Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A "Parisian" shopping experience: Le Bon Marché

There are other shopping centers in Paris that are more known abroad (like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps), but the one and only that is truly Parisian and chic is Le Bon Marché.

The atmosphere is calm and bourgeois. There are no disturbing announcements of promotions, nor any hip music. If any music is heard, it is most likely Bach or Händel, and you are never obliged to raise your voice and compete with the music when addressing someone.

Books, records, jewellery, cosmetics, prêt à porter, lingerie, shoes, furniture, art de table - at Le Bon Marché you find it all. Do not miss La Grande Epicérie in the building next door - clearly Paris' best supermarket for food.

24 rue de Sèvres (métro Sèvres-Babylone, line 10 and 12)

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