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There isn’t much in the way of shopping malls here in Paris. Off the top of my head I know of two – one at the Louvre underground with 35 shops and the other is Forum des Halles which is just a few minutes from my apartment.
What you do find here are boutiques and some very very large department stores. BHV, which is about two blocks from me, is 7 stories and they sell everything including the kitchen sink. Clothes, cosmetics, art supplies, large and small appliances, linens, furniture, tiles and even a store for pet supplies etc. (What they don’t have is a shoe department and that’s just weird).
The other day I ventured out on the Metro to Galeries Lafayette, another large department store. This one has more high end brands. Your Chanel, Louis Vuiton (with a line-up to get in), Tiffany’s, Miu Miu and so on and so forth. Not everything has designer price tags. I did purchase a couple of things that didn’t come close to breaking the bank. They have a huge shoe department but I didn’t get any closer to ending my quest for comfortable shoes.
I have been to Galeries Lafayette every time I’ve come to Paris. It’s not just about the shopping. The building is just so lovely inside as per photos below. Quality may not be great, I was using my IPhone to take photos that day as I had left my digital camera at home.
The core inside