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Slow Travelers Recommendations, Teen Shopping in Paris
It is easy to hit the Champs-Élysées or find the large department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marché but where else can you go to do some shopping with a teen daughter who likes smaller stores, trendy places, shoes and accessories? We put the question to our members and got some great information.
Zara: "Zara is a hip, inexpensive, young fashion label (it is actually Spanish). There are Zara stores all over Paris," says Americana in Parigi (one of our local experts). And she's right – as you can see by this Google map. Panda agrees, "Zara is great - the favourite shop of my now 17 year old. They do stuff which suits stylish 20/30 year olds and a younger line." Kaydee concurs her daughter, Kelly, liked Zara as well.
Les Halles - Underground mall: What teen can say "no" to mall shopping? Panda tells us, "We did well in the BIG underground mall at Les Halles (big branch of H&M), with stuff they did not have in London..."
Louvre - BGE says, "We also spent some time in the shops under the Louvre, and she (her granddaughter) found a few cool pieces of jewelry and some books there."
Promod - Ette tells us, "I would take her to Galeries Lafayette to revel in shopping luxury, then over to Zara and Promod next to the Garnier, where she can find more affordable options. I'm a big Promod fan, actually. I know it's a chain, but I've bought some very nice things there that I continually get compliments on at home." Panda concurs, "That's the one I couldn't remember the name of !....that was a well priced chain that both girls bought things from."
Marais - filled with small boutiques especially along "rue Rambuteau and rue des Francs-Bourgeois," according to Panda.
Rue du Bac - from BGE, "There are a lot of interesting and gorgeous shops on this street, also. We both loved the walk home along this street, and spent quite a few euros there! The Pont Royal bridge leads right onto rue du Bac, and it is a healthy walk from one end to the other. We did it three times, and found treasures every single time. Good gelato shops and a funky tea shoppe if you need a break!"
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine - even Happy in Paris got into the act (with support from Americana in Parigi), "starting at Place de la Bastille and heading toward Place de la Nation. There are some of the all-over-the-place clothiers in the early going, and then a number of smaller shops on the left-hand side of the street, some cute outfits in the windows, and several shoe stores. Prospecting the cross streets on the left-hand side of Faubourg Saint-Antoine (the 11th arrondissement side) will also turn up small designers' shops and take you through a 'with it' part of Paris..." for example, rue de Charonne and rue Keller off rue de Charonne.
Rue Mouffetard - Kaydee tells us her daughter, "most enjoyed the little shops along Rue Mouffetard, which is an interesting shopping street with great food shops at the bottom of the hill."
Rue de Rennes/rue du Four - Paris Romantique chimes in with these streets in the 7th, "If you're looking for good street shopping, the rue de Rennes/rue du Four area in the 7th is great, young, and not UBER expensive. Make sure to stop by Bathroom Graffiti, your daughter will love their fun gift ideas."
Rue de Rivoli - BGE tells us her granddaughter, "...shopped herself silly there, found gifts for most of her friends and family, loved Angelina's for hot chocolate once, loved the idea of going into a Paris Starbuck's and in spite of all of the other places we went to browse and putter, she liked this area the best. I think it was mostly because she was looking for fun, funky silly gifts for a few friends and the variety of items in the many shops was really cool for her." DefiningYourHome agreed, " Window shopping is quite enjoyable in so many neighborhoods and Rue de Rivoli is such a great place for a rainy day since the sidewalks are covered... especially with a pot of hot chocolate from Angelina's."
Secrets of Paris private custom tours: though pricy starting at $375 it may help you get to some not well-known locations, Colleen suggested.
Teen Shopping and Fashion Accessory Tour: found by Kim that she may try during her summer trip.
Chic Shopping in Paris: with prices starting at €100 was discovered by Frenchrose.
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