10 best luxury shopping areas in Paris with kids for the Winter sales

The winter sales is the best time to do some serious shopping, be it for fashion, decoration or any other type of merchandise. And what better place than Paris to do just that? After all, Paris has the reputation of being one of the leading shopping capitals of the world!

So when all the clothes, decorations, jewelry, cosmetics and perfume that Paris has to offer come at prices defying the primary rules of supply and demand, that is something you just don’t want to miss, even when you are traveling with kids! During 6 weeks, and starting 11th January 2017, the prices will go as low as -70%! But where should you go to make the most of the Paris winter sales when you are visiting Paris with kids?

To help you with your shopping, with kids in tow, we have selected 10 stores, ranging from small boutiques to the major department stores. But before getting into these details, here is a reminder of how to get organized to avoid the crowds and hassles of the Paris winter sales:

i) Know what you want before the start of the sales: do the spotting and fitting before the start of the sales!

ii) Choose the right time to save time: prefer less busy weekdays to the awfully crowded weekends.

iii) Dress adequately to be able to undress quickly if you have to do some fitting: that will save you time and patience!

With these tips in mind, you will be able to hit these 10 great stores and find what best suits your children (and yourself) for the new year!

1. Bonpoint

Type of store: children’s fashion boutique

The French brand Bonpoint was created in 1975 and was the first fashion store exclusively dedicated to children in France. Since day one, Bonpoint has been designing and creating luxury clothing items for the newborn, babies and children. Their style and savoir-faire acquired over the decades have led them to international fame. Today, the brand has over 80 retail stores in the 4 corners of the world, but Paris is where it all began. If you are looking for clothes, as well as other accessories such as shoes, skincare and perfume, head out to their flagship store on Rue Saint Honoré, one of the most luxurious shopping streets in Paris.

bonpoint

Address: 320 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

Metro: line 1 – Tuileries

Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 10AM – 7PM. Closed on Sunday.

2. Galeries Lafayette

Type of store: department store

If you are a shopaholic, then you must have already heard of the Galeries Lafayette. This shopping palace, with its marbled floor, glass roof and Art Deco style architecture is Paris’ most iconic department store. From women’s, kid’s and men’s fashion to homeware, food stalls and decoration items, the Galeries Lafayette is the perfect place to get lost in shopping paradise and discover some of the top French and international brands.

galeries-lafayette

This reputation already attracts thousands of people, both locals and travelers, every day. But during the Paris winter sales, the Galeries Lafayette can be extremely crowded, and you might even have to elbow your way through the dense crowds. Shop during lunch hours or later in the evening to have a better, less crowded experience. And don’t forget to bring your children to the rooftop terrace. It offers a magnificent view on Paris’ rooftops, as well as on the Opera Garnier (one of Paris’ most beautiful monuments) and the Eiffel Tower.

Address: 40 Bd Haussmann, 75009

Metro: Line 7/9 – Chaussée d’Antin – La FayetteLine 3/9 – Havre-Caumartin

Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 9:30 AM – 7PM. Closed on Sunday.

3. Baby Dior

Type of store: children’s fashion boutique

If you know your Haute Couture brands, then Dior should not be unheard of. In fact, Dior is one of the most famous French Haute Couture brands in the world. Specialized in women’s fashion in the beginning, the brand eventually decided to broaden their range of products to children’s wear. They created Baby Dior in 1967.

baby-dior

Baby Dior offers stylish clothing items (jackets, coats, ants, cardigans etc.), as well as bags, hats and shoes for little boys and girls. They even have a range of interesting and very cute luxury products for newborn babies. During the Paris winter sales, the prices will drop for some items, but not for all of them. It is unlikely to find the store full of shoppers, especially if you go on a weekday.

Address: 28 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

Metro: lines 1 / 9 – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 9.30am – 8pm. Closed on Sunday.

4. Le Printemps

Type of store: department store

Le Printemps is located right next to the Galeries Lafayette and is one of the latter’s biggest competitor, both for the luxury brands represented inside as well as the beauty of the building and decorations. Opened in 1865, 30 years prior to the opening of its neighbor, Le Printemps is a piece of Parisian history that has rhythmed the shopping life of Paris since the very beginning. Here, you will find the most prestigious luxury brands in the world, from jewelry to fashion and more.

le-printemps

Le Printemps also has the privilege to have one of the most beautiful rooftop terraces of Paris, perfect for a drink while on a shopping spree. And for a proper meal, book a table in the restaurant on the top floor, located under the magnificent and immense stained-glass dome. Just like all the department stores of Paris, many people will be spending their Euros at Le Printemps during the Paris winter sales. To avoid the excessive crowds, shop during lunch hours or later in the day.

Address: 64 Bd Haussmann, 75009

Metro: Lines 7 & 9 – Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette or Lines 3 & 9 – Havre-Caumartin

Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 9.30am – 8pm. Closed on Sunday.

