This Adventure is not for the faint of heart, but for the fun loving shopper and window shopper alike! We will hit the hottest areas to shop in Paris, high-end to flea market with lunch stops in between and then return to our comfortable Parisian accommodations, put our feet up, sip on a cocktail and wait for a gourmet dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton.
And did you know that ON TOP of the sale price you will pay, you can also receive up to 20% back on VAT taxes charged in France? Wow, now that’s a deal! Many larger stores offer a tax refund service which enables non-European residents to claim back their tax refund, based on the tax they have paid on their purchases worth over €175.01 made in one store and on one day of purchase. To learn more, click here- VAT Tax Free Shopping VAT at Charles de Gaulle
Here are just a few highlights of our shopping days in Paris-
Printemps Department Store: Created in 1865 by Jules Jaluzot, the Printemps Haussmann is one of the biggest department stores in Paris today. The shopping icon covers a 45,000 square meter space dedicated to elegance, fashion, glamour, and dreams through a selection of the most beautiful French and international brands. Since 1975, its 200 meter Haussmannian façade and its immense Art Déco-style dome have been classified as historical monuments. The store is divided into three separate buildings across 27 floors: Printemps de la Mode (9 floors), Printemps de la Beauté et de la Maison (11 floors), and Printemps de l’Homme (7 floors). There’s a whole floor of over 3,000 square meters dedicated to shoes alone. A food hall brings together the top 10 biggest names in French cuisine and cooking.
We will recover from our “shop ’till you shop” fever, by eating lunch* at the Ladurée salon and savor some of their famous macarons.
Galeries LaFayette: In 1893,Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn opened a 750 sq ft store in Paris, on the corner of rue La Fayette and rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, selling novelty gifts. In 1896, the company purchased the entire building. Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, near Opera Garnier. It’s a 750,000 sq ft fashion flagship store. A wide range of brands are available at the store to suit all budgets, from ready to wear to haute couture. The architecture of the store is art nouveau, with a remarkable dome.
Flea Market of Saint-Ouen: The history of the flea market of Saint-Ouen dates from the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, when the ragpickers were driven out of Paris. Today, the flea market of Saint-Ouen is the largest concentration of antique dealers and junk dealers in the world, the largest market in the world, totaling nearly 11 million visitors per year. It is divided into several markets. It brings together thousands of merchants in narrow galleries, covered or in the open. It is the paradise of bargain hunters. You can find everything from restored furniture to old toys, posters and glassware, second-hand clothes or ceramics … In a wide range of prices.
The Marais: The historic Marais quarter is prime stomping ground for shoppers with an eye for the unique and finely-crafted, not to mention antique and art lovers. Here we will find antiques and fine-arts also jewelry, fragrance, and cosmetics shopping at boutiques
The Champs-Elysées: The Champs-Elysées, for its part, features luxury names (Louis Vuitton) while also being a major spot for shopping in trendy global chains like Zara.
St-Germain-des-Prés: Here we will find rare books, unique regional gifts, and vintage threads as well as the Bon Marché, the consummate left-bank address for classic chic. We will stop for lunch at Les Deux Magots* which once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city. Its historical reputation is derived from the patronage of Surrealist artists, intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and young writers, such as Ernest Hemingway. Other patrons included Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Bertolt Brecht, Julia Child, and the American writers James Baldwin, Chester Himes, Charles Sutherland, and Richard Wright.
Obviously this is not an exhaustive list, just a sampling! We will also visit the Louvre, the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame. And how about having dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge! Window shoppers and non-shoppers welcome!
*All meals, wine and beverages at our Parisian Maison, as well as during excursions, when mentioned, are included in tour cost. Dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge is included.