This shop is located opposite the exit of the Catacombs and sell anything and everything skull and bone related.. if you are after tat and fridge magnets (which I am!) and souveniers of the Catacombs this is THE place for you!
After your long stand in the queue and the trip through the Catacombs you will need to visit the loo and this shop has taken the initiative and lets you use the facilities for a donation of .50 cents....bargain!
What to buy: We bought a skull shot glass for Deon and of course 4 fridge magnets
What to pay: I paid 10 Euros for the 4 magnets and 6 for the shot glass!
This is a nice vibrant active typical Parisien market off the tourist trail that I am showcasing here.
It is at rue Brochant and Lemercier in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris. It is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8h30 to 13h and 15h30 to 20h -Saturdays are non stop from 8h30 to 20h and Sundays is from 8h30 to 14h closed on Mondays.
The closenest of the stands and the vibrant hollowed of the merchants is awesome, and for me there is a parking undernearth love it! I shop here often when lived in nearby and worked in Paris.
What to buy: food ,cheeses cold cuts,meat vegetables fruits delicious.
What to pay: best prices its a market of local and near producers
I happened to be in Paris in mid-December and after leaving the Saint Lazare train station I could not go around the Christmas market at the station square.
The traditional wooden stalls, like I know them from Germany created a cosy atmosphere.
What to buy: A quick snack or some fun Christmas gift.
Update 2013: At one time there were seven large “Milk” cybercafés in Paris, but apparently only three of them are still in operation as of 2013. These are the ones at Opéra (28, rue du 4 Septembre), Les Halles (31, Boulevard Sebastopol) and Montparnasse (5, rue d’Odessa).
The one in the photo, at 17 Rue Soufflot near the Panthéon, has unfortunately closed down.
Here is what I wrote about this particular “Milk” cybercafé in 2011:
Despite the name, this is not a place where you can buy dairy products. Rather it is a clean, pleasant internet café where you can “surf, work, eat and play” (as it says in English over the door) twenty-four hours a day on one hundred computers.
Ninety-seven of these computers have French keyboards, but the other three (the ones that are visible in the front window) have English keyboards, which are much more convenient for us non-French people.
(Actually I’m accustomed to using a German keyboard, but the differences between the German and English ones are minimal: the x and y are reversed and the punctuation marks are in different places, and some symbols like @ are on different keys. But that’s nothing compared to the muddle I get into when I try to use a French keyboard.)
There are two Vélib’ stations nearby, namely 5006 and 5003. These are both Vélib’ Plus stations, meaning they are at a slightly higher elevation than the rest of the city, so you are credited with an extra fifteen minutes if you ride up from a lower station.
Second photo: Cyclist crossing rue Soufflot.
Third photo: The old Milk cybercafé on Rue Soufflot, all boarded up in 2012.
Fourth photo: In May 2013 the “Milk” cybercafé at 5, rue d’Odessa in Montparnasse was still open for business with 60 computers available 24/7. It is in a nice old stone building in the Hausmannian style, with the typical cast iron grates in front of the full-length windows on the first floor. The Vélib’ station 14127 is conveniently located directly in front of this cybercafé.
Back to my first review from September 2011: Mitterrand and the Panthéon
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The Christmas Market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is the largest Christmas market within Paris's city limits and stretches from the Champs-Elysées roundabout to the Place de la Concorde. The market has a different theme every year, but includes children's attractions like the Sliding Wooden Horses, the Little Christmas Train and the nightly flight of Santa Claus in his sleigh above the Champs Elysees.
Annually, usually from around second week in November to end of the first week in January
Christmas 2012: From November 16th, 2012 through January 6th, 2013
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
What to buy: Over 160 chalets offer a large variety of Christmas arts and crafts products and gastronomical specialties from all over the country.
What to pay: Various
I am no expert on chocolate, but this is really good. M. Chaudun is evidently the former chocolatier at La Maison du Chocolat which, from all I read, is one of the world’s premier choclatiers. At any rate, a friend at home told us that anytime she is going to Paris a friend gives her $200 or $300 just to buy some chocolate for her here. We were very impressed with the beautiful store and bought some. My little box of about 30 or 35 bite sized pieces cost about $50 so it is not cheap chocolate, but my Happy Hour group back home consumed most of those in a matter of minutes. Well worth the splurge!
I absolutely love this shop. Located in the Marias this is a unique type of store. They carry an amazing assortment of home wares. Anything from wall hangings, kitchen utensils, plates, spoons, knives, trivets, kitchen towels, clocks, and all sorts of kitchen gadgets.
The store isn't large, but it is packed from brim to brim with any kitchen gadget you can imagine. I've picked up a few cork stoppers, trivets and even magnets to adore my kichen.
