The essence and soul of the Parisian lifestyle can be found in its shopping world, where dreams and desires can come to life and where luxury and elegance are beautifully combined to give one of the most pleasant and exciting shopping experiences in the world. Paris might also be the destination most people choose for cultural discovery, for romantic getaways or for any other reason, but Paris is also a destination for world-class shopping, a perfect definition for luxury and elegance, one of the fashion capitals of the world.
While visiting this wonderful city, there are countless places to shop for unique things, from major shopping malls to small traditional shops. But for the ultimate shopping destination in style, I personally recommend seeing the Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche department store, a symbol of the commerce life in Paris, where one could find anything and everything that has a name and a brand.
Built as the first department store in Paris over 150 years ago, the Bon Marche is located on the left bank of the Seine, in the St. Germain-des-Pres area of Paris, the very epicenter of commerce in the French capital. It is regarded today as the most chic, trendy and elegant department store in the city, with the best choice of goods and services to choose from, where the most luxurious and upscale brands from France and abroad offer their merchandise. You can actually feel the amazing atmosphere right from the entrance, the interior being gorgeously designed and organized, with names that capture the imagination of any fashion addict or lover. Among others, you can find the best fashion, home ware, books, beauty products, luxury boutiques, presents, as well as the best grocery store in all of Paris, the addictive La Grande Epicerie, a veritable high-end food store with mouth watering goods.
Saying that you will find everything you might imagine here is a bit of an overstatement, but I can honestly say that you will want most things you see here, with the best quality and design in the world. These brands do not come cheap, but this is to be expected from the most exclusive store in the city. Extraordinary and enticing brands like Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Smith, Manoush, Hermes and many others await with the best goods in the world. There are even a salon with a personal shoper to help you to have a relooking.
Visiting this charming place is a true Parisian experience on itself, whether on a shopping spree or just window shopping, it represents the quintessence of the high end shopping scene of Paris.
24 rue de Sèvres
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