What to do and where to stay in Paris in March
March in Paris is an excellent time for roaming the shops and markets
If you’re a bit of a shopping fiend, there’s nowhere better to dawdle away the hours than by wandering the boulevards of Paris. Filled with boutiques and high-class shops, the French capital is a fantasy come true for any fan of retail therapy!
If you prefer to grab a bargain rather than nabbing the latest trends, Paris has a dedicated sales window which runs between January and February. From March onwards, it’s back to full price but the upside is that you’ll have a far better selection of the hottest new looks to hit the catwalk.
Paris is one of the real global fashion trendsetters so by stocking up your wardrobe with a little French chic, you’ll sure to turn heads once you’re back home.
The Palais-Royal and the area surrounding Rue Saint-Honoré are some of the most popular shopping hotspots. Think haute couture vintage style courtesy of designer Stella McCartney and you’ll be on the right track.
The Palais-Royal district isn’t for individuals who are shy about their fashion. The shops here are cutting edge and aimed at trendsetters and fashionistas. You’ll find exquisite perfumeries such as Jovoy and stunning dresses at Jérôme L’Huillier. For the ‘pieds’, there are just as many top designers too including Jimmy Choo, Pierre Hardy or Christian Louboutin.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the most expensive designer shops, you’ll find & Other Stories an interesting alternative. Ready to wear but upmarket, this is the newest and higher end venture of H&M.
The Liege offers large groups of up to 10 people the chance to relax and unwind in a traditional Parisian apartment. The district which has a regal and historical background, complemented by the high-class shops and this accommodation reflects the style.
There are three bathrooms to go alongside the four bedrooms and a large dining table for the whole family to gather round. Guests will also appreciate the generous dimensions of each room, which along with the high ceilings provide ample space for the whole party.
Other lovely features in this property include a stained-glass entrance, decorative fireplace and floor to ceiling windows which provide plenty of natural light.
Known as the Golden Triangle, the Champs-Elysées, avenue Montaigne and Porte Maillot to George-V is the district for luxury goods. There’s not a sniff of bargain basement buys to be found here, but if you want classic luxury, you’re in the right place.
Luxury fashion brands which come ready to wear compete for the honour of having an outlet here. Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Kenzo, Dior and Louis Vuitton are just some of the names you’ll find as you browse the stores.
And if you’re fond of the sparkly stuff, you’ll be thrilled to discover Tiffany & co, the famous US jeweller on the Champs-Elysées itself.
Oozing with elegance and top-class goods, the Golden Triangle has all the high-quality brands that you’ve spent your life hankering after.
The Pebbledash apartment is situated just off the Champs-Elysées and can sleep up to six guests in the three bedrooms, accompanied by a trio of bathrooms.
A thoroughly modern city apartment, it is dripping with glamour and elegance from the draped windows to the high-quality parquet flooring. Glass partitions inside along with a wrought iron balcony give it a very contemporary appearance, while the brick fireplace provides an interesting contrast in style.
Whether you want to enjoy a leisurely soak in the freestanding bath tub or curl up in the snug with a good book, this apartment will provide you with every luxury during your stay.
Paris is the city that has everything a shopper could desire so if you hop on over to the 17th arrondissement you’ll find the commercial stores that you recognise rubbing shoulders with smaller boutiques.
A healthy dose of French culture comes along with places to buy vintage, pre-loved or quirky goods that you won’t find elsewhere. Want a lesson in sewing? You’ll find that on offer here! Concept stores line up alongside established brand names selling ready to wear clothing, delicatessens and much more too.
The Palais des Congrès has a shopping mall containing 80 different outlets which open 7 days every week, so you really can shop until you drop while you’re here!
Scandi Truffaut is in the 17th arrondissement and sleeps four guests at the bargain price of £213 per night. A two bedroomed apartment, there’s lots of room for everyone to grab some down time between all the spring shopping.
Ideally placed for bistros and wine bars alike, this accommodation is open plan and decorated in a Scandinavian style. Calm and minimalist, it’s the perfect place to wind down after a hard day hitting the shops. And in the evening, a large and spacious dining and living area will give you plenty of room to compare your purchases over a glass of wine and something to eat.
Moving away from the swanky designer brands, Marais has an entirely different vibe, attracting the boho crowd and offering tiny courtyards, meandering medieval streets and secret surprises around every corner.
This area isn’t as well known for expensive brands, instead offering an eclectic range of vintage and second-hand items. Whether it’s clothes or books, you’ll find something to fall in love with in this quarter of the town. While you’re there make sure you try the falafel; it’s something very special indeed….
Fair trade concept stores have also popped up here, finding their target market alongside rock stores selling streetwear. In a nutshell, if you like a bit of character and something a bit different, Marais is the Paris for you.
The Artist's Loft
The Artist’s Loft is the ideal boho getaway for a modern couple who appreciate a contemporary setting that’s light and airy. With only one bedroom and bathroom, this accommodation can sleep up to four people but two would probably be more comfortable.
Situated on the top floor, this apartment benefits from being flooded with light which is maximised through the use of an open plan decor. With an artistic theme, it’s the perfect partner for anyone staying in this area.