Paris has a relatively new outlet shopping mall, and it's the largest luxury name brand outlet mall in France.
If you are coming from the U.S. or Canada, you might be thinking, "What's the big news about an outlet mall?" But for Paris, One Nation is definitely big news.
One Nation Paris Outlet Mall — Photo courtesy of One Nation Paris
It's big news not only because this is the very first time ever that Paris' famous department store Galeries Lafayette has opened up an outlet store anywhere in the world – carrying last season's fashions and must-haves at 30% to 70% off in women's, men's and children's departments – but also because of the mall's other amenities.
There's a substantial home décor and furniture section; activities for kids to do (check under KidNation); personal shoppers who speak a variety of languages; and even a central duty free-desk where, if you're visiting from abroad, you can subtract the taxes you paid for your items all in one go (without having to do it at each boutique).
One Nation shopping center in Paris — Photo courtesy of One Nation Paris
One Nation is conveniently situated west of Paris, about a 10-minute car ride from the Château de Versailles. There's also a shuttle service that the outlet mall provides, with pickup at Opéra, Étoile and Versailles every hour, though reservations via their website are necessary at least two hours prior to your intended departure.
A number of luxury brands have hung out their shingle here, including agnes b., Madura, Blanc des Vosges, Alessi, LOLE, Pearl Izumi, Armani Junior, Cacherel, Bensimon, Paul&Joe, American Vintage and Repetto.
Other world-exclusive outlets to One Nation patrons are the boutiques of Courrèges, Etro and Hervé Léger, as well as The Kooples Sport, Kusmi Tea, Dirk Bikkembergs, Antik Batik, Rossignol and Spontini.
The outlet mall offers over 40 brand shops with several (such as Moda Vista, a shoe shop) offering a number of name brands like San Marina, Minelli, Accessoires Diffusion, Pataugas and even Cosmoparis.
And with shopping being such a strenuous sport, there are plenty of places to stop and recharge. Free WiFi throughout the mall makes it so that your pause (that's French for "break") at Starbuck's can be all about the caffeine recharge.
Or you might prefer trying something different, such as a treat from Gontran Cherrier, named France's best boulanger (baker), whose specialties include rye bread with red miso as an ingredient. There are also Godiva and Lindt chocolate boutiques, for the sweet half-hour shuttle ride back home to your hotel room in Paris.
The outlet mall, with its 112 boutiques, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.