Love to Travel and Shop? Here's When to Shop for Bargains in Paris
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Love to Travel and Shop? Here’s When to Shop for Bargains in Paris

7. Check store hours. Smaller boutiques stick to regular hours, opening around 10:00 AM, and larger department stores open between 8:00 and 9:00 AM.

8. Pay attention to the sale signs. Generally, the sale of a “sale” item is final and no refund is available.

9. Don’t forget to claim your VAT (Value Added Tax). If you spend at least 175.01 Euros in one location in one day, you can be reimbursed for the 12 percent VAT in many stores. You must be a non-European citizen and over 15 years old. Ask for “Tax-free Shopping France” forms. Beware, the 12% tax refund lines are bananas!

10. Have fun and explore. Click here to check out some of the best shopping areas known for cafés, boutiques, and great scenery.

By the way, even if you’re not a shopper, a visit to the two most fashionable streets in the world, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the nearby Avenue Montaigne by the Champs-Elysées (75008 Paris) is also a must. This area is where nearly every global fashion designer is located.

Have you ever shopped in Paris during the bi-annual sales? Any tips? Plans to go? Share with us in the comments section below.

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