Only a 6 hour trip with the High Speed train separate Barcelona from this festival of the senses. Go with the flow of the Parisian magic and be imbued with the style and taste of Paris. The French capital celebrates at the end of January one of the most important events in the fashion: the Paris Fashion Week. For eight days, the city fills up with artists, models and directors of the main fashion magazines to see the new collections of top designers hit the catwalk. If you want to experience the fun and daring side of Paris fully immerse yourself in the Fashion Week.
In addition to fashion shows, the Gallic capital has a never-ending list of shops from the main brands, galleries, boutiques and ateliers. Wander the streets of Paris such as the Rue de Rivoli, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Boulevard Haussmann and the Boulevard Montmatre. Dare to explore the Galeries Lafayette, the Printemps, the Bazar Hôtel de Ville or Le Bon Marché, the oldest department store in the world. Besides, do not forget to visit the famous passages of Paris, such as the Passage Vero-Dodat, the Passage Jouffroy, the famous Galerie Vivienne and the Passage du Grand Cerf.
If you want to find real bargains, be sure you visit street markets. Most arrondissements have its own but we highlight three of them. First, the Flea Market or Marché aux Puces in Saint-Ouen. Known as “Les Puces”, it is one of the largest in Europe and the world, and it offers clothes, accessories, antiques and furniture. Second, the Marché Saxe-Breteuil. Located near the Eiffel Tour and Les Invalides, it has food stalls, clothing and household items. Finally, the Marché de la Rue Mouffetard. It is the least known to tourists but it holds a wide range of food stalls and live music.
Take a break from your shopping with a relaxing cup of coffee in one of the famous Parisian cafes (Les Deux Magots in the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Brasserie Lipp in the Boulevard Saint-Germain and Café de la Rotonde in the Boulevard du Montparnasse. These three cafes were famous meeting points of bohemian artists such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir and Ernest Hemingway) or taste a good croissant (we suggest visiting the bakery Blé de Sucré in the Rue Antoine Vollon and the bakey Poilâne in Rue de Cherche-Midi). Pamper yourself with a sweet craving in the chocolate shop Georges Larnicol (in Boulevard Saint-Germain) and the macaron-specialized patisserie Ladurée (in the Rue Royale).