City Pharma is the French drugstore cosmetic haul here in Paris . Crowd is a very serious issue. The whole of Paris is in the store by 11h00 even on a week day. 

Annoying thing is City Pharma’s click & collect facilities is only for medicine (June 2017). So no short cut there. Here are some strategies to consider:

  • Bring your passport, you can do it duty free if you do more than EUR175! Passport must be non-EU. Ask the cashier for the tax refund form when you’re paying for your goodies. No worries, they’re very used to tourists.
  • Visit the store at 8h30 (aka asap the doors are opened). Else… may this photo inspire you. Or before 9h00.
  • Prepare a shopping list. There’s no space to move. It’s that many people. Shopping around isn’t a fabulous idea. Have your list ready or be “high crowd” tolerant.
  • If your item is “sold out”, hang in there and revisit it before you head to the cashier. The shop has a team of people refilling in and out all the time.
  • All the skincare and baby goodies are on the ground floor. The supplements, drugs and cashiers are upstairs.



Parashop – multiple stores!!!

Now they may not be as cheap as City Parma, but you can beat the crowd by ordering online. PLUS, you can get delivery within France. Free delivery for any purchase above EUR55. 2 day delivery is possible 😉 They have many stores across Paris –

Pharmacie des Archives -2 Rue des Archives, 75004

This one opens till 21h00 AND they’re opened on Sunday!!!! Okay, after living in Paris for a while, a shop that opens on Sunday is a big deal, okay?

Nearest metro: Châtelet line 4, 10min walk



How to get to City Pharma?

26 rue du Four 75006 Paris

It is near 2 stations

  • metro station Mabillon line 10, 2min walk
  • metro station Saint Germain des Prés line 4, 5min walk.

It is very easy to spot. It is in the corner of Rue Bonaparte

Monday to Friday 8h30-20h00, Saturday 9h00-20h00. Sunday is closed.

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  2. I’m fairly certain that I’ve been inside this pharmacy! It was a ZOO.
    I’m still shocked that shops close so early and don’t open on Sundays… I guess it just drives more people to shop online instead!

    • I am fairly certain that you’ve been too 😂🤣 zoo is a fab way to sum it up.

      City Pharma online store only sell drugs and supplements 😅 I have to do the crowd to get my bargain goods

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