Summer sales : ready, set, shop !

Like every year, the time has come for the summer sales : from June 24th to August 4th, the big and small shops of Paris will reduce their price... and make the shopping addicts among us very happy ! So during your stay in the French capital, why not look for the best way to enjoy them ? They are a great opportunity of finding good deals during a nice walk in Paris. Whatever your prefered style, your budget or your current desires, the city is full of all kinds of shops in which you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for.

Like every year, the time has come for the summer sales : from June 24th to August 4th, the big and small shops of Paris will reduce their price... and make the shopping addicts among us very happy ! So during your stay in the French capital, why not look for the best way to enjoy them ? They are a great opportunity of finding good deals during a nice walk in Paris. Whatever your prefered style, your budget or your current desires, the city is full of all kinds of shops in which you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for. Did you fancy a treat, for yourself or as a gift for your relatives and friends, but do you not know where to begin looking ? Here is an overview on a few Parisian shops and neighborhoods that could well be worth a little detour during these summer sales...


 

Luxury and great fashion houses on the Grands Boulevards


 

The Printemps (Boulevard Haussmann / metro line 9 Havre-Caumartin or RER A Auber)


 

The Printemps is particularly popular amongst tourists ; for fashion enthousiasts, it is an essential stopover. This temple of Parisian « chic » hosts the creations of great luxury houses and Haute-Couture, and is divided in three buildings dedicated to men fashion, women fashion, and all things beauty. It is the place to go if you are searching for luxury idoms : there, you will find all the famous names of fashion clothes and accessories, jewelry and Haute-Couture... But do not worry if you were hoping to find slightly more affordable idoms : the Printemps is also full of less expensive brands, though just as trendy, such as Sandro, Maje, Comptoir des Cotonniers, etc.


 

The Galeries Lafayette (Boulevard Haussmann / metro line 9 and 7 Chaussée d'Antin-Lafayette)


 

Located just a few steps away, the Printemps' little sisters Galeries Lafayette have no reason to be jealous of their elder brother. In a gorgeous building with a brilliantly designed rotunda that would justify the trip in itself, the Galeries Lafayette present a very comprehensive collection of clothes and accesories, from the more luxurious to those that would ravish slightly tighter budgets. A special mention goes to their tremendous shoes collection, that occupies the store's whole basement, and will without a doubt make the « addicts » very happy.


 

Wandering from shop to shop


 

In the Marais (metro line 1 Hôtel de Ville or Saint Paul)


 

If you like to walk around and follow your whims in the small streets of the old Paris, the Marais is definitely a neighborhood that you should not miss. The Marais is full of all kinds of small shops in which you will find clothes (new or second hand) as well as interior design, cosmetics, make up, jewelry, etc... The Rue des Francs-Bourgeois is a particularly good one to go to if you are a shopping enthousiast, whilst those who feel a little bit hungry during the walk will enjoy the famous falafels of Rue des Rosiers. Good news : in the Marais, most shops are open on Sundays !


 

In the neighbourhood of Hotel du Danube : Saint-Germain-des-Prés (metro line 4 Saint-Germain-des-Prés)


 

The Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, around Hôtel du Danube, is one that Parisian « chic » lovers will most certainly enjoy. There, you will find a lot of shops of the great names of French fashion, from Haute-Couture to everyday clothing. In this neighborhood, the best option is still to get lost in the small streets and walk around to your desires. And if you are an Art lover, you will also want to stop by a few of the numerous Art galleries that make the soul of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. If clothes, shoes and accessories are your targets of choice, make sure not to miss the many shops of the rue de Grenelle, de Rennes, Bonaparte and rue du Four, etc.


 

Nowhere else : the Champs-Elysées


 

Essential stopover of a stay in Paris, the Champs-Elysées are a world of their own. While walking up this gigantic avenue towards the stately Arc de Triomphe, you might want to take the opportunity to do some window shopping, and to fill your bags in the numerous stores that enliven the avenue.

