Shopping Guide in Europe by Winni


Okay let’s see, where do I start?

I have talked to one of our friend and reader of for a couple of weeks now, we were very close in contact as she was busy shopping in Europe for designer bags and accessories.

Unknown by that time, she ended up buying Prada, Chanel and Longhamp bags, she also bought a couple of CC earrings, even a Brooch and many more. Her story in Europe is very extended, so sit back and relax; we’ve also received a lot of clear and bright pictures to share with you.

What you also need to know is that her experience is extremely rich, it will help and guide you whenever its your time to shine and shop until your drop while you travel from Rome to Florence, then eagerly hopping on the train to London and only ending up in Paris where you will be shooting an instagram picture at 31 Rue Cambon.

The cities that Winni visited were Florence, Paris and Munich (perhaps even more). But we all know that Florence is the place to be right? Especially the outlets, we dream of shopping designer bags for cheaper prices. Winni had a great time in Florence, but she also wanted to warn and share her less happy experience with you.

You see, she bought a couple of Le Pliage Neo Tote Bags in 32 cm, the store charged her €170 for each bag. By the way, they are the green and purple totes on the couch, right next to the yellow Prada Tote Bags. In Paris she found that that these bags were actually retailing for €130 and she paid €170 in FLORENCE! The price difference is enormous, but there was no time to go back to the previous store and argue, so she had no choice but to accept. Her first advice is: know the prices before you buy!

Now about the tax refunds – we get a lot of questions about this subject. How much tax-refund can we get?

Well, here’s Winni’s experience:

Italy is 14% tax refund for CHANEL, however you can only get 12.4% tax refund at the outlets in Florence. France is 13.4% tax refund on credit card and 10% for cash. Germany is 12% tax refund.

By now, you might want to know about the prices of these bags. Let’s start from the top left:

The Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Tote Bags in 32 cm, either in green or purple, they are retailing for €130 in Paris.

Now let’s go the yellow Prada tote – Winni got it for €750 at the outlets in Florence, while the boutiques were selling it for €1300 euro’s.

Then on the right you see two Prada Totes in Fuchsia pink, they were priced at €380 euro’s.


This is a Chanel 2.55 Reissue Flap Bag in black, the leather looks very similar to the Chanel CC Crave Flap Bag. Winni found this bag in Paris, it’s the medium size and retailing for 3550 euro’s.



She also spotted the same bag in Munich, Germany. However, Chanel has probably released a new style, as you see on the images, the stitches are very large compared to the original version. They come in either black or purple. The shape, size, mademoiselle closure and even the chains are similar.


Here are two more colors of the Chanel Classic Flap Bags for this season, it’s in grey and gold/yellow, both very shiny. The price is 3550 euro for the medium size.






The Chanel CC earrings in small are priced 160 euro’s, the others are retailing between 190 to 210 euro’s. The large CC brooch is priced at €380.

This is probably one of the most extensive shopping story we’ve covered so far, with so many pictures and prices shared. I want to thank Winni personally for all her effort and contribution. See more at Chanel Bag Prices.

And if you got any questions, you can drop them below.


  1. Mary September 3, 2016 Reply

    Hi there. Do u have the updated price for long champ pliage neo in small? My friend is going to Paris in Oct and I plan on asking her to pick one up for me.

    • Cynthia September 9, 2016 Reply

      The price for the Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Bag is 140 euro with VAT.

  2. Jia jia August 24, 2016 Reply

    Any prada outlet at Poland city? How much the tax refund?

  3. Tati Shackleton August 4, 2016 Reply

    Hi Winnie. How much is Louis Vuitton break bag?. Thank you

    • Cynthia August 5, 2016 Reply

      Hi Tati, which one?

  4. Anonymous June 25, 2016 Reply

    hi do you have any idea how is the price for prada small wallet thanks ?

    • Cynthia July 1, 2016 Reply

      Prada small wallet price: €430

  5. Janet June 11, 2016 Reply

    Hi Winnie,

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

    1.) I am looking for the Chanel Classic Flap Medium–does the Florence outlet sell this Classic Flap?

    2.) If I purchase a Chanel in Paris and fly out to London ( I hold a Canadian Passport with US Green Card), would I be able to claim my VAT once I leave Paris and enter London?

    3.) Is the price of Chanel classics same in Rome, Italy and Paris?

    Thank you sooo much in advance!

    • Winnie June 13, 2016 Reply

      1.) I am looking for the Chanel Classic Flap Medium–does the Florence outlet sell this Classic Flap?

      No outlets sells the iconic Chanel Classic Flap Bag

      2.) If I purchase a Chanel in Paris and fly out to London ( I hold a Canadian Passport with US Green Card), would I be able to claim my VAT once I leave Paris and enter London?

