Best Shopping Malls and Centers in Paris

Paris Shopping Malls That Feel Like Home

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, Beaugrenelle and Les 4 Temps at La Défense 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. 

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. 

For an easy, non-strenuous 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. The fact that it is 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.  Now with free WiFi along the Champs and one Sunday a month designated as 'pedestrian zone day,' it's getting to feel more and more like an outdoor mall. 


La Defense

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 Champs-Elysees. In this modern-feeling shopping center, you will find all the usual stores such as Comptoir des Cotonniers, American Vintage, Claudie Pierlot, Bose, Darty, FNAC etc. The metro stops just at the shopping center and you can get off at Grand Arche La Defense. The Grand Arche is the imposing architiectural reference that you can see from a great distance (such as from Place de la Concorde) that marks this area just at the outside of Paris that is known as La Defense.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: This is an accessible and ultra-modern shopping district just on the outskirts of Paris' city center and only a couple metro stops past the Champs-Elysees.

Paige's expert tip: Stores stay open until 8:30 pm. This is the shopping center that has long been the favorite of resident expats, at least up until Beaugrenelle opened up over on the Left Bank. It is still a shopping destination of reference and also offers the requisite dining options and a cinema.

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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.

Recommended 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.

Paige's expert tip: 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.

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8éme 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 opposite end speak to a lady's soul. (They whip up tailor-made hair color potions, with or without ammonia, after a thorough consultation and analysis of your hair). Guy Degrenne is another of my favorite shops here. If you have a soft spot for dishware, cutlery, candlestick holders, crystal ware and other kitchen essentials, you can easily be completely unaware of the time slipping by while browsing in there. Of course, the middle part of this petite outdoor, secluded shopping arcade is dominated by a lovely caf� that offers welcoming tables and chairs at which to sit and enjoy a light meal, or a conversation, or both.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: It's wonderful to slip into a little courtyard cluster of chic boutiques and feel like you've discovered your very own secret shopping garden.

Paige's expert tip: This is a slice of calm in the whirling Parisian focal point of the Place de la Madeleine.

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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 Milo). That aside, this is one of the loveliest shopping malls, and certainly the most conveniently located one, in Paris. Last year the luxury department store, Au Printemps, opened up a new location at the Carrousel to much fanfare. Among the boutiques you can find here are a Fragonard perfume shop, Lalique, Nature et Découverte and Yellow Korner, which is a chain store of high-end frameable art photos. The Point WC â€" privately run public toilets - here is also convenient and clean. There is actually even a food court here, too. It offers a dozen or more choices and seating for hundreds.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Once you're finished with the Louvre, isn't it time to reward yourself with some shopping therapy ?

Paige's expert tip: The brand new Au Printemps du Louvre is open even on Sundays. And you'll also find here a pretty decent food court as well as clean restrooms.

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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 indoor shopping mall, a converted Passage. Paris is riddled with « passages » which are traditionally indoor walkways often built between buildings. They are forerunners, if you will, to indoor shopping malls. This one, Passage du Havre, has been top-to-bottom renovated. There is also a FNAC for the electronic gadget-geeks among you, a Sephora and an Yves Rocher for the ladies looking to stock up on beauty supplies. And there's even a Louis Pion for the luxury inclined. The only suprises you'll get here are how big and spacious the interior is and how lovely it is to enjoy escalators that actually work.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The exterior façade gives little hint that this is a 3-storey indoor shopping mall.

Paige's expert tip: The newly renovated Gare St. Lazare, just across the street, now offers a gallery of trendy shops as well and has been configured more like an indoor mall than a train station.