5. Balouga

Type of store: toys and furniture boutique for kids

Who said design was for adults only? Since 2006, Véronique has been offering a wide range of colorful toys, furniture and books (mostly in French though) for children. Her boutique, located next to the lively area of République, is split over two levels, and offers a nice mix of both contemporary and vintage designs. Balouga is an unmissable address for those who like all kinds of objects like children’s beds, chairs, shelves and toys.

balouga

Address: 25 rue des Filles du Calvaire , 75003

Metro: Line 8 – Filles du Calvaire

Opening hours: Monday through Friday from 12:30PM to 7PM, Saturday from 2PM to 7PM. Closed on Sunday.

6. Tartine et Chocolat

Type of store: children’s fashion boutique

Tartine et Chocolat was created in 1977 and has been designing and creating fashion for children exclusively ever since. The owner, Catherine Painvin, wanted the children to bathe in comfort and dress them in softness, in a chic style, yet not too serious. It soon became one of the leading luxury children’s fashion brands in the world. Due to the success, the brand extended their range of products and now sell accessories, stuffed animals, perfume, home textile and even strollers! The success has also lead this luxury children’s clothing brand to open a large number of retail stores internationally.

tartine-et-chocolat

Address: 24 Rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris

Metro: Lines 3/7/8 – Opéra

Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 10am – 7pm. Closed on Sunday.

7. Petit Pan

Type of Store: children’s boutique

Petit Pan is what happens when a Chinese kite designer meets a Belgian artist. Pan Gang and Myriam De Loor opened this very special boutique in 2003. At the beginning, it was specialized in Chinese prints, but it has now become a paradise for parents looking for decoration, textile or objects for their children.

petit-pan

At Petit Pan, everything is carefully laid out and just by walking inside and taking a look at the decoration, you will already get some great ideas for the decoration of your child’s room! Here, you will find all sorts of woven fabrics (some of them with floral patterns and glitter), as well as accessories for babies (comforters, sleeping bags for babies, flannels with animal printing) and decorative objects.

Although the prices will decrease during the Paris winter sales, they are still quite hefty, but you are sure to have an excellent (and beautiful) product!

Address: 39 rue François Miron, 75004

Metro: Line 1 – Saint Paul

Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 30am to 2pm and from 3pm to 7.30pm. Closed on Sundays.

8. Le Bon Marché

Type of Store: department store

Le Bon Marché is considered by locals as the chicest department store in Paris. More than any other department store in the French capital, you will find the most notorious and prestigious high end luxury brands. It is also the oldest department store in Paris. Opened in 1852, it lead the way for the creation of other department stores such as the Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps.

le-bon-marche

If you plan on doing a bit of shopping here, don’t miss its high end international food market, La Grande Epicerie. From luxurious fashion, accessories, jewelry and cosmetics to gourmet food and design furniture and decoration, Le Bon Marché is the place to be for luxury lovers.

Address: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75006

Metro: Line 10/12 – Sèvres – Babylone

Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am – 8pm. Closed on Sundays.

9. Miki House

 

Type of store: children’s fashion boutique

Although Miki House is not a French children’s luxury clothing brand, it has become one of the favorite boutiques where wealthy Parisians buy clothing for their children. Created in 1971 in Osaka, Japan, Miki House has cultivated its love for children and always aims at bringing smiles on the faces of children and their families. In their single and unique store in Paris, you will find top quality clothes for babies, boys and girls. This store is located on Rue Saint Honoré, one of the most prestigious streets for luxury shopping in the French capital.

miki-house

Address: 366 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

Metro: lines 1/8/12 – Concorde

Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 10am – 7pm. Closed on Sunday.

10. A La Mère de Famille

Type of store: traditional candy boutique

A la mère de Famille (“the mother of the family”) is a traditional French candy store, with a charming and old fashioned décor. This amazing candy store is located away from the very touristic spots and would not really have its place in luxury streets, which makes it so authentic and charming. As a matter of fact, it’s the oldest candy store in Paris: it was created in 1761! If you are looking for delicious caramel treats or chocolate candies and even traditional macaroons or fruit paste, A la Mère de Famille is where you should take your children to if they have a sweet tooth!

a-la-mere-de-famille

Address: 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris

Metro: line 7 – Le Peletier

Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 9:30am – 8pm. Sunday from 10am to 1pm.

Magali Déchelette is CEO at Family Twist.

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Comments (2)

  1. Jane says:

    Oh yes Les Printemps is where I always go when I visit Paris. I like to shop there at least twice a year as it is such a fine way to get hard to get items.

  2. Izy Berry says:

    Missing those iconic escalators! But you are absolutely right, La Grande picerie is a MUST see when at Le Bon March. I can’t remember how many times I went to visit the place looking for snacks and wine. They also have a wide variety of chocolate with the most adorable packaging for souvenirs.

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