There's also a gourmet food court on the upper level, ideal for grabbing a bite between shopping. In addition to dozens of stores, the complex counts several mid-range to excellent restaurants in the complex, as well as a megaplex cinema showing plenty of films in English with subtitles.
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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. The facelift is now complete, the Forum des Halles renovation is now finished and this is a must stop for shopping. 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 shops and retail outlets on five levels descending downward. This indoor mall also has movie theaters and direct access to the Metro and RER lines. And there's even an indoor swimming pool. 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.
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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. There is actually even a food court here, too. It offers a dozen or more choices and seating for hundreds.
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. And Eric Kayser, the famous Parisian baker, has a lunch room here at Bercy. 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.
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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. 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. The metro stops just at the shopping center and you can get off at Grand Arche La Defense.
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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. You will also find a few luxury boutiques where the clientele is mainly Parisian. From a large medieval outdoor market, it has become a popular and affordable shopping area for Parisians. The souvenir shops on Rue de Rivoli are popular for the tourists. If you get off at the Metro station Anvers in order to visit Montmartre, you will have to walk up Rue de Steinkerque.
This is the best and cheapest place to buy your souvenirs. A great place for fancy shopping. On the other side of the River Seine lies the modern Beaugrenelle shopping center, which opened in It boasts a list of different brands.
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