Paris Shopping: Shop ’Til You Drop in Saint-Germain
Thu 20 Feb 2014
Famous for its old-school charm and boutique-filled streets, Saint-Germain is a classic Paris shopping neighborhood. Bustling cafés line the boulevard, so you can rest your feet and people-watch when you need a break. If you’ve come to Paris to shop, this is the place to be!
The Catherine B boutique. Photo via onequalitythefinest.com.
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts is the perfect boutique hotel for any visitor. Tastefully decorated, the hotel’s interior is artistic and unique. The hotel has its own macaron bar, supplied by the master Pierre Hermé. Located just minutes from one of the biggest metro stations in Paris, Montparnasse, this hotel puts you in the perfect location to explore any arrondissement. Stroll up the rue de Rennes and the boulevard Saint-Germain, a shopping wonderland and the true center of Paris life on the left bank.
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts.
With the GO-Card, you’ll get a complimentary walking trip of Saint-Germain. Use this trip to orient yourself to the area, to get an overview of where to start your shopping adventure and, more important, to find out what cafés you should stop at when you need a coffee break.
Have lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants around Saint-Germain, whether it be Chez Fernand or, if you can get a table, Le Comptoir, the first gastro-bistro in Paris. The culinary gems in this quartier are just as important as the offerings of its sartorial scene.
Some of the city’s best vintage finds are at the Catherine B boutique, dedicated to brands like Chanel and Hermès. As a GO-Card member, you’ll receive a complimentary styling appointment with Catherine, the owner, and she’ll help you pick out all the vintage wonders you won’t find anywhere else.
Next, why not enjoy a styling session with EL Conciergerie?. Looking to add that special je ne sais quoi to your style? EL Conciergerie can help! Stylists, hair and makeup designers just off the runways will help you redefine your look, so you can return home from Paris with a complete French wardrobe or a new Parisian look.
Break for coffee at one of the famous Saint-Germain cafés. Local artists sip espresso at the charmingly overcrowded La Palette, while tripists and lifelong Parisians sit elbow to elbow at Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. All are classic Paris cafés and well worth a visit—if not for the food then for the uniquely Parisian atmosphere.
A trip with Eye Prefer Paris.
Trip the shops and learn a bit of history with Eye Prefer Paris to further discover all the hidden shopping wonders around the left bank. These are personal trips, tailored to your own taste, providing a unique opportunity to find just what you need for your newly redefined style.
Wind down your shopping by browsing the numerous antique shops in Saint-Germain and enjoying a stroll along the Seine. End with an aperitif at Prescription Cocktail Club, one of the city’s artisanal cocktail bars.
GO-Card members receive the following benefits:
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts
A 10 percent discount.
Catherine B Boutique
A personalized styling appointment with Catherine herself at the boutique.
Benefits include: 30 euros off hair and makeup in your hotel; 30 euros off services by a nail artist; 80 euros off a half-day consultation with Patricia, who is a lingerie model, a TV presenter on M6 shows, and a fantastic adviser, and who comes up with the best ideas regarding seduction and self-esteem; 50 euros off a two-hour photo shoot with a fashion photographer on the Pont des Arts.
Eye Prefer Paris
A 10 percent discount on all trips and cooking classes.
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