Winter Sales 2017

  • © Galeries Lafayette

  • © Galeries Lafayette

Winter Sales 2017

Your guide to the Paris Winter Sales 2017

 

This
time, you can take more than memories as souvenirs.


Home to some of the most iconic fashion
houses, pioneer of the haute couture and the little black dress, Paris has been
associated with all things quintessentially classic and at the same time,
spiritedly avant-garde in the fashion world. 
The Paris Winter Sales (Les Soldes-January 11, 2017 and February 21,
2017) poses an excellent opportunity for you (women and men alike) to get your
hands on merchandise from coveted brands, at discounted rates, some even up to
70%.  If you’re looking to show off a
brand new collection of trends, that technically, haven’t made its way to India
yet, take advantage of your vacation in Paris to indulge in some tax free*
shopping, for yourself, your spouse, friends and family or even your children. Keep
in mind that the best deals are found at the start of the sales when there is
more choice and at the end when the prices are the lowest.

To make it easier for you, we bring you a
list of the best shopping districts in Paris, so that you don’t waste your time
scouting but use that time to savour a vin
chaud
instead.

*As a non-resident of Europe Union, you are
entitled to claim back 12% of the paid price. The purchases must be over
175.01€ made on the same day in the same store.

 

 Les
Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps, Madeleine
& Boulevard des Capucines

Les
Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps, Madeleine & Boulevard des Capucines

The 2 most famous
department stores, Les Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps, are competitors and
are located next to one another. All the major luxury brands have outlets in
both stores. And because Les Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps attract so
many shoppers, many other famous brands have set up their boutiques in this
area.

 

Located on the
Boulevard Haussmann in the heart of Paris, Galeries Lafayette offers its
visitors 70,000 sq. metres of pure indulgence. Even in the chaotic atmosphere
of the sales, you are sure to spend many blissful hours going through 7 floors
of a wonderland. Men can enjoy the extensive pleasures of retail therapy at
Lafayette Homme, an entire building dedicated to men and their shopping
essentials.

 

In addition to names
like Prada, Marc Jacobs and Ladurée, Le Printemps also boasts the largest
beauty department in the world, with every makeup brand and perfume you can
whiff. The building dates back to 1865, and the facade is now registered as a
historical monument. There are eight places to fuel up on food, including underneath
the colorful Art Deco dome at Brasserie Printemps, or you can go to the ninth
floor of the home store and enjoy a glass of champagne on the rooftop terrace
while admiring the 360-degree view of Paris, all after a hard day’s work of
shopping.

 

One must see facades
of these department stores, for every year they are adorned with the most
stunning festive decorations. Quite environmentally conscious, Galeries
Lafayette showcased ‘An Amazing Arctic Christmas’ theme in 2016, bringing
awareness to the disappearing Arctic polar ice caps. It also has its own
sustainable fashion collection- Fashion Integrity by  Galeries Lafayette.

 

You’ll find a lot of
food outlets on Place de la Madeleine (Hédiard, Fauchon, Maille, Patrick
Roger), and the largest luxury watches wholesaler in Paris on Boulevard des
Capucines (Bucherer).

Type of shopping: department stores, fashion, home,
cosmetics, jewellery, food

Range: middle to luxury

 

 

Champs-Elysées, Avenue Montaigne & George V

Hailed
as “the most beautiful avenue in the world”, the Champs-Elysées is quite
impressive and the gorgeous views from the Arc de Triomphe don’t disappoint
either. The shopping possibilities, too, are endless. From high end boutiques
(Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Tiffany’s) to affordable souvenir shops,
and global chain stores, there is something for everyone here.

 

If
luxury end products are more what you’re looking for, head out to the “Golden
Triangle” on Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Avenue François 1er. You’ll
find the most prestigious luxury brands there, but be advised, designers don't
often offer sales on their haute couture collections. 

