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Factory outlets and discount stores of luxury brands in Paris of which tourists are often unaware

Everybody knows that the biggest designer outlet in the Paris region, La Vallée Village, is situated not far away from Paris Disneyland. Here you can buy clothes from a collection of more than 100 brands: Burberry, Celine, Carven, Michael Kors, Tod’s with a discount of up to 60%.

BUT there are a lot of less well-known, smaller but much more interesting stock boutiques in mere Paris! Do you know where Paris women dress? You will meet NO French it girls at Vallée Village! Women in the fashion capital dress in discount stores and factory outlets selling luxury designer clothes of former collections. Parisians buy with no hesitation the 50%-discounted items from last year collections and they’re not afraid to combine them with must-haves of the season. And you?

There are some very different kinds of shops in Paris. If you see a sign-plate «Stock» or «Destockage», here you’ll find some old collections. If a shop’s sign-plate is"Dégriffés", here you’ll find designer clothes with cut labels (stores are obliged to proceed like this by brand).

Addresses? First of all, Parisians like to dress — for your private ear — in a small store on"Boulevard de Grande Marques" (17, rue Lecourbe). Here you’ll find European, mostly Italian, brands like Cerruti, Dolce &Gabbana, Guess, Roberto Cavalli and Armani. Also Parisians like Stoklux (8, Place Vendome). Here you’ll find more up-market brands.

As for discount centres for mid-level brands, I can advise you a chain of stores called"La place de marques«, there are several of them in Paris. Someaddresses: 127, rue de Sevres ; 28, rue du Faubourg du Temple ; 64, avenue d’Italie. Here you can find clothes by Benetton, Kaporal, etc. and discounts can range up to 70%.

In the northern part of Paris there is also a big outlet «UsinesCenter» with a large choice of clothes from previous collections of so Frenchy-Frenchy brands as Сaroll, Gerard Darel, Petit Bateau. Also up to 70 %.

One more luxury discount store, for which you don’t have any information on the English language sites : La Piscine (13, rue Franc Bourgeois ) — it’s in the very heart of Paris’ glamorous fashion quarter — Le Marais. Here you’ll find some good discounts for brands like Valentino, Miu-Miu, Castelbajac.

In my next post — follow me — I’ll tell you about the brands that Parisians prefer this season !

Christmas in Paris (сontinuation)

I’ll tell you where it’s worth going if you come to Paris with children during the Christmas period.

Which are the best skating-rinks in Paris? There are three of them. The first, it’s just a must see, is set up directly… on the Eiffel Tower! Yes, at a height of 57 meters. So we can skate and enjoy the view of Christmas Paris at the same time. You’ll find one more skating rink in the Grand Palais — this is France’s biggest one, 2700 square meters in area. And finally, there is a free skating rink in front of the City Hall. Here you can skate, ride on the free merry-go-round and also have a look at the Christmas decorations in the BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville) — the most stylish Paris store, where all the Parisians shop for clothes (and not at Lafayette or Printemps!)

And where is the main Paris Christmas Tree? The most famous and symbolic Christmas tree in the city is traditionally erected at the square in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral, yes, that is where where Quasimodo suffered for his Esmeralda… By the way, this year the 25 meter high Main Paris New Year Tree was given to Paris by Russia. According to Russia’s ambassador in France, Alexandre Orlov, who personally took part in the inauguration, this gesture shows that the friendship between Russia and France is so deep that no political games or sanctions will be able to destroy it.

For children it’s also really worth going to Paris Disneyland during the Christmas holidays. Every year Santa yokes his reindeer for a long trip to Paris Disneyland. Here he converses, personally, to all the children, accepts letters and orders, takes photos with everybody and gives presents… During the Christmas period in Disneyland a special Christmas parade takes place several time a day: Santa sleighs over Disneyland, together with Micky and all the family, gives out presents, everybody sings and dances … In 2014 the Parade was completed with a new float: with sweets and candies! So, mums and dads, you’ve got it: you have no right to miss this event!
In my next posts — follow me — I’ll tell you all you have to know when you come to Paris as a tourist.

Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris — it’s a time of real magic! If you come to Paris with children during the Christmas holidays, they will certainly be completely charmed by the dazzling Christmas decorations. Here your children can send a letter to Santa Claus and put it into one of the special postboxes, set up all over the city. They can also ride on the «Grande Roue» (like London’s Big Eye) at Place de la Concorde, take lessons in the «School of magic» and «School of cuisine» in the Jardin de l’Acclimatation. In Paris your children will be able to toboggan in Santa-Claus’s sleigh!

Did you know that during the Christmas holidays, from 20 December 2014 to 4 January 2015, all the merry-go-rounds in Paris are free? There are also many New Year fairs all over the city. Here you can buy all types of toys, souvenirs and dainties from different regions of France. Grown-ups will drink mulled wine, and children meanwhile eat pancakes, see the puppet shows and even have a ride on Santa’s sleigh!

The most famous Paris Christmas Fair extends several kilometers along the Champs Elysees. At the beginning of the Champs Elysees, at Place de la Concorde, you’ll find the highest Paris observation wheel. It is set here only during the winter period, and it is taken down every spring. Don’t be afraid of children freezing, the cabins are heated. From the wheel you’ll get a magic view over shining Christmas Paris, the lights along the Champs Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower.

In my next post — don’t miss it — I’ll tell you about the best Paris skating rinks and the most beautiful New Year tree in Paris.

Blog about Paris and… things that only true Parisians know

Welcome to my blog about the french capital. Here you’ll find all the insider tips known only to people who live there.

I’ve lived in the capital for 9 years already, and in this blog I’ll tell you what only true locals know.

Here you’ll find information on:

  • How to book a room in a good 3 or 4 star hotel for under 100 euros.
  • Which restaurants Emmanuel Macron goes to regularly
  • which beauty salon Brigitte often visits:)
  • How to choose a present from Paris correctly: wine, cheese or foiegras and where to buy
  • Where in the french capital you shouldn’t stay or even go to (and why)
  • What the favorite true french “bobo”‘s week-end destinations are

All this you’ll learn from my blog. Subscribe and be the first to learn all the news from the city of love, cinema and wine:)

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