Decathlon: The best sporting good chain store in France
Decathlon provides a wide range of sporting goods, from tennis racquets to advanced scuba diving equipment, in large superstores.
What to buy: "Making the pleasure of sport accessible to as many as people as possible": all sport and brands, from beginners to professionals: mountain sport equipment, climbing, skiing, fitness, athletism, bikes, ...
Decathlon is one of the few sports manufacturers that makes and sells its own products, with a separate brand name (Geonaute for nomadic athletism, Rockrider for mountainbikes, ...).
Despite the relatively low cost of its own brands, Decathlon often come top in quality ( bikes are often highly rated among cycling enthusiasts) and is giving value for money and reliability. The Quechua mountain sports brand (shoes, bags, clothing , climbing,...) is often rated as some of the best on the market, better than many more expensive brands.
NB: I'm not working for Decathlon group. I'm just a user!
Rely on staff / sales assistant advises: they are (mandatory requirement) active sportsperson and will support you very efficiently.
What to pay: For same level of Quality, Decathlon is ~ 20-40% cheaper than the others
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Chocolats Bonnat: The must for chocolates
BONNAT family are traditional "chocolatier and confectioner" in Voiron from father to son since 1884.
- One of the famous Bonnat specialitiesis the "Voiron Pavés” (Praline Chunks)
- Shop in Voiron is just closed from "St Bruno church", in the center. Everyone (locals) know.
a place of pilgrimage for unconditional Bonnat lovers where they are greeted by Nicole Bonnat and her daughter Cécile.
"What is good to the taste is great for the soul". Personnal feed-back: these chocolates are EXCELLENTS
What to buy: Mainly excellent chocolate assortments. Possible local "degustation" with tea, ...
What to pay: All prices are listed on there web site. No traps.
- Food and Dining
Grand'Place: Le grand temple du commerce moderne
Grand'Place est un immense centre commercial, accollé à un hypermaché (d'une grande enseigne française qui prétends faire baisser les prix...). On y trouve toutes les enseignes du centre ville (de Zara à la FNAC...).
C'est un héritage de l'ère Carignon, ce maire de la droite libérale qui a fait plusieur années de prison pour abus de biens et corruption, et qui tente un retour, avec l'appuie de la "nouvelel droite qui s'assume", et qui se prétend vouloir lutter contre abus et corruption (?)...
L'objectif était d'inciter les habitants des quartiers populaire, à n'en plus sortir, puis qu'ils pourraient trouver là, près de chez eux, tout ce qui existe en centre ville, aussi cher.
Le tram a bouleversé tout cela, et obligé à une plus grande mixité sociale.
What to buy: On y touve tout...
Vous ne verrez aucune photo de ce centre commercial, car c'est interdit d'en prendre et d'en publier.
- Business Travel
- Casino and Gambling
Marché de Noël: De saison...
Le marché de Noël se tient, chaque année, de la Place Grenette au square Victor Hugo.
C'est l'occasion de flâner entre les chalets, manger du pain d"épices, boire du vin chaud à la canelle, et s'offrir quelque cadeau artisanal (en principe).
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Gandy: Big bag shop
Gandy is a huge bag shop in the downtown Grenoble, quite near Galeries Lafayette department store. The store is an excellent destination for all of us that have never enough bags.
The selection is excellent, there are bags on several floors. As in most bag shops, most of the stuff is for ladies. There are also some backbags and other items that can be worn by a man, and the basement has a selection of luggage.
Kenzo: Japanese fashion
If you adore sleek male fashion items, go to Kenzo shop in Grenoble. Located on place Victor Hugo, the smallish shop has a good selection of goods from the country of the rising sun.
There are items only for man, a refreshing exception among all fashion shops that seem to cater for ladies and have a few items for gentlemen. I found the shoes especially nice, designs that have not been, at least yet, copied and found in every corner shop -- thus deteriorating the whole design and the brand.
The clothes were not that much to my taste, but I can understand why people buy them. They seemed to be good quality, too.
- Luxury Travel
Sergent Major: Funny name for a kid's fashion shop
Sergent Major is a children fashion store located in the walking district of Grenoble, near the Galeries Lafayette department store. Despite the name, the clothes are not very militant -- quite contrary, they are very colourful.
The shop sells Sergent Major childrenwear, so don't expect any high profile names here. The clothes themselves seem to be of good quality and the price is not bad, either. The selection is also good, but not extensive.
FNAC: Consumer electronics with French twist
FNAC is absolutely the best store to buy electronics and computers in France, as their selection is really extensive and the prices are not that bad. Language barrier may be a problem for those that don't speak French.
Grenoble has two FNAC stores -- one in the city centre is located between Galeries Lafayette and McDonald's. The store is located in the basement, and has all the major categories in home entertainment, including music.
- Business Travel
C&A: Cheap looking fashion
C&A looks like a better fashion store outside and a discount store inside. The garments are packed really tight and they look already somewhat worn -- and this is not a fashion statement.
The store has clothes for both sexes. The garment design is barely mediocre, "me too" kind of emblems and colours. Sort of Diesel without the twist and the quality. Don't go there.
Galeries Lafayette: THE department store
Galeries Lafayette is the original department store in Paris that has been imitated in every self-respecting store throughout the world. The original store has been later expanded into a chain that has outlets in every major French city. Grenoble is not an exception, and the department store is located on very prime spot in the middle of the walking centre.
The store has four floors. The first one is dedicated, as usually, to cosmetics, fragnances and accessories. The second floor hosts menswear and third womenswear. The fourth floor is dedicated to children. Most major middlepriced brands can be found in the store, but I could not spot that many luxury brands. Maybe they are exclusive to the Paris store?
The Grenoble outlet is surprisingly compact. I thought that it would be much bigger, but the space is quite limited and thus the items are packed -- this creates a little too claustrophobic feeling, at least to me.
- Luxury Travel