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The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Where to go shopping in Europe’s fashionista mecca’s.


Two of the most fashionable European cities, Paris and London, beckon the fashion obsessed for a shopping experience unlike any other. Treating myself to a getaway in these stylish capitals, I can’t imagine a better way — or place — to shop for this season’s high-end scores. I love how fashion has infused itself into everyday city life; from amusing London museums to quaint Parisian cafés, there is a sense of fashion everywhere.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

The joie de vivre found in Paris is especially palpable in its most fashionable districts. Paris has always been synonymous with fashion and it certainly lives up to its reputation. Staying at the Hotel Shangri-La near the Eiffel Tower leaves shopaholic travellers like me set to shop the Parisian way – after a good night’s rest.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

The Eiffel Duplex Terrace Suite in the Shangri-La hotel, Paris

A croissant and an espresso gave me the boost I needed for a walk to the Galeries Lafayette — a department store like no other. Walking is the preferred mode of transportation in Paris, although there is a vast Metro subway system if you prefer.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

The Moynat pop-up shop in Galeries Lafayette

On my way, I stopped by the landmark Eiffel Tower located near my hotel, which is marvelous to see (but not worth the line-up for a climb to the top — especially if you have some serious shopping to do!). Continuing on, I took in the sights and sounds of the city, with hurried traffic, little corner stores, and stylish Parisians lending to the charm of the capital.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

The interior of Galerie Lafayette is quite a sight

From the outside, the Galeries Lafayette looks like any other mall, but inside is a true Parisian retail experience.  It’s part traditional shopping mall and part art gallery. The art gallery on the main floor, the Galerie des Galeries, features contemporary French and international art, fashion and photography. Using the gallery designs as inspiration, you can shop big-name brands like Zara and Urban Outfitters, or lesser known brands like Aime. I fell for a floral print Aime dress, on sale for just over 100 EUR.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Plenty of fashion to choose from at Galeries Lafayette

Sale buyers beware that some signs offer additional discounts but only for French residents – tourists are out of luck! Before leaving the Galeries Lafayette I browsed the Designer Laboratory, where each season showcases a different up-and-coming luxury designer. You’ll likely leave the department store with a few fabulous purchases — and definitely with a heightened sense of fashion.

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

Reader Discussion: 126 Comments

  1. Florence Frederick

    The fashion capital of the world is Paris, right? Look at those clothes, they are very attractive. I can imagine myself shopping in that place, but I should work hard first. Lol

  2. Helen Boone

    While I am reading this, and seeing the picture of the Big Ben, I can’t imagine London without this huge clock.

    • Francis Vest

      I agree! It’s not London without it.

  3. Edna Badillo

    I wonder how much this trip cost you? Damn, it’s Paris and London! \everything in that place is expensive.

  4. Kathryn Diego

    I love this article! It’s all about how good the Paris is. After the terrible incident las time, Paris is standing up again.

  5. My girl will freak out if she sees this. Hi, Hon! I know you’re going to ask me about our trip to Paris, and let’s talk about it.

  6. Kathleen Mcalister

    London is Paris is a total perfect combination of vacation! How’s your vacation aside from going to shops?

  7. Brett Lee

    There’s an attack in London just this week. Let us pray for their safety. London is a good place to visit, but if it is not safe, the tourist might not want to go there.

  8. Louise Rose

    When I was in London, I only sleep. I was very tired of work, and business meetings. Shopping on that day is not on my schedule.

  9. Emily Okeefe

    Have you heard the massive acid attack in London shopping center? That was scary! But that won’t stop me.

  10. Felicia Abbate

    When I become rich, I will shop at Paris! I will buy that signature brands!

    • Stephen Tan

      Then you must work for it. For you to become rich, you must work hard.

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