 

Type
of Shopping:
luxury, fashion, cars, souvenirs, food

Range: middle to luxury

 

La Vallée Village

The secret weapon of the effortlessly
elegant Parisiennes is La Vallée Village. It may not be located in the center
of Paris, but a visit to La Vallée Village should definitely be on your to-do
shopping list. Located in the beautiful countryside of the Île-de-France, just
35 minutes east of Paris, La Vallée Village is a luxury outlet mall that hosts
120 best-known French and international designer brands offering stylish
products of their previous seasons' collections. From Balmain to Burberry, to
Diane Von Furstenberg and Dolce & Gabbana, be prepared to be answering
numerous questions from your friends in India about your new purchases, all at
an unbelievable cost. The prices are really interesting, with great bargains
especially during the Winter Sales. La Vallée Village is also ideal for
families with a well-equipped play area and Disneyland Paris is only 5 minutes
away by a dedicated shuttle service.

 

Type of Shopping: fashion, food

Range: middle to high end

 

Place Vendôme, Faubourg Saint Honoré,
Rue de la Paix

Rue
de la Paix and Place Vendôme is where luxury began in Paris. Cartier has its
flagship store there, and all of the world’s most famous jewellers have a
boutique here. Again, discounts are rare in these types of establishments, but
it’s always nice to take a look at their beautiful creations. For luxury
fashion items (Hermès), head out to Faubourg Saint Honoré. You will find all
the haute couture brands, and chances are, you will be able to find something
on sale.

 

Type of Shopping: luxury, fashion, jewellery

Range: high end to luxury

 

 

Le Marais

Le
Marais, considered the hippest and eclectic district in Paris, is the place
where you will find true Parisian fashion. It’s central, it’s beautiful, but
more importantly, it’s one of the only places in the French capital with open
boutiques on Sunday. Its many ‘one of a kind’ or concept stores appeal to a
wide clientele and have given it an avant-garde reputation. People come here to
find the independent, small, cozy boutiques, vintage stores or the trendy home
decoration shops. There are some great deals here during the Paris Winter
Sales. And while you’re at it, head to Rue des Rosiers for a falafel – there is
plenty of places but l’As du Fallafel is a particularly good one.

 

Type of Shopping: hip, trendy fashion and
decoration

Range: middle

 

 

Le Bon Marché, Saint Germain

The
Saint-Germain district is one of the most iconic areas of Paris. The oldest
Parisian department store is also located in Saint Germain. Le Bon Marché is a
place where everything speaks of luxury. This department store is as beautiful on
the outside as on the inside; its beautiful lighting and various well-defined
departments form a maze where people get lost with pleasure. Luxury boutiques,
Dior and Chanel among them, take pride of place on the ground floor; escalators
designed by Andrée Putman take you up to the fashion floor, which has an
excellent selection of global designer labels, from Lanvin to Claudie Pierlot.
Designer names also abound in Balthazar, the prestigious men's section.

 

Type of Shopping: classic French, luxury,
fashion, decoration, art, department store

Range: high end to luxury

 

Les Halles & Rue de Rivoli

Les
Halles is considered the heart of Paris. Today, the main building has been
completely rebuilt and turned into an architectural highlight (la Canopée). For
shopping, you will find everything from street wear to souvenirs to a variety
of other small boutiques selling all kinds of different things (old record
stores, gothic clothes…). The shopping mall underground is a good place to find
common brand names such as Zara or H&M.

On
the Rue de Rivoli, you will also find international brands, which offer very
interesting and attractive prices during the Paris Winter Sales period.

 

Type of Shopping: souvenir, fashion,
objects

Range: low end to middle

 

 

Beaugrenelle, Rue de Passy, Franck&Fils & Passy
Plaza

If
you are staying near the Eiffel Tower, your best and closest shopping area is
the Beaugrenelle shopping mall. There, you will find all kinds of middle to
high end brands for clothing (Aigle, American Vintage, Eleven Paris, Esprit…),
accessories (Adidas Originals), electronics (Bose), furniture and more.

If
you cross the Pont de Beaugrenelle Bridge and walk uphill for 10 minutes, you
will end up in Rue de Passy, one of the busiest streets of the posh 16ème
arrondissement. Of note are the Franck & Fils department store and a
shopping centre, Passy Plaza, with 26 shops including Gap, H&M, Massimo
Dutti and Lacoste Femme.

 

Type of Shopping: fashion, food

Range: middle to high end