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Traveling to Paris with the family. Any tips or experiences (with those who went with young kids)


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Jan 17, 2010
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My wife and I are going to France, Paris and staying approximately for 1 week and vacationing elsewhere for another 2 weeks. My wife is wanting to go there for the shopping (Celine, Channel). This might come off as a disaster waiting to happen, but we will be taking my 2.5 year old daughter and 7 month old son.

I can't exactly recall which hotel we are staying in as my wife is dealing with all the logistics of this. But I believe we are staying at a hotel on Rue La Fayette.

Anyone have any tips or things they experienced when they went to Paris? From the little research I have done, it seems like mens clothing is very pricey there (I'm coming from Canada where things here are already over priced). But we do get a chance to get a partial refund on the VAT we pay.

Any men clothing shops to particulary visit while I am there. I am hesitant on making a major purchase like a suit as I haven't had anything fit me decently and I am in the process of educating myself more. But anything from shirts or even shoes (I know carmina has a store close to rue la fayette).


Franchouillard Modasse
Dec 20, 2004
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Markowski and Septième Largeur are nice shoes are a lower pricepoint. If you want something serviceable go to Bexley, they can be had for around 100. For more refined shoes I like Corthay and Massaro (your wife will like visiting the Atelier if she likes Chanel, they make their haute couture shoes).

Façonnable on deep discount is quite ok for shirts and not widely available in the North America AFAIK. The brand has retro/kitsch connotations amongst people I know but you won't care about that.

European fashion is less expensive in Europe, if your wife wants some Céline and Chanel she might as well buy it in France, USA prices are inflated to say nothing of Canada. The VAT return is just a plus. There is a good second-hand/vintage store in Le Marais that tends to stock a lot of old Chanel/Saint Laurent etc., I always forget the name though, I'm sure some google searching will help. Those boutiques are common anyway.

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