In French innovative fashion, the city has quietly begun to renovate existing old structures into newer, dynamic and modern functional attractions. Several decades ago we saw the old Orsay train... Read More
In French innovative fashion, the city has quietly begun to renovate existing old structures into newer, dynamic and modern functional attractions. Several decades ago we saw the old Orsay train station turned into a world-class museum. Now, we have the old St. Lazare station, already an anchor in the historical main shopping district of Paris' Grands Boulevards into an indoor shopping center. With 80 boutiques and counting plus the requisite fast food - Burger King and Starbuck's - dining options, this station-cum-shopping center gives you plenty of reason to show up for your Deauville train early. Most of the shops are open until 8pm and its central location, just behind the big famous department stores of Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and C&A on Haussman Boulevard make it an easy stop. And if you don't find what you're looking for in here, you can always pop just across the street to the Passage du Havre, a separate shopping center but one that feels sort of like an exterior annex. Shoes, makeup, clothes, books, toys, games, stationery - there's really not much that you can't find here.
- Shopping Malls and Centers: "Turning this train station into an indoor shopping mall really sealed this area of Paris from its historical past as the main shopping district of Paris into its undisputed future as the same. This venue is now anchored by 80 boutiques and you can still catch your train to the beaches of Normandy or the wharfs of Brittany from its platforms."
- Best for Shopping Malls and Centers Because: This complete transformation of a still fully operational train station into a shopping mall is in keeping with French savoir-faire.