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 patisserie 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.
Esta loja de departamento fica no interior de um monumento histórico, e as senhoras vão enloquecer com a colecção de roupa, jóias e outros acessórios em exibição. As marcas mais famosas e modernas têm um canto na Printemps, entre elas são: Chanel, Dior, Gucci, YSL, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney e Louis Vuitton. O quarto andar é dedicado à promoção de novos desenhadores como Zadig & Voltaire, Isabelle Marrant e Vanessa Bruno. Para os homens, há uma secção separada no sexto andar. Para a casa, vai encontrar artigos domésticos, porcelana, talheres e qualquer outra coisa que poderia pensar em colocar na sua lista de casamento. Falando dos casamentos, visite o salão para provar seu futuro vestido de noiva. Se cuidar-se depois de fazer essas compras, o Printemps tem seus próprios salões de beleza e spa. Que mais poderia eventualmente oferecer o Printemps? Uma mostra de moda todas as quintas feiras. Os fãs da gastronomia também têm a oportunidade de preencher as suas cestas com delícias na Printemps Gourmet. Faça uma pausa no restaurante ou num café antes de embarcar e apanhar o seu próximo vício da moda parisiense.
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.
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.
Le BHV Marais L'Homme is the first of the chain's boutique for men. This Parisian store is spread across four levels and has a fine collection of apparels from designer brands and accessories. Though pricey, the quality is high and is worth the money spent.
L'Ecritoire is a tiny boutique that specializes in all things writing. A rainbow of colors and styles of paper, envelopes, notebooks, and the like stock the shelves. Scrapbookers might find a thing or two of interest, but most of L'Ecritoire's goods are designed for those who take pleasure in writing letters or notes. Since almost everything in the store is created and packaged by the owners, every single sheet of paper, pen and bottle of ink has a personal touch. If you're looking for a good souvenir or gift idea, check out L'Ecritoire's wall of writing kits. Each comes with a combination of matching inks, pens, stickers and papers. - Betsy Mikel
Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.
This Parisian pastry shop stands out from its competitors not only for the celebrity status of its owner and head chef, Christophe Michalak, but also for its innovative pastry and chocolate creations. Fusing top-notch ingredients with culinary expertise and a fresh outlook, the store showcases such signature desserts as the Fantastik, Michalakettes, and Krak Krak. Located in historic Marais, this shop is a top-pick with Parisians as well as visitors attracted by the stylish interiors and eye-catching display of pastries.