well this is another shopping center inside Paris proper;; its becoming a fashion modern city as well not just boutiques, for good or worse. Newly opened in October 2013.
45 000 m2 of shopping and entertainement area with 120 stores, one major dept store( nature et decouvertes) , 10 restaurants, and a multiplex cinema Pathé with 10 screens.
you will have ZARA, H&M, orange telephone store, micromania video game store, Mango, Mark & Spencer, FNAC, Darty, Calvin Klein, Aigle and Addidas
The centre commercial Beaugrenelle is open Monday to Saturday from 10h to 21h (nightime open Thursdays until 22h),the restaurants and the cinéma will be open Monday to Sunday from 10h to midnight at Rue de Linois.75015.
What to buy: all is under one roofs, usually its just the experience but some specials can be had especially at opening time. I have my micromania, FNAC, Orange , and H&M store there already.
What to pay: department stores prices, look for specials on opening
You can get concert tickets or a Museum Pass at the big fnac store in the shopping center at Forum Les Halles. I have also ordered opera tickets through their website www.fnac.com. Besides tickets, they also sell books, CDs and DVDs, computers, television sets, cameras, video-games, etc.
Actually there are eight fnac stores in Paris, all with ticket sales. Besides the one at Forum Les Halles, they are located:
• at 4, place de la Bastille, near the new opera house
• in the Galerie du Claridge, 74, avenue des Champs-Elysées
• at 77-81, boulevard Saint-Germain
• the 13th arrondissment at 30, avenue d'Italie
• in Paris-Montparnasse at 136, rue de Rennes (third photo)
• in the Passage du Havre at 109, rue Saint-Lazare
• in the 17th arrondissment at 26-30, avenue des Ternes
Also there are affiliated fnac bookshops at the Gare de l’Est (East Station) and at Gare Montparnasse.
Nobody in France seems to know what fnac stands for, not even people who work there, but in fact the initials are for "Fédération nationale d'achats des cadres" because the company was originally founded in 1954 as a purchasing service for civil servants.
Strangely enough, the two founders of fnac were militant Trotskyite Communists, and one of them was even a former bodyguard of Leon Trotsky.
Second photo: Entrance to the fnac store in Forum Les Halles.
Third photo: The fnac store in Paris-Montparnasse at 136, rue de Rennes.
This started out as some stores and the FNAC, then time went by, I left Paris and now came back to my old neighborhood, and wow, the place is a top notch shopping center, very nice, and lushsiouly decorated.
FNAC is still here but so is many more and nice stores like Sephora, H&m ,Zara, Yves Rocher, Fossil, Celio,Jules,etc
Stores are open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 20h
It will be exceptionally open on these dates usually close
Lundi 1er avril 2013 de 10h à 19h,Mercredi 8 mai 2013 de 10h à 19h,Jeudi 09 mai 2013 de 10h à 19h,Lundi 20 mai 2013 de 10h à 19h,Vendredi 1er novembre 2013 de 10h à 19h,Lundi 11 novembre 2013 de 10h à 19h,Dimanche 1er décembre 2013 de 10h à 19h,
Dimanche 08 décembre 2013 de 10h à 19h,Dimanche 15 décembre 2013 de 10h à 19h,
Dimanche 22 décembre 2013 de 10h à 19h,
What to buy: clothing at zara, jules, H&m and of course FNAC
What to pay: paris prices but in shopping center better than indiv stores.
Although Sunday closing for stores is the norm in almost all districts of Paris, some areas are exceptions and you can shop till you drop on:
Champs-Élysées, Paris 8th: Virgin, Fnac, Marionnaud, Zara.
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris 1st: Nature & Découvertes, Agatha, Sephora and Apple.
Bercy Village, Paris 12th: Agnès b., Alice Délice...
Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Morgan, Game, Pierre Hermé...
Montmartre: Petit Bateau, Princesse Tam Tam, Sandro...
Le Marais Paris 4th: rue des Francs-Bourgeois offers a selection of clothes and accessory stores open on Sunday: Camper, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Aubade...
La Défense: Gap, Mango, Celio, Decathlon, Habitat, Arteum...
And don't forget the major flee market - Marché aux Puce St. Ouen (porte de Clingnoncourt 18th arr).
What to buy: From clothes, shoes, perfumes to antiquities and much more.
Wow. I stumbled on this place in an underground shopping mall somewhere east of the Louvre. It's huge! They seemed to have everything electronic, and spanned several floors. I bought a travel tripod and some camera cleaning cloths. When we were leaving it looked like people were queueing up in the music section for some kind of special event. Worth a look if you are interested in electronics - just remember than anything requiring a wall plug will come with a european one.
This is a pretty neat store - probably the equivilent of HMV (in US and Canada) only much bigger. Its a chain store that has locations all over France, including Paris, Rouen, Lyon, etc. They sell all kinds of electronics -CDs, DVDs, iPods, laptops and stuff of all different makes. If you are from America though, I would stay away from buying any DVDs here even if they are cheaper - the French discs don't correspond with our DVD players or Playstation sets at home; which I found out the hard way. CDs are fine though. The neatest thing about this franchise it is that its very multicultural... you can find several movies and music of bands from all over the world, including Russia, Asia, Africa and India. It allows for a broader range of different music.
If you like books like me, one of the most interesting places to visit in Paris is the FNAC.
The FNAC is one of the greatest labraries in Europe. With its many sotories and its great varity of books , you'll certainly find what you look for. You can also go ther to read books for free.
In the FNAC, I spent hours reading books, like many other travellers. The atmosphere is warm and friendly.
What to buy: All kinds of books , especially in French.
If you arrive in Paris and horrors of horrors you discover that you don't have the correct adapter or your phone or camera charger needs replacing, go to FNAC.
It's a great store that has good selections on electronics. And it's great too for CD's and videos if you need them.
What to pay: Average for Paris
If you're looking for electronics, computer accessories, photo equipment, music CDs or books, FNAC is the place to go. There are several locations around the city , some are big and some are small and some have a better selection than others but they all have a pretty decent selection of electronics.
When I was in Paris I was in search of a memory card for my camera in addition to a small travel size tripod. FNAC had both although the memory card was a bit overpriced (this was the case all over Europe).
The best and biggest FNAC location that I found in Paris would have to be at the mall of Les Halles where you will find everything form electronics to CDs and books in this multi floor store.