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16th Arrondissement - Auteuil Pa
Passy Plaza
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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 entrance is from rue de Passy, a substantial little shopping street that rivals the best of them in St. Germain. The shops you'll find inside this shopping mall that takes up the ground and lower levels of a high-rise residential building are Zara Home, H&M, Gap, L'Occitane, Monoprix along with luxury clothing, shoes, make up and accessory boutiques. A very large grocery store on the basement level completes the scenario. If you take the back exit, you will pass a parapharmacy and a fantastic kitchen supply shop on your way out. By the way, there is complimentary WiFi throughout the Plaza.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Passy Plaza is a modern little shopping haven in the heart of the 16th.

Paige's expert tip: Exit from the back and you will find yourself right in the middle of rue de l'Assomption, a fabulous little pedestrian shopping street full of food shops and fun boutiques.

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Outside the City
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 couture like Courreges as well as chic daywear fashion such as The Kooples and Zadig & Voltaire. It has the very first, and still only, Galeries Lafayette outlet store. There are simple dining options here of the mall variety meaning soups, salads and sandwiches primarily. The discounts every day here that the shops boast are at least minus 30% from retail. During the sale times of the year (January and July) the discounts are even deeper.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: This is the standard in terms of outlet mall shopping in Paris. Its indoor-outdoor like plan makes for a day trip appeal.

Paige's expert tip: Here you can find everything from houseware to clothing to shoes to couture. At deeply discounted prices. For the serious shoppers it is well worth the price of the shuttle ride.

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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 is really more like a village. Amidst quasi-cobblestoned streets and stone façade storefronts, you'll find in your wanderings here an Agnés b., Alice Délice, Sephora, Arteum and more. And Eric Kayser, the famous Parisian baker, has a lunch room here at Bercy. Nice. When Bercy Village opened a good few years ago, people were as excited about the dining choices as its shopping options. I guess it's a matter of perspective. The thing is, when you're traveling, you often have several perspectives to please all at the same time. Bercy Village, then, can serve as a very pleasing choice.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: This is a shopping mall that is designed like a little village. It offers better than average dining options, too.

Paige's expert tip: Be sure to make a visit to the Cinemathéque Française while you're here. And know that you can dine quite well at any one of the many restaurants on site, too.

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15éme Arrondissement

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 not smack in the city center. But it conveniently sits right next to the river bank (quai) so no worries you'd walk past and miss it. The shopping mall is divided into three separate buildings with the Panoramique building the one that houses movie theaters and fast food eateries like Chipotle. It's a three-storey building, this one, and its upper floor restaurants, like the hip Bermuda Onion, offer gorgeous views out onto the Seine and overlook the Maison de la Radio France. The ground floor is a Pathé cinema mutli-plex. Venture across the street and shops you can find here at Beaugrenelle are FNAC, Hema, Darty, Lacoste, Zara, Maje... and more.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The newest and sleekest indoor shopping mall in Paris, Beaugrenelle gives you that shopping-mall-back-home experience.

Paige's expert tip: If you've always wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty in Paris, it's here on the little island called Ile des Cygnes between Beaugrenelle Paris and the Maison de la Radio France. It's easily accessible from the Pont de Grenelle bridge between the two.

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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 crowd. The shops both indoors and outdoors are all open now for business. And while it's gotten some criticism for letting in the rain, the sweeping exterior roof lends a graceful accent to this iconic Les Halles landscape. Inside you'll find 180 shops and retail outlets on five levels descending downward. The Espace Créateurs at level -1 showcases young, talented designers. Otherwise there's : Zara, Muji, Petit Bateau, Sephora, Esprit and more. This indoor mall also has movie theaters and direct access to the Metro and RER lines. And there's even an indoor swimming pool.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The ground level sweeping roof is made of 18,000 translucent glass panels.

Paige's expert tip: At last, the renovations are completed and this glorious shopping center, partly outdoor, partly indoor is open. What's more there are new eateries, a swimming pool and even a giant Lego's store - All this in the center of the city!

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Paige's guidebook Paris On 4 Paws, A Dog Lover's Guide To The City of Light , her cookbook, Le CBD Cafe Coockbook and novel, I'll Take Paris are all available on Kindle and Amazon. .

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