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Where to go shopping in Paris and France - Summer Sales Edition

Things You Should About Summer Sales in Paris and France Where to go shopping


Summer Sales in coming! France’s summer sales in 2017 starts from 28th June 2017 until the 8th August 2017.

I tell you, the sales is really crazy sales! Typically, most of the items have great discounts. It is not some items they markup the price and they give you the discounts afterwhich.

This is because during the “The Soldes” (The Sales) period, the items on sale must be the same to those sold during non-sale periods. And the old and new prices will be indicated on the tag. This is the time where retailers get rid of their old stocks. And the discounts are great!

Tips on Summer Sales Shopping

Tip 1. Go in with an idea of what you want

First, have in mind what do you want to get before heading to the stores. For sure you will come across items with great prices, and you will be spending time on those instead of your intended shopping list. Get those that you want first.

Tip 2. Check the discount

Look at the sale price and see how much of a bargain it really is. If it is a huge discount, go for it.

If it’s just some marginal discount, you can shortlist them and see if there are better options.

Tip 3. Try new brands

This is the chance for you to try out new brands and quality at a discounted price. You been wanting to buy certain brands for some time but they are too expensive.

So this is the time to try them out at a cheaper rate and still the quality you may be after.

Tip 4. Don’t restrict yourself

More than often, summer sales also include winter stuffs. And a huge discount sometimes. So if you see a Ski Goggle at a huge discount, why not buy it now and use it during Winter time.

Tip 5. Check out the Internet

Most of the stores nowadays showcase their products online. You can check out the items online and the price discount before heading down.

Tip 6. Keep the reciepts

In some outlet centres, there is a information counter on how to claim for your tourist tax rebates. Be sure to check them out and remember to keep your purchase receipts. ​

Bonus Tip. Dress Light

Wear something that you can easily take off and put on in the changing room. Comparing to winter sales, summer sales is the best time to shop. You dress in shorts, and T-shirt.

Where to Shop in Paris

Shopping Streets

Rue de Rivoli

One of the most famous streets in Paris, a commercial street whose shops include the most fashionable names in the world

Paris Corners: Place des Pyramides & Rue des Pyramides & Rue de Rivoli

Champs Elysées

One of the most famous streets in the world. It is known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race

Paris, Champs-Élysées

Boulevard Haussmann

This street is mostly lined with apartment blocks, whose regulated cornice height gives a pleasing eyeline to the Boulevard. The department stores Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps are also sited on this street.

Boulevard Haussmann

Departmental Stores

Galeries Lafayette

The Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store chain. Its flagship store is on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

Galeries Lafayette

Printemps department store

Printemps (meaning "spring" in French) is a French department store. The Printemps stores focus on beauty, lifestyle, fashion, accessories, and men's wear.

Au Printemps

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché ("the good market", or "the good deal" in French) is a department store in Paris. Founded in 1838 and revamped almost completely by Aristide Boucicaut in 1852, it was the first ever modern department store.

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Now the property of LVMH Luxury Group, it sells a wide range of high-end goods, including food in an adjacent building.

Le Bon Marche

Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville

The Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville or BHV is a department store on rue de Rivoli in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, facing the Hôtel de Ville.

It is part of the Groupe Galeries Lafayette and served by the Metro station Hôtel de Ville.

It occupies four other smaller specialized stores, in the neighborhood, and has also opened several other shops in France and in Beirut, Lebanon. BHV currently operates several stores in the Paris metropolitan area and two in the Lyon metropolitan area.

The store slogan is "Style as lifestyle" ("Style comme style de vie")

Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville

Shopping Centres

Forum des Halles

The Forum des Halles is a French shopping center located on the site of the old market halls of Paris .

It hosts daily 150,000 visitors. In 2013, the Forum des Halles is the second most visited shopping center in France with 39.2 million visitors.

Forum des halles

Les 4 Temps

Les Quatre Temps is the main commercial center of the business district of La Défense.

In 2013, Les Quatre Temps is the most visited shopping center in France with 45.7 million visitors

Forum des halles

Bercy Village

Bercy Village was completed in 2001 and now comprises about thirty shops and restaurants. A UGC complex is also present, the UGC Ciné Cité Bercy .It is served by the Cour Saint-Émilion metro station .​

Bercy village

Shopping Outlets in France

The shopping in Outlet Shopping Centres have greater and more discounts!

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Why Shop at Outlets?

Outlets generally have their outlet discount which is 15-25% cheaper. With the summer sales, it is another 10-30% off. This is the best time to do your shopping if you are in France! And if you have transport going to these places.

List of Outlets in France

Aubergenville Marques avenue

Bordeaux Quai des Marques

Calais Channel Outlet Store

Marques avenue Corbeil Essonnes

Franconville Quai des Marques Paris

Gonesse Usines Center Paris

Ile Saint-Denis Marques Avenue Paris

Cholet Marques avenue

Nailloux Outlet Village

Serris La Vallée Village Paris

Paris One Nation Les Clayes sous Bois

Romans Marques Avenue

Roppenheim Style Outlets

Roubaix l'Usine Factory

Roubaix McArthurGlen Outlet

Talange Marques avenue

Troyes Marques City Pont Ste Marie

Troyes McArthurGlen Outlet

Our Advice

If You are short of time in Paris, I recommend you to head for Les 4 Temps and Champs Elysées. You can do shopping at one go at the big shopping mall in Les 4 Temps. And for Champs Elysées, after shopping you can also visit Arc De Triomphe. 

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Of course, while doing shopping. Please be vigilant. Tourist and Shoppers are usually a prime target for pick pockets and scammers.

Read here for the common scams in Europe.

About the Author Donovan

Don is a Kiasu Singaporean that blogs his journey while exploring Europe. A Singapore Travel Blog that provides travel guides and tips on how to travel free and easy in Europe.

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