On Champs-Elysées, there is something for every budget, the stores are huge and offer the most comprehensive collections in Paris, and most of them even stay open everyday until midnight, sometimes even later ! The most difficult part might well be to pick a side of the street...

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The Paris of the kids

While traveling as a family, it is not always easy to find activities that will please the little ones as well as the adults. It is true that Paris is packed with various museums, historical museums and possible walks that could well fill one's entire life (and a busy one, that is). But at the intensive pace of a week of tourism, you will often find that the little feet of children get tired along the many staircases of Montmartre, and that their attention starts to fail at some point in one of the Louvre rooms. Remember...

While traveling as a family, it is not always easy to find activities that will please the little ones as well as the adults. It is true that Paris is packed with various museums, historical museums and possible walks that could well fill one's entire life (and a busy one, that is). But at the intensive pace of a week of tourism, you will often find that the little feet of children get tired along the many staircases of Montmartre, and that their attention starts to fail at some point in one of the Louvre rooms. Remember... So, in order to enjoy your family trip to the French capital, here are a few ideas for fun yet instructive activities among which you will certainly find something your kids (and perhaps even you) will enjoy !

 

Museums that speak to kids

 

  • The Natural History Museum

 

Located in the charming Jardin des Plantes, the Natural History Museum of Paris is spread over several buildings. It will allow you to get a wide view on hundreds on animals, minerals, dinosaurs, not to forget mankind ! Between the great gallery of evolution, the mineralogy gallery and the children gallery, you will not have time to get bored. The Museum is currently hosting an exhibition on big apes, that will teach your kids plenty about their ancestors and cousins. And to complete your visit, do not forget to go take a look at the impressive vivarium next to the main museum (noly if you are not afraid of reptiles!), as well as the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes.

 

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Jardin des Plantes

Access : Gare d'Austerlitz metro station (lines 5 et 10)

Timetable : open everyday except Tuesday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m

 

  • The Grevin Museum

 

How would you like to have your picture taken next to Michael Jackson, Madonna or Barack Obama … or perhaps only to see them up close ? If the answer is « yes, very much », then it is time for you to book your ticket to Musée Grévin. The famous museum and its wax mannequins continue to please thousands of visitors, big and small, year after year. So much so that it has even developped visits and animations especially for children ! After having been thrilled to encounter famous characters from all around the world, they could for instance learn more about the very interesting process of making these famous (and so convincing!) life sized dolls.

 

Musée Grévin, 10 bd Montmartre (Paris 9°)

Access : Grands Boulevards metro station (line 9)

Timetable varies according to seasons, check their website : http://www.grevin-paris.com/fr/paris/horaires

 

A trip to the aquarium ?

 

Out of ideas to please the kids on a rainy afternoon ? How about a nice walk in a beautiful aquarium to discover the most colorful and strangest creatures of the sea ? The city of Paris has two different aquariums that will ravish the little ones !

 

The first and most famous is the one in the Trocadéro gardens : the « Cineaqua ». It is open everyday from 10 a.m to 7 p.m and offers – on top of the regular visits – a good amount of shows, workshops and fun activities for children. You can check their programme on their website : www.cineaqua.com

 

Prices

 

Adult : 20€

Child between 13 and 17 : 16€

Child between 3 and 12 : 13€

Child below 3 : Free

 

Access

 

Metro : Trocadéro station (lines 6 and 9)

RER : Champ de Mars station (line C)

 

The second is the Tropical Aquarium of Porte Dorée. Cheaper and less crowded, this one promises a quieter visit. Located in the Palais de la Porte Dorée that also hosts the Immigration History Museum, it offers paired tickets at very agreeable prices. The Palais is open from tuesday to friday from 10 a.m to 5.30 p.m and on saturdays and sundays from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.

