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City Center Shopping Malls And Outlet Malls Outside Paris

libadmin June 29, 2018
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For an easy, unstrenuous afternoon of shopping, a look in at Baby Dior and Chanel, followed by a café on the exquisite terrace at the Village Royal is always a treat and it being so close to Place de la Madeleine makes it ever so convenient. And let’s not forget that the Champs-Elysées is really and truly one big outdoor shopping mall, specked with cavernous galleries, like Le 66, that offer more specialized boutiques and now with free WiFi along the Champs and one Sunday a month designated as a pedestrian zone day, it’s getting to feel more and more like an outdoor mall. 

Of course for the real shoppers, scheduling a trek out to One Nation or La Vallée Village for a day of outlet shopping therapy can’t be beat. But for those who need or want to stay central, the Forum Des Halles and Les 4 Temps offer plenty of distractions on top of shopping such as restaurants and movie theaters.

The Gare St. Lazare (yes, I am talking about the train station) has been re-done into an indoor shopping mall. It offers more than just the shops for things you’ve forgotten to pack and in fact is as much a destination shopping center now as is its nearby Passage du Havre, just across the street. This little gem of a shopping center will see a new store opening summer ’18 of the Danish Sostrene Grene (home decor). 

On the horizon and something to note is the scheduled opening of the massive Post Office on rue du Louvre in the 2nd arrondissement not far from Place Victoire. This post office-indoor mall will house shops, cafés and even a hotel when it opens in the not too distant future. 


Centre Commercial Saint Lazare Paris

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Passy Plaza

Photo courtesy of Passy Plaza, entranceway photo by Paige Donner for USA Today copyright 2014

Passy Plaza is a tucked away little secret of the uppercrust 16th arrondissement. Unless you live in Passy, once home to Benjamin Franklin, you probably have never heard of this little shopping mall as it’s rarely listed anywhere. Its main…  Read More


Forum des Halles

The facelift is now complete, the Forum des Halles renovation is now finished and this is a must stop for shopping. What’s more, it’s surrounded by all the funky and offbeat boutiques and cafés that make Les Halles a magnet for the youth…  Read More


La Galerie du Carrousel du Louvre

Photo courtesy of Printemps du Louvre au Carrousel du Louvre

Surely only the French are audacious enough to put an indoor shopping mall underneath the world’s most famous and revered museum. Nevermind that the Louvre was once home to kings and queens, it is now still home to Mona (Lisa) and Venus (de…  Read More


Bercy Village

The newest metro line, Line 14, delivers you straight to Bercy Village. So, if you leave from the Madeleine stop, it’s only about 10 or 15 minutes. For the summer time especially, this is a great choice since the way the outdoor mall is laid out…  Read More


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Les 4 Temps

With just about 46 million visitors per year, this indoor shopping mall at La Defense is one of the biggest that is the closest to the city. La Defense looks like it’s far away but it really is only a couple of metro stops after the…  Read More


Le Passage du Havre

This St. Lazare area is known mostly for the big French department stores of Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette who have their main branches nearby. But once you’ve had your fill of those, it’s worth trekking around the corner to this little…  Read More


One Nation Paris

Photo courtesy of One Nation Paris

One Nation Paris is the city’s newest outlet shopping mall. It is located just 10 minutes away from Versailles and is easily accessible with its shuttle service from both Paris city center and Versailles. The shops here are both high-end…  Read More


Le Marais District

Photo courtesy of Le Marais Paris Photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

This is what I call my Perfume Walk. The beautiful Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, right in the heart of the cobble-stoned streets of the Marais, is lined with the boutiques of some of the best perfume makers in the world – Diptyque, L’Artisan…  Read More


Village Royal

Photo courtesy of Village Royal Shopping Center Paris, photo by Paige Donner for USA Today, copyright 2014

This is by no means a shopping mecca, but rather a secret garden shopping experience. Baby Dior and Chanel are sure to get your attention immediately, but the other shops, such as the fairly new hair color bar, Bar des Coloristes, at the…  Read More