Paris, Places, Shopping


Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce one of French luxury brands Hermès store in Paris. If you’re interested in fashion and high-end brand, this place is absolutely worth to visit. I’ve been to different Hermès stores in Paris, but my favorite one is the flagship store in 6th arrondissement.

Like other stores in Paris, there are security guys to check your bags before the entrance. Once you get in, you would see a fabulous wooden structure which looks like a nest in the big place. From furniture to clothing, you can find almost everything you need in your daily life here.

To buy the bags, you need to make a reservation in advance. That doesn’t guarantee that you would get the appointment. You can make a reservation through a website, or show up and put your name on it. It’s differ from shop to shop, thus it’s good to go and ask how to reserve a spot. I heard that if you succeed with the appointment, they will send you a SMS to give you a notice. On the day of the appointment, you tell your designated salesperson the models you want but there’s no guarantee that s.he will come with bags you asked. That’s probably why some popular models are sold very expensive in the secondhand market.

Hermès is a representing premium brand from Paris. I visit here almost every season to look around new style and decoration of the place. The way they decorated the place inspires me to decorate my place. I love looking at the house deco magazine, but it’s always better to see in real than to see the magazine. Price tags are next to the item. Thus, you don’t have to call the salesperson to ask the price, but they are always near you and ready to answer your request.

Inside the store, there is also a small book store and a cafe <Le Plongeoir> where you can take a break. The servers at the cafe are very friendly. You can also have a brunch or lunch there. They offer some salad, risotto or other food to fill you up. The price is a bit high compared to other places, but I think if you’re here to buy Hermès, it wouldn’t be expensive at all to you. Plus, the quality of food is pretty high and the atmosphere is very good and quiet. Also they use Hermès furniture and dishes. If you think of purchasing any glasses or tea set it might be better try them out before at the café and buy them since they’re expensive.

Hope you liked the visit to Hermès in Paris with Marimonda 🙂 See you again!

Practical Info.

Address : 17 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris

Hours : 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) Closed on Sunday.

Le Plongeoir café

Paris, Shopping

Puces de Vanves

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

I hope you enjoyed French national holiday (also my previous post on it). Today, I’d like to introduce you Puces de Vanves, a flea market in Paris.

Flea markets are popular in Paris, they attract not only local people but also tourist. There are three big flea markets may worth to visit while you’re in Paris : Les Puces de Clignancourt, Les Puces de Vanves, and Les Puces de Montreuil. They are located on the border between Paris and banlieue.

Les Puces de Clignancourt, also known as St. Ouen flea market, is one of the largest and the famous flea markets in France. It’s located in the northern border of Paris (above 18th arrondissement). The market opens from Saturday to Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (weekend) and from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday). Address : 53 Rue Jules Vallès, 93400 Saint-Ouen.

Les Puces de Montreuil is on the Avenue de la Porte de Montreuil(20th arrondissement). The market runs for the whole day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Saturday to Monday. It’s located on the north east Paris on the border with Montreuil.

Les Puces de Vanves is located in the southern part of Paris next to 14th arrondissement. THe market opens on the weekend from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nearby, there’s another flea market specialized in old and used books (Marché du Livre Ancien et d’Occasion). This market also opens only on the weekend from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Amongst those flea markets I’ve been to the last one couple of times because it’s the closest one from my place(simple reason). It’s absolutely an interesting place to visit and look around antiques. Some stands look like a mini-museum with all old coins, badges, or old posters. I like seeing dishes with gorgeous decorations. Some of the are expensive, and probably they’re from Limoges in southwest France and it’s well known for its decorated porcelain. There’re many resellers in the market to buy some good objects with reasonable price to sell them with higher price.

I guess other flea markets will have similar atmosphere. Though, it’s good that there’s another flea market specialized in books nearby, and there’s a grandpa who plays the piano in public. There’s nothing to eat in the market except the kebab truck. It costs about 5 euros. The market opens at 7 a.m. but not many stands are ready at that time. It’s good to arrive at the market around 11:00 a.m. to fully enjoy the time since around 12:30 p.m. some sellers start to pack up their stuffs. Since most of the goods are so fragile, it took the owners 30 mins to one hour to complete the packing.

When you buy things, don’t forget to try to negotiate the price. Even though the sellers put the price on their items, you can always try to get some discount. It may work or may not, but you won’t lose anything to ask.

Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 14 Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris

Hours : 7 :00 a.m. – 2 : 00 p.m. (Open on Saturday and Sunday only)


Solde d’été/ French summer sale

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to tell you about shopping. In France, there are two official sales, one in summer and the other one in winter.

