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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.