Shopping vacations in France

France is the country of great food, rich museums, beautiful landscapes and other attractions – but at the same time, is the place where every shopping addict dreams of going. France practically invented haute-couture, and many of the world’s leading designers and fashion houses are located in France. Want to go on a memorable shopping spree in the land of Coco Chanel or Gaultier, of antiques and art galleries? There are lots of places that you can visit, because France is, predictably enough, a shopper’s paradise. Here are some ideas for shopping vacations in France.

Paris

Paris is the place of pilgrimage for all the fashion-conscious people who visit France. Places like Avenue Montaigne, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore has become iconic for the fashion industry. There are so many high-end shops here that you can spend days just wandering around and trying on the newest trends. Of course, you will need serious funds if you want to buy something, but that’s applicable to any shopping paradise in France. Hermes, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Chloe and other brands will keep you busy for a while.

Toulouse

Toulouse has a little something for any kind of shopper, from chic boutiques and couture shops to gift shops and antiques. Those who are interested in antiques, old things and vintage clothes will really love this city, because there are just as many opportunities for bargains as buying expensive clothes.Toulouse is a great place for a shopping vacation in France, or any vacation really.

Lyon

Lyon is the third largest city in France, so understandably it has quite a few retail shops. Even without the impressive Part-Dieu shopping mall, one of the largest in Europe, there are countless shops where you can browse or buy things. Vieux Lyon has lots of boutiques and art galleries where you can find hidden gems. Cité des Antiquaires on Stalingrad boulevard is a must for collector – there are over a hundred antique dealers assembled on 2 floors.

Marseille

After Paris and Lyon, Marseille is France’s premier shopping destination, both when in comes to quantity and diversity. For souvenirs and handmade crafts you should go to the Vieux Port, and for art objects and antiques there are several great galleries. When it comes to fashion, the local industry is quite impressive. There are many couture shops along Cours Julien, where you can find unique and extraordinary fashions of North-African inspiration. For traditional foods,  buy some navettes (chocolatey treats flavoured with orange-flower water and orange zest – Le Four des Navettes on rue Sainte has some of the best) and pop into La Fromagerie Marrou for some delicious luxury foods.

 

 

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