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April 1, 2018

The shopping in Paris on discount!!!

As said, shopping is one of the pleasures of France. It’s haute couture and fashion mode are tops and there is a plethora of designers creators that are not really still known outside of France but still coming along.  By popular demand online and on private emails, I will redo my listing updated of course of the best places to shop at discount in Paris with some notable exception elsewhere. Of course, you can read my previous posts on shopping for first line stores.

I did a similar presentation on a previous online travel site no longer in existence. We do shop for the middle names of Pierre Cardin, Daniel Hechter, Olly Gan, Jules, and some upper names like Lacoste, Hugo Boss, and Georgio Armani. However, our main line comes from Armand Thiery and we are very satisfy by the quality price ratio and the service in all their stores.

Here I will give some food for thought on your shopping days in Paris and elsewhere in France.

These are all second hand discounted clothing stores in Paris. Of course, I have not been to all of them even most of them, but these are the stores that come up in any conversation with friends and or colleagues , when it comes to discounted and or second hand dégriffés stores in Paris. The stores are listed by arrondissement or district.

Paris 1er district we have

Stock Antoine et Lili, 17 Rue du Jour, these are past fashion period garments out of season that up to 50% off, we have been here. you come close on metro Pyramides lines 7 and 14. Several other stores in Paris webpage :

 One mentioned is Stock Ekyog, 1 Rue Montmartre, discounted to 50% open Mondays 14h-19h , Tuesdays/Wednesdays 10h30 to 14H and 15h to 19h30, Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays 10h30 to 19h30 you reach on metro line 4 Les Halles  webpage:

 Going over to Paris 2éme we have

 La Marelle, 21 Galerie Vivienne , depot sale of luxury brands, ready to wear and accessories open Mondays to Fridays from 10h30 to 18h30, Saturdays 12h30 to 18H30, nearest metro line 3 Bourse; webpage :  La Marelle

 Stock Kookai, 82 Rue Réaumur, we have been here, articles from Kookai and previous years collection with discounts from 30-70% Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h30 to 19h30, nearest metro linees 3 and 4 Réaumur-Sébastopol. Webpage:

In the Marais 3éme and 4émé we have

Stock Jonak, 44 blvd de Sébastopol discounts of 30-40% on previous years collections open Monday 12h-14h and 14h30 to 19h Tuesday to Fridays 10h45 to 14H and 14h30 to 19h and Saturdays 10h45 to 19h. Closest Metro line 4 Etienne Marcel Webpage :

 L’Habilleur, 44 Rue du Poitou, creators collection at discount prices according to season, open Mondays to Saturdays from 12h to 19h30 nearest metro line 8 filles du calvaire. Webpage;

Stock Zadig & Voltaire 22 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, been here good one, previous years collection at discounts from 30-60% open Mondays to Fridays 11h to 19h and Saturdays 11h to 19h30 Sundays 14h to 19h30 nearest metro lines 1 and 11 Hôtel de Ville. Webpage;

Stock Azzedine Alaia 18 Rue de la Verrerie previous collections at discounts from 30-90% according to collection chosen, open Mondays to Saturdays 10h to 19h nearest metro lines 1 and 11 Hôtel de Ville. No webpage for the store but tel +33 (0) 1 42 72 19 19

Stock Sandro, 26 Rue de Sévigne , this one I have been and has collection from previous years and end of series sales , open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h30 -19h , and Sundays 13h -19h30; nearest metro line 1 Saint Paul Webpage on paris tourist office:

Another one been to is La Piscine , 13 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, several brands high styles upper prices clothings and accessories by the best fashion houses at unbeatable prices ,several branches in Paris. Open Mondays 13h to 19h30 ,and Tuesdays to Sundays 11h to 19h30,, nearest metro line 1 Saint Paul, webpage

In the Paris 5éme we have

Stock André,59 Boulevard Saint-Michel. Reduction of stock on previous collections of the brand André, open Mondays to Saturdays 9h to 19h nearest metro is RER B Luxembourg or bus lines I have taken and take you there are the 27, 82 lines. Webpage

At the Paris 6éme we have

Le Mouton à cinq pattes 138 blvd Saint Germain, that I have been to selling men and women and exclusive modeles at discount prices ,Other stores in Paris too, open Mondays to Fridays 10h30 to 19h30 Saturdays 10h30 to 20h nearest metro line 10 Mabillon, webpage;

