However often you visit, there is always something new going on in the City of Light. Here are some top spots to shop
A modern offshoot of Florence’s centuries-old Officina Profumo Farmaceutica – ‘the oldest pharmacy in the world’ – the new chain in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré caters to modern tastes while retaining some of the names, if not the original recipes, of the perfumes and skincare concoctions made by monks at the original Florentine pharmacy.
Paris’s newest gourmet address, on the 7th and 8th floors of the Printemps de l’Homme department store, takes a new approach to the marketing of French foodstuffs, mixing upscale boutiques for everything from wine to teas with some of the top names in cuisine and Parisian pastry: Akrame Benallal, Gontran Cherrier, Laurent Dubois, Christophe Michalak and dozens more. Stop in any time of day for anything from a gourmet sandwich and pastry to a glass of champagne while taking in stunning views of the city.
Say hello to Paris’s reigning Italian market, the newest offshoot of the Eataly empire (NewYork, Seoul, Dubai, Tokyo). The astonishing 43,000-square-foot duplex space, just behind the BHV department store, offers a gigantic deli, with every Italian cheese and cured meat under the sun, a wine cellar, an indoor courtyard brimming with fresh fruits and veggies, and a first-floor food court for eating in or taking away a slew of Italian delicacies.
Paddock Paris outlet stores, Romainville
Closer than the capital’s two other designer outlet centres, Paddock Paris is the newest, and the biggest, centre devoted both to fashion and the arts and inspired by Brooklyn. Equipped with a food court, a dozen bars, art galleries, and restaurants on top of dozens of designer shops, including a Galeries Lafayette outlet, it’s easily reachable by metro (Bobigny-Pantin).
Part of LVMH billionaire Bernard Arnault’s long-awaited restoration of La Samaritaine, this contemporary lifestyle destination on the banks of the Seine is slated to open in summer 2020, along with a new luxury hotel and shopping and dining area. (The date has already been pushed back because of the Covid-19 crisis; fingers crossed it won’t be delayed again.)
Love shoes? Don’t miss the Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée. This is a great excuse for fashion lovers (and anyone interested in Paris’s hidden gems) to head over to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, an architectural landmark and historic monument sheltering the fabulous Aquarium Tropical. Born in the 12th arrondissement, near the Porte Dorée, Christian Louboutin spent many an hour here, fascinated by its architectural richness and the dazzling undersea life. After the Paris lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis, the museum is reopening on June 16, and the exhibition has been extended until January 4, 2021.
From France Today magazine