Paris Shopping Tips by gwened
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marché de noel at Champs-Elysées
shopping your hearts contents all over the big avenue;then head over to the Port de Suffren for Maxim's the nice boat of Pierre Cardin to have some wine, chocolates, and foie gras for the bigger guys in us ::) from 10h to 20h, with tasting on the upper deck of the boat,near just below the Tour Eiffel;entry is free.Shopping is not ::)
Christmas in Paris is wonderful..the Christmas market at the Champs-Elysées will have about 150 chalets build in the Vosges forests, and will be by the roundabout Champs-Elysées to the place de la Concorde, with a beautiful illumanated big wheel or Grande roue. However the lights wont go on in the Champs Elysées until late November, and it will be a special effect lights new for this year yeah!!!and will be on until January 2014. the event to mark official start of lights will be late Nov on the C-E by the invited host.
This is the official site for all around the Champs-Elysées, the place to be if you are visiting even more lol!!
and more for merchants here
you should check the small boutique stores with sales of 40-50% off all over this area now,usually more unique special things then the better known like H&M and C&A. For the suburbs the La Defense area will have Christmas market too selling all gadgets from Wednesday Nov 23rd to Tuesday December 27th Open from 10h to 19h30 during the week and from 10h To 20h n weekend (got cut off above from translation to English)
Other areas available this year, Marché de Noël du Montparnasse - Monday Dec 5th to Friday Dec 30th
Marché de Noël du Trocadéro - Thursday Dec 8th to Monday January 2 ,open from 11h to 20h
Marché de Noël de la Place d’Italie - Friday Nov 25 to Saturday Dec 24th
Le Village du Père Noël place Saint-Germain des Prés -Friday Dec 2 to Monday January 2
there is also at Marché de Noël des Abbesses, pl de l'Abbesses but no dates out yet.
The prices are reasonable, and the souvenirs will last a lifetime. Joyeux Noel!
Every year the times might change or days move one or two but its pretty much the same for the rest; you can check the sites to be up to date such as
What to buy: Anything under the Parisien sun or moon.
What to pay: you can have sales all over the place sometimes 50% seek the smaller stores around the main streets.
Address: Avenue des Champs Elysées
Directions: line 1 of Metro, and who can be lost here lol!
Virgin Megastore at C-E Paris-memories
THE STORE IS UNDER CREDITOR'S REVIEW AND ITS LOOKING FOR BUYER;CLOSED. Rumors has it that the bookstore Gibert & Joseph is trying to buy the locations, time will tell.
This is a huge complex of three floors and a nice cafe with a view of C-E. Right on the most beautiful avenue in the world, and with all the latest in games, music,movies, books,comics, hi-tech, IT, telephones, you name it is here.
Great friendly service with personnel from many countries, I have met employees from England, Sweden, and Spain. Many languages spoken.
Cant be more special then shopping for all of these with ease on the C-E lol! Several branches in France.
What to buy: we go for video games, mangas books, music cd's,telephone,and IT supplies
What to pay: regular dept store prices in Paris or big city stores
Address: 52-60 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Directions: cant missed it on the Avenue. right off rue le colisée and C-E on metro between George V and FD Roosevelt.
Theme: Department Store
for the memories Samaritaine
La Samaritaine was and will be an institution in Paris, known to shoppers and visitors alike for years. It was founded by Ernest Cognacq and his wife Louise Jay in 1869. Several adjacent buildings were acquired over time and converted, turning the store into a vast emporium and much-loved shopping destination – a Paris institution. In 2005, it was shut down for extensive fire-safety upgrades required to bring the building up to code. Since then, LVMH has acquired a full stake in the company and convinced the city of Paris to reclassify La Samaritaine from a “department store” to a “multi-activity” complex, which will incorporate a hotel, shops, housing and a nursery school.
Tokyo-based Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, have been commissioned by La Samaritaine’s owner, luxury conglomerate LVMH, to completely refurbish the buildings of the former department store.
The working permit was done in June 2012, and the construction will probably will starts shortly after by 2013, and finish by 2015. The store and its 80000 m2 in the heart of Paris will have an island of commerces and offices with a glass facade on the side of the rue de Rivoli,and a luxury 72 rooms hotels on the side of the Seine river. It will have a social element in that will have 96 lucky parisiens the chance to have their kids sitter here.
the project from the mayor's office says by 2014 but i have it on 2015 to be on the safe side of political predictions.
ps A rare photo found in my cd rom collection from the roofstop of the Samaritaine towards the Tour Eiffel! and at night;enjoy it.
What to buy: it will have shops of course ,and the owner is LVMH so expect class and Parisien fashions
What to pay: nobody look at prices in Paris dept stores lol!
Address: Pont Neuf, Right Bank.
Directions: rue de la monnaie cant missed it
Theme: Department Store
well this is another shopping center inside Paris proper;; its becoming a fashion modern city as well not just boutiques, for good or worse. This is prime tip as it will open in end June 2013.
45 000 m2 of shopping and entertainement area with 120 stores, one major dept store( nature et decouvertes) , 10 restaurants, and a multiplex cinema Pathé with 10 screens.
you will have ZARA, H&M, orange telephone store, micromania video game store, Mango, Mark & Spencer, FNAC, Darty, Calvin Klein, Aigle and Addidas
Update: four weeks remaining before its grand opening, October 23 at Rue de Linois.
What to buy: all is under one roofs, usually its just the experience but some specials can be had especially at opening time. I have my micromania, FNAC, Orange , and H&M store there already.
