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.
This department store is right inside a heritage monument, and ladies will go crazy for the collection of clothes, jewelry and other accessories on display. The most famous and trendiest brands have a corner at Printemps: Chanel, Dior, Gucci, YSL, Stella McCartney, and Louis Vuitton. The fourth floor is devoted to promoting new designers such as Zadig & Voltaire, Isabelle Marrant and Vanessa Bruno. For men, there is a separate six-floor section. For your home, you will find home furnishings, china and silverware, and anything else you could think of for your wedding registry. Speaking of weddings, visit the wedding salon to try on your future bridal gown. If you care to indulge in some post-shopping pampering, Printemps even houses its own salon and spa. What else could Printemps possibly offer? A fashion show every Thursday! Gastronomes also have the opportunity to fill their baskets with delicacies at Printemps Gourmet-take a break in the restaurant or café before embarking on one more fix of Parisian fashion.
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.
Passage Jouffroy is your one stop shop. Though this stop is just a passage, it is a mini shopping paradise offering everything from the most elite jewelry to the simplest of clothes. A multitude of brand names have their products on offer here. A number of quaint shops offering interesting and ethnic wares promise to attract the keen eye. Cozy cafes and bookshops are where you can pick up a steaming hot cup of coffee and a good book to make your day. A very famous haunt at Jouffroy is the Estaminet Lyrique. Even if you are not planning on buying something, a walk around this passage is highly rejuvenating and refreshing.
Starting from the intersection at Sant-Augustin metro and running all the way to rue Drouot, Boulevard Haussmann, opened in 1864 to help ease Paris' transition from a medieval city to a modern capitol. Planned by Georges Haussman as part of an extravagant series of reforms, this boulevard is famous for infusing the then cluttered city-scape of Paris with refinement. Here you will find the immaculate Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, two must-see shopping hot spots for quality Parisian couture, home accessories and more.
Located in the heart of Paris, this plaza was the city's principal market in the middle ages. Today, it has become the largest shopping center, almost entirely underground. A paradise for the reckless consumer, this huge shopping arcade offers a selection of chain shops catering to a young and mixed crowd, as well as cinemas and a swimming pool. The Espace Créateurs (Porte Berger, Level -1) is a special section where you can browse and buy the creations of young and up-and-coming Parisian designers.
At Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville (BHV), husband and wife team can go shopping at any stage of marital life. The kitchenware in the main arena offers a wide range of utensils and crockery, while the hardware section in the basement will keep the men glued forever. The most convenient way to shop your separate ways and then meet up at the checkout counter. Call +33 9 7740 1400 or check out the website for information.
Moustaches (Whiskers) is a pet shop with nearly every product for cats and dogs. It is located in the heart of the Marais, divided in seven sections over the store’s 150 square meters (1615 square feet) of space. There is the Toy department with a ball distributing kibbles, the Walking department, the Clothing department with different coats, health (shampoos, brushes), sleeping department which offers beds at different prices, the Food department with famous brands, and the Master department (notebooks, books, DVDs). 2500 products can be found in this store; among them are famous brands but also innovative products from emerging brands.
The tiny pastry shop Pain de Sucre has become one of the most renowned in all of Paris, and certainly one that sets the pace for others, with its original take on classic pastries and its emphasis on candy. For instance, in addition to all kinds of bite-size macrons, they also offer unexpected marshmallows (guimauves) in flavors such as rose water or saffron/pepper, and bitter chocolate lollipops. Needless to say, everything is freshly made on the premises by Didier Mathray and Nathalie Robert. A selection of breads is also available.
Set yourself free from the limited painting options available to you as a homeowner. Mise En Teinte means "setting in color" and the store stays true to its name by offering custom made paints. The store by Lucien Tourtoulou, sells you a range of elegant colors created by the team of Robert De Heros, a color consultant. You can also choose from the collection of matt finishes by famous decorator Stephanie Poux. In addition, it offers pigments from various countries and stencil key sets to create a different look when doing up or redecorating your home.
The Inventions Shop, created in 2003 by Isabelle Risacher, located in Saint-Paul village in the district of Marais, Paris, is a shop dedicated to inventors without a distribution network. It also proposes marketing, product development and packaging services. This unique concept enables inventors to test their product, to make presentations, and to begin to sell them. It enables the public (amateurs or collectors) to discover and buy innovative items. The shop sells about 150 different products, with two or three new products per month. Since it was created, there are about 250 inventors who have deposited their creations. Call +33 (0)9 5061 4634.