Tips for successful shopping in Paris

paris shopping tips

Hi everybody! I hope you are having a great week so far. As most of you guys know we have recently travelled to Paris, for a short yet sweet escape from our jobs during the high season. And even though half of our trip was full of business meetings but still we had enough time to enjoy Paris and indulge into a shopping splurge! Today I will share with you my last day’s looks as well as my essential tips for a successful shopping expedition in Paris!

During our last day in Paris, we went for some last-minute shopping at the city center on foot (first outfit below), as our hotel was ideally located near Champs Elysées. After that, we wanted to say a proper goodbye to Paris, passing by the most beautiful places and a few fashion boutiques that we wanted to visit before flying to Mykonos! We had only a few hours left so hiring a private car with driver was the best option (second outfit).

With some of the best shopping streets in the world and every luxury brand boutique you can imagine, there is no wonder that Paris is the capital of fashion. From designer fashion houses to vintage shops, you name it!

Paris Shopping Tips:

For me a successful shopping means that I have found everything I wanted in the expected prices, that I have sticked to my list without making any impulse purchases, and that I will not need a 3 days off to recover from the long walking and carrying! So here’s my advice:

Make a list – Make a list with the things you want/need to buy is a no brainer, and a must when in Paris, as if you don’t, you will end up spending all your budget in an hour or so! The temptations are endless!

Make a map/schedule – Assuming that you don’t live in Paris and that you are only there for a few days, if you don’t get out there without a plan, you will be overwhelmed and won’t know where to start from. Paris is divided in 20 arrondissements in the form of spiral. I usually plan ahead of where I want to go and make a map with the fastest and most convenient route, to save miles and hours.

Hire a private car & driver – which is the best option by far. I instantly fell in love with this Zadig & Voltaire dress that I saw at one of their stores. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anywhere a small number, or at least a medium, which I finally bought. Now imagine if I had to go to all the Zadig stores on foot or commute. Mission impossible for sure. But with a car & driver it was so easy peasy and fun! And it is less pricy than shop hopping by taxi! (I had a great experience with this company)

Hire a scooter with a GPS – If you are on a budget, then a scooter rental is the best option and so ideal for vintage hunting. This is how I managed to visit the best vintage stores in Paris in only 3 days, and it would’ve taken me much less if I didn’t have to spend at least 1 hour at each store (vintage shopping needs a lot of research). I had made an online research and made a list of the addresses of the vintage shops I wanted to visit, including some friends’ suggestions too. Then I planned the route into the gps which was taking me with a great ease from store to store! A scooter will save you a lot of precious time that you would be stuck in traffic, and that’s why scooter rentals are more expensive than car rentals in Paris! (this is my preferable company for scooter rental in Paris)

My favorite areas for shopping in Paris are rue Saint Honoré, Champs Elysées, Boulevard Saint Germain, Bon Marché, rue du Bac, rue de Rivoli and the vintage stores at rue de Valois and at the first arrondissement. Which one are yours? Do you have any Paris shopping tips for a stress free shopping experience in this city or anywhere? I would love to read about it in the comments!

Thank you for stopping by!

xx

Stella

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I was wearing:

Diesel denim jacket – bleached it myself (similar here)

Zara culottes (similar here)

Zara top (similar here)

Chanel bag

Adidas sneakers

Ray-Ban sunnies (also in pink and blue)

Photos by: Anestis Iliadis

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I was wearing:

Levi’s denim jacket

Levi’s shirt dress

Stuart Weitzman sandals

Chloé bag

Fendi sunnies

Christian Paul watch

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154 Comments

    • Stella Asteria
      13/07/2016 / 17:54

      Thank you Tatjana! Yeah I am such a planner/list freak haha! Glad you like them! 🙂
      Have a great day my dear!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:43

      Thank you 🙂

  1. 13/07/2016 / 21:22

    How i love Paris! How i miss Paris! Thank you for sharing these absolutely gorgeous pictures! As for your outfit, stylish as always dear Stella. Kisses. Helene.

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:44

      Oh Helene, I understand, I already miss Paris too! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words! I hope you are having a great week so far! Kisses x

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:44

      Thank you Anne!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:44

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  2. Jo
    14/07/2016 / 08:47

    It could be that we were in Paris at the same time. Plans, maps and timetables are a must for us explorers. Nice to see a photo of you without sun glasses. And, oh my! That Zadig & Voltaire white dress is a beautiful dream.
    Hugs, Jo x

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:50

      Oh how great! The weather was so perfect wasn’t it? Even I did’t noticed that I had just one photo without sunglasses, thank you so much for noticing it, I will definitely take that in mind for the next shootings! As for that Zadig & Voltaire white dress it totally worth the miles searching for it (even it my only option was in size Medium instead of Small haha)! I am so glad you like it!
      Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!
      xx

  3. 14/07/2016 / 12:04

    How incredible that you went to Paris! It looks like you had such a great time 🙂 Loving both of your looks- the striped culottes look wonderful on you! I can only how many temptations there would be shopping in Paris, so a list is such a great idea!