What to pay: department stores prices, look for specials on opening
Address: Beaugrenelle, between rue Linois see rest area
Directions: Beaugrenelle, between rue Linois and rue de l’ingénieur Keller facing the Seine river by pont Grenelle
Theme: Department Store
covered market at Brochant or Batignolles
This is a nice vibrant active typical Parisien market off the tourist trail that I am showcasing here.
It is at rue Brochant and Lemercier in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris. It is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8h30 to 13h and 15h30 to 20h -Saturdays are non stop from 8h30 to 20h and Sundays is from 8h30 to 14h closed on Mondays.
The closenest of the stands and the vibrant hollowed of the merchants is awesome, and for me there is a parking undernearth love it! I shop here often when lived in nearby and worked in Paris.
What to buy: food ,cheeses cold cuts,meat vegetables fruits delicious.
What to pay: best prices its a market of local and near producers
Address: 96 Rue Lemercier 75017 ,Paris
Directions: metro Brochant line 13 is the closest, (about 185 meters) we walk from pont Cardinet so easy or park by the square des batignolles nearby
Theme: Food and Drink
marché aux fleurs Cité
The place is magical and the ambiance is superb in the Cité, it is here since 1808 .Specialized market flowers, birds, other small pets. A halfway between market covered and uncovered, the flower market consists of pavilions of time 1900. It is open every day from 8 h to 19 h. The bird market opens Sunday and offers a wide variety of birds including some rare, cages, seeds and other accessories.
There is another one by the Church of the Madeleine that is very good too, metro madeleine lines 8,12,and 14.just on the left side of the church facing it on rue tronchet, there since 1842.
What to buy: flowers and birds, but flowers is it for me
What to pay: best prices and beautiful flower arrangements when in town
Address: Place Louis Lépine et Quai de la Corse 75004 paris
Directions: past metro cité and crossing pont notre dame , back of rue de Lutéce
Marché de la Bastille
there are several but the main ones are
An up and comer that I visit recently is at La Bastille, where they have renovated many old buildings around it to make room for artists shops; the marché de la Bastille,is on terrain of boulevard Richard-Lenoir and has 115 tables. It is open Thursdays and Sundays from 7h to 14h30. walking you get to it between the rue Amelot and rue Saint-Sabin. Metro Richard Lenoir, line 5, and Metro Saint-Ambroise, line 9
Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt St Ouen ,93400 just outside the beltway or boulevard peripherique of Paris
Puces de Vanves, porte de Vanves in Paris
all year saturdays and sundays 7h to 14h and new market from 14h30 to 19h30
Montreuil Flea Market, porte de Montreuil in Paris
Marché d'Aligre, is fine too.
this site in French but list all flea markets and second hand stalls in Paris by arrondissement or district. Its an official site here, so you can browse if questions let me know
What to buy: almost anything you can think of
What to pay: need best to negotiate but good prices than elsewhere can be had.
Address: several see links
Directions: several see links
boulangerie Poilâine from metro bir hakeim
This is one of the classics of Paris, and so be it the photo is a classic ::) from line 6 of the metro of Paris going to Bir Hakeim, lol!!!
I am difficult for food photos, but need to tell about it and you got the location with photo.
Several locations so go to different ones, but have friends and business near Eiffel so have stop here several times;open in most as here from Tuesdays to Sundays from 7h15 to 20h15
The first bakery was open by Pierre Poilâne in 1932, at rue du Cherche-Midi, in the heart of the Saint-Germain des Prés quartier or neighborhood.
It even show you of bread museums around the world here
What to buy: breads with the best ingredients including the salt of Guérande.
What to pay: you pay for the best reasonable
Address: 49 bld de Grenelle, 75015,Paris
Directions: metro bir-hakeim line 6 or just turn around Tour Eiffel on quai branly to bd grenelle left and the bakery is on your right hand side after couple hundred meters
Theme: Food and Drink
Nicolas at Madeleine
MAny wine stores in Paris and some with great pedigree ,however, when it comes to the best range of simple wines to the fancy ones, and great uniform service in all, the Nicolas wine shop chain is the best.
You can have it here in Paris or in other city in France and will get the same service, I follow them all over, and never disappointed, use to shop here as was on way home each day I worked in Paris ,but where I work now they have one and its the same coverage, service, and friendlinest with good advise.
Actually this one is the biggest in France, with a bar à vins, and free tastings fridays and saturdays from 12h to 20H.
What to buy: wines of France of course
What to pay: a range of house wines to buy them by the case and all the great wines of France at good prices, all ranges.
Address: 31 Place de la Madeleine, 75008,Paris
Directions: cant missed almost across from church Madeleine actually facing it on Tronchet to your right on the right hand side is the Nicolas store.
Theme: Food and Drink
Salavin at Tronchet
Another of my favorite store in my old working neighborhood. I past in front everyday to work, and it has excellent family service, and great magnificent products of chocolates, nougats, coffees and teas galore, all packed and nicely arrange.
Even thus they adverstise for chocolates and they are good, the best for me is the natural coffee blends and teas from loose or bags from 38 cents.
What to buy: coffees and teas naturally delicious.
What to pay: good prices satchets little bags of teas from 38 centimes!
Address: 16 rue Tronchet, 75008, Paris
Directions: from big dept stores go on Tronchet turn left straight into la madeleine church, the store is on your left hand side half way.
Theme: Food and Drink
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