So far, Paris is dry and hot this summer. This is good news for sightseeing. But, you may be looking for a cool place to spend the evening. Le Chalet des Iles in Bois de Vincennes at walking distance from Paris Zoo is the right place. Get to Porte Doree metro station on line 8. Walk 15’ alongside Lac Daumesnil. You get to this oasis of trees, flowers and water.
Le Chalet des Iles is a large outdoor restaurant that hardly has any equivalent in Paris. The atmosphere is trendy and relaxed. The food is first class with in particular excellent beef and a fantastic Baba au rhum, a traditional Paris pastry, that can feed four people. Yesterday night, our party of six had a delicious dinner. We paid 250 euros including an excellent bottle of Chinon, a Cabernet wine from the Loire Valley. This is not more than what you pay in most Paris restaurants at night. A unique summer experience in Paris on a dry day. Web site. More top restaurants in Paris.
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Charles de Gaulle Airport, the largest airport near Paris, has many duty free shops. Most of these stores sell luxury products. It is not easy to find in Charles De Gaulle Airport the local products parisians buy such as fashion, food and wine at good prices. The brand new Aeroville Shopping Mall near Charles de Gaulle Airport fills that gap. The Aeroville Shopping Mall is open everyday from 10am to 8pm. There is a low frequency free shuttle from RER B terminal 1 train station (taxi exit). Check shuttle schedule before planning your visit.
Aeroville is large, spacious and quiet. It has many good French and international stores, complemented by an Auchan hypermarket. It also has a number of cheap international restaurants. Aeroville is one of the best Shopping Malls in or around Paris. Visiting Aeroville is certainly a good idea for transit passengers if you plan well your bus transfer. Aeroville web site. More Paris Shopping Malls.
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Come close to the majestuous columns of 1900 Grand Palais in between Champs Elysees and the Seine River. They host the monumental terrace of Minipalais, a beautiful and affordable Paris restaurant, managed by Eric Frechon, a 3 star french cook.
This restaurant terrace is our favorite in Paris. It is so spacious and quiet for Paris that is has no equivalent.
The dining room is also spectacular. Add to it the 29 euro two course set menu, the quality of the food and service. Minipalais is one of our favorite restaurants in Paris. Web site. Locate Minipalais on Paris map. More great restaurants in Paris.
Located at the base of the stairs to the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, the Marche Saint-Pierre is Paris’ textile market and the largest collection of stores in the Paris region dedicated to fabrics of all kinds.
Spread out over several streets, department stores like Dreyfus, Reine, and Moline delight couturiers the world over. Locate Marche Saint-Pierre on Paris map.