Top 10 fashion stores in Le Marais
Le Marais is definitely the most fun and joyous neighborhood of Paris. As you walk through the streets, you will experience the true Parisian lifestyle, you will see smiles on every corner, terraces full of people, one-of-a-kind shops (from big French brands to creators), so Le Marais is a must-go place if you want to feel and shop like a Parisian. Your fashion tastes will never be the same. Here’s our list of the top 10 fashion stores in Le Marais.
1.) The Central Department Store: Le BHV Marais
Le BHV Marais is one of the oldest department store of Paris. Also one of the most famous. Created in 1856, it is one of the favorite shops of local Parisians. It is divided into three parts: one for our pets, one for men and one for women.
It is a unique mall where you will be able to find goods that suit all tastes. The mall heave with furniture, jewelery, fashion, household products, childrens-wear. It is top of the list because of the amazing selection of top Parisian fashion brands like the Kooples, Sandro, Maje, Marc Jacobs, among many others.
2.) The most trendy concept store: Merci
Merci is considered the most trendy concept store. Why? It has an incredible variety of unique goods from interior design to fashion, and a great selection of French brands like April77, Delphine Delafon, Jérome Dreyfuss, Aesop and Isabel Marant, the new French designer that is conquering the world of fashion. It is the place you want to go to if you like trendy and designer items.
Also, if you are tired of window-shopping, you can hang out at the Book Store Café that is the most charming place, with its unique decoration and the friendliest staff. This place is definitely a must in our top ten fashion stores in Le Marais.
3.) Charisma, modernity and courage combined: Zadig & Voltaire
Zadig & Voltaire got its name inspired by the novel “Zadig ou la Destinée” written by Voltaire, one of the Lumières philosophers. It has a timeless style, and is very well-known for its cashmere sweater, the flagship product. Their delicate textiles and casual rocker looks are what makes the brand so special and typical of Parisian fashion. Quoting Voltaire, “the most important decision you make is to be in a good mood”, and I believe shopping at Zadig & Voltaire will put you in a good mood.
4.) Born out of a sisterhood: Maje
Maje was created in 1999, and since then it proposes to women classy and comfy outfits. It is impossible to leave empty-handed. From revisited chic basics to colorful and cheerful dresses and skirts, any lady will find what they desire. It is one of the ultimate brand of Parisian women and it fully deserves its rank in our top ten fashion stores in Le Marais.
5.) The Parisian choice: Sandro
Created in 1984, Sandro is Maje’s big sister. It is where every sophisticated woman shops. Sandro makes a statement in the name of independent women. Sandro designs clothing lines set apart from other brands and perfectly illustrates the Parisian women lifestyle.
6.) The store dedicated to the ladies: Les Petites…
Les Petites… deserves to be mentioned here, because every Parisian woman knows this brand and shops there. Its collections are inspired by the 50’s and the 60’s, but adapted to nowadays. There, one finds simple, relaxed dresses, and fun prints.
7.) For the more adventurous: Antoine & Lili
This is a unique store. I can guarantee you will never find a store this special. Antoine & Lili was born in 1994 in Montmartre: a group of friends used to gather at a workshop, bring and share stories and objects from their trips (from India, Africa, and South America), they used to create their own clothes. As time went by, a desire to share their experiences and creations to the world grew bigger and in 1998, the stores were opened. And even though it already has been some years, their unique style remain, their creations are the most colorful and original you will ever see.
8.) Back to basics: Closed
Keep it simple, keep it classy, this should be their motto. This German brand brings street-wear to a whole new level. They sell top-quality products and timeless basics that live out one’s life. Focused on quality, both men and women need at least one item from this store in their wardrobe.
9.) The fanciest: Karen Millen
Karen Millen is a fashion store dedicated to women with sophisticated taste. It sells upscale, glamorous and modern clothes. If you have a date or a special occasion, you should stop by because I believe you will find the fanciest dress or jumpsuit that will perfectly combine with the color of your eyes.
10.) More than a store, a time travel: Kiloshop
This top 10 fashion stores in Le Marais would be worthless if at least one vintage store would not be mentioned. Kiloshop has been chosen because there is a great variety of items from all decades, and the funniest part is that the second-hand clothes and accessories are sold by weight, which makes the experience more interesting. If you have some time, you should definitely spend it hunting that special jacket from the 70’s at Kiloshop.
Bonus store: For some streetwear: Citadium
A few steps from the Centre Pompidou, you will find the Citadium. Located at 33, Rue Quincampoix, this store is super cool with a great variety of streetwear brands. You will get to shop the trendiest sneakers, caps, backpacks, among many other items. I have to tell you that the store is mostly reserved to men. So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for your father, lover or male relative, I’m sure you will find it at Citadium.
There is another one near the Galeries Lafayette that is even bigger and has an even greater variety of collections and brands. The four storeys Citadium offers all kinds of products, for both men and women. Plus, you also get to enjoy a few activities, such as foosball, photo booth, and other events like nail art workshops for instance.
To get there, take the metro line 3 or 9 and get down at Havre – Caumartin train station. Walk the Rue Caumartin, cross the Rue de Provence and you will be at Citadium.
Bonus store: For picking a unique outfit: The Kooples
There are several The Kooples stores around Paris, but my favorite is the one that is located at 19, Rue des Archives in the Marais neighborhood. For you to have an idea of prices, a dress can go from 300 euros to 700 euros. It all depends on the length, the fabric, the print, and so on.
Their collections are amazing. And if you have a special event to go to, you will find an amazing outfit at The Kooples for sure. From men tuxedos to wrap flowery dresses, everyone gets to find the perfect look that will highlight your best assets. The staff of this store is very friendly and helpful. They will make sure you feel good and are comfortable. If your size is missing, they can get it from another store within minutes. If needed, they will even make slight modifications to your items for them to fit you properly.
Velvet blazers, Silk blouses, leopard printed trousers are only a few examples of the stunning fashion items you can get at this store. If you want to look classy, elegant but trendy and different from the usual, it is just the fashion for you! It is quite expensive, but if you can afford it, you definitely have to shop at The Kooples whose objective is to present items that would look good both on men and women. The image of the brand is a stylish couple!
Apart from the stores mentioned in our top ten fashion stores in Le Marais, I can still suggest stores like: El Ganso, Comptoir des Cotonniers, American Vintage, ba&sh, and other vintage stores like Free’p’Star, Vintage Bar and many others. In other words, shopping in Paris will be a fulfilled dream.
At the end of the day, you will dress and feel like a Parisian with its unique fashion sense.
And while you are reading us, I take the opportunity to invite you to join our free guided tour of the Marais. Everyday at 2.30 pm we run our Trendy Marais Tour and the meeting point is at #111 boulevard Beaumarchais, outside the fashion store called MERCI.
As you let our friendly guide show you the way, you will get to see many highlights of the neighborhood such as the Place des Vosges, Hotel Sully, and the Jewish Pletzl. This Marais walking tour also focuses on authentic details such as art galeries and private homes. Don’t miss the opportunity to know Le Marais better than anyone! Join us here! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that it has inspired you for your next shopping spree in Paris! Feel free to get in touch with us if you need further information about anything. See you soon!