    Rachel xx http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:55

      And thankfully, I (almost) managed to stick to my list! 😉 I had indeed an incredible time, this trip to Paris was short yet so refreshing! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you are having a great week so far!
      Kisses <3

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:56

      Thank you Jenny! 🙂

  4. 14/07/2016 / 23:14

    fantastic blog my friend, I too hope to see this magical city one day
    thank you for sharing
    as usually great post and you look wonderful

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:58

      Thank you so much Bukky, I hope you go to Paris very soon my friend and even better, to meet there! But for now let’s make your suitcases for Athens and Mykonos! I really can’t wait! 🙂
      Kisses and have a great week!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:58

      I wish you go to Paris soon Kristen 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 19:59

      Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:07

      I am so glad they are helpful to you Maria and I hope you are having a great time in Paris. 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:07

      Thank you so much Mercy! 🙂

  5. 15/07/2016 / 13:12

    Stella,
    These are great practical recommendations! Like you, I believe strongly in making a list and coming up with some sort of expectation about price. Thanks for the driver advice too. that’s really helpful!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:10

      Thank you Mary, the driver totally worths the fee especially when your time is limited! I really enjoyed your posts about Greece, can’t see more of them in Santorini and Mykonos 🙂
      Have a great week!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:10

      Thank you, I am glad to “hear” that 🙂

  6. Alexandra A.
    15/07/2016 / 14:48

    Amazing photos,I really want to go one day to visit France and it’s very good to stay organised.
    I really like your last outfit,it’s comfy,but also a bit elegant and your watch is just beautiful.

    Hugs from Alexandra ~ Impavid Blog

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:11

      Thank you Alexandra, I am glad you like it!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:11

      Thank you!! 😀

  7. 15/07/2016 / 16:25

    Great tips! Thankyou. Nice blog you have!

    xx

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:11

      Thank you Lara 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:12

      Thank you James, can’t agree more about Paris!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:12

      Thank you 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:13

      Gracias Tania! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:13

      Thanks Violette!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:13

      So glad to hear that 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:14

      Thank you Kristina, I love it to it’s so comfy! 🙂 Have a great week!

  8. tatyanna
    16/07/2016 / 17:44

    I will definitely use these tips when I travel to Paris one day! <3

    coralbuttons.wordpress.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:14

      Thank you Tatyanna, I hope they will come in handy! 🙂 Enjoy your week!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:14

      Thank you Daniel! Have a great week 🙂

  9. 17/07/2016 / 02:43

    What great tips love! I never thought about hiring a driver before, but if you’re hopping on and off taxi’s it definitely can add up fast! I plan to visit next year so I need to bookmark this page. Thanks for sharing and all your photos and outfits are stunning!

    xoxo
    Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:17

      Oh thank you so much Rina, I am really glad you stopped by! If you need any further tips on where to shop to for particular items, etc, please feel free to send me an email! Thank you & have a great week! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:19

      Thank you for your kind words Lottie! It is not actually cheaper than one ride with taxis, but if you have to hop on and off in taxis all day to go to different stores and places then a driver is a much better option, not only pocket-wise but much more convenient too 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:19

      Thank you Monique 🙂

  10. 17/07/2016 / 13:15

    Love love love every single outfit you are wearing! I love to mix and match white and denim and obviously stripes in summer and you happen to do all of these things in your paris outfits! Big love <3

    Sophie xx
    http://basicapparel.de

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:20

      Thank you my gorgeous, I am so glad you like them! I agree with you, if you have black, white and denim you can do wonders 🙂
      I hope you have a great start of your week so far! Kisses xx

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:20

      Thank you Carina, glad you like them! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:20

      Thank you Mariam, so glad you love it! Have a great week 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:21

      Thank you so much Nissi! 🙂 Have a great new week as well! xx

  11. 18/07/2016 / 12:00

    Paris, oh Paris!!! This is my dream destination and I hope I get to visit some day!!! Lovely photos and beautiful clothes once again, I especially love the striped culottes from Zara, they are awesome!

