February 13, 2011

Pariiiiiiiiiis, je t'adore!

I visited Paris last weekend and enjoyed my time by strolling around in the city, visiting boutiques and eating wonderful French food.

My first interesting stop was at the newly opened H&M at 88 avenue des Champs-Elysees.

The store was impressivly big, problably the biggest H&M I have ever visited. Turns out that it opened last October and that it has been designed my the famous architect Jean Nouvel (same architect who designed the Torre Agbar here in Barcelona). The store has 3 levels and 2800 square meters!

It was truly enjoyable walking around in a H&M store where you can easily see the entire collections as there for once were enough space for all the clothing they wanted to show. Another pleasant suprise was the nice customer service; not long after entering the shop, a sales assistant offered us a bag to carry everything in. Further more, to avoid too long queues, there was also a common fitting room for girls, which I thought was practical especially when you go shopping with friends. But watch out, a girl wanted to try on my scarf, a scarf that I already bought in H&M a year ago!

I also discovered that they are about to open an Ambercrombie & fitch on the Champs - Elysees. Apparently it is supposed to open in May-June of this year and they are already recruiting Paris' best looking guys to be there to welcome us when they open the doors.

Then our trip continued to the famous street of rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, where you will find only luxury stores (except from a lonely Zara boutique); Hermes, Dolce & Gabanna, Lanvin, Chanel and many more.

On the corner across from the presidential residency, Palais de l’Elysee, you will find this amazing looking Prada store.

At 68 rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, you will find the famous Christian Louboutin shoe boutique. I believe even Carrie (SATC) visited the store while she was living in Paris. In this magnificent store you will find pricy shoes, a Paris wheel spinning around with classy high heels, and a line of Japanese tourists outside waiting to get in.

If you feel like something sweet after all the shopping/window shopping, I would recommend a visit to Ladurée, especially known for selling Paris' best "macarons" - they are looovely!