paris

Hello, paris

Few cities match the iconic status that Paris boasts in the imagination of travellers. In fashion, gastronomy, and the arts, she is queen. As you visit the different quartiers of the City of Light, her moods shift from gritty to sophisticated, from Haute Couture to punk. There is always something new to discover in Paris beyond the legendary sights and museums we all know so well. This fabled city has a way of getting under your skin and feeling instantly familiar to all who wander her hypnotic streets and linger at her inviting cafes.

Shopping

The Shopping to Visit

Two young female friends in a department store in Paris

Le Bon Marché

Founded in 1838, Le Bon Marché was the first-ever department store. Tradition and prestige accompany this prominent retail establishment, the top destination for fashion and style. Designer apparel for men and women, cosmetics, accessories, jewellery, and houseware comprise the major departments. There is also an impressive food hall, which is definitely worth a visit.

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Gallery Lafayette Paris

Galeries Lafayette

The Galeries Lafayette is an upscale French department store chain with more than 50 locations in France as well as in Berlin, Dubai, and Jakarta. Its flagship store on Boulevard Haussmann, famous for its opulent interior along with its magnificent Neo-Byzantine stained-glass dome, houses more than 3500 of the most prestigious designer and cosmetics labels, as well as the largest European space entirely devoted to men's fashion. Plus, a contemporary art gallery, a variety of cafes and eateries, and a rooftop terrace for a breathtaking view of Paris.

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Shakespeare and co

Shakespeare & Company

It might be difficult to let the magic of Shakespeare & Company truly sink in given the abominable number of tourists crowding the tiny space these days, but the place is still definitely worth a visit."Be Not Inhospitable to Strangers Lest They Be Angels in Disguise," seen above the reading room entrance are words the store lives by, along with its founding motto: "Give what you can; take what you need." Throughout its 70-year existence, the shop has accommodated young writers and artists in exchange for helping out, and an estimated 30,000 people have reportedly slept on the beds tucked between its bookshelves since its opening in 1951, but one doesn't have to spend the night to enjoy the welcoming public reading room. In 2016, the shop published its own history with contributions from the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jim Morrison, and Ethan Hawke.

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Louvre Pyramid

Le Carrousel du Louvre

Le Carrousel du Louvre is a diverse underground shopping precinct adjoining the famous museum. Whether you are looking for music, gifts, perfumes, or clothing, you will find a number of well-known stores that deliver quality merchandise and ease of purchase.

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Romantic couple in Paris selecting a book from a bookseller near the Seine

Along the Seine

One of the most charming shopping activities in Paris consists of walking along the rows of bookstalls perched against the parapet of the Seine River. Here, if you have time and good bargaining skills, you may find some ancient and valuable tomes or collections of old stamps.

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Happy twin sisters doing shopping on holidays in France

Champs-Élysées

This charming tourist strip is lined with fast-food chains, banks, airline offices, souvenir shops, cinemas and malls, such as the futuristic Drugstore Publicis near l'Arc de Triomphe, or Gallerie Marchande des Champs-Elysées near Georges V. The Guerlain Parfumerie, with its turn-of-the-century elegance and curved staircase, as well as the neo-classical Virgin Megastore, huge retail heaven for recorded music and books, are highlights.

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