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.