      Yes, you can claim tax-refund on your last stop. London is your last stop, so if you fly from London to Canada, you can apply for tax-refund on Heathrow airport (or other airports in the UK). You will get the VAT back from the country you purchase the product, in this case, Paris. Don’t forget to ask the SA at the Chanel boutique for the special tax-refund documents to apply.

      3.) Is the price of Chanel classics same in Rome, Italy and Paris?

      Yes it is. The latest prices are available here:

  6. Lilian May 27, 2016 Reply

    Hi i will be in paris and then taking an eurostar into london. If i buy longchamp tote bag in paris can i still get vat refund from paris since i dont go tp paris airport?

    Where is cheaper to get Longchamp tote bag in Paris or London?

    • Cynthia May 27, 2016 Reply

      Hi Lillian, if you buy in Paris, you can get tax-refund back in London airport. Or other places where they do tax-refund. The percentage of refund will be based on France, since you bought the bag in Paris. I think Paris is cheaper.

  7. Elizabeth May 1, 2016 Reply

    Hi. Any idea how much is the chanel classic earrings? Will be heading to florence and paris. Where woule it be better to get it from?

    • Cynthia May 6, 2016 Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, they’re priced around 300 – 400 euro. But the Classic has many sizes, this is the normal size, the bigger size (with larger CC) are a bit more expensive.

  8. tra April 20, 2016 Reply

    i’m planing on buying the mini (small) cc earings in germany. do u know how much they are now?

    • Cynthia April 21, 2016 Reply

      they’re now priced around 300 – 400 euro, depending on the embellishment. Some has pearls in it.

  9. Jasmine April 3, 2016 Reply

    Hi there. I’m looking to get a pair of small Chanel classic ear rings. I’m heading to London-Amsterdam-Brussels-Rome. Any idea where should I get it? Also, do you happen to have the price on London or Rome? That will be very helpful. (:

  10. Christrab March 1, 2016 Reply

    I purchased some bags at the Longchamp store in Paris in August but really should have bought more – prices were so much less than the US! I will be traveling to Poland in August and there is a store there. Will the prices be comparable to the prices in Paris for Longchamp? Thanks.

    • Author
      Alex March 5, 2016 Reply

      Hi Christrab, we do not have info about Poland, but the country do not use euro and you can get tax back.

  11. Melissa October 5, 2015 Reply

    Hi, I will travelling to florence 2 weeks later. Can i check where did you buy the longchamp buy from? As in which part of florence? Thanks for your help.

  12. charlene June 25, 2015 Reply

    hi alex! if im going italy first then to paris and do the VAT refund in paris before i return to my home country, the italy purchases will be given italy’s vat refund % while paris purchases will be given paris’s vat refund % correct??

    also, does florence has any chanel boutiques? I am looking to buying chanel mainly and also other brands from outlet stores. looks like people are saying florence is the best for outlet shopping!

    I am going to europe in Dec, but couldnt decide on the cities and countries to go. definitely going paris for the best Chanel shopping experience! but for italy, not sure to go with florence or milan or both!

    i am thinking of barcelona as well, is the shopping that great?


    • Author
      Alex June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Charlene,

      1. the italy purchases will be given italy’s vat refund % while paris purchases will be given paris’s vat refund % correct?
      This is correct, you get the tax-refund from the boutique you purchase the goods. So if you buy it in Italy, you will get the Italy VAT-refund.

      2. Does florence has any chanel boutiques?
      Yes its true about designer brands in Florence and there is a Chanel boutique in Florence.

      3. Barcelona is not well stock, because they have one boutique (or two) and there are a lots of demand and tourist. Best is in Paris or Italy.

      Keep us updated!

  13. Susan June 16, 2015 Reply

    Hello! The large CC crystal studs shown here:

    How much are they? I’ve been eyeing a pair and am going to London/Spain/Paris next month!

    Thank you!!

    • Cynthia June 16, 2015 Reply

      They are now around 230 euro

  14. Anonymous March 17, 2015 Reply

    Hi may I know which month did she visit the Florence Prada outlet? Thanks 🙂

  15. Karla September 27, 2014 Reply

    Hi, my mom will be traveling to Rome, Italy and Barcelona, Spain next month. We both want to get the Longchamp Neo. Are the prices the same in both countries? Where would you recommend she get the bags at?

    • Author
      Alex September 28, 2014 Reply

      Hi Karla,

      Generally it should be the same, but as Winni has mentioned, the prices can differ because the distributors/resellers want to make an extra profit. I do not think it depends on the country. If you know the right price, you can talk to the SA:

      The price is actually 128 euro’s

  16. Ginny August 14, 2014 Reply


    Thanks Winni for sharing your shopping experience in Europe.

