Food & Shopping


Shops in Paris are generally open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00, and shopping centers from 09:00 to 21:00. Most shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays as well as through the month of August.


Hypermarkets like Auchan, Carrefour, and Leclerc have a wide range of food products and prices. They often have a ‘food of the world’ aisle, with exotic food. These stores, mainly in the suburbs and outskirts of Paris, also sell a variety of basic clothes, kitchen items, electronics, and more.

Supermarkets such as Monoprix, Franprix, and Casino have a wide range of food, though less than in hypermarkets. The mentioned stores are also more expensive, but the general quality of food is good. You may also find other items, in addition to food, but these will be very basic.

Discount stores such as Dia, ED, and LeaderPrice offer food and daily life products at a cheap price, but the quality of the products may vary. These are great for students on a budget, as they can make groceries and daily living a lot more affordable.

The frozen food store Picard specializes exclusively in frozen food. They have cakes and ready-made dishes but are quite pricy.

Corner grocery stores have basic food items and snacks. They are usually open on Sundays and late in the evenings, but as a result charge much higher prices than can be found at regular supermarkets. Corner grocery stores are located all around Paris. 

Regular fresh food markets are held all around Paris at different times. Check out our guide to find out times and locations.