Paris Shopping Centers, Outlet Malls And The New Forum des Halles

The headlines for this year's shopping experience in Paris surely go to the newly renovated Forum Des Halles, another vast Parisian shopping mecca that offers a swimming pool and movie theaters in addition to the impressive selection of shops and restaurants. But the city's favorite shopping center these days still seems to be the Centre Beaugrenelle Paris. At least, that is, if the twice yearly sales are any indication - it's here where the items seem to fly off the shelves the fastes and you have to get there lickety-split to scoop up the good stuff. While it was being built, the Beaugrenelle Shopping Center was controversial, just like Les Halles. But its sleek air-conditioned interiors of glass and escalators and 3rd floor restaurants perched above the ground floor Pathé cinemas and the all-new Marks & Spencer’s inside, too… well, what’s not to love ?

The Gare St. Lazare (yes, I am talking about the train station) was recently 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. And keeping with the train station theme, the Montparnasse Rive Gauche shopping center, while not inside the big train station, also makes for convenient shopping and even has its own Galeries Lafayette and C&A department stores inside along with many shops for women, men and children.

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. 

1er Arrondissement

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

15ème Arrondissement
Centre Beaugrenelle Paris
Photo courtesy of Beaugrenelle Paris shopping mall, photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

The newest of Paris's shopping centers, Beaugrenelle Paris offers the sort of shopping mall-like experience you know and love back home. It's about a 15 minute walk west of the Eiffel Tower, so away from the city center. But it conveniently sits...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
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

15ème Arrondissement
Montparnasse Rive Gauche
Photo courtesy of Rive Gauche Montparnasse

This shopping mall is right next to the Montparnasse Tower so finding it is not a problem. (The Tour Montparnasse is the tallest building in Paris and is on the Left Bank). The shops inside are the standard mall shops like 1-2-3 and Habitat and...  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

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

8ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Champs Elysees commons

The Champs-Elysées is the Paris version of Rodeo Drive � with a couple hundred more years of history added on. The Arc de Triomphe frames one end of the avenue and the Concord obelisk the other. Like Rodeo Drive, however, you don't...  Read More

The shopping here is upscale and luxury. It's fitting because the theatrical venue here is where some of Paris's biggest productions are staged ; Think Mamma Mia ! or Riverdance. One of the conveniences here is that you can exit the metro and...  Read More

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

Outside the City

This is the outlet mall that sets the standard for outlet mall shopping in Paris. It's outside the city so plan on dedicating a whole day to shopping. Still, you won't find bargains like these inside the city center. And there's everything here:...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

Paige has two APPs:...  More About Paige

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