We didn’t have time for shopping but the city centre was full of clothing stores and some other small ones for small gifts ect We didn’t notice any touristic store if you like magnets etc which was no surprise as Nantes isn’t a touristic city.
For those of you who have big wallets you can try the expensive stores at Rue Crebillon (semi pedestrian street between la place Royale and la place Graslin)
While we were checking the cafes and pubs we also noticed the famous department store Galeries Lafayette (pic 1) that opened in Paris at the end of 19th century but now has more that 60 stores (mainly in France but also all around the world). The prices are on the expensive side.
But if you really like to see expensive malls check La Passage Pommeraye (pic 2), I loved the man playing violin at the entrance but of course the prices of the stores were good only to laugh out loud :) If you have some time go there though (it’s in the city center near place Royale) because the 19th century building is interesting (in art nouveau style)
When in France I usually check FNAC, a department store that focus on music and books, in Nantes it’s housed on an interesting building too (pic 3)
Rue Crébillon is a street that links two of the main places in Nantes: Place Graslin and Place Royale. Even if there are several places to actually do shopping, rue Crebillon remains the main street to shop. Many women's and men's clothes shops, such as Levi's, Hugo Boss, Lacoste or Newman. Actually, I never do shopping there but for those fond of fashion, you cannot miss rue Crébillon. There is even a word used by older Nantais to say shopping, which is crebillonner (litteraly means to Crebillon).
Dont expect though to find the Fifth Avenue, the street is quite small.
What to buy: Women's and men's clothes, shoes, bags. Jewel shops too.
What to pay: Expensive, since it is fashion and luxury.
The shop is a "chocolatier", near Place Royale. Its a great place to go, like any "chocolatier". They make their own amazing chocolate and candies.
What to buy: Nantes's candy speciality is called "berlingot". It is hard to describe. Just have to try it. I have not bought them for a long time - even though it really has a good taste - so i dont remember the price.
Best is probably to ask in wine shops, such as Nicolas or le Cellier des Vignes.
What to buy: Muscadet is Nantes' regional wine. White wine, sharp taste, not sweet, which is perfect to enjoy with oysters and basically with any seafood. Really recommended to try seafood with muscadet when you go in the region as you will find very high quality products. Furthermore, Muscadet is a cheap wine. You find good bottles around 4-5€. Another local wine is called Gros Plan but I dont recommend it as it is quite undrinkable.
What to pay: 4-5€ for good wines. May reach a 7-8€ for the best.
If interested in buying beautiful books about Nantes' and its region, then Coiffard is one of the best place to go. Illustrated books or historical books that will give you a very rich insight about the region.
What to buy: Beautiful books (illustrated, great photos...)
What to pay: Dont have a very accurate notion of the price of these books. The bigger and the more illustrated ones may go up to 45 euros, I reckon. Some small books may be around 10 euros.
This is my favorite store for all breton things in my new area. They are all over, and great selection of Breton goodies,souvenirs, and home decoration. The staff is friendly,and the prices are right.
The shop is like an old world store full to the rims of stuff, and all very nicely arranged. You will be glad you stop by.
What to buy: breton cookies, cider,and home decoration with a Brittany motifs.
What to pay: good prices locally produce and a great souvenir
This is a must to visit even if not shopping, the architecture and decoration is sublime. A treat for the whole family.
The short story is that Louis Pommeraye associated with Charles Guillou, restaurant owner of the rue Santeuil,to built a dream. In the heart of Nantes and not far from his notarial office, do a luxurious passage like those he found in Paris. They buy between august of 1837 and March of 1840 nine buildings on the trace of the future project. The works starts at the end of 1840. After much work,money and politics the passage is open to the public on July 4 1843!! Louis Pommeraye died in ruins on August 6 1850.
The rest is history and grandeur of his project, for all to see and enjoy today. A must. More from Nantes tourist office
What to buy: there is l'Occitane store here and Le Tanneur for leather handbags we have gone to shop, the rest is as well classic ,stores here
What to pay: you are in top French names, if come for that ,its glorious.
not just any store, the FNAC store here at place du commerce next to the stops tramway and buses, is not but the old stock exchange, palais de la bourse done in 1640!!!
It is richly decorated with three floors including a mezzanine area with rolling stairs. a wonderful place to shop and see history around you as well!!! only in Nantes,and only in France!
What to buy: video games, dvd, computer/electronics, TV, the best selection
What to pay: the best prices for the best selection.
This is a huge shopping center surrounded by wonderful buildings of concerts, arts, exhibitions etc.See second entry tip for more pictures.
We passed by it several times and finally decided to come in and it was a great surprise to see this big shopping center in about 1h30 from us by car.
This is the shopping center Atlantis, right off the n444 on your way to the Nantes Atlantique airport. The mall or shopping center is huge atypical for the French ,this one is of international quality. Words cannot describe it.
The parking is a laberinth of lanes and all electronically managed for parking spaces, so once on the main road lane, you see the lights red xxx no space or in green they flash the number of places available: great!!! We finally parked by the entrance to the IKEA store, one of the anchors with Leclerc hypermarché, Decathlon, etc.
We came off the N165 to the exit to the direction N444 nantes atlantique airport, exit 1 is the easiest just before crossing the bridge of St Nazaire over the harbor. follow signs for Atlantis and its easy. Parking you should have patient because even if a huge place and huge parking , it is very very popular place. From the peripherique road N844 you can get off at exits 32,33,and 34. Many hôtels are nearby as well as the events hall Zenith
You can come on public transport from Nantes on the tramway line 1 or buses No 73, 84, and 93. This is TAN the transport site of the agglo of Nantes, https://www.tan.fr/
You have kids care, and playgrounds, banks, and 151 stores with 31 restaurants! the ones at the very top are very nice indeed , good for a second try, such as Jo le Boucher, and Le Comptoir. You have micromania video games store a must in my family, and great stores like H&M , Jules, Foot Locker, etc, a huge hypermarket in Leclerc, and bowling center and cinema, and many more ,the site will tell you nicely done webpage too, http://www.atlantis-nantes.com/plan-d-acces.html
This section can tell you the layout of where the stores are, and the names of those there; http://www.atlantis-nantes.com/plan-d-atlantis/les-boutiques-de-la-galerie/
In the shopping center sprawling space you find the Zenith , concerts events expo center. This is the webpage on how to get there, http://www.zenith-nantesmetropole.com/acceder-au-zenith.html , and this is the scoop on the Nantes tourist link http://en.nantes-tourisme.com/lieu/zenith-nantes-metropole-7567.html
Right there is also, the ONYX, done architecturally by Jean Nouvel, with many cultural activities too. webpage http://www.onyx-culturel.org/
What to buy: its 151 stores of wonderful proportions so from video games at micromania, to clothings at Julien ,and H&M and sports at foot lockers, to grocery shopping at leclerc to cinémas to bowling alley all in one place.
What to pay: good prices if compare to Paris.
See tip I for full text and more photos.
This is a huge shopping center of 151 stores and 31 restaurants with many art and culture expo centers in its property plus a movie cinema house and a bowling center.
What to buy: a huge shopping mall, from clothings to music to video games to household items
What to pay: better prices than Paris::)