November 25, 2006

BG's Paris Diary: Week 8

Since there has been an overload of "Paris Diaries" lately, I figured I'd make this one more focused. So this week, I am going to concentrate on the shopping in Paris. Personally, I like my shopping focused so I can compare easier and know that everything is from a reliable source, hence I like department stores.

And what does one think of when one thinks of department store and Paris? The Galleria Lafayette of course! According to my guide, it was the second department store in the world (since Marshall Fields claimed to be first, but I'm not too sure about that). Anyway, the point is, that it is so famous that it is practically a tourist attraction in itself. Although I don't think the clothes in there are that great. They're ok, but nothing worth braving the crowd for. And when did Hello Kitty become a fashion brand???

I prefer Printemps next door more. Their contemporary designer section is better. And it is less crowded.

But my favourite department store of all is Bon Marche. It is like the Barneys of New York. The atmosphere there is more upper-scale, elegant, relaxed and well. . Parisian!
Plus, they have the most fabulous shoe collection. I absolutely adore everything! I am considering getting this pair of grey ankle boots (circled on the left). It has a bit of a platform, has a perfectly rounded pointy toe and I love the fold. Thoughts?

Steet shopping wise, I haven't done much of it, but one of my favourite streets is Rue de Juillet where Colette (a super trendy store that sells make-up, cd's, clothes, shoes, phones and has a cool "water bar" that has a gazillion different types of water from around the world in adorable bottles), Sandro and a few other French fashion brands are. Right next to the Tuileries metro stop, it is super convenient and is also near a street full of restuarant/bars and boasts a delicious rotisserie chicken place called, "La Poularde Saint-Honore," which I adore. Other great areas to walk around for fashion is Saint Germain des-Pres and Saint Sulpice.

So these are basically all the areas I've hit so far. Any other suggestions?

16 Comments:

Blogger Ina said...

They have the grey boots at Topshop in Black and blue.

11/25/2006 7:20 PM  
Anonymous epiphanie said...

Hi Barneys Girl ! I'm a parisian girl, and like you my favourite department store is le Bon Marché, plus the neighboorhood is great as well. I think you should like la rue des Francs-Bourgeois too, in the Marais, and all the little street nearby. In the 16th arrondissement, rue de Passy and close, there also are tons of beautiful stores, Gerard Darel, Vanessa Bruno and a Guerlain shop ! There is also another department store you didn't mentionned : Frank et Fils, it's supposed to be even more fancy than Le Bon Marché, but I'm not familiar with it, so I can't say much. Anyway, enjoy your stay in Paris and have fun shopping ! (hope my english was not too awful !) A bientôt !

11/25/2006 7:41 PM  
Blogger KhaRi said...

Helllow :P
I'm also a parisian girly girl, fan of this blog and i tooootally agree with your article. Printemps and Bon marché are much better than Galleries Lafayette (which is too..touristic and full of people) : Brands and atmosphere are fresher and younger. Otherwise, i love- streets around St Germain des Pres,Odeon, Rue montmartre, Rivoli, St honore and Opera. Shops are great just like coffee shops there <3
(Oh, the pair of grey ankle boots is gorgeous!)

11/25/2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger Marina said...

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11/26/2006 12:29 AM  
Blogger cherryblossom said...

I´m sorry, but ankle boots are the most horrible inventions of this season. Just because Kate Moss was wearing them doesn´t mean that they are beautiful.

11/26/2006 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am going to Paris soon too. can someone suggest really good restaurants casual and fancy? I only have a few days so which stores/ shopping areas are must-sees (besides the dept stores of course)??

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