Do you think shopping in Versailles?

This is a question. Do you think shopping in Versailles? I bet you do not. Anyway, when most come to Paris and think that a thing to do is to go to Versailles is not right. Paris is 75, Versailles is 78. Paris is the Capital of France, and Versailles by constitution is the de facto capital of France if changes or modifications are done to the constitution. Versailles is in another province/State/Department than Paris.

So, I worked in Paris but lived in Versailles, so I know the shopping from both sides. Versailles is the normal everyday town you love to live in ,yes. I have given you a couple of blog posts on shopping before. This is the one on Parly II

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/14858

One was on the wonderful shopping center mall of Parly II, the best mall in the whole region of île de France in my opinion. Here you have the main department stores like in that other town, Au Printemps and BHV as well as Lenôtre and Fauchon, and many many other stores even a Toys R Us and Truffaut, and FNAC as well as grocery store and cinema (to reopen in 2019).

The Parly II is a housing complex chic Chesnay-Trianon , the biggest division housing in Europe with an extension on two neighboring towns ,Le Chesnay and Rocquencourt; and the mall, it is also, the high school for my boys in the town of Le Chesnay that is just crossing a street to Versailles and uses the same transport network. It now has 187 stores with 4000 parking spaces!

In fact,the story tell us that the center was to be called Paris 2 but the Parisians objected for fear of losing business, so the name of Parly was used instead ( a town in the dept Yonne ,region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté). The idea really is to do something on the American style mall/living. You can reach it on the Phébus network of Versailles on lines B, H, M, S, T Express, U, V , and Nuit 1; the lines 17, 17S and 76 of the network Transdev d’Ecquevilly, line 51 of the network STAVO, and the line 1 Express of the network Transdev de Montesson Les Rabaux. Also, line 19 of Transdev will get you there from the stop terminal at the avenue Saint Cloud just before the Bvld de l’Europe bus depot and direction Les Mureaux you stop at Parly II/Arboretum.

This is how to get there and the layout of the mall.  https://www.parly-2.com/access

The boutiques are here:  https://www.parly-2.com/stores

 

However, there is a lot more than just a mall. Plenty of nice stores some very historical all over town in inner Versailles. I did a blog post on many of them here:  https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/524

The marché des fleurs is open Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 8h to 19h and Sundays mornings. Further away you come to my favorite of all markets the Marché Notre Dame of course at the Place Notre Dame. The non food market is held Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11h to 19h, and the food markets out on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays mornings from 7h to 14h , and inside the halles on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7h to 19h30 and Sundays from 7h to 14h. Plenty of underground parking too. The Sun King Louis XIV gave us the Marché de Notre Dame in 1721. the actual place was given out after the Domaine de Clagny built in 1665 was demolished. It was renovated with todays halles in 1841. It is the center of the city, if you want to know us! The stories tell us the first inhabitants of the city started arriving in 1671 and so did the market!

And you have the market here from the city tourist page in English:  http://en.versailles-tourisme.com/the-best-shopping-districts-in-versailles/notre-dame-market-1557693

The city is given you here 61 choices for shopping in Versailles :  http://en.versailles-tourisme.com/the-best-shopping-districts-in-versailles#!/page/1

Ahh but wait, did you know the market at Place Notre Dame is older than the castle? And the halles that surround it are 360 years old? Located in the heart of the city around the Place du Notre Dame and two big streets crossing in a cross the square such as rue de la Paroisse, and avenue du Maréchal Foch; then you have streets all around the halles such as rue Durcis,rue au pain, Rue de la Pourvoierie, and rue André Chenier ,all founded by king Louis XIV. The old pavilions were destroyed in 1841 and replaced by the covered halles you see today on the method Baltard. This is the site of the merchants on the market in French:  http://www.halles-marches-versailles.fr/

About 20 years ago you can buy here in wholesale, where the store owners came to buy their products that eventually will sell to you in retail. They will buy their products by aisles such as fish, herbs/spices, flour,and beef and these gave the name to the covered halles you see today. There was even an animal market with cows, pigs, and chickens sold.

