Souvenirs Shopping Walk II, Paris (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Paris without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. Being one of the world's premier shopping cities and a great "get your cash out" destination, Paris attracts thousands of shopaholics every year. Even people who hate shopping, enjoy doing it in Paris. In addition to fabulous designer shops and luxury items, it is a great destination if you are into beauty products, books and antiquities. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Paris, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Guide Name: Souvenirs Shopping Walk II
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: alexei
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Village St. Paul

1) Village St. Paul

Village Saint Paul, located in Paris at Le Marais on 4ème arrondissement contains an assortment of antique shops, art dealers and design galleries along Rue St-Paul, Rue Charlemagne and Quai des Célestines. You can find a large selection of merchandise in this shopping district, including furniture, men's and women's fashion, antique collectibles, a variety of contemporary art and design objects, and much more. Dealers are open from Monday through Saturday, and you will also find several cafes, sandwich shops, bars and bistros in this shopping quarter.

Operation Hours Monday, Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Rue des Rosiers

2) Rue des Rosiers

The Rue des Rosiers, which means "street of the rosebushes", is a street in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France. It begins at the Rue Mahler and proceeds west-northwestward across the Rue Pavée, the Rue Ferdinand Duval, the Rue des Écouffes, and the Rue des Hospitalières-Saint-Gervais, before it ends at the Rue Vieille du Temple. During the last ten years, the Rue des Rosiers has become notable for fashion. The quaint boutiques of days-gone-by have given way to gleaming minimalist showrooms for some of Europe’s trendiest labels. Not following the Western holiday schedules, Rue de Rosier shops have become the meeting point for Parisians who want to eat out and shop on Sunday, Christmas or during any of the off days.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pharmacie des Archives

3) Pharmacie des Archives

What to buy here: Nail Polish at a Pharmacy. Pharmacies carry a lot of high-end beauty products from Chanel and Lancome makeup to the brand La Prairie. A great gift for a teenage girl would be to ask the clerk what the best colors this season are and buy an Yves Saint Laurent or Chanel nail polish. Pharmacies are on almost every street corner in Paris, so don’t go out of your way searching for them, they are unavoidable. Expect to pay around 7-20 euro.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 - 8:00 pm
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Shakespeare and Company

4) Shakespeare and Company

Located in the Latin quarter of Paris, Shakespeare & Company is the most famous English bookstore in Paris. Spread over two floors, this place is filled with books, particularly English books, from different periods and of different genres. The original bookstore Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1913 by an American girl named Sylvia Beach. Although it was shut down during World War Two, it was reopened at its current location in 1962 by George Whitman. The fame of the bookstore lies in the fact that many famous writers like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce were frequent visitors of this shop.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Aaapoum bapoum

5) Aaapoum bapoum

What to buy here: Asterix Comic Books (Bandes Dessines). Arguably the most famous cartoon author and illustrators in France history, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s brilliant Adventures of Asterix series of 34 books have been popular since 1959 when they were first published. The Astrix series is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world and has been translated into over 100 languages. Most comic book stores are located in the Saint Germain/Latin Quarter in town. I recommend going to the Gilbert Jeune Geography, politic, voyages, tourism store first. The second floor has a comic book section. Then, check out one of the two Aaapoum bapoum stores 14 Rue Serpente, 75006 Paris, France. This store is solely dedicated to comic books and carries some first editions. Price range: 3-100 Euro. Metro: Saint Michel.

Operation hours: Monday-Tuesday: 11:00-21:00; Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00-22:00; Sunday: 14:00-21:00.
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Carre Rive Gauche

6) Carre Rive Gauche

Carre Rive Gauche is located in the 7th arrondissement between St. Germain des Pres and Musee d'Orsay. It is a Parisian antique shopping district that features more than 120 galleries, antique shops and auction houses. Over here, you can find furniture, sculptures, paintings, tapestries and a multitude of other antiques from various centuries. Its top attractions are represented by Le Louvre des Antiquaires, Drouot auction house and the St. Paul Village. Carre Rive Gauche is considered to be a reference point in the world of art, due to the multitude of antique connoisseurs and passionate collectors concentrated in this district.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Travel Distance: 5.0 km
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Travel Distance: 3.5 km
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Travel Distance: 5.2 km

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Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Paris's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Paris Pass, Paris Explorer Pass, Paris Museum Pass, or Paris Night Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Paris' top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Paris hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Novotel Paris Les Halles, Les Rives de Notre-Dame, 9Confidentiel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Paris, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Paris typically costs from around US$20 up to US$200 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Paris from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Alternatively, you can cruise along the river Seine on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat viewing Paris's top attractions from a different angle, able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the eight stops along the Seine riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to two days (48 hrs).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Paris on a bike tour. In the course of 4 hours you will visit the city's most spectacular sights stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a walk around Paris with a knowledgeable guide for an alternative view of the French capital. Over the course of this 2-hour walking tour you will get insights and hear stories about every major classic sight of this fascinating city. A complete overview of Paris from the ground up!

- Come see the best of the French capital in just one day in a combo of a Seine river cruise and historical walk of Paris. You may start either with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral making your way around the iconic sights of the city: the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Invalides, Concorde Square, Orsay Museum, etc.

- Missing out on the French food, whilst in Paris, would be worse than a crime – it would be a mistake! If you don't want to make such a mistake, consider a private 3-hour food tour of Paris complete with a set of 10 unforgettable tastings the memories of which will last you a lifetime. Just make sure to bring along your appetite to make the most of the savory treats awaiting!

- Live a chocoholic’s dream right at the heart of Paris! Follow your sweet tooth sense on this 2-hour guided “chocolate walk” in central Paris visiting some of the best chocolate boutiques of the French capital, learning about peculiar chapters in the history of the city and the place delectable chocolate played in it. Adding to the excitement is a round of free tastings.

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Paris, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Champagne region, Loire valley, Normandy, or a combo of Honfleur and Giverny. For as little as US$90+ to US$200+ per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, see the favorite residence of the French royalty, world-famous vineyards, charming castles, and historic battlefields of World War II. For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or any other place in Paris, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or train (whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.