[Featured destination] – Shopping in Paris

Paris, also known to many as the fashion capital of the world. When people think of Paris, they think of fashion. With top designers and fashion brands such as ChanelChristian DiorYves Saint-LaurentGuerlainLancômeL’OréalClarins, etc., Paris is the place to be seen and heard. Along with New York, London and Milan, Paris is one of the great fashion centres of the Western world and a must visit for fashionistas. During summer take a stroll along Canal St-Martin and visit the boutiques, or shop high end couture and experience Paris at its finest in the 8th arrondisement.

Photos of Bercy Village, Paris
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Bercy Village – Built on the site of the old cellars and warehouses, this completely renovated and transformed Cour Saint-Émilion is the perfect place for shopping enthusiasts and people watching. Based in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, Bercy Village is an open air shopping centre with a wide assortment of shops such as clothing boutiques, restaurants, leisure activities and entertainment spread over 15,000m². Bercy Village is open every day from 11am – 9pm (restaurants close at 2am).

La Vallée Village – Who says you have to break the bank to buy luxury brands and designer items? La Vallée Village is one of nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages operated by Value Retail all over Europe. Attracting both domestic and international tourists, this is a unique outlet shopping village where over a hundred of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands offer their previous season’s collections up to 60% reductions, and sometimes more, off the recommended retail price, in their own luxuriously appointed boutiques, all year round. Offering an unrivalled luxury outlet shopping experience for bargain hunters, La Vallée Village is known for its charming open-air ‘village’ settings, a welcoming five-star service and, not least, exceptional value for money. With over 100 shops, be prepared to spend your entire day (and lots of money) here. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm, this mecca for shoppers offers free parking, has a playground area for children and most importantly..shopping is tax free!

Photos of Printemps, Paris
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Printemps Haussmann –  This flagship Printemps store is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the IXe arrondissement of Paris hence the name Printemps Haussmann. Founded in 1865 by Jules Jaluzot and Jean-Alfred Duclos, this department store is one of the most prestigious department stores in the French capital. Printemps Haussmann has everything from clothing, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, beauty products, to furniture, home decor, interior furnishings, wedding products, and lifestyle items.With over 44 000 m² devoted entirely to luxury goods, fashion, and glamour spread over 25 floors in three buildings, visitors can find over 300 of their favorite brands sold here. When not shopping, visitors can check out the panoramic terrace that has an exquisite view over Paris, the brilliant Art Deco cupola, its Haussmanian facade and of course the spectacular window displays. It’s little wonder why Printemps Haussmann is one of the major department stores in Paris. And if you get hungry while shopping, make a pit stop and grab a bite or drink in one of the eight restaurant areas. To enhance the shopping experience for its international clientele, Printemps offers personalized services like accompanying bilingual shopping staff, delivery to hotels in Paris, dispatching of purchases throughout the world, reimbursement of the sales tax and acceptance of all foreign currencies at the cash desk.

Open from Monday to Saturday from 9.35am to 7pm and on Thursday until 10pm.

Photos of Galeries Lafayette, Paris
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Galeries Lafayette – In 1893 Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher’s shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d’Antin, Paris. Today, it is a 10-story department store carrying big brands (often exclusively) like Armani, Chanel, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Prada, Sonia Rykiel, and Thierry Mugler. This french department has fully-refurbished floors dedicated to women’s fashion. The men’s store in particular is the largest retail space in Europe carrying exclusively menswear and accessories.  From Easter to October on Fridays at 3pm, the store puts on free fashion shows for its customers. Im addition, there are also exhibitions and autograph sessions held regularly. Like many their counterparts in Paris, the Galeries Lafayette offer 24 restaurants as well as a variety of other places to eat. From basic to luxury dining, there is also a home delivery service as well as worldwide specialties and tasting opportunities!

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