Where to shop Tax Free in France
Tax Free shopping in Paris
- Shopping in Paris is divided into two sections: the left and right banks of the River Seine, and within these two sections the arrondissements each have their own shopping areas. On the right bank, the 1er arrondissement offers plenty of superb shopping areas, each of them having their own shopping style.
- Champs-Elysées- Montaigne - ultra-exclusive luxury shopping.
- 8eme arrondissement - a triangle of ultra-exclusive luxury, power-house, Tax Free shopping – you’ll find Balenciaga, Elie Saab, Montaigne Market (clothes, handbags, shoes and jewellery).
- Champs Elysées – provides more mainstream Tax Free shopping experience. Further west into Champs Elysées there are plenty of flagship stores for high street brands such as Adidas, Sephora and FNAC.
- Place Vendôme – some of the best jewelers in the world offer ‘haute-joaillierie’, this is where you’’ find renowned luxury jewelers such as Chopard.
- Carrousel du Louvre – shops here are home to key fashion brands and the Printemps du Louvre.
- Boulevard Haussmann – in Opera and Grands Boulevards (2eme and 9eme arrondissements), this is home to famous brands and department stores such as Printemps.
- Le Marais – stores that are more cutting edge than grand Saint Honore-Opera, such as Karen Millen.
- Rive Gauche –in Rennes- Saint-Suplice, you’re heading in the old artists hangout and the Latin Quarter. Rue Mouffetard is at its centre with brands such as Marionnaud.
- Boulevard Saint-Germain – this long street loops across the Rive Gauche and is home to designers such as Ralph Lauren, and Karl Lagerfeld’s own brand store.
- Rue du Bac and Rue du Grenelle – high end shops such as Agent Provocateur, Carven L.K. Bennet, Sergio Rossi and Sonia Rykiel.
- Serris (La Vallée Village) - big brands previous years collections at outlet price. The most famous outlet village in France. Brands include Michael Kors, Tissot and Ralph Lauren.
Tax Free shopping in other French regions
- Outside of Paris, the big cities like Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, of course, have their own city centre Tax Free shopping. There is, however, a major area outside Paris well worth a look in its own right: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in the south of France or Rhône-Alpes and its skiing stations.
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – attracting the world’s wealthiest, especially during the Cannes Film Festival, almost every luxury brand has an atelier or boutique here. A popular place to shop in Cannes include its most famous thoroughfare, La Croisette and the Rue d’Antibes.
- Grasse - the centre of the perfume trade in France, which essentially makes it the perfume centre of the world. Some 30 perfumeries have their headquarters here, and three historic manufacturers – Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard – open their doors for free guided tours.
- Monte Carlo - the Avenue Monte-Carlo, Avenue des Beaux Arts, and Allée François Blanc, which make up the famous ‘Carre d’Or’ offering the biggest luxury brands in the world, such as Christian Dior, Chanel and Gucci.
- St Tropez - the triangle made by the Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue François Sibilli is stuffed with big brands and boutiques like Bottega Veneta, Berenice, Eres, Missoni, and Vanessa Bruno. At the end of the summer season all the stores in St Tropez sell off their stocks, perfect for picking up a taste of luxury with a high-street tag.
- Courchevel - Avenue Montagne is full of not only high-end ski stores, but also brands like Dior and Chanel who have winter-themed pop-up boutiques during the season.
- Chamonix - the third most visited world natural site. Rue Dr Paccard is Cham’s very own little “5th Avenue” full of haute couture stores such as Chanel.
- Traditionally speaking, shops do not open in France on Sundays. There are several shopping centres that open on Sundays (Le Carrousel du Louvre, Les 4 Temps or Aeroville) around Paris.
- Many department stores also have the opportunity to open five Sundays per year and choose to open on Sundays during the sales period and during Christmas shopping weekends.
- Some shops in the seven touristic zones (among which as rue de Rivoli, la place des Vosges and rue des Francs-Bourgeois in Le Marais, la rue d’Arcole, Les Champs Elysées, le boulevard Saint-Germain ou Montmartre) can also open on Sundays, especially during peak seasons.