What to buy: Anything for the kitchen. I've purchased a few cork stoppers, trivets and a few magnets for my kitchen.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable.
There are a few trendy shops along the Champs Elysees that sell men's and women's clothing. The stores are always packed and you can definitely find some really nice pieces of clothing.
I enjoy shopping here and picking something different and unique for either myself or my daughter.
What to buy: Trendy tops, blouses, t-shirts, sweaters, belts.
What to pay: Very cheap considering you are shopping on the Champs Elysees
Internet access for the visitor in Paris isn't always easy to find. The Cyber Cube in the Eiffel Tower area is no more , nor is the Access Academie in the 6th [from what I have been told].
The two I used this last trip are The Cyber Cube at 5 rue Mignon [Tél : +33 1 53 10 30 ], just off St. Germain near the Odeon metro station and Paris Cy at 8 rue de Jouy [Tél. 01.42.71.37.37] in the Marais very near the new Shoah Memorial/Documentation Center. Both were were pleasant. The Cyber Cube tends to fill up as the day goes on.
What to pay: The rates were variable based on the time of day, but you could usually get a half hour for about 2 euro.
Paris has always been the capital of fashion and glamor, and to enhance the attractiveness of the shopping in this city, the Tourist Office and Convention Paris organizes thematic operations during the relatively low travel season.
In December, as part of the Operation Christmas Shopping, Parisians and visitors are provided with a complimentary Shopping Paris City Passport 2012.
This passport entitles you to 10% discount in 70 designer shops such as Georges Rech, Eagle, Franck et Fils, Nina Ricci, Bodum, The Luggage and many more. It is valid for three consecutive days, and from 1st to December 31st, 2012 in Operation Christmas Shopping, available to all visitors, with no minimum purchase (usually the minimum purchase is €80).
The passport Operation Christmas Shopping is available online on www.parisinfo.com from 20 November 2012 or in any of the Tourist offices in Paris.
After having a 4 hour lunch with a group of VTers, a short car tour by VTer Gwened and the flame ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday we ventured off on one of the wheel spoke streets from the Arc de Triomphe (Av. Hoche) with nothing more in mind then to see part of Paris that we hadn't been to yet.
As we walked we took a variety of pictures and saw a number of very chic looking people.
Although we didn't stop in any stores, and it looked like most were closed by the time we were walking by we did enjoy this little jaunt a little to the north of the very famous Av. des Champs Elysees.
Now that a lot of the large internet cafés have closed down, your best bet for getting internet access (if you don’t carry a WiFi device of your own) is to look for one of the many hole-in-the-wall phone shops that you will find all over Paris, particularly in the poorer neighborhoods.
The one in the first photo is a Lycamobile shop at 17, avenue Jean Jaurès in the 19th arrondissement. This particular shop has four computers with internet access, three phone booths and a soft drink machine. But they make their money primarily by selling mobile phones, accessories and services. They also sell SIM-cards, though they sometimes give the SIM-cards away to get people started using their phone connections.
I used the computers here several times while I was staying at the Hotel Abricotel, which is just around the corner. The cost for internet access at this shop was very reasonable, much less than you would have to pay at one of the few remaining large-scale internet cafés.
Second photo: Here is a PubliPhone shop on the same street, in fact on the same block just a few doors down. As you can see from the flags in the window, they mainly provide international telephone connections and mobile phones, but they also have a few computers for internet access.
Next review from July 2012: Jardin des Plantes
Paris is loaded with designer stores. You know the prices will be sky high for even the simplest thing, but go in anyway and have a look around. And don't let your eyes pop out of their sockets when you take a look at the price of things. I remember seeing a small women's wallet, barely able to hold a few credit cards, the price was easily a months mortgage for some people
ok so given it away, this is my store when my father or I is nostalgic about Spanish food here. We are customers there for 8 years, and the store is small but its stock to the brims with Iberico hams, manchego cheeses, chorizos, can goods, jars of all, wines, olive oils, rices of Valencia (for paella) etc etc
the works all original imported from Spain by the Spanish owners of the store
What to buy: food and wines of Spain
What to pay: great prices when cannot be in Spain every day or just passing by in Paris and not in Spain
well hoping not to be late, there are several schemes here to get discounts on restos, the restopolitan is one of them; never use them.
instead I am on the email list of
they send you specials all the time for discounts on the best restaurants and many times 2x1 too. You choose the resto you want the date you want on the specified time period for the special. So you have a rotating taste every week
Its good for all of France, and in French of course, but I think easy to use for the gastronomically inclined ::)
What to buy: meals on many restaurants all over France
What to pay: best deals around see the site for updates
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