One can hardly visit Paris without indulging in a little bit of shopping. Here, Whitewaller is sharing a list of not to miss stores to check out while you’re in the city for FIAC.
Le Bon Marché
Beyond Le Bon Marché’s striking facade, visitors can find an array of delightful surprises through its many brand offerings, special window displays, and restaurants. Originally founded in 1838, the large department store offers the newest selection of designer goods, as well as featured pieces with artists and exclusive editions. Presenting the very best in luxury for women’s and men’s apparel, beauty, home, books and stationery, children, and more, Le Bon Marché is a destination for both shopping and culture.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out the bakeries.
Frédéric Malle 4th arrondissement
Upon entering Frédéric Malle, guests are greeted with a unique, futuristic display—architectural and artistic plywood bookshelves line the space and fill its center. With these Jakob + MacFarlane–designed “hives,” shoppers can choose from the store’s sophisticated selection of perfumes.
Whitewaller recommends: Asking for expert advice on rare ingredients.
Centre Commercial 10th arrondissement
For the past seven years, artistic details have shone in Centre Commercial—a committed, selective shop by Sébastien Kopp and Ghislain Morillion—the founders of Veja sneakers. Explore exciting brands like Bleu de Paname, Roseanna, Suzie Winkle, Ami, and Masscob, among home and personal accessories.
Whitewaller recommends: Not overlooking the hats, the bags, or the kids’ section.
Merci 3rd arrondissement
In 2009, Merci opened as a place for the best in fashion, design, household goods, and refreshment. In the multilevel space, visitors can find pleasant surprises—like new designers, tech gadgets, books, and bags—after enjoying a light bite at the library-like café.
Whitewaller recommends: Visiting the top floor for home goods.
Archive 1820 3rd arrondissement
Séverine Lahyani debuted a men’s ready-to-wear line in 2013 and opened Archive 1820 in 2015. The store, home to Lahyani’s studio on the first floor, offers guests a selection of rare objects and pieces by other designers, as well as a gallery space and eatery, Le Comptoir.
Whitewaller recommends: Stopping by for lunch with friends.
Galeries Lafayette 9th arrondissement
At Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, shoppers are delighted to find a 70,000-square-meter department store housed in an Art Nouveau domed building built in 1894. With fashion—men’s, women’s, children’s, leather goods, and accessories—and restaurants, visitors are offered an undeniably expert shopping experience.
Whitewaller recommends: Stopping by Le Galerie des Galeries.
L’EXCEPTION 1st arrondissement
L’EXCEPTION offers some of the best brands, products, and exclusive pieces in Paris to date. The store also presents a coffee shop, Belleville Brûlerie, where visitors can find one of the most delicious açaí bowls in town!
Whitewaller recommends: Attending one of the store’s special events.