If you enjoy shopping, a visit to Paris is not complete without seeing the Louis Vuitton flagship store at 101 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, right at the corner of George V … even if it’s just for the heck of it. Why? It’s one huge department store, but exclusive of LV products. It even has a museum and is open on Sundays. I’m always amazed by the long line the crowds form outside to enter. And once you’re inside, it still takes a while until you’re served. At times, being there can even feel more like you’re in a market instead of a luxury store with everyone on a buying frenzy, happily contributing to the French economy. Regardless, it’s still an experience.
As there’s a limit to how many bags you can purchase, I’ve encountered several Asians who’ve asked me to buy something for them when I’m in the area. Well, no! Let’s be realistic here, it’s as if I’ll wait in line outside and inside with a small child in hand.
In any case, if you want to venture into the store, it’s best to visit in the morning. After you’ve had a look and figured out what you want to spend your hard-earned cash on, if there’s a crowd, I suggest to hop over to the LV boutiques at Avenue Montaigne or Saint-Germain-des-Prés where the shopping experience is more enjoyable — there are fewer people (tourists) and the service is more personal.
Until my next post … take care!