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Quatre Temps

Quatre Temps (15 Le Parvis de La Défense, Paris) — this is one of the largest shopping malls in not just France, but in Europe. Numerous big names are present here, as well as small stores, several cinemas (showing French and subtitled foreign movies), a large supermarket and grocery store. It is accessible from an […]

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Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer (100 avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris) (Metro: George V) – to some, it’s interesting to see a major British department store in Paris. However, there are always solid crowds here, which more than justifies its presence in France. Local shoppers come here to see the latest in British fashions. That, as well […]

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Les Puces de Montreuil

Les Puces de Montreuil (Porte de Montreuil, Paris) (Metro: Maraichers) — known by some as the “attic of Paris” and located in the city’s outskirts, this is reputed to be one of the few flea markets left in Paris, where real bargain hunters can haggle for items as varied as furniture, antiques and assorted bric-a-brac.

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Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché (24 rue de Sèvres, Paris) (Metro: Sèvres-Babylone) – this is Paris’ oldest department store, which went through an extensive renovation (completed by LVMH). Its ground floor is filled with luxury sections, taken up by Dior, Chanel and other big-name retailers. Fashions by brands like Lanvin, Claudie Pielot and others can be found […]

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Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette (40 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris) (Metro: Chasssée d’Antin La Fayette) – this is one of Paris’ major department stores, housed within a 10-story building, finished in 1912 with a glass & steel dome and Art Nouveau staircases. Items here range from women’s & children’s designer apparel, cosmetics, jewelry & accessories, books, music and electronics […]

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Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne (4 rue des Petits-Champs, Louvre/Tuileries, Paris) (Metro Palais-Royal/Bourse) – this 19th century “covered passageway” now has retailers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Catherine Vernoux (ladies apparel), Wolff & Descourtis (scarves & shawls), Si Tu Veux toy store, and Legrand Filles & Fils (fine foods).

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Galerie Véro-Dodat

Galerie Véro-Dodat (19 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louvre/Tuileries, Paris) (Metro Palais-Royal) – known as a “covered passage”, this was a 19th century version of a shopping mall – designed for wealthy shoppers to be provided with a warm, dry place to shop during times of bad weather (which included gas lighting. This, before department stores were […]

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FNAC

FNAC (Forum des Halles, Paris) (Metro: Les Halles) – this is a popular French music & book store that also has photo, TV and audio equipment sections. Its stores can be found in other countries like Spain, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, and even Morocco and Brazil.

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BHV / Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville

BHV / Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (52-64 rue de Rivoli, Paris) (Metro: Hôtel de Ville) – another popular Parisian department store (www.bhv.fr), this one has a decent selection of men’s outdoor wear, home items like bed linens, household appliances like blenders & toasters, books. Its 5th floor has a restaurant, Ma Cantine, for hungry […]

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Au Printemps

Au Printemps (64 bd. Haussmann, Opéra/Grands Boulevards, Paris)(Metro: Havre Caumartin, Opéra) – this department store, in business since 1865, is reminiscent of Saks 5th Avenue and Macy’s in New York. It is housed within three buildings and divided accordingly: 1.) Printemps Mode: this is the main store for women’s fashion and accessories, and has hundreds […]

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