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Shopping and Eating in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Shopping in Paris is an all-day occupation. There are countless exclusive stores, and although much is less expensive than in Norway, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and YSL are also expensive in Paris.

Shopping in Paris

The best shopping streets are Avenue Montaigne, Rue du Fauborg Saint-Honore and Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Those who are more trendy should try Rue Bonaparte and nearby streets.

Perhaps the most exclusive shopping malls are Galeries Lafayette and Printemps at the Grand Boulevards area. Galeries Lafayette is normally open at 0900-1930 every day, but closed Sundays. The address is 40 Boulevard Haussmann.

Printemps is located at 64 boulevards Haussmann.

The area around Les Halles is packed with shopping arcades. These arcades are originally from the early 19th century.

Food, books and furniture in Paris

The choice is simple when it comes to grocery stores. Then you must visit Hediard, which opened as early as in 1880. The main shops to Hediard in Paris in the streets 21 Place de Madeleine and 31 Avenue George V. Hediard offers everything from exclusive food and drink.

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Shakespeare & Co has grown from being a bookstore to becoming an institution. There is a huge selection in this bookstore and it is easy to find where it is located in the Latin Quarter. Address 31, rue de la Bucherie.

The Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, which runs between Bastille and Nation, has been Paris' furniture street since the 1400s. In the narrow passageways there are many craft companies with furniture sellers and carpenters.

Markets in Paris

There are three major flea markets in Paris, all worth a visit. Originally, the word flea market originated from the time when the court disposed of old clothing, which was then sold on the market. These clothes were usually infested with fleas. The flea markets are located in the old parts of Paris, where you can find absolutely all kinds of products.

NB! Remember to arrive early in the morning and watch out for the pickpockets! Saint Ouen is located at the Porte de Clignancourt. Click here for maps. You will find the other major flea markets at Porte de Montreuil (metro 9) and Porte de Vanves (metro 13). The markets are open on weekends and Mondays.

Eating in Paris

Let's say it right away. There is a great deal of good food to be bought in Paris. French cuisine is perhaps the best in the world, and many countries have been inspired by it.

French cuisine offers a variety of dishes. What about snails, mussels, duck, turkey or oysters? The dishes tend to have good vegetables (find out how a good tomato should taste) and mushrooms. Desserts are often ice cream, sorbeer or crème brulée, individually or together.

French wines are good, and although not all wine cellars and masters are offended if you order wine from other countries, we think you can stick to French wine in France. The selection is huge and is happy to ask the waiter for advice. They have generally great competence in wine.

In Paris you will find a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, but you do not have to indulge in exclusive restaurants. There are also many affordable bistros and restaurants. And if you want to taste other cuisine than the French, it is also possible. Not least, there are several good restaurants in Paris that specialize in Eastern food. We can recommend both the Indonesian restaurant with the logical name Indonesia in 12, rue Vaugirard in the Latin Quarter, and the little Indian Shenaz in 11, rue Houdon in Montmartre.

Different types of restaurants in Paris

A restaurant can call itself so many in Paris. You have brasseries, bistros, restaurants and cafes. The cafes are open late at night, but have often closed Sundays or Mondays. The restaurants close earlier, and you should have ordered your food before 22:00 in the evening. If you go to an exclusive restaurant, you are expected to dress up a bit.

At the Champs-Elysees and the surrounding area you will find the fashionable cafes and restaurants. In the Marais area there are more charming cafes and restaurants. A good tip is to choose the eatery in the area by the most beautiful square in Paris. We naturally think of Place des Vosges. Dine in one of the restaurants by the square. Place des Vosges is located in the Marais area, south of the Louvre.

The Chinese Quarter and especially the avenues de Choisy and Ivry are the area for Thai restaurants and other Eastern food. The Latin Quarter has cheap and simple bars and restaurants. At Rue de la Huchette at Place St. Michel you will find many tavernas, bistros and disco bars.

There are plenty of upscale restaurants, but try the Mabillion area at St. Germain. The trendiest cafes and restaurants are at Abbesses Metro in Montmatre.

Featured dining options in Paris

Brasserie Berthillon
Berthillon is really a retail chain owned by the famous Chauvin family that sells luxury ice cream and sorbet. The main sale is in a bistro in Ile Saint-Louis and people flock here in the summer. The address is 29-31 rue Saint-Louis en l'île, not far from Notre Dame.

Chez Michel
An absolute favorite of connoisseurs and people living in Paris is Chez Michel. It's not particularly expensive either, although the food tastes heavenly. The address is 10 rue de Belzunce, about two kilometers southeast of Sacre-Cour in 10th Arr. NB Here it is closed Saturday and Sunday, and even lunch Monday. The food is classic French!

Buddha Bar Paris
A small tourist trap, but what does it do? The food at Buddah Bar is as good as when the restaurant / bar / lounge started in 1996. The food is wonderfully Asian and the atmosphere is über cool and relaxed. The interior ensures that you are guaranteed to take pictures and post on social media.

The address is 8-12 Rue Boissy d'Anglas, just off Place de la Concorde.

Nightlife in Paris

If you are looking for nightclubs and music clubs, we suggest Rue de Lappe in the Bastille area. The youth should go to Sorbonne and the student community. Here are many affordable night spots. A good alternative for nightlife and food is the Vavin junction at Montparnasse.

 

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