Stylish Paris draws shoppers as well as culture hunters. There are world famous shopping districts, touristy trinkets, and bargain vintage.
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The classic French shopping week is Monday to Saturday, with shops generally open from 9:00 to Midday, and open again between 14:00 til 19:00. Shops in Paris and other large cities generally remain open during lunch (la journée continue), but most small towns still have the rule that shops close midday. In 2009, parliament passed a new law allowing shops to open for trading on Sundays in the main shopping areas of Paris, Lille and Marseille, and in tourist areas throughout France
There are dozens of markets within the city and many Parisians choose to buy their goods here. Food markets are most common and generally have excellent products. Most markets are open in the mornings and usually run from 7:00 until about 13:30. Remember to be polite, greet shop-owners, and enjoy the colorful scene.
Le Marché D'Aligre
Address: Place et rue d'Aligre 75012 Paris (Métro Ledru-Rollin)
Open: Everyday except Monday
Located in the 12th arrondissement, this is a trendy market of fresh goods. It is best on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.
Métro: Ecole Militaire
A few blocks from the Eiffel Tower in the 7th district, this picturesque pedestrian street is lined with food shops and an outdoor market takes place mornings and afternoon. Publicized by popular American tour guide, Rick Steves, the are is heavily touristed and some people call it rue Rick Steves.
Métro: Bastille or Bréguet Sabin
Open: Thursday and Sunday, approximately 9:00 to 13:00
Beginning at the Place de la Bastille, this is the biggest outdoor market in Paris. There is a huge array of items here from classic French cheese to Middle Eastern textiles. Be sure to stop by Jackie Lorenzo, one of the best fishmongers in Paris. There are also performers, singers, and excellent people watching.
Marché de Montreuil
Address: Avenue de la Porte de Montreuil, 75012
Open: Saturday, Sunday and Monday
A bargain-hunter's paradise awaits at this market. Huge piles of second-hand clothes are for sale starting from as little as 50 cents a piece.
Metro: Gare de L'Est
Address: Blvd. Magenta & Rue de Chabrol Paris 75010
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 8:30-1:00 & 4:00-7:00; Sunday 8:30-1:00
This large covered market in the 10th arrondissement is the largest in Paris. A hub of international food sellers, with items from Africa, Italy, and further a field.
Marché Rétro d'Oberkampf
Address: Aimloft 2 Cité Griset, 11th; +33 6 1793 0364; Métro: Ménilmontant, rue Saint-Maur
This monthly market is the scene for Parisian hipsters and vintage enthusiasts.
Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux
Address: Place Louis-Lepine, 75004
Open: Flowers - All day, every day; Birds - Sundays
This is one of the last of the Parisian markets dedicated to flowers and birds. It has been in operation for over two centuries.
For listing of markets by arrondissement (district): Parisian Markets
Supermarket are easy to find with the main national chains of Carrefour, Auchan, E.Leclerc, Géant Casinoinclude in every city. Discounters like Leader Price, Ed, Aldi, and Lidl are also plentiful. Hours are generally 8:00 until 20:00.