Saint-Germain:This elegant Left Bank area offers a dizzying array of boutiques packed into a chic, pedestrian-friendly area.
Opéra: Rue St-Honoré and neighbouring rue Faubourg
St-Honoré are best for discovering the established designers and super-brands. Also here,our favourite the Jardins du Palais-Royal has emerged as the latest location for designer boutiques.
Champs-Elysées: Shop designer and high-end names in the golden triangle formed by Champs-Elysées, Avenue George V and Avenue Montaigne.
Etienne Marcel: Etienne Marcel is best for jeans, youth brands and casualwear.
Les Halles: Best for streetwear, denim, youth brands and casualwear.
Le Marais: With its charming medieval labyrinth and its hipper sister quarter, the Haut Marais, this area is best for individual, eclectic and vintage boutiques
Named Bar 228 after the hotel's address on 228 rue de Rivoli, this place has become "the rendez-vous" of Parisians. The cosy atmosphere of Bar 228 has the warmth of British clubs, perhaps due to the many british guests that visited hotel Le Meurice in its early years. Totally reinterpreted by Philippe Starck in December 2007, the warm and hushed decor remains faithful to its origins with wooden bar stools and leather chairs. The atmosphere is subtly warmed by the crackling glow of tobacco shades and
highlighted by the sparkle of rare crystal decanters, to be filled at leisure.
Le Bar 228, 228 rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001
Tel: +33 1 4458 1066 / www.lemeurice.com
Moscow based fashion group Podium is known for its chain of fashion, interiors and jewellery stores. As part of the company's expansion venture, this new jewellery shop on Paris's exclusive Rue Saint-Honere boosts luxery and unique harm, with rich interior decor and furnishings. One of a kind pieces displayed in the shop have been selected from independent designers' collections. This innovative concept, combined with the ancient techniques used in the designing of the juwellery, has attracted collectors from all over the world. The staff is very nice and ready to tell you more about the artist or designer of any of the pieces that peak your interest.
Podium, 334 Rue St-Honoré, Paris 75001
Tel: +33 1 4296 8635 / www.podiumfashion.com
Beautifully packaged scented candles, room sprays and a limited line of fragrances and bath products from the world-renowned French brand.
8 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Marais, Paris 75003
Tel: +33 1 4804 9557 / www.diptyqueparis.com
Yes, we know this store is not uniquely French - Sir Terence Conran has lifestyle outposts in London, Tokyo and New York too - but if you're travelling to Paris and you've never visited one of the design legend's shops, this is an essential stop. Find the iconic, new and vintage presented with style and wit - gifts, lighting, cookshop, dining, textiles and furniture are all together. Conran is a Francophile himself, and there is certainly a dash of Parisian style in the store.
117 rue du Bac, Saint-Germain Paris 75007
Tel: +33 1 4284 1001/ www.conranshop.fr
Fashion label Bonton's concept Bazar is dedicated to kid's lifestyle and interiors products. The loft-like space is divided into room sets, which in turn are filled with colourful but practical furniture, novelty lights and plenty of toys. Designed with kids in mind, the range also has undeniable appeal to design-conscious parents. Aspirational retailing.
Bonton Bazar, 122 rue du Bac, Saint-Germain, Paris 75007
Tel: +33 1 4222 7769 / www.bonton.fr
This legendary establishment on rue du Bac was sadly engulfed by fire in February 2008. However, now rebuilt and reopened, visitors once again can be amazed at the delights of the natural world on display. The ground floor is devoted to gardening literature and tools; upstairs you'll find a mass of taxidermy, entomology, bones, shells, fossils and coral.
Deyrolle, 46 rue du Bac, Saint-Germain, Paris 75007
Tel: +33 1 4222 3007 / www.deyrolle.com
Opened in 2009, you can shop guiltfree at this not-for-profit concept from Bernard and Marie-France Cohen -creators of the extremely successful children's brand Bonpoint. Enter the store through a cobbled courtyard, bookish cafe or road level florist to explore the three floors of the former fabric factory. Find an excellent selection of homewares, furniture, vintage, kidswear, stationery and clothing - much of which is at considerably lower prices.
111 boulevard Beaumarchais, Marais, Paris 75003
Tel: +33 1 4277 7892 / www.merci-merci.com