Want to look the part, without parting with a small fortune? Our selection of cheap shops and discount stores offer great fashion at knockdown prices. They'll have you looking chic and fabulous in no time at all.
Cheap shops and designer outlets in Paris
Fashionistas head to the ‘five legged sheep’ (named after Henri Verneuil’s 1954 film ‘Le Mouton à cinq pattes’) for designer vintage and last season’s collections in mint condition: Vittadini, Buscat, Donn Adriana, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jérôme L'Huillier, Alberta Ferreti, Moschino, Liu Jo and numerous other labels. Turnover is fast, so this is no place for an indecision crisis. Labels are sometimes cut out too, so make sure you know what you’re buying. Another branch can be found at 138 bd St Germain, 6th.
A rough-edged wonderland of garish bargains in the unsavoury heights of Barbès. Expect to find anything from T-shirts to wedding dresses, as well as children’s clothes and household goods at this discount heaven. It’s unbelievably cheap - the crowds bear witness to its sucess - but don’t expect high quality. Tati by name...
All the charm of a typical Marais boutique, but without the eye-popping prices. L’Habilleur has enjoyed a roaring trade for more than ten years, stocking pieces for men and women from labels such as Plein Sud, Issey Miyake, Paul & Joe and more at a whopping 40-60 per cent off. Mon Dieu! This is also the place to pick up customized jeans and neo-Romantic suits by designer Andrew Mackenzie, and cosy big-knit wool jumpers by Richmond.
La Vallée Village, near Disneyland Paris, is discount shopping heaven. Its 90 stores (which admittedly look like an extension of Disney) feature all the usual suspects - Armani, Diesel, Gérard Darel, Guess, Kenzo, Longchamp, Paul Smith, Tod's - as well as Zadig & Voltaire, Moncler and Marni. You should expect between 20% and 70% off usual retail price.
C&A may have left Britain years ago, but it’s still alive and kicking in France. The rue de Rivoli branch (one of four in central Paris) is in a handy spot in Châtelet, sandwiched between H&M and Le Forum des Halles – two other cheap shopping Eldorados. It’s like stepping into a time warp, with the standardized C&A interior décor looking just as it did 20 years ago; but that's strangely reassuring: the lingerie section is still hard to beat for its price-quality ratio and you can still pick up decent wardrobe staples (t-shirts, trousers, tops etc...) at bargain prices.