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December 22, 2019

Passage du Havre, Paris!

So on a cool gray day of Fall and coming up on the magical Christmas 2019 I am at home for the end of year holidays. Coming from Paris where i was working nearby gave the chance to catch up on some places dear to me when used to lived in Versailles and worked in Paris.

I have told many posts on shopping in Paris over the years in my blog and on the season to be merrier could not let go anymore giving a full post to one of my favorite places ; the Passage du Havre. Right ouf of the Gare Saint Lazare train station which I took for so many years to go to work. It has been improved tremendously over the years now and so has this shopping center.

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I used to stop by for picking last minute requests from my sons at the FNAC and having my wrist watch fix all the time lol! and just getting some hot chocolate. The place is totally renovated from when I used to stop by. Go figure , Paris moves quickly and never a dull moment coming back for a visit, again! And yes this is a passage for many off the beaten path!

The passage du Havre is a covered passage located in the 9éme arrondissement This passage was formed in 1845 on the grounds belonging to Sieurs Fouquel, Selles, Doux and Durand-Billion. Its opening to the public was in 1846. It was  name du Havre due to the nearby Cour du Havre street.

It has now 44 stores on 23,500 square meters facing gare Saint-Lazare train station, the Passage du Havre shopping center was launched in 1997, and acquired in 2000 by Eurocommercial, and renovated in 2012 to cope with the transformation of the train station itself into a commercial center. Eurocommercial in France , the real estate company includes Les Grands Hommes (Bordeaux), Les Atlantes (Tours), Les Trois Dauphins (Grenoble) and Grand A (Amiens) as other shopping centers.

This passage at a right angle before its transformation included numerous toy stores and models of boats and trains. Now the main stores I have visited are L’Atelier du Chocolat, FNAC, L’Occitane, Maison Pradier, Louis Pion (where they always fix my watches lol!) Yves Rocher, The address location is 109 rue Saint Lazare.Open Mondays to Saturdays from  9h30 to 20h,Sundays from 11h to 19h.

To facilitate your access to the metro network, direct access to lines 3, 12, 13 and 14 is possible via level -1 inside the Passage du Havre. In addition you have access nearby to the RER E station Haussmann Saint Lazare. The Vélib bike network with stations at Saint Lazare and Cour du Havre nearest. And plenty of bus service at the bus depot next to the train station or gare Saint Lazare even taken by yours truly on bus lines 24 27 80 81 95 amongs many others

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Escalators are available at the entrances to Rue du Havre and Rue Caumartin. They allow you to move effortlessly between the two levels of shops. The Passage Terrace is accessible from the garden. You can sit down for lunch or take advantage of the deckchairs to take a break.

A wonderful place already in an area full of shopping galore, the best in Paris triangle with the nearby Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette dept stores! Enjoy the shopping ,hurry up time is less less for the season to be merrier. If not due come when visiting Paris a nice spot to indulge all things Parisiens!

Webpages to help plan your trip are

Official Passage du Havre shopping center

Tourist office of Paris on the Passage du Havre

There you go folks happy shopping and thanks for reading me over the years, Merry Christmas! , Feliz Navidad!! Joyeux Noël !!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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