The ten best sports shops in Paris
From the high-tech to the low-key, the city's best sport shops have everything you need to ace your favourite hobby
Vintage shopping guide
Rockabilly leather, '50s glamour dresses, retro sunglasses and much more.
The best Paris markets
Browse for books, rummage for riches, bargain for bric-a-brac.
Latest boutique reviews
Mint & Lilies
From décor to clothes to jewellery: this chic boutique offers a beautiful selection of treasures.
This one-of-a-kind boutique-within-a-boutique is well worth a browse.
This outsize florist’s and homeware boutique brims with chic potential gifts.
The charming and inventive French colouring-in brand unveils its first permanent address.
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The best Paris markets
Browse for books, rummage for riches, bargain for bric-a-brac or be a flea market flâneur.
Lingerie and erotica
Putting the ‘Ooh’ in to your ‘là là’.
Paris’s best cheese
Discuss the finer points of pasteurisation over a platter of your favourites, or dine on dairy delights at dedicated cheese restaurants.
Chic for gents at some of the coolest boutiques in town.
Great Paris concept stores
Le Centre Commercial
The idea of a commerical centre might not appeal to fans of concept boutiques, but don’t speak too soon – Centre Commerical in the Rue de Marseille (alongside APC, Maje and Claudie Pierlot) will thrill fans of quality fashion...
The new French Trotters flagship store occupies no less that 200 chic square metres, just down from the road from the old boutique at 116 Rue Vieille du Temple. It brings together all facets of the store that was originally created in 2005 by Carole and Clarent Dehlouz...
You might not know what you're looking for when you walk in to Pop Market, but you always walk out with armfuls of goodies. Small animal figurines for a nephew, some beautiful stationery for yourself, badges to pin on a jacket or a bright decoration for the living room...
The best Paris department stores
The store has been undergoing a massive renovation programme of late, with the opening in 2008 of Espace Luxe on the first floor, featuring luxury prêt-à-porter and accessories and nine avant-garde designers, and the unveiling of a vast new shoe department in the basement featuring some 150 brands. The men's fashion space on the third floor, Lafayette Homme, has natty designer corners and a 'Club' area with internet access. On the first floor, Lafayette Gourmet has exotic foods galore, and a vast wine cellar.
In the magnificently appointed Printemps you'll find everything you didn't even know you wanted and English-speaking assistants to help you find it. But fashion is where it really excels; an entire floor is devoted to shoes, and the beauty department stocks more than 200 brands. In all, there are six floors of men's and women's fashion. In Printemps de la Mode, French designers sit alongside all the big international designers. The Fashion Loft offers a younger but equally stylish take on current trends. Along with furnishings, Printemps de la Maison stocks everything from tableware to design classics. For fast refuelling, Printemps has a tearoom, sushi bar and Café Be, an Alain Ducasse bakery. Or head up to Le Déli-cieux, on the ninth floor of Printemps Maison, for a drink on the terrace with wonderful views across Paris.
Le Bon Marché
The city's oldest department store, opened in 1848, is also its most swish and user-friendly, thanks to an extensive redesign by LVMH. Luxury boutiques, Dior and Chanel among them, take pride of place on the ground floor; escalators designed by Andrée Putman take you up to the fashion floor, which has an excellent selection of global designer labels, from Lanvin to Claudie Pierlot. Designer names also abound in Balthazar, the prestigious men's section. For top-notch nibbles, try the adjoining Grande Epicerie food hall (01.44.39.81.00, www.lagrandeepicerie.fr, 8.30am-9pm Mon-Sat).