Best Shopping in Versailles, my shopping

Everybody’s favorite subject,and the family past time ::) Having a large family shopping is an event, and one to have patient and enjoy it. I would like to share with my readers some of my favorites hunts in Versailles and nearby, these are my choices for a local living point of view but it can be use by visitors too. Of course, will leave you the shopping inside the castle to you. Hope it helps.

We are big fan of the L’Occitane for many many years, the store in Versailles is very nice and friendly getting you nice products from Provence. 39 rue de la Paroisse, tel +33 01 39 02 06 74. It is very near the collegiale Notre Dame church. Open from tuesdays to fridays 10h-13h30 and 14h30-19h, Saturdays 10h-19h; Sundays 10h-13h and English is spoken. webpage  http://fr1.loccitane.com/FO/Home.aspx

For jewerly, watches, etc the favorite in town is ‘Eté Joaillier, 38 rue de la Paroisse, tel +33 01 39 02 38 38. next to l’occitane store. open tuesdays to saturdays from 10h15 to 19h, English is spoken too ! webpage http://www.bijouterie-horlogerie-joaillerie-versailles.com/indexanglais.html

Bags ,handbags, leather, and travel accessories the ultimate is the Le Tanneur,7 place Hoche, tel +33 01 39 67 07 37. open tuesdays to saturdays from 10h to 1çh30, Saturdays and Sundays from 10h -19h30, always remember to leave that hour for lunch time ::) webpage http://www.letanneur.com/Magasins.aspx

For gifts, souvenirs, t shirts , you come here Select Souvenir, 10 ave Charles de Gaulle, in the Les Maneges building across from RER station rive gauche. Tel +33 01 39 02 34 97. no webpage but plenty to see on way in or out of Versailles.  Open tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h to 19h. And you might meet a member of the family there ::)

For designs and comtemporary tools for the kitchen,bathroom, living room, or office with gifts galore try my cute Désir d’Intérieurs, 17 rue Carnot, tel +33 01 30 21 39 19. open tuesdays to fridays from 10h to 19h Saturday 10h-19h30. English spoken. Webpage http://www.desirdinterieurs.com/

For flowers a bit away but worth it near Chantiers train station, Symphonie Florale, 42 rue des Chantiers, tel +33 01 39 50 20 22. open Mondays 14h-19h, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8h to 20h30, Sundays 9h-13h. English spoken. No web.

For toys, kids games of European and French design and fabrication you cant beat the La Maison des 3 Ours, Carrés Saint-Louis, 24 rue Royale, tel +33 01 39 49 47 66. open tuesdays to saturdays from 10h30-13h and 15h-19h. English spoken. webpage http://www.jouets-versailles.com/

For wines ,other than going to the chain Nicolas, my favorite is at  4 rue Royale, tel +33 01 39 50 17 03. open tuesdays to fridays 9h30-13h and 15h to 20h , Saturdays 9h30 to 13h30 and 15h-20h ,Sundays 9h30 to 13h.  You can definitively be satisfied at Aux Caves du Chateau, 9 place Hoche, tel +33 01 39 50 02 049. wines, spirits,champagnes, with gifts in mind too, and artisan beers all since 1840. Open tuesdays to saturdays from 9h-13h and 15h-19h30. Sundays in the mornings 9h-13h too. English spoken. webpage http://www.caviste-vin-versailles.com/

For cheeses go to Fromagerie Le Gall ,in the marché Notre Dame building named Carré à la Marée; tel +33 01 39 50 01 28. open tuesdays to sundays 7h30 to 13h. tuesday to thursdays 16h to 19h, Fridays and Saturdays 15h30 to 19h. English spoken. the best cheeses in town from all regions of France including the real ones from the farm to you ! webpage http://www.legall-versailles.com/

For teas from around the world and to find that rare one, the one to visit is La Route du Thé, 26 rue de Satory,on the ave Sceaux side of chateau, tel +33 01 39 53 12 07. open tuesdays to saturdays from 10h30 to 19h, English spoken:webpage http://www.larouteduthe.com/#

For chocolates try the real thing from a local chocolatier, Maiffret Chocolatier, 37 rue de la Paroisse, near church collegiale de Notre Dame, tel +33 01 39 02 71 01. all is made in house from 100%cocoa beans of the best regions, also try the macarons and pâtes de fruit. webpage http://www.maiffret.com/

Of course could not forget, the market or marché public, my all time favorite, and regular as noted above in the cheese store is the Marché de Notre Dame and Halles Notre Dame, the difference is the Marché is open air, fruits,veggies, etc alternating with a clothing market while the Halles are covered market dating from the domaine de Clagny (1665 AD). There in the carré Notre Dame (from chateau follow straight out to your left and take ave Saint Cloud to the corner of ave de l’Europe and rue Marechal Foch,you take a left and the marché is right in front of your eyes). Marché open Tuesdays,Fridays,and Sundays from 7h30 to 14h , and the Halles open tuesdays to saturdays 7h to 19h30, some Mondays and Sundays from 7h to 14h.

