It's not (just) about Parisian fashionistas: check out bookshops, gourmet delis, ethical boutiques and record stores



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Flâne for your life at the best markets in Paris

Paris's many markets – permanent or weekly, covered or street – are fantastic resources and often very beautiful and atmospheric. For food and drink, markets like Bastille and Saxe-Breteuil are a great opportunity to meet producers and sample new flavours, if not always the cheapest or most efficient way of getting your weekly shopping done. For lovers of antiques, bric-a-brac, books, stamps and more there's a market for every passion, and it's highly recommend you check one out as part of a visit to the city...


Kit yourself out for summer at these accessory boutiques

A very girly accessories boutique, named for one of the owner's grandmothers. If cushions with prints of macaroons and cupcakes (€25-€42) are your thing, then you'll be in heaven. In a space that manages to be simultaneously modern and retro, designer jewellery (Anne Thomas, Poupée Rousse, Félicie Aussi) sits alongside trendy accessories...


Spend on some surfer chic from WAIT

WAIT is like a breath of fresh air issuing from the heart of the capital. The vibe is straight-up California, all hot sand and salty summer sea. Specialising in surf gear, this boutique is run by Julien Tual and Antoine Mocquard, the creators of the glasses brand Waiting For The Sun (whose frames are made from 100% wood). Setting up a surf shop in the midst of the urban jungle that is Paris may seem a little strange. “Paris is full of budding surfers,” says Julien. “They head to Cherbourg or Landes, where they make the most of the summer weather.” These surfers need a place to stock up, after all...

  1. 9 rue Notre‐Dame de Nazareth, 3e
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Lay in your summer reads from Paris's English langugae bookshops

In the last few years there have been some sad casualties on the English bookshop scene in Paris, with much-loved outlets Tea and Tattered Pages, Village Voice and Red Wheelbarrow all closing their doors for the last time. But the city that nurtured Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Orwell and Beckett remains a major hub and an inspiration for English writers and readers, and there are still glossy emporiums, delightful second-hand treasure troves and plenty of mixed-language outlets to explore. They're also great places to find out about literary readings and events (particularly Shakespeare & Company)...


Put some sauce on your summer at these lingerie boutiques

Founded in 2006, Passage du Désir is a veritable 'lovestore' – a place in which to free your kinky fantasies far from the cries of seedy sex shops. From willy shaped pasta to edible body paint, vibrators and an array of his and hers sex toys (including a dildo that plugs into your i-pod and vibrates to the rhythm of your music!), something here is bound to tickle your fancy...


Rummage for vintage in the Marais

From second-hand t-shirt bargain bins to vintage designer pieces for hundreds of euros, the Marais is the place to head for everything pre-loved. The cavernous Kilo Shop sells bags, shoes, furs, knits and more by weight; Vintage Bar (complete with decommissioned beer taps) stocks scarlet-soled Louboutins; Plus Que Parfait sells on your unwanted threads for a commission.


Consider some ink at Paris's tattoo parlours

Whether you're browsing for ideas or ready for your inking session, we've visited some of the top Paris tattoo studios to meet the artists and check out their work. Scroll through some artwork below and see if any of the styles inspire you...


Search for vinyl at Fargo Store

Paris has a fantastic range of record stores stocking every genre under the sun and showcasing local bands across the spectrum of rock, indie, pop and more. Fargo’s free sets are known to draw the crowds.

  1. 42 rue de la Folie-Méricourt, 11e
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Wander les passages couverts

In 18th and 19th century Paris, these elegant glass-roofed forerunners to our modern day malls allowed shoppers to shop, dine or spend a secluded hour in the arms of a lover. Nowadays these passages are real architectural gems, perfect for hours of delicious browsing full of boutiques and restaurants.


Pick up a picnic at Causses

SoPi’s (South Pigalle) alimentation générale extraordinaire feels like an urban farm shop, offering a winning formula of simple quality, seasonal, produce, gourmet preserves and take-away breads, sandwiches and salads. For expats in need of a taste of home, they also stock Tyrrell’s crisps, Covent Garden soups, HP sauce and English biscuits.

  1. 55 rue Notre-Dame de la Lorette, 9e
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