A fun and yet refined shopping experience spread over 45,000 square metres, Parisians’ favorite department store LE BHV MARAIS– directly opposite the Hôtel de Ville and just a few minutes from Notre-Dame – is a must for all Christmas shoppers in the French capital. Its particularly zeitgeisty ranges mean this bright, elegantly done out mega-shop is one of the best places to come and check out the latest fashion trends.
In association with LE BHV MARAIS.
Beefeaters and tea parties
Featuring both luxury and casual clothing for both men and women, it’s the only lifestyle department store to offer such a large catalogue of items right in the centre of the city. Men are in for a particular treat this year, with five luxury clothing concessions from Moncler, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci and Valentino now on site. But don’t forget that LE BHV MARAIS is about a lot more than just clothes: whether it’s decorations, kitchen equipment, furniture or cosmetics you’re after, you’ll be able to find everything you need to fill that Christmas stocking here. To make your shopping experience that little bit more complete, there are also various shops-within-shops on site, plus a host of tempting cafés and even interactive workshops.
The theme for this year’s special Christmas displays, activities and ranges – from November 17 to January 2 – is a celebration of all things British. With bright red telephone boxes, beefeaters and tea parties in the window, LE BHV MARAIS has teamed up with the British Embassy in France to offer special choir performances, cookery classes, bulldog-themed photo booths and DIY knitting workshops with Wool and The Gang (where it’s promised you’ll be able to knit your own woollen Christmas brooches). For fashion fans, cult British label Liberty will also be on hand with a special 32 square metre pop-up store selling around 50 fresh and flowery household items including earthenware plates, teapots and scented candles. For a taste of British fashion, Paul’s Boutique will bring a flavour of Portobello Market to the French capital with an exclusive range of classy, bold bags and leatherwear. Not to mention, of course, the extensive permanent ranges from around 40 iconic British brands like Topshop, Fred Perry and Ted Baker (whose clothes are put on proud display this Christmas).
Look out for Santa from the rooftop
After a long day’s shopping, we advise you head for a spot of peace and quiet in one of the various on-site restaurants and cafés in the ‘Cour Bleue’. Hidden away in an interior courtyard, the Cour is bursting with trendy gourmet food trucks and comfy seating space, and is a great place to come and admire your acquisitions over a cup of Earl Grey and a croissant (or even some special Christmas-themed goodies). At the Pâtisserie des Rêves, for example, you can get yourself a sophisticated Paris Brest pastry in a warm and comfortable setting. Alternatively, it’s also worth considering the ‘Perchoir’ rooftop cocktail bar, which offers stunning panoramic views over the city. With its stylish Scandinavian-style décor, quilted furniture and evergreen shrubs, there’s no need to worry about the cold in this venue, which offers marvellous cocktails and great food platters until the early hours.
Le Perchoir Marais
Open until March 13 2016
Open Thursday-Saturday 8.15pm-2am
Entrance: 37 Rue de la Verrerie
For tourists, LE BHV MARAIS has put in place a special offer: 10% OFF for EU and non EU residents, alongside the 12% Tax Refund, making shopping here while on holidays even more pleasurable. Express and international delivery, personal shoppers and express tax refund are also few of services offered.
LE BHV MARAIS
52, Rue de Rivoli, 4th
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (Lines 1 and 11)
Open Monday-Saturday 9:30am-8pm, until 9pm on Wednesdays
Open on Sundays 22th & 29th November from 10am-7.30pm, and every sunday in december.