However, even the above is newer. There was an even older market here when in November 1634, on the initiative of Martial de Loménie1,king Louis XIII ordered installed a market here, even replacing an even older market. In August 1740, there were manifestions here due to the little finding of wheat, the bakers of Paris came here to buy flour and the locals repulse them strongly. A permanent presence of the Swiss guards was needed.

At the French revolution, the market falls in disrepair by 1835 the market is purchase by the city of Versailles; no longer part of the Royal domain, the merchants are taken their businesses and poorly indemnized. Several execution were carried out here. And after going in terrible shape the city eventually rebuilt them and the new market opened September 15, 1842.

There is a parking managed by Vinci Park underneath the place du Marché Notre Dame with 700 spaces and the pedestrian access are on each square of the market with elevators/lifts or escalator. Since 2014, they have painted the square on the market with paintings or trompes-l’œil; they represent the knights of the Carrousel, reminding us of the equestrian history of the city, done by the school of mural arts or the École d’art mural de Versailles. Parking info from the city in French here:  http://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/se-deplacer/parkings/

The market is very close to another wonderful old world shopping experience that is the Passage des antiquaires. It is a pedestrian only passage of the rue des deux portes leading to the Place du marché and to the rue Carnot,itself next to the avenue de Saint-Cloud , and a bit further the Place d’armes,in front of the central façade of the Castle/Museum of Versailles. The passage des Antiquaires is here :  http://www.antiques-versailles.com/le-quartier/le-passage/

I have to tell with pride, this was my district. The quartier Notre Dame, in the axis of the Avenue de Paris, and takes its name from the Church of Notre Dame, the castle parish and oldest (where all princes were baptized, birth certificates and marriages) created while the construction of the city was carried out under king Louis XIV. In this wonderful neighborhood or quartier you ,also, have the theater or Théâtre Montansier opening in 1777,the city history museum of musée Lambinet, the bailiffs mansion or Hôtel du bailliage that housed during the monarchy the local tribunal courthouse ; today the nice courtyard of the neighborhood of antiquaries ,and the shopping full streets of rue de la Paroisse, rue Hoche and the rue du Maréchal Foch.
Theater Montansier here:  http://www.theatremontansier.com/
Museum Lambinet here:  http://www.versailles.fr/culture/etablissements/musee-lambinet/collections-permanentes/

 

The rue du Maréchal Foch, crosses the city north south and prolonged the Avenue de l’Europe,to continue until the Place Édouard Laboulaye. This was my train station or gare de Rive-Droite. info in French here: https://www.transilien.com/fr/gare/versailles-rive-droite-8738286
And the layout of the line L I took every day for many years Rive Droite to Gare Saint Lazare here in pdf file:  https://www.transilien.com/sites/default/files/atoms/files/schema_de_ligne_l_201707.pdf

Here you can find the merchants/businesses of Versailles with over 1700 you should find yours. In French, but easy me think. You go to the left hand side , you have three slots, Catégorie (category of stores you are searching such as antiquités/art), sous-catégorie (more in detail such as céramique but no need to choose this slot), and Quartier (district like Notre Dame).  http://www.versailles-commerces.info/fr/

 

Lastly, but not least , an interesting site the Cours des Senteurs (Court of Scents) with an offer on perfums like those in the Maison des Parfums, but also, fine gourmet grocery store, Toile de Jouy with fabrics in colorful motifs from a historical and famous manufacture. The restaurant Table du 11, not yet tasted but look good; and salon de thés with sweets goodies; and from here you can access the Salle du jeu de Paume, birthplace of the founding act of the French democracy, quaint streets of the district of Saint Louis, and into the Potager du Roi vegetable garden of the king. More in English here:  http://en.versailles-tourisme.com/cultural-heritage/court-of-scents-943180

Hope you enjoy the ride to a Royal , magnificent city, that is a lot more than a castle. VERSAILLES

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shops along rue de la Paroisse to market

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Church Notre Dame belltower on rue de la Paroisse

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passage des antiquaries entry

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flower market at ave Saint Cloud

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marche Notre Dame knighst of carrousel and elevator to underground parking

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Pl marche Notre Dame market

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carre de la farine market

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carré aux herbes market

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Carré à la viande market

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carré à la Marée market

Le Chesnay

entrance St MIchel to Parly II

Happy end of week, happy travels and good health to all. Cheers!

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