If you prefer buying flowers in a market to take home, then the best is at sidewalks on ave Saint Cloud just by the underground parking Saint Cloud corner ave de l’Europe. Open Tuesdays,Fridays,Saturdays all day and Sunday mornings. There are ,also, flowers at the Marché Notre Dame see above.

For all your Cigars needs, and pens, and wallets, and the best advice from all over the world products of great quality. Gifts, pens, and English spoken try La Havane, 21 rue Hoche, tel +33 01 39 50 66 11.webpage http://www.stylos-maroquinerie-cigare-versailles.com/

For all your telephone questions, needs head for Orange, the best in France in my opinion. the Store is at 2-4 Rue au Pain, right around the Halles de Notre Dame market, webpage is online, the store you can get more information especially if a visitor. http://boutiques.orange.fr/

For fish and seafood, of course I know, you need to have a kitchen but so what I also know many of you do when visiting so I am giving away my poissonnerie or fish market L’Espadon, Halles Notre Dame, Carré à la Marée, open as the Halles Market above. webpage http://www.poissonnerie-fruits-de-mer-versailles.com/index.html

And of course the bakeries cannot be forgotten, several are good, but my choice for the blog will be Boulangerie (Maison) Guinon at 60 rue de la Paroisse (district of Notre Dame yes), doing it since 1802 and still the best, go for it when in town. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 7h To 20h, Sunday 7h to 13h30. tel +33 01 39 50 01 84, webpage http://www.boulangerie-patisserie-artisanale-versailles.com/index.html

For coffee lovers try La Finca, 15 rue de deux Portes, tel +33 01 39 50 33 52.  At the area around the marche de Notre Dame on the chateau side as you stand in the center. Go around the Halles Notre Dame and it is there its a tiny place full of coffee grounders machines. No webpage.

For groceries there are the Leader Price chain store at 58 rue de Chantiers (near train SNCF station) http://www.monleaderprice.fr/magasin/index.php  ; Marché U, 4 rue du Marechal Foch  http://www.superu-versailles.com/portailu/local/pg_d_sysu_magasin_accueil   ; Monoprix, 5 ave Georges Clémenceau (also by ave de l’Europe entrance) http://www.monoprix.fr/trouver-mon-magasin/monoprix-versailles-versailles-156.html ; 8 a Huit, 6 rue Royale   part of Carrefour ;  and Franprix, 5 rue Rameau. http://www.franprix.fr/v2/site/  You have bigger markets outside if you have a car, but these in town are pretty good for your needs.  

There are several good libraries or book stores in town , however, my favorite is Gibert & Joseph, 62 rue de la Paroisse, near church Notre Dame,  chain also in Paris, webpage http://www.gibertjoseph.com/magasins/versailles.html

For photo info ,and developement head for Photo Station,  50 rue de la Paroisse, tel +33 01 39 67 02 74 no webpage but just near church of Notre Dame.

For clothing I shop sometimes at Damart or Burton. Damart is a chain webpage http://www.damart.fr/shops_info.php?shops_id=57 and Burton is at 11 rue Georges Clemenceau, tel  +33 01 39 53 70 78 no web. simple shoes at Eram, 13 rue du marechal Foch, webpage http://www.eram.fr/magasin .Haircuts at Jean Louis David, 15 rue du marechal Foch, webpage www.jeanlouisdavid.com

Pharmacies are many but my is at Pharmacie de la Paroisse, 33 rue de la Paroisse, near Notre Dame church. tel +33 01 39 50 78 85. For the press other than on Relais H at the train stations, my is at Lolita Presse, 83 rue du marechal Foch. near rive droite train station. Several post offices too the one I use most is at La Poste ,47bis rue du Marechal Foch; between the market of Notre Dame and the train station rive droite. Several banks including the HSBC and Barclays but I do BNP Paribas along rue du Marechal Foch.

If you have problems with your laptop or computer while here the pros at  VART electronique will definitively help you, either direct you to a reputable repair store or do it or give you the parts you need. they are at 42 ave de Saint Cloud, tel +33 01 39 51 56 33. Any country will do, they do them all !!!  just north of the ave de l’Europe and ave saint cloud you go right to a side street call allée de l’avenue saint cloud. no web there have been there for ages … 

if you are looking for antiques, head here first The Antiquaires de Versailles , you might save yourselves time. The site has all the info you need in English here http://www.antiques-versailles.com/up//@@sites@2@Products_xx_searchType–Rubric__iDRubric–29250@@.htm

If you want to walk in a quaint old fashion street full of goodies and feel like in times past while enjoying nice little restos like the creperie A la Côte Bretonne and small misc stores like Cachemise ready to wear clothing,then head for the Rue de deux Portes off rue Carnot to the the marché Notre Dame .

Well I think I touch the basics most, if left anything else you want to know, let me know. If in town do let me know please, would love to meet you if possible. Cheers and happy shopping.

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