The best Shopping Centers and Passages in Paris
If you are in Paris, you have planned to go shopping but it’s rainy, I suggest going to a shopping center or visit le Passages. Here is where to go.
Shopping Centers in Paris
- Forum des Halles
This shopping mall is peculiar because it’s huge and it is underground! This shopping center in arrondissement 1 is a landmark for Parisians.
- Les 4 Temps is another famous shopping mall in Paris in La Défense, in the western area of the city. This shopping center is also famous for being the largest shopping mall in Europe. There, you can find stores of famous brands such as Apple, American Apparel, H&M, Toys R’US…
- Bercy Village is an interesting place to visit. It is in arrondissement 12, and it used to be an old wine warehouse. Every warehouse has been transformed into a store, in a restaurant, in a café… This shopping mall is the place to go to if you are looking for household items, beauty products, clothing.
- The Carrousel du Louvre is an underground shopping mall located next to the Louvre Museum. The mall contains the first Apple Store opened in France besides Sephora, Swarovski, and many other famous stores.
The “Passages” of Paris
The famous passages of Paris have covered pedestrian walkways that can be found throughout the city, and often feature small traditional stores. These small arcades began to spring up all over Paris in the late 18th century.
When the grand boulevards were built by Haussmann, many passages were demolished. Anyway, it is still possible to admire more than 20 passages that still exist today.
The Passage Jouffroy extends between the Boulevard Montmartre and the Rue de la Grange-Bateliere;
Galerie Vivienne is a historic passageway in the second arrondissement of Paris. It includes many fashion and furniture stores;
The Passage du Grand Cerf in the second arrondissement features many small stores offering antiques, jewelry, handmade goods, and more.