6th Arrondissement (St.-Germain)
The vast and often crowded beauty supply store, sometimes referred to by guidebooks as City Pharma or the discount pharmacy at Saint Germain, stocks French brand toiletries and cosmetics at reduced prices that average 20 to 40 percent less than the big name pharmacies. Narrow aisles lined with tall white shelves fill the two level building, and staff members sporting white lab coats explain the perks of each cream, cleanser, and fragrance. Buying coveted powder-room brands here—for example, Klorane shampoo, Elgydium toothpaste, and Anthelios sunscreen—will usually save you a few Euros.
While City Pharma remains busy throughout the week, it's most crowded on Saturdays.