Shopping malls … a big thing in Paris …

Once – forty years ago – a shop where one could help oneself (self-service) was difficult to find in Paris. Indeed in France. Today, though, one will have a problem finding a shop where a kindly couple will welcome one at the door asking what they could show one. Today, here in France, the self-service rules, […]

Beaugrenelle shopping mall in Paris (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Beaugrenelle shopping mall in Paris (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Once – forty years ago – a shop where one could help oneself (self-service) was difficult to find in Paris. Indeed in France.

Today, though, one will have a problem finding a shop where a kindly couple will welcome one at the door asking what they could show one.

Today, here in France, the self-service rules, and much more so the shopping mall. The French therefore have become big ‘mall crawlers’: during their lunch hour or on Saturdays they make an outing of walking around a mall, staring into shop windows, touching here and touching there, and stopping for a coffee and a croissant in a café, or maybe even for a quick meal in a restaurant.

I too am blessed, or is it cursed, with malls?

I have one across my avenue, and another five within two mètro (underground rail) stops and several more a few more stops away.

Of all these malls, my favorite is Beaugrenelle.

The Beaugrenelle mall opened in 2013 after ten years of construction. It is close to the Eiffel Tower, in fact, within walking distance, and so too of the River Seine, so if you are a tourist in Paris and at the tower, and you want to do some shopping, I highly recommend you look into Beaugrenelle.

With its 50,000 sq.m. Beaugrenelle is not the French capital’s largest mall, an honor that goes to ‘Les Quatre Temps’ at La Défense because of its 130,000 sq.m., but as for French chic, you will have a problem finding a mall more so than Beaugrenelle.

Beaugrenelle Cmas 2015 - 1

Beaugrenelle Mall in Paris at Christmas 2015 (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Two glass buildings of four floors each, the buildings connected by a glass gangway, its wide corridors are lined with shops where one can buy anything one might possibly need or wish to have, be it the smallest hair clip or the largest deep-freeze. All the chain stores also have boutiques in the mall: Mango, Zadig & Voltaire, The Kooples, Lacoste, Nike, Zara etc etc: if you can think of one, it will be there. Baccarat is there too, and Darty, and Fnac, and Micromania, and Bose to name just these. But no, I also have to say that Marks & Spencer has a two floor shop in the mall: one floor for food and the other for clothes.

Beaugrenelle also has a large number of eating places: cafés for a quick coffee; restaurants which offer menus of the four corners of the world. McDonalds of course is there, and bars for a cocktail between boutiques or for a late night drink after the last movie show. Yes, there are also several movie theaters in the mall.

The toilets are numerous and clean, and if you need a wheelchair for a physically challenged co-shopper, or you need a stroller for an unruly toddler, these you can hire at a small charge.

The mall will also provide you with a multi-lingual personal shopper if you wish and, if you arrive by car, a car jockey will be at hand at the main entrance to park your vehicle for you.

The main entrance is at No 12 rue de Linois and this is in Paris’ 15th arrondissement (district).

Rue de Linois runs from the River Seine’s Quai de Grenelle, the mall bordering the river, and west to Place Charles Michels where you will find the Charles Michels Métro station.

Indeed, if you are not mobile, then I suggest you take the métro to Beaugrenelle, unless of course you are walking from the Eiffel Tower.

This is how I get to the mall, and how I recommend you do to.

The Métro line you take is No 10. It runs from Gare d’Austerlitz west through the Latin Quarter and you descend at Charles Michels station. The mall will be large and clear ahead of you, and so too the river and the Eiffel tower.

The mall is open 7/7: from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and on a Sunday from 10am to 8pm. The eating places open at 7am and close at midnight. The cinemas open at 9am and the days last séance is the one where the movie will end closest to midnight closing time.

On my last visit to Beaugrenelle I enjoyed a delicious cocktail at the MyPop Burgers bar. Its 350 sq.m. allow a fantastic view over the River Seine, and, as the bar serves not only drinks but also eats – like burgers and other finger food – I highly recommend this bar should you be a little peckish or in need of liquid enhancement. Here you can see their menu.

 

Beaugrenelle bar Cmas 2015 -

Beaugrenelle Bar MyPop Burgers Christmas 2015 (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Cocktails at the MyPop Burgers Bar (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Cocktails at the MyPop Burgers Bar (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

To be honest I must warn you that everything costs a little more in a mall than elsewhere.

Beaugrenelle MyPop Burghers Bar menu (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Beaugrenelle MyPop Burgers Bar menu (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

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