La Clef des Marques 122-126 blvd Raspail , another been to, selling a large choice of clothing from best brands of women men and children at discounted prices, open Mondays 12h30 to 19h and Tuesdays to Saturdays 10H30 to 19h, nearest metro line 12 Notre Dame des Champs ,facebook webpage:

Continuing on the Paris 8éme we have:

 Oulet Demarque, 3 rue du Havre, that I have been, selling discounts clothing , bags and accessories for men and women such as brands Moncler, Cerutti, Chloé, Dolce Gabbana, Galliano…nearest metro line 3, 12, 13 and 14 Saint Lazare, Yelp info webpage

Paris 10éme we have

Stock Sagone, 63 blvd de Magenta and others, for shoes of all styles men and women, open Mondays to Saturdays 10h to 19h nearest metro line 4 5 and 7 Gare de l’Est, webpage;

Stock Claudie Pierlot, 6 Rue de Marseille discounts ready to wear, shoes etc been here good stuff. open Mondays 11h to 14h and 15h to 20h ,Tuesdays to Saturdays 11H to 20h and Sundays 13h30 to 19h30 nearest metro line 5  Jacques Bonsergent , webpage:

Stock Les Petites, 11 Rue de Marseille, smaller size women open Monday to Saturdays 10h30 to 19h30, nearest metro line 5 Jacques Bonsergent, webpage;

Bel Air Outlet, 22 Rue Beaurepaire , several locations in Paris and France, discounts open Mondays to Saturdays 10h30 to 10h30 nearest metro line 5 Jacques Bonsergent. Webpage:

Karl Marc John Outlet, 65 Quai de Valmy, women and children, open Mondays to Saturdays 10h30 to 19h30 and Sundays 13h to 19h30, webpage ;

In Paris 11éme we have

Jyvé Stock, 35 bvld de Reuilly, discounts and second hand from several brands and men and women, open weekdays and Saturdays 10h45 to 19h30 ,nearest metro line 6 Dugommier and Daumesnil lines 6 and 8 webpage

In the Paris 14éme we have in just one street !!!

Stock Sonia Rykiel ,110-112 Rue d’Alésia, all about Sonia at 50% discounts from older collections, open Tuesdays 11h to 18h45 Wednesdays to Fridays 10h45 to 18h45 and Saturdays 10h4( to 19h, nearest metro line 4 Alésia; webpage Paris tourist office :

Stock Chevignon, 122 Rue d’Alésia, basic leather and old jeans collections with discounts of 30-50% off, open Mondays to Saturdays 11h to 19h nearest metro line 4 Alésia. Tel +33 (0) 1 45 43 40 25 no Webpage for the outlet the main brand webpage here:

Stock Zapa, 139 Rue d’Alésia, discount models from previous years at great prices, open Mondays to Saturdays 10h to 19h30, nearest metro line 13 Pernety. Webpage

Stock Mac Douglas, 111 Rue d’Alésia, shopping for the famous bags brand with great prices ;open Mondays to Saturdays 11h to 19h nearest metro line 4 Alésia, webpage

Stock Daniel Hechter, 92 Rue d’Alésia, mens and women of the fashion designer, been here and to the original store in Opéra as well as Tronchet, my business vest.. fyi, at the stock or outlet you have up to 50% discount from older models. Nearest metro line 13 Pernety. Webpage official brand,

In Paris 18éme you have

Stock A P C, 20 Rue André del Sarte, discount of up to 70% on some articles and previous years collections, open Mondays to Saturdays 12h to 19h Sundays 13h to 19h, nearest metro line Château rouge. Webpage:

Moving on to Paris 20éme we have

Scalp Stock Weill , 12 blvd Charonne, , classic collection of Weill and Atika at great discounts open Monday 11h to 19h and Tuesday to Saturday 10h to 19h , nearest metro lline 1 , 2 , 6 , and 9 as RER A Nation,no webpage for outlet but tel +33 (0) 1 43 73 10 85 main webpage on first line is here:

Outside of PARIS, (better by car) there are some good ones, and in my opinion even better. These are in Val d’Oise dept 95 on the A15 direction Rouen exit 4 next to Ikea store, Quai des Marques  in the city of Franconville. Open Mondays to Saturday 10h to 20h, where my family did a lot of shopping of top names brands better than on the Disneyland side and even better than in Yvelines 78 my old department. Webpage here:


Quai des Marques entrance Franconville

And if you have a car, by dept 10 Aube in the region of Grand Est you have the city of Troyes, and there around it ,you have several outlet stores of good value such as Marques Avenue, Marquescity and McArthur Glen all next to each other really. I have visited them too and shop as well as up north in Roubaix dept Nord 59,These are their webpages.