    Yiota xx
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:22

      Hi Yiota, it’s indeed a dream and dreamy destination and I do hope you get to visit one day soon! I am so glad that you stopped by and that you like my looks! Have a great week! xx

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:22

      I hope you do too dear! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  12. Bianca
    18/07/2016 / 16:07

    Amazing photos Stella!
    So nice all Looks, awesome tips.
    – Bianca Unha

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:23

      Thank you so much Bianca 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:25

      I am very happy to hear I gave you a travel inspiration! Besides, Paris is always a good idea! 😉
      I really do hope my tips will come in handy for you one day soon!
      Kisses and have a great week!
      PS: Really love your recent post and look with the blue maxi dress! You are gorgeous!

  13. 18/07/2016 / 18:01

    hi ! Such a good landscape ! Beautiful outfits, it’s look good on u ! I would love to come back to Paris !
    Kiss, and have a good trip ! ♥

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:26

      Thank you so much Ludivine, Paris really offers the best backdrops! Have a great week! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:27

      Glad you like them Maryam 🙂

  14. 18/07/2016 / 20:24

    WAW !!! Your looks in Paris were perfect !!!
    Nice pictures !

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:27

      Thank you my dear!!

  15. 18/07/2016 / 21:54

    Such beautiful photographs of you in Paris, beautiful location and stunning you! You really do look amazing 🙂
    I need to re-visit Paris sometime, it’s a gorgeous place!

    Great tips for shopping, I like your idea of hiring a scooter for Vintage shopping!
    Shopping in any busy city is always testing especially if you’re not a fan of crowds, so pre-planning is always a good idea!

    Great post Stella and lovely outfits 🙂

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:29

      I am so happy you enjoyed the post Laura, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words! I would actually love to see a post in Paris from you, you always capture the beauty of each city or any place you visit so magically!
      I hope you are having a great start of your week so far! Kisses 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:30

      Thank you!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:30

      Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:30

      Thank you Joti! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:31

      Thank you so much my dear, I hope they will come handy for you very soon! 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:33

      Thank you so much Kate, both from me and my love/a.k.a the man behind the camera! 😀
      Have a great week!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:33

      Thank you Yuka!

  16. 19/07/2016 / 10:03

    OMG we might have been around the same time in Paris! Great shopping tips (especially make a list ahahah)! You look gorgeous, I totally adore your outfit. I need your tips to walk in heels all day long like that because honestly I was in sneakers for 2 weeks!

    xx,

    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:59

      That’s amazing, I noticed it to the other day when I visited your blog! 🙂
      Not to mention that this photo of your post is my computer wallpaper now! It’s one of my favourite spots! 🙂 So you where there for 2 weeks? You are so lucky, I only got 2 days this time! I hope you had a wonderful time!
      As for the heels, honestly I was too tired to wear them but with all the cobbled streets back in Mykonos, I had really missed wearing them and wanted so badly to get it out of my system! So I guess my tip on this, is strong will haha! Of course I wouldn’t make it on the second day if we did’t have a driver!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great week! xx

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 20:59

      Glad you like it 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:00

      🙂

  17. Tamara
    19/07/2016 / 17:34

    Thanks for your tips ! Loving all your looks btw!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:00

      Thank you Tamara! x

  18. 19/07/2016 / 17:54

    These are great shopping tips, thanks for sharing! You look amazing in that outfit and these are absolutely gorgeous pictures!

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:00

      Thank you Ann-Marie, so glad you like them!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:01

      Thank you!

  19. 19/07/2016 / 20:29

    Excellent tips and stunning pictures! I hope I can go to Paris one day, is the city of my dreams 🙂
    xx

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:01

      I very happy you find my tips useful Marta, I wish you go to Paris very soon! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  20. 20/07/2016 / 02:01

    Best post ever!!! Who doesn’t need and want Paris shopping tips?! Also, that first look of yours with the striped pants is SO cute! Loveeee xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:03

      Thank you so much Erin, you’re so nice! I hope my tips will be useful for you one day soon 🙂
      Kisses and have a great week beauty!

  21. 20/07/2016 / 05:14

    Paris, how fun Stella! I love all these pictures and your tips are fantastic! I bet you guys had an amazing time and all your outfits are great.
    Hope you’re having a great week so far.

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:04

      Thank you so much Jackie, we had indeed an amazing time! I hope you are having a great week too, see you soon on your blog! 😉
      Kisses

  22. 20/07/2016 / 05:23

    I wish I had read this post when I lived in Paris during university! I would have had a blast shopping using your tips =o) I would definitely recommend a nice espresso and pastry break between stores and enjoying people watching from an outdoor cafe =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:08

      What a great recommendation my dear! A stop on a nice Parisian cafe is really nice and necessary while shopping in Paris, thank you for adding this and for stopping by! 🙂

  23. 20/07/2016 / 07:36

    Love your style! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:08

      Thank you so much Donna! Have a great week as well!

