Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
This is an underground shopping center where you can get advance tickets for the Louvre and also go through security to enter the museum.
There are 45 shops and restaurants on two levels. The shops are mainly rather upscale and are open seven days a week from 10 am to 8 pm. (One prominent shop, a branch of Virgin Megastore, has now ceased operations as of January 2012.)
Inevitably there is also an underground parking garage for 700 cars. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, this parking facility encourages people to drive into the city, which causes unnecessary congestion, noise, pollution and danger in the nearby streets. On the other hand, if people do insist on driving, it is better not to have their parked cars taking up valuable space on the surface.
During the construction of the Carrousel du Louvre in the early 1990s, parts of a massive fourteenth century defensive wall were uncovered. This wall, which was built during the reign of Charles V to protect what was then the eastern border of Paris, has been preserved and is now visible in the “Hall Charles V”.
Second photo: La Civette du Carrousel is a tobacco shop which also sells Museum Passes and advance tickets for the Louvre and other museums. The advantage of having an advance ticket is that you don’t have to queue up to buy one when you want to enter the museum. You can buy advance tickets up to a year in advance, without specifying the exact date you want to use them. Each ticket is good for a full day, so you can go out for lunch and then re-enter the museum with the same ticket.
Third photo: A unique feature of the Carrousel du Louvre is the Inverse Pyramid, a glass and metal construction which hangs from the ceiling and is open to the sky above. You cannot see the Inverse Pyramid from ground level, because it is in a round space in the middle of the street at Place du Carrousel and is surrounded by thick bushes.
Fourth photo: The street entrance to the Carrousel du Louvre is at 99, rue de Rivoli.
Next review from January 2012: Richelieu lived here
Large and crowded located in the Louvre.
What to buy: An extensive book store with lovely art books in many languages. Posters, games, t-shirts, and other souvenirs
can be found here. A good selection.
What to pay: Prices vary, but I think it's about average for Paris.
It's a bit suprising to find it there - but it seems to work very well - a shopping mall right under the Louvre.
The shops are mostly small - apart from a decently sized Virgin Megastore, and include a Louvre shop (books, postcards and reproductions of artworks) as well as a post office. If you don't want to get caught up in the main queue for the Louvre, there's an entrance in the Carrousel gardens on the north side. It's a nice place to spend an hour or so, and even more so if it's raining, as it's completely under cover.
What to buy:
In the Louvre Museum book shop you can find practically anything from the First Visit mini-guide to the beautiful art books. There's also the largest book shop (both in size and selection) specialising in ancient art in France, not to mention the extensive children's art section. The museum boutique has also over 250 different pieces of jewellery on sale, plus gifts, souvenirs and nearly 450 casts made from works on display in the museum. The multimedia audio visual space has a wide range of CD-roms, video tapes, music CD, photo CDs and slides. There's also a choice of over 16,000 prints and engravings by the greatest artists from the 17th century onwards as well as posters, reproductions, greetings cards... several thousand pictures from the Louvre's collections are available in different formats.
Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9.30am to 7pm (9.45pm, Mondays and Wednesdays).
Tel.: (33)01 40 20 52 06
Fax.: (33)01 40 20 54 45
It's a huge mall beneath the Louvre Museum itself. You can find there whatever you want, more or less, and also enjoy the beautiful and modern architecture of the place, after having scrutinized the cultural wealth of the most famous french Museum. But, it's an expensive place, don't forget it either : if you take some time, you might find in the close neighbourhood loads of cheaper stores that sell the same stuff...
What to buy: CDs, books, food, jewels, parfumes, food...
What to pay: Probably too much.
The underground mall between the Rivoli/Louvre metro station and the museum mimics the museum's glass pyramids. It is a useful route for entering the museum as the security line tends to be shorter here.
There is an underground parking lot for those who must drive. Daily 11am-8pm, some boutiques close Tuesday when the museum is closed
What to buy: There is a wide variety of upscale ships. The biggest is a Virgin megastore. The Louvre itself has an outpost of its bookstore here.
This indoor mall has a fantastic food court with a variety of ethnic foods and some nice shops including Sephora and a Virgin Megastore. In addition, there is a RATP travel agency where you can get train tickets out of Paris and loads of train info. Best of all, they speak English which helps a lot when you're trying to purchase tickets. Also of use is the small post office with English speaking employees for your post questions. There's also the Louvre souvenir shops where you can purchase Louvre-related souvenirs.
What to buy: Cologne (or perfume for women) at Sephora, a quick and easy meal at the food court, some postal stuff, train tickets to Brittany and postcards of Louvre artwork.
What to pay: Typical pricing
The Carrousel du Louvre or the never closed shopping center is a wonderful mall under the Louvre Museum!
The Boutiques of the Carrousel du Louvre are open daily including Sundays from 11am to 8 pm!
In the Carrousel du Louve , you will admire Ieoh Ming Pei's Reversed Pyramid, a 180 metric tons structure spreading out over 53 ft (16m) and measuring 23 ft (7m) in height! It's gorgeous!
What to buy: Boutiques are :
-Nature & Découvertes
There is Sephora - (like their drugstore) and lots of souvernirs on books, and artifacts of the museum pieces... if you like a Mono Lisa reproduction, you can get them here - a bust or just jewelries from AG. There is also a Lalique store as well as a toy store inside...
L'escalier en colimaçon, spectaculaire, à l'intérieur du Louvre, sous la pyramide, vous permet d'accéder à un centre commercial souterrain. Vous y trouverez toutes les cartes postales des oeuvres exposées dans le musée (où l'utilisation des appareils photos est strictement réglementée), de nombreux livres d'art, des CD-roms et des souvenirs pour touristes.
A bas de l'escalier sont situés les entrées principales pour le musée.
What to buy: The spiral staircase, spectacular, inside the Louvre, under the pyramid, permits you to reach an underground shopping mall. You will find all post cards of the works exposed in the museum there (where the use of the cameras is regulated strictly), many books of art, the CD-ROM and memories for tourists.
To bottom of the staircase are situated the main entries for the museum.
Its located in the Carrousel du Louvre and sells really pretty, inexpensive jewelry. If you're looking to purchase a nice gift for someone back home, this would seem like a nice place to do it. Everything says "made in France" on it, so that's always a bonus!
What to buy: I bought a chain with a pendant. There are A LOT of options if that is something you are looking for, but they also sell bracelets, earings, and other accesories.
What to pay: 40+ euros
This store was such a treat to discover, I only wish I had found it earlier in my trip, my feet would have been very happy for this.
Résonances carries things such as massage oils, soap, very soft towels, loofa pads, tea ect .
I went here and bought things to bring to the Hammam - like black olive oil soap and I could have browsed for hours in this store. It's like a holistic sharper image for the body & bath.... Very clean, streamline and had a helpful & friendly staff.
What to buy: A great place for unique little gifts to bring home. They also have little things like twezers and those rubber things to put between your toes for a pedicure. These items were cheaper than Sephora in the same mall and the staff was kinder than employees at Sephora.
What to pay: Varies