 

Prices

 

Individuals

 

Adult (26 and over) : 5,00 €
Child below 4 : Free
Youngsters between 4 and 25 ans : 3,50 €

 

Families

1 adult + 1 child (-18) : 7,00 €
2 adults + 2 children (-18) : 11,00 €

 

Aquarium + Museum

 

Adult

With no temporary exhibition : 8,00 €
With one temporary exhibition : 9,00 €
With two temporary exhibitions : 10,00 €

Family (2+2)

With no temporary exhibition : 17,00 €
With one temporary exhibition : 20,00 €
With two temporary exhibitions : 22,00 €

 

Access

 

Metro : Porte Dorée station (line 8)

Tramway : Porte Dorée station (line T3A)

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The best flea markets in Paris

Now more than ever, the time has come to recycle ! In a world that massively produces new products every day, giving a second (or even a third) life to objects has become a true economical, ecological, and – provided that you like snooping around – sometimes more enjoyable alternative to « traditional » shopping. Paris is filled with flea markets in which you will be able to walk around and look for second hand treasures ! You might be looking for furniture, utilitarian or decorative objects, clothes, jewelry or accessories... Regardless of what you are searching for, you can be sure that you will find many car boot sales, flea markets and thrift shops all around Paris. Everything is within easy reach ! So, here are a few suggestions to help you begin your abandonned treasure hunt...

Now more than ever, the time has come to recycle ! In a world that massively produces new products every day, giving a second (or even a third) life to objects has become a true economical, ecological, and – provided that you like snooping around – sometimes more enjoyable alternative to « traditional » shopping. Paris is filled with flea markets in which you will be able to walk around and look for second hand treasures ! You might be looking for furniture, utilitarian or decorative objects, clothes, jewelry or accessories... Regardless of what you are searching for, you can be sure that you will find many car boot sales, flea markets and thrift shops all around Paris. Everything is within easy reach ! So, here are a few suggestions to help you begin your abandonned treasure hunt...

 

Flea markets around Paris

 

The city of Paris is full of various markets. Just take a look at one of the city programs available on the internet, and you will find that the capital hosts many different markets everywhere in the city every day. Stamp markets, car boots sales, antiques, food markets, regular or occasional, outside and inside : the list goes on and on and there is always something to do ! If you like to browse through second hand products, furniture and objects, here is a small list of some of the most famous and worthwhile flea markets in Paris.

 

The more authentics

 

  • The Saint-Ouen market

     

Behind the very big Clignancourt flea market hides the more authentic Saint-Ouen market. It is a very nice antique market for those of you who are looking for vintage furniture. It is one of the most ancient in the capital, and even though it is crowded with treasures (with some 2500 antique merchants!), it often feels very cosy and intimate.

 

Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt – Paris 18°

Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m to 6 p.m and on Mondays from 11 a.m to 5 p.m

 

  • The Vanves market

 

The Vanves flea market hosts a great number of antique merchants, many of whom have come from the Montreuil flea market when its offer became more modern. If you are only looking for vintage furniture and objects, this is the market for you !

 

Avenue Georges Lafenestre & avenue Marc Sangnier – Paris 14°

Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m to 2 p.m

 

The more accessible

 

  • The Montreuil & Clignancourt flea markets

 

The Montreuil and Clignancourt flea markets are without a doubt the biggest ones and the city. There is not a thing you cannot find there : clothes, supplies, furniture, souvenirs, etc, and even some food to snack along the way. They offer a mixture of old and new, although some say the vintage offer is getting slimmer and slimmer. However, they certainly are cheap (all prices are negotiable), and crowded with locals and tourists looking for a bargain. A small piece of advice : do not forget to close your bags when you go !

 

Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt – Paris 18° : open from Saturday to Monday, from 9 a.m to 7 p.m

Avenue du Professeur André Lemierre – Paris 20° : open from Saturday to Monday, from 9 a.m to 7 p.m

 

  • The market of Place d'Aligre

 

Open six days a week outside, the market of Place d'Aligre is still one of the few places where you can still feel the popular atmosphere of the Old Paris. There, you will find a lot of food, but not only, as many artisans and merchants have invested the market and sell vintage furniture, objects and clothes next to the meat, fish or vegetable stands. If you are specifically looking for them, you will find them quite easily as they traditionally occupy the central square. The market of Place d'Aligre is a general market, but a true parisian and picturesque one.

