Rue de Lille , running from the main square of the old town , all the way up to The Basillica has many restaurants , cafes and shops selling souvenirs and is the main through street of the old town area.
Shopping in Boulogne is varied enough to keep everyone happy….even those hardened shoppers such as VT’er Mariajoy!
In the Upper City there are some really interesting antique shops, along side some gift shops.
The town centre has some fabulous patisseries, and wine stores, along with the twice weekly food and flower market.
There are also the usual clothing and shoe shops as well, lining the main streets and pedestrian zones.
What to buy: Boulogne is renowned for its cheese shops and there are a few of these to visit and do some tasting and perhaps purchasing.
This shop sells the famous chocolates produced at the Chocolaterie de Beussent. You can see and read more about it at my Beussent page
What to pay: We didn't even go inside to look at the prices. We had already visited the chocolate factory, where they were incredibly high for us, so we didn't even consider bringing some Beussent chocolate to Italia.
Bologne is pretty good for shopping, with the Grande-Rue and surrounds being especially noted for food shops (note that most are closed on Mondays). At 43 rue Thiers the fromagerie stocks over 200 cheeses, and the place Dalton market (Wed/Sat) presents a good opportunity for sampling local produce.
If you are a cheese lover then you have chosen the right place to visit in France! Philippe Olivier is a cheese shop in the heart of Boulogne. Rumour has it that it is one of the largest cheese shops in France, with the largest selection of cheeses on offer in Northern France.
Needless to say, it is a little stinky!
Staff are helpful in trying to make even the most French-challenged tourist happy with their choices.
What to buy: We stopped in here on our 2nd visit to Boulogne and picked out several cheeses to take back to London and enjoy. The selection included a camembert, a couple of goats cheese varieties and a firmer 'gouda' style cheese. A couple of the selections were a little too 'ripe' for my liking, but the rest were delicious.
What to pay: Less than you would expect
With the abolition of Duty Free (shame, shame), there are still some things that are cheaper on board the ferries than in the supermarkets in France. The ferries often have special offer on beer and spirits, check them out on the way over, compare prices in France then buy on the way back. Simple!
What to buy: Beer, spirit and tobacco. Look out for any Special Offers. When we made our last crossing they had a fantastic special offer on Swarovski crystal, well below retail prices.
What to pay: As much as you can afford!
We have always relied on Auchan for stocking up on wine, cheese and pate on our numerous visits to Boulogne.
Their wine selection is excellent, expecially if you want something more than cheap plonk, which the wine warehouses outside the port in Calais are best for.
What to buy: Any type of food and drink you can imagine - vast selection! Also clothing and elctronics, garden equipment, car accessories, stationery, cookshop, jewellery - the list goes on.
A large shopping mall with hundreds of different stores all under one roof.
Lots of the well known shops as well as a few lovely French boutiques. Discount clothing and Belgian chocolates. Tesco has ana alcohol outlet there and you can even find C&A for those of you who miss this store in the UK!
There is a large food court with choices for every taste and budget.
In one end there is Carrefour food outlet with a large wine selection as well as the usual groceries.
What to buy: Anything and everything!
We found some delightful cake shops and chocolate window displays along the streets of the new town.