    If the tax refund for Chanel bags in Italy is the highest, should we buy it from Italy and make Italy the last destination so that we can claim the 14% tax refund? Or can we just buy it from Italy but claim back the tax later if our last stop is Paris?

    Thanks much 🙂

  17. Anonymous August 13, 2014 Reply

    Hi winni..can u pls give me the model of the prada yellow tote..thanks

  18. Lily August 12, 2014 Reply

    Love this site… Learn to know which bags I actually would like to add in my wishlist… Very informative…

    Thanks a bunch

    • Author
      Alex August 13, 2014 Reply

      Np, do keep us updated about your purchase.

      • KiKi July 10, 2015 Reply

        Hi Alex

        I would like to know the update price for the C C logo Chanel earrings in small size and medium size in Europe, my friend is going there next week. Thanks

  19. Lily August 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for the information.

    I’m travelling to Barcelona-Nice-Monaco-Paris this coming September…

    Wondering which one is cheaper…Barcelona or Paris?

    Thanks a lot…

    • Author
      Alex August 13, 2014 Reply

      Paris tax-refund is around 11 to 13 percent, but the retail prices are the same.

      • Feline August 15, 2014 Reply

        Cools. Thanks Alex for the quick info 🙂

        • Author
          Alex August 17, 2014 Reply

          Hi Feline, keep us updated

  20. Feline August 10, 2014 Reply

    Hey readers,
    Any idea if where to get the cheapest price for chanel classic flap either Paris pr Italy?
    Even though Italy return highest tax refund but the price for bags could be cheaper in Paris….


    • Author
      Alex August 10, 2014 Reply

      Hi Feline, prices of Chanel bags are the same in every country within the European Union, with exception United Kingdom.

  21. sammy August 8, 2014 Reply

    Hey i live in Spain (Marbella) and i want to buy Chanel Reissue, Lady dior and Dior Soft Compartmentalised Shopping Bag. i was wondering where i can get them cheaper because i dont know if i have a tax refund because i am french.

    Thank you

    Bisou xx

    • Author
      Alex August 10, 2014 Reply

      Hi Sammy, you are from Spain, you can’t get tax-refund in Europe because Spain (or France) is a part of the European Union. You could try in Heathrow Airport, Chanel at the tax-free area, I am not sure whether they have Dior, but they do carry Chanel bags. But for the Chanel Reissue, they do not sell at Heathrow airport because its an iconic. Another way is to buy in US, some states do not carry sales-tax.

      • sammy August 11, 2014 Reply

        Thank you Alex:(

        • Author
          Alex August 11, 2014 Reply

          Your welcome, keep us updated.

  22. Akriti August 1, 2014 Reply

    I am travelling to France and Italy in December around Christmas and I really want to get myself either a Chanel or a Dior … Where do you suggest I buy it from??

    • Author
      Alex August 2, 2014 Reply

      If you want it cheaper, Italy will give you 14 percent tax-refund, which is the highest. But do you have in mind which bag you want?

      • Akriti August 3, 2014 Reply

        I don’t have anything specific in mind but I like to go in for the classics. And is it true that Italy gives you the best deal in Chanel in the world??

        • Author
          Alex August 3, 2014 Reply

          Hi Akriti,

          Here are the classics for Chanel:

          Here are the classics for Dior:

          You can also find the leather guides, which explains every details about the leathers, you can find them in our top menu, in the fashion section > Leather Guides.

          Italy gives you 14 tax-refund back, while France is 13% as you can read from Winni’s story.

  23. Lily July 29, 2014 Reply

    Could you please share what is the tax return for Barcelona?

    • Anonymous July 29, 2014 Reply

      My Fren said is 14%. But less choices

  24. Hime July 28, 2014 Reply

    **Le Pliage Neo Tote Bags –correction

    • Anonymous August 2, 2014 Reply

      50122 FIRENZE

  25. Hime July 28, 2014 Reply


    Could you please please tell me the shop address in Paris that sold yellow Prada Tote at price €130?

    • Winni July 29, 2014 Reply

      I bought it at Galeries Lafayette. U can get it at ground floor n 4th floor. But the color is lesser compared with boutique store.

      • Bianca August 8, 2014 Reply

        Thank you for sharing your shopping experience with all Winni! Loved seeing and reading about all your amazing purchases!

      • Anonymous August 12, 2014 Reply

        Can u pls give me the model of the prada yellow tote. Thanks

      • Danielle August 21, 2014 Reply

        Can u pls give me the model of the prada yellow tote. Thanks

      • tina February 27, 2016 Reply

        Hi Winnie,
        Love your bargain! Very lucky indeed
        Im going in July for a big shop, i hope to score lots and lots too! I will take lots of photos and come back here to share! Fingers crossed

    • Anonymous August 21, 2014 Reply

      The longchamp was selling a €130, not the Prada tote

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