Paris has long been the trendsetter for fashion and lifestyle in Europe and the world. Its pedestrian streets, arcades and shopping centers are still the places to observe to know what is up and coming.
Among the many reasons to travel to Paris, a good piece of travelers come to Paris for shopping in the capital of stylish people. Even though the brands and designs are becoming globally similar, the famous shopping areas of Paris still have the brightest spot lights.
You can find below our top 10 list of shopping centers in Paris, prepared to provide a variety of categories for different sorts of expectations.
1. Les Galeries LaFayette
Neighboring the legendary Opera Garnier of Paris, Les Galeries LaFayette has already a globally famous brand of shopping centers in the world.
This number one building is an architectural delight from the beginning of 20th century. That is why a visit here is recommended for everyone, even those who are not that much into shopping in Paris. You can consider it as a cultural visit.
What will you find inside ? All types of stores from inexpensive shops to top luxurious brands throughout a total area of 70.000m². Its frequenters are following the seasonal sales, particularly at the first week of the years.
You want to grab a snack ? The center provides a very high quality of food and service at the restaurants. The most renowned one is Creatures Paris, with a complete city view on the top of the building. There is nothing like it !
Opening hours : Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 20:00, Sundays from 11:00 to 20:00.
2. Le Bon Marché
Le Bon Marché is just on the edge of Saint-Germain-des-Prés area in Paris and it was opened as the first upscale shopping center of the world.
Although its name translates as "the good bargain", do not expect low prices. The center is prestigious and hosts many luxury brands. The quality is remarkable, very chic, in stores such as fashion, cosmetics, jewelry and food.
Opening hours : Everyday from 10:00 to 19:45.
Since 1865, the Printemps is the name of a department store chain. The pioneer building at the Boulevard Haussmann (a shopping paradise) in Paris was the first one connected to the subway network in 1904.
Three main parts covering 45.000 m2 are full of designer shops, cosmetic stores, restaurants and even groceries. Speaking of the restaurants, the 9th floor has really some view to offer at the terrace of Perruche Restaurant.
Opening hours : Everyday from 10:00 to 20:00.
4. Westfield Forum des Halles
Les Halles has always been the shopping spot at the center of Paris. In recent years, a massive renovation project had created a brand new shopping mall under a giant and curvy glass ceiling.
There are 180 shops spread through its descending 5 floors occupied by a lot of well-known brands around the world. Because of its partially open air structure, the first floors are more vibrant with amateur musicians or various performers. This shopping center might not be the most luxurious but it is definitely one of the most visited.
Opening hours : Monday to Saturday : 10:00 - 20:00, Sundays : 11:00 - 19:00
5. Les Quatre Temps
For this shopping trip, we are not around the most central parts of Paris but at its business quarter. La Défense is the busy neighborhood of finances with big buildings and skyscrapers. Popular by the locals, prices could be a bit more reasonable than the famous ones.
If you are looking for a place far from the tourist destinations or have already in a business trip, consider Les Quatre Temps that has almost every possible thing you may need inside.
Opening hours : Everyday from 10:00 to 20:00
6. Carrousel du Louvre
The idea of a shopping mall at the entrance of the great Louvre Museum created a lot of opposition back in the time but here we are. Following the glass pyramid, it was opened in 1993 and since then, it has been also a short cut to reach the underground entrances of the museum.
There is no doubt that space was limited so they created a space enough for 33 stores and a food court for 11 restaurants. If you are short of time or just want to reward yourself after an artful tour in the museum, this is the easiest option.
Opening hours : Everyday except Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00, Tuesdays 11:00 - 18:00
7. Centre Commercial Beaugrenelle
This very special shopping center of Paris is 15 minutes walking distance from the Eiffel Tower, along the riverbank into the locals' favorite 15th arrondissement of Paris. It is composed of three different buildings connected by bridges.
New, spacious, clean and affordable : all the ingredients to make you feel comfortable. Locals especially love it for the cinema multiplex.
Opening hours : Everyday except Sunday 10:00 - 20:00, Sunday 11:00 - 19:00.
8. Passage du Havre
If the famous and giant malls of Paris is not for you, it is better check Passage du Havre. It is a modern interpretation of classic Paris arcades, called passage in French, connecting two streets.
The structure is consisted of three floors, a terrace and a garden. There are more than 40 stores inside, including bookshops, beauty stands, clothing, electronics and cafés. Simple but efficient and quieter than other centers.
Opening hours : Everyday except Sunday 9:30 - 19:30, Sunday 11:00 - 19:00
9. Village Royal
The Village Royal is for the people who are chasing some genuine Parisian taste and not much into modern standard shopping malls. Probably its name already gives the impression that this is one of the spots mixing the history with shopping.
The place had been used by royal guards' barracks in the 18th century. Later, when Paris was extending toward this chic area today, it became a local market of a new neighborhood in Paris.
Lastly, the 19th century buildings were renovated in 1992 to house the boutique shops around a courtyard. Today the travelers feel like they just found a hidden garden of luxurious taste once they enter. So it could be worth for a stop for different reasons, maybe just for a coffee or a detailed look at a designer shop.
Since this is just an alley, there is no exact time to open or close it.
10. Bercy Village
If you do not want to spend time indoors but still willing to visit a shopping center, Bercy is the exceptional place you should go. The old storehouses of Paris for wine were turned into a village-style open air shopping mall.
Along with clothing, cosmetic and electronic stores, there are a big number of the places popular restaurants and cafés. Because the locals enjoy quick lunch breaks there, particularly when the weather is good.
The building of the Cinemathéque Française is a big attraction for cinema lovers and students as well.
Opening hours : Everyday 10:00 - 20:00
Now you are set and ready to visit the shopping center in Paris that will suit your expectations. Which one is it ? Let us know in the comments.
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