Languages › French Basic Vocabulary You'll Need to Go Shopping in France Share Flipboard Email Print Julian Elliott Photography/Photolibrary/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated January 19, 2019 If you are shopping in France, you'll need to know the lingo. You could just stick with one shop or market, go in, pay and get out. But most of us do more than that in our search for the right product and the best bargain. You need to be able to read signs so that you're choosing the right shop, getting the best quality, ferreting out authentic bargains and speak intelligently with salespeople. Keep in mind that France (and most of Europe) may have megastores, but most people still shop at their local small shops in order to find the freshest, highest-quality products. So don't discount the words for specialty stores; you will need to know them. Shopping Vocabulary une épicerie > small grocery storele marché > farmers' marketle supermarché > supermarketun hypermarché > superstore, giant supermarketla boucherie > butcher shopla boulangerie > bakeryla charcuterie > pork butcher's shop and delicatessenla confiserie > candy storela crémerie, la laiterie > dairy shopla fromagerie > cheese shople magasin de fruits et légumes > greengrocerle marchand de vins > wine shopla pâtisserie > pastry shopla poissonnerie > fish storela banque > bankla blanchisserie > laundryla laverie automatique > laundromatla droguerie > drugstore / hardware storele grand magasin > department storele kiosque > newsstandle magasin de confection femme/homme/enfants > clothing store for women, men, children; magasin de vêtements > clothing store in generalla pharmacie > pharmacyla poste > post officele pressing > dry cleanerla quincaillerie > hardware storele tabac > tobacco shopfaire les courses > to do the shopping [for essentials]; aller faire les courses > to go shoppingfaire du shopping > to go shopping, to shop [for specific items such as shoes]; partir faire les magasins > to go on a shopping trip/expeditionles soldes > the sales; faire les soldes > to shop the salesclient / personne qui faire ses courses > shopperêtre accro au shopping > to be a shopaholiccher (chère) > expensive; coûter cher > to be expensive a bargain > une affaire; a good bargain > une bonne affaire; bargain prices > prix avantageuxmarchander > to bargain, to haggle; negocier, traiter avec quelqu'un > to bargain with someoneheures d'ouverture > business / shop hours Expressions Related to Shopping Bon marché: can be translated as either "inexpensive" or "cheap." Bon marché can be both positive, indicating a reasonable price, and negative, insulting the product's quality. Bon rapport qualité-prix: The French expression un bon rapport qualité-prix, sometimes written un bon rapport qualité / prix, indicates that the price of some product or service (a bottle of wine, car, restaurant, hotel) is more than fair. You'll often see it or a variation in reviews and promotional materials. To talk about a better value, you can make the comparative or superlative form of bon, as in: un meilleur rapport qualité-prix > better valuele meilleur rapport qualité-prix > best value To say that something is not a good value, you can either negate the sentence or use an antonym: Ce n'est pas un bon rapport qualité-prix. / Il n'a pas un bon rapport qualité-prix. > It's not a good valueun mauvais rapport qualité-prix > poor valuele pire rapport qualité-prix > worst value While less common, it's also possible to use a different adjective altogether, such as un rapport qualité-prix incroyable > amazing valueun rapport qualité-prix intéressant > good valueun faible rapport qualité-prix > poor value C'est cadeau: is a casual, informal expression meaning "It's free. It's inexpensive." The underlying meaning is that you're getting something extra that you weren't expecting, like a freebie. It can be from a store, a boutique or a friend doing you a favor. It doesn't necessarily involve money. Note that "C'est un cadeau" with the article is a simple non-idiomatic, declarative sentence that means "It is a gift." Noël malin: The informal French expression Noël malin refers to Christmas. Malin means something that's "shrewd" or "cunning." But this expression isn’t describing Christmas or the sales, but rather the consumer—the cunning consumer who is far too smart to pass up these amazing bargains. At least that’s the idea. When a store says Noël malin, what they’re really saying is Noël (pour le) malin (Christmas for the clever.) For example, Offres Noël malin > Christmas offers [for the savvy shopper] TTC: is an acronym that appears on receipts and it refers to the grand total that you owe for a given purchase. The initials TTC stand for toutes taxes comprises ("all taxes included"). TTC lets you know what you will actually be paying for a product or service. Most prices are quoted as TTC, but not all, so it's essential to pay attention to the fine print. The opposite of TTC is HT, which stands for hors taxe; this is the base price before the addition of the European Union-mandated TVA (value-added tax), which stands at 20 percent in France for most goods and services.