Then you have the Paris tourist office with a listing of many of them and more.

Paris tourism:

Hope it helps your find, of course as you know, Paris has endless shopping opportunities and will be silly of me to tell you these are all or even the best. These are some and on some of them I have been the experience has been good. Hope it helps.

Enjoy your Sunday, Happy Easter and happy travels, good health and plenty of cheers!!!


April 1, 2018

A museum like no other, Orsay!

So coming back at you and the eternal Paris, oh well yes indeed. If someone invented the idea of a city then it definitively should have taken Paris as a model. We are at the museums, well my weak spot not so much into them, but then again when you live here lol! Of all I must say my favorite is the one I like to tell you about now, Orsay Museum or Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Because my son worked in the restaurant  just across at the Maison des Polytechniciens, a building purchase lands in 1640 and by 1923 becomes the house of polytechnicians as today, the restaurant is use for private functions and events. For reference here ;


The musée d’Orsay or Orsay museum opened in 1986!, yes not that old. It is along the Seine river on the rive gauche or left bank; and my son used to work nearby so we went around often the lovely area and into the museum, that I guess why is my favorite…As you may know, it is in the old train station of gare d’Orsay, built by Victor Laloux  between 1898 and 1900 , and change into a museum on the wish of French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.  The collections are western art from 1848 to 1914, in all its diversity of paintings, sculpture, decorated arts, graphic arts, photography, architecture ,and al. Making it one of the biggest museums in Europe!

It is right on the spot of the old Orsay palace built in 1810 richly decorated that hosted in 1840 the Council of State at street level and then the Tax Court on first floor (2nd US). It burned in 1871 during the uprising of the Commune , and left in abandon state until the construction by  Victor Laloux of the gare d’Orsay, old terminus of the Compagnie du Chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans (railroad company of line Paris-Orléans), to host visitors to the Universal Exposition of 1900.


Impressionist painting main level Orsay

The museum has one of the most important collection of impressionist and post impressionist paintings in the world with over  1 100 portraits that we can see like the works of Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe ,and l’Olympia by Edouard Manet, une épreuve de La Petite Danseuse de quatorze ans by Degas, L’Origine du monde, Un enterrement à Ornans, L’Atelier du peintre by Courbet, Les joueurs de cartes by Cézanne and even five portraits of the series  or Série des Cathédrales de Rouen by Monet , and Bal du moulin de la Galette by Renoir; wonderful all.  Also, paintings from the Cloisonnistes, symbolistes and Nabis schools and the fame école de Barbizon scholl , and realistes naturalists, orientalists, academic and foreign schools.


This section I like a lot the decorative arts or Arts decoratifs . From 1977, there is a collection of works of arts décoratifs from the period 1848-1914  in the dining room or salle à manger Charpentier  from 1900, renovate in its own space of period room with different furniture and objects in contrast.  Showing works of arts from the ceramic, glass , jewerly and furniture productions showing the permutation of the objects link to the industrial revolution, to those of fine arts apply to industry.

There is an unique section on Photography been collected since 1970. No other fine arts museum in France has a sectioin dedicated to photography that I know of ; it was just thought to have it here. The works are by many including Hippolyte Bayard, Édouard Baldus, Christian Bérard, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, Félix Nadar, Nicéphore Niépce, and Constant Alexandre Famin.

The museum today falls adminitravely  as public entity since 2004 in which it also belongs the  musée Hébert. The musée de l’Orangerie was added in 2010; and the new name is that of the Établissement public du musée d’Orsay et du musée de l’Orangerie.

Orsay Museum official webpage

Friends of the museum / Friends of the Museum

Boutique of Orsay museum: boutique shopping Orsay Museum

Since 2009 ,the musée d’Orsay has signed partnership deals with other museums to allow for sharing of collections and scientific support. These are the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny ;Musée Bonnard ;Musée Courbet ; and the Musée de Pont-Aven. The Orsay museum is reach in Paris by the RER C gare du Musée d’Orsay below the museum , and the metro Solférino.

Paris tourism Paris Tourism Musée d’Orsay

Hope you enjoy this brief introduction to a wonderful Orsay museum. Enjoy your Easter weekend ,happy travels, good health and many cheers!

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