Craving a bit of outlet shopping? La Vallée Village, with its meticulously manicured storefronts and spacious walkways, is a sophisticated bargain hunter's dream. Located in the up-and-coming community of Marne-La-Vallée, the shops exemplify the spirit of the region.
A part of the newest urban development project by the same name, Val d'Europe is a trendy shopping center which has become one of the most popular shopping destinations in Serris. Aside from a variety of shops selling clothes, gadgets, home decor items, beauty products and the like, and a number of restaurants and cafes like Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's and Veng Hour, the shopping center is also home to one of the branches of the famous Sea Life chain of aquariums. So whether you feel like going on a shopping spree or simply wish to spend an entertaining day out, Val d'Europe is a great place to come to.
A high-class restaurant on the world's most famous avenue, Ladurée (founded in 1862) also boasts a bakery. You can try the famous “macarons” (moist jam-filled cookies), a specialty of this establishment, or enjoy the raw and cooked vegetable salad along with a variable of other dishes served for lunch and dinner.
Despite the invasion of big name stores such as Gap, Zara, and H&M, the flagship branch of Galeries Lafayette, along with nearby Printemps, has remained one of the last bastions of Parisian chic. Built in 1894, this shoppers' paradise has continually reinvented itself and kept customers coming back. The resplendent main hall has an impressive array of perfumes, accessories and other products. The department store stocks all the best designer labels and also has its own deluxe grocery counter, restaurants, a travel agency, fashion shows, Internet access and more. Its incredible Christmas window displays are a Parisian institution.
The world's biggest flea market welcomes 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it and this place will have it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes, all at rock-bottom prices (especially if you're a dab hand at haggling). There's a jovial fairground atmosphere with the aroma of food wafting around and people crowding round the stalls, hoping to pick up a 1970s leather jacket or a rare Louis XV chest of drawers. Make sure you have cash on you, as stallholders seldom accept credit cards and the nearest available cash machine is always lined out.
With baking in his genes and a lifetime of experience, it's no surprise that Pierre Hermé's eponymous venture has won him many accolades. From French Pastry Chef Of The Year to Presidential honors, the pâtissier is at the forefront of 21st Century pastry making. He is most famous for his colorful macarons, which must be tried when in the city. Cakes, cookies, candied dried fruits and other sweets are sold in inventive flavors like balsamic vinegar, olives and cheese. A designer of all things sweet, indulge in his line of seasonal confectionery at this shop.
Le Marché de Bailly ("the market of Bailly") is a popular outdoor market that takes place at every Sunday. It used to be right in the Place de l'Europe, but moved to its new location in April 2011 in front of the Carrefour store. The new location provides ample parking and more choices of things to do. Booths sell wonderful local delicacies so don't miss out on this cultural experience.
Located in the Disney Village in Marne-la-Vallee, the Disney Store is one of the biggest stores in France. The range of toys is spellbinding, with adorably decorated interiors. The collection consists of finely manufactured toys that appeal to both adults and kids, although the price range may be considered a tad steep by some. The staff is extremely helpful and will help you look for your favorite toy in the sprawling store. Pick your favorite Mickey, or build your own saber. Even if you do not purchase anything, a visit to the store will certainly put a spring in your step.
Founded in 1895 by Monsieur Alis, this fromagerie offers visitors a glimpse into the intensive and time honored brie making process. There is a video-tour and a museum where you will learn about the different economies that are linked by the manufacture of brie cheese. Of course, a visit here would not be complete without an extensive brie tasting that will overwhelm your taste buds with these exceptional cheeses. Upon leaving, you will understand why their motto is "Le Meilleur des Fromages- LE BRIE" (The Best of Cheeses- BRIE).
Grand Dépôt-Vente de Paris, located in the 12th arrondissement, is a 3000 square meter (32291.7 square foot) showroom of quality and diverse secondhand furniture. The ideal shop for bargain hunters, you will find many antique and contemporary furniture and decorative objects here. Whatever your taste, there is something you will fancy. New furniture and objects are available via catalog. Thanks to regular deliveries, you will be able to easily decorate your home at a low price.