An unforgettable shopping experience in France
Shopping here does not only mean shopping. It is also a discovery of the many facets of the shopping cities, in particular Paris, each promising a different experience that prevails in the various districts of the capitale.
Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Bon Marché, Samaritaine or BHV, are Parisian institutions; some of which have branches in the regions. They provide numerous brand names and offer every sort of merchandise - from beauty to household products and gourmet foods.
A taste of luxury
The favourite haunt for perfumes, jewellers, haute couture designers, high-end antiques dealers, luxury artisans and the like is on and around the Champs-Elysees, avenue Montaigne, place Vendome, rue de la Paix and Saint-Germain des Pres.
In the regions, the city centre often has a number of clothes shops which are just as good as those in Paris offering attractive prices too. In Paris check out the boutiques in Place de la Madeleine, the Saint-Sulpice quarter or Sèvres-Babylone, between the Rues de Grenelle, du Cherche-Midi and des Saints-Pères (Versace, Sonia Ryckiel…). Alongside these famous names, there are also a number of designers: Agnès B. and Claudie Pierlot (at Les Halles or Saint-Sulpice), Kenzo (Place des Victoires), Ventilo, Et Vous (the Marais), etc.
La Vallée Shopping Village is a designer outlet village where you can buy last season's top label fashions and interior décor at reduced prices all year round. The shopping village is located just 5 minutes from Disneyland Paris and 35 minutes away from the heart of Paris. You can find more than 80 international brands (Lancel, Versace, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Kenzo...) at approximately 70% of the city's prices! Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am-7pm - Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm. You can also find outlet stores in the regions such as in the city of Troyes or La Séguiniere (near Nantes).
Markets & Flea Markets
Going to the market is a pleasure. Nothing surprising in that: there is always a happy mix of colours and smells. Paris has many and various markets: the flower market on the Ile de la Cité, bird markets, organic food markets, and food markets in every quarter. A real walkabout in a good natured and typical Parisian atmosphere! Every city or village in the regions also have their weekly markets too. There you will find lots of regional products, while making the most of a completely different atmosphere to that of the capital.
For bargain hunters, there are many flea markets in Paris and its outskirts. Two large ones outside of central Paris are at Porte de Vanves and Porte de Saint-Ouen (the largest of all). Nearly 2000 stallholders offer a compelling jumble of everthing at the St Ouen Flea Market: antique tapestries, Art Deco objets d'art, vintage clothes, books and furniture.
Another Parisian speciality – the booksellers with their stalls along the banks of the Seine around the Saint-Michel quarter. Antique books, second-hand books, comic strips, post cards, etc. You can find almost everything there at all prices. It is certainly well worth strolling along the river banks!
Well-known delicatessens and fine food stores are the perfect opportunity to indulge your passion for shopping and all things gourmet. Food In large cities, bakers and food shops open very early in the morning and close around 7pm or 8pm (or even later in Paris). They are usually closed on Sunday afternoons, the afternoons of Public Holidays and one day in the week.