The official summer sale in 2019 kicks off on 26th June. When you walk around the town, however, you already see many shops on sale. Usually two weeks before the official solde, most shops participate in pre-solde (or avant -premières) for its membership customers. This is a good opportunity to shop before solde, because the shops are less busier than solde time in pre-solde period.

Instead of saying the percentage of the sale, in most shops use stickers in different colors to show it. What I’ve noticed, not all the shops explicitly tell you what those colors mean. Some shops put a panel or a board saying the meaning of those colorful dots, but not all of them. The clerk will happily answer to you when you ask. But if you feel pressure to purchase things when clerks are following you and explaining every single detail of the items to you (I do!), you wouldn’t ask unless you’re really into that item.

So, how those colorful dots work? Usually there are 4~6 colors. The meaning of the colors can be slightly different, but usually the shops use the same meaning.

Orange stickers -> 20 % off

Light green stickers -> 30% off

Light blue stickers -> 40% off

Yellow stickers -> 50% off

Purple/grey/black -> 60~70 % off

As I mentioned above, the stores start their sale two weeks before the official day. Thus, this summer pre-sale has already begun on 12th June. I’ve been to few shopping malls to look around, and already there were more people than before even if it was in the middle of the week. If you have a shopping list, it’s the time to go shopping.

On the other hand, the shops want to clear their stock as time goes by, thus if you wait more you might get things with cheaper price. The price goes down three times during the solde period. But there’s no guarantee the items you like will still be on stock if you wait too long. Having experienced solde third time (and this is my 4th), it seems like that s/m sized basic items tend to be sold out quickly.

Enjoy your shopping and see you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Pre-solde : 12th June – 25th June *for membership holders

Solde : 25th June – 6th August (normally, new markdown price is offered every 2 weeks)

Paris, Shopping

How to Crack Spring Sale in Paris

Hello, everyone! It’s me Marimonda!

Spring is round the corner. Yay!

Seeing the fast fashion items cycle here in Paris, I recall one catch phrase of Heidi Klum in a TV show <Project Runway>. “In the fashion world, one day you’re in. The next day, you’re out.” Like she said, you can see new items almost every single day here. Many visitors all around the world also come to France not only to travel but also to see the fashion trends and shop them.

If you’re travelling Paris for shopping.. well you’re at the right time. Even though the Winter Sale (les solde d’hiver, which is one of the biggest sale events in France) was over like a month ago, now most stores in Paris are on Spring Sale due to the flood of Summer items. Each shop may have different schedule for the promotion, but at least this weekend most stores are on sale on selected items. Let’s check out the schedule!

Le Bon Marché – Très Bon Marché (a.k.a. TBM)

Located in the 7th arrondissement, le Bon Marché is one of the oldest department store in Paris. 30% off from the retail price is offered on the seasonal selections. Since they sell more designer brand products, that 30% can save you a lot. The TBM kicked off on 13th March and it ends on 27th March. It lasts two weeks.

Le BHV – 6 Jours

Le BHV Marais is a department store next to Paris City Hall. It’s quite a small department with more casual brands. The sale began 16th March till 6th April, relatively longer than the others. You can get up to 50% off on the selected items. It’s also walking distance to Marais area, thus you can check out boutiques in Marais.

Printemps – 8 Jours Or

Printemps also kicked off its spring sale on 13th March. The sale finishes at the end of the Month. 30% or more discount will be offered on clothings and 20% on beauty products.

Galeries Lafayette – 3 Jours

Galeries Lafayette, another shopping destination in Paris, is also on sale between 20th March and 7th April up to 50% of original price.

La Vallée Village – Les Beaux Jours

La Vallée village is an outlet in Paris zone 5. It’s a bit far away, but they’ve got famous brands that you might like. They’re on sale from 23rd March until 31st March up to 60 % of original price. On 23rd, the outlet opens until 10 p.m. (usually they close at 8 p.m.) and a DJ performance is scheduled from 7 p.m. to boost you after a long shopping day.

My small tips for shopping during the sale.

  • Make a shopping list. It’s also related to your budget. You might fall in love with items you haven’t thought about. Yes, that can happen with the sale magic. There’s nothing wrong you try new styles or items. However, within the limited amount of budget, you gotta remember first things first. Try to get the things on your list first to prevent from spending too much.

  • Dress comfortably. You may want to try many different items. Wearing something easy to change will help you when you try new clothings. Wear comfortable shoes, especially, if you’re planning to spend the whole day to shop.

  • Compare prices. Many stores have similar items. Visit two or three shops before you make a final decision and compare the design, quality and price.

Happy shopping and see you again 🙂