  24. 20/07/2016 / 10:10

    Amazing photos 🙂 Love your look 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:08

      Thank you! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:08

      Thank you Marianna!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:09

      Thank you so much Angie! Have a great week! x

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:09

      Thank you Diana!

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:09

      Thank you!

  25. Ana Prodanovich
    20/07/2016 / 18:33

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I cant wait to get back to Paris!! Xx

    anaprodanovich.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:10

      Thank you for reading Ana! 🙂

  26. 21/07/2016 / 01:33

    All the places to shop sounds fantastic !! I can’t say them, so I guess I would have to write it down and show the taxi driver.
    I’m so guilty of not making a list. I do at home, but on Holiday I allow myself a bit extra, since usually I’m pretty strict with my budget

    xo
    http://style-hue.com/

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:23

      Hi dear! That’s what I did too before starting speaking some French! 🙂
      You do very good allowing yourself some extras on holidays, I am so guilty of making lists for everything!
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  27. 21/07/2016 / 14:35

    Hiring a private car always works for me , I was recently in Paris and I had a private driver for 1 days. Paris is such a lovely city, love your outfit here, and thanks for sharing these tips.

    http://www.stylenbeautylounge.com

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:25

      Thank you so much Uzo, hiring a private driver was indeed the best choice, especially when you have limited time, in opposite to the unlimited amazing stores in Paris! 😉

  28. 21/07/2016 / 18:08

    Firstly you have such beautiful style, literally love every look! Secondly shopping in paris is definitely an amazing experience and i agree, it does need a bit of planning especially if you’re there for a short time! I love Colette store, have you been? xx
    http://sweatshirtsanddresses.com/summer-with-gucci/

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:28

      HI dear, thank you for your kind words! I am very glad you like these looks! You mean this large store in rue Saint Honoré? It looks fantastic, I saw it this particular time in Paris but unfortunately did;t have time for it at the moment we were there! And it looks like it needs a lot of it 😉 I will definitely visit it next time!
      PS: Love your style!
      xx

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:28

      🙂

  29. 22/07/2016 / 21:09

    Cute look. I love the crisp white dress. It’s so light & refreshing to see. Hiring a scooter with a GPS sounds like a fab idea. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:30

      Hi Carmen, yet hiring a scooter is great cause you avoid all the traffic, park in almost no-time, and if you also rent a gps and have a plan (plan freak speaking) you will be done in much less time than expected 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

  30. 24/07/2016 / 18:07

    These photos are great. So professional and great. I’ve been to Paris two times and I think, personally, the best way to get around on a budget is to take the subway. I see you are wearing heels in your photos so obviously the best way to get around the city is to have a driver and it really is great if you can afford one!

    Heba xx || The Heba

    • Stella Asteria
      25/07/2016 / 21:38

      Thank you, I am glad you like them! Personally I’d rather cut out some of my shopping budget if needed, and hire a scooter or a car with driver, than taking the subway. I wear heels because we had a driver, not the opposite 🙂

  31. 26/07/2016 / 19:00

    I need another Paris shopping trip! Sounds like you have it down to a science haha. Would love to go back using some of these tips. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Stella Asteria
      27/07/2016 / 10:40

      I hope these tips will be useful to you one day soon! Paris is so magical 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and nice to meet you!

  32. 28/07/2016 / 01:20

    These photos are gorgeous! Wow! Love both outfits! Very, very chic! You have some detailed tips that are definitely helpful for anyone that wants to travel, be it Paris or any other country. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    Love, love, love that dress from Zadigetvoltaire. You WORKED that dress when I saw the pic on IG. #Perfection I’ve never been to Paris (it’s not a place on my bucket list), but now I’m a little more intrigued. Who knows? Ha! Have a great week my friend! Xx

    A| https://norulejuststyle.wordpress.com/

    • Stella Asteria
      28/07/2016 / 12:13

      Thank you so much my dear friend, I am so glad you like everything! I can’t wait to have a shooting for this Zadig & Voltaire white dress but the extremely windy conditions in Mykonos all day, every day, are not giving me a break 😉 That’s a good excuse for one more impromptu trip to Paris though, right?
      It is really rare to hear from someone that Paris is not on their bucket list!! Makes me want even more to know your thoughts about this city when you finally visit it! Personally I would be delighted to move there for good! <3 (Dream big)
      Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week my dear! Kisses! x

    • Stella Asteria
      28/07/2016 / 13:53

      Thank you so much my dear! Have a wonderful day! xx

    • Stella Asteria
      02/08/2016 / 13:25

      Thank you so much for your kind words dear, I am delighted to read that I have inspired you!
      Have a wonderful day!
      xx

    • Stella Asteria
      02/08/2016 / 13:56

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      23/08/2016 / 09:56

      Thank you Maria, have a great time in Paris! 😀

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