 

Place d'Aligre – Paris 12°

Open everyday except Monday, from 9 a.m to 12.30 a.m for the antiques and exterior merchants

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Car boot sales in Paris

Now more than ever, the time has come to recycle ! In a world that massively produces new products every day, giving a second (or even a third) life to objects has become a true economical, ecological, and – provided that you like snooping around – sometimes more enjoyable alternative to « traditional » shopping. And places that give pride to this second-hand trade are growing and developping all around. You might be looking for furniture, utilitarian or decorative objects, clothes, jewelry or accessories... Regardless of what you are searching for, you can be sure that you will find many car boot sales, flea markets and thrift shops all around Paris. Everything is within easy reach ! So, here are a few suggestions to help you begin your abandonned treasure hunt...

Now more than ever, the time has come to recycle ! In a world that massively produces new products every day, giving a second (or even a third) life to objects has become a true economical, ecological, and – provided that you like snooping around – sometimes more enjoyable alternative to « traditional » shopping. And places that give pride to this second-hand trade are growing and developping all around. You might be looking for furniture, utilitarian or decorative objects, clothes, jewelry or accessories... Regardless of what you are searching for, you can be sure that you will find many car boot sales, flea markets and thrift shops all around Paris. Everything is within easy reach ! So, here are a few suggestions to help you begin your abandonned treasure hunt... In this article, you will read about a few permanent shops you must visit. If you are interested in reading more about flea markets and car boot sales, please consult the following article.

 

A few permanent places you must visit

 

« L'interloque » : the cave of Ali Baba

 

« L'interloque » was the first « ressourcerie » to open in Paris. What is it ? The idea came from a desire of friendliness and public service : to enable locals to get rid of objects they no longer had use of, while allowing others to find various vintage objects for a small price. The principle of a car boot sale, simply put, but in a permanent indoor place. You can find a little of everything there : furniture, clothes, accessories, jewelry, table and kitchenware, various appliances... What is a bit special about this place is that the concept of recuperation is not only commercial, but also artistic : a good amount of objects that arrive at the depot are then transformed, put to pieces and then back together, then decorated to form unusual and funny pieces. Also, if you bring your bike to be repared there, your new saddle might very well end up with a pair of eyes on it … a house special !

 

Created in 2007 in the 18th arrondissement, L'Interloque now has several addresses in the capital. And the idea of the « ressourcerie » has also spread – as good ideas do : many new such shops have opened their doors in and out of Paris.

 

Practical information

 

Collection et depot at :

  • 8 rue de Trétaigne – Paris 18°

  • 13 rue Léopold Bellan – Paris 2°

     

Shops at :

  • 7 et 7ter rue de Trétaigne – Paris 18°

  • 14 et 14 bis rue des Cloÿs – Paris 18°

  • 22 rue Duc – Paris 18°

  • 13 rue Léopold Bellan – Paris 2°

 

The « Comptoir Général » : a place to hang out and look for hidden treasures

 

The Comptoir Général has auto-proclamed itself « Ghetto Museum ». But do not be afraid, behind this confusing name hides one of the most unusual and intriguing secret places in Paris. Why « Ghetto Museum » ? Because the vocation of this place is to defend, support and represent the exotic and little-known cultures that are often marginalized from traditional cultural places. The african continent, most of all, is very much represented there. In this immense and somewhat hard to label place, you will find a tangle of rooms, attics, courtyards and gardens in which one can have a bite, a drink or a coffee, or two, or ten... But you will also be able to browse in the thrift « shops », and the general car boot sale that spreads all around the place. A polyvalent place ? Add to that regular movie projections, various exhibitions, concert nights, a library, a disc store... and you may have an idea of the various programs that the Comptoir Général has to offer. It is a huge and yet friendly and intimate place, very poorly known (even by locals) and definitely different. In short, an extra stop you must add to your trip !

 

Practical information :

 

84, quai de Jemmapes – Paris 10° (metro station : République or Goncourt)

Open everyday from 11 a.m to 2 a.m

 

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