• Interior Courtyard of Petit Palais, Paris, France, dining on the terrace
    Food, Drink & Health,  Shopping,  Specialty shops

    Free Things in Paris – A Partial List

    Gluten free in Paris-Food, Museums, Guide books, Movies and Toilets Gluten-free flour – Affären is a Swedish specialty store near the Swedish Church and Parc Monceau that carries an unsweetened gluten-free flour mix (in Swedish: glutenfri mjölmix osötad) by Finax, which is a family-owned enterprise and leader in Nordic cereal companies. This page has been updated with one change. ZeVisit.com no longer does tourist audio guides in English. Thank you Amanda from AmericanFille for linking to my page. Affären-Paris 3 bis, rue Léon Jost 75017 Paris Metro: Courcelles Open: Tuesday to Sunday Tuesday/Thursday 11 am to 8 pm Wednesday/Friday/Saturday 11 am to 6:30 pm Telephone: 01 42 81 91 75 Le Charlain 23, rue Clauzel…

  • Cover of Que Choisir consumer magazine March 2016
    Life in Paris & France,  Shopping

    Que Choisir Tests Beauty Ingredients

    News in France spreads like wild fire! Whether it is word of mouth or the morning news on Télématin, I have found either all of the white vinegar is gone because of its cleaning properties, my hair color disappears because of a sale or the beauty products we use may have nasty ingredients. My father-in-law bought the latest Que Choisir. Its article on Hygiène et Beauté (Hygiene and Beauty) was soon all over the news. Que Choisir is a consumer magazine in France, similar to Consumer Reports in the United States. They recently tested ....

  • Girl wearing hat with her skateboard on Trocadero walkway toward Eiffel Tower
    Children and Teens,  Seeing Paris,  Shopping,  Sports

    Teenagers Visiting Paris

    A Canadian journalist asked me how to visit Paris with teenagers. So I found out. Find some steps, a curb or grass to sit on in the afternoon. Bring a skateboard ( or longboard) to Paris and map out a city journey or practice session. Plan a picnic on a quai along the Seine or go on a bike tour. Run around the Louvre on a treasure hunt. Buy manga books or Goth and Lolita-style clothing in the Bastille area. Go shopping at any of the Paris malls or second-hand stores or go to a can-can show or how about that scary mansion in the tenth arrondissement on rue de…

  • Plates in a dish rack at a bric-a-brac/brocantes/flea market in Mézilles, France in August
    Life in Paris & France,  Shopping,  Videos

    Flea Markets and Brocantes in France

    Take a train and go outside Paris and "chiner" for antiques and second-hand treasures. One suggestion to find something different is to go to a "vide-grenier". People empty out their closets, display and try to sell their no-longer-in-use belongings on the streets of their cute little towns! The second weekend in August was the vide-grenier in Mézilles, France.

  • Tour Jeans sans Peur details of ceiling in stairwell
    Shopping

    Paris Spring and Shopping in January

    The full moon is scheduled for January 19 in case you are out and about for a stroll. Spring must be on the way! Today, a television reporter spoke of the acacia plants and flowers with the yellow puffy mimosas. The ones you usually sees months before the other flowers to lift your gray spirits and anticipate Spring. He was reporting from Rungis in south Paris. Rungis took the place of Les Halles when it closed in the 1970s. Did you know that “…there are over 1200 species of mimosas in the world. The majority are native to Australia. The mimosa was introduced along the Côte d’Azur around 1850.” —Philippe…

  • Au Ver à Soie Yarn Design
    Shopping,  Specialty shops

    Paris Knitting, Needlework, Fabric Addresses

    While in the village of Butte aux Cailles the other day, I noticed this little tea salon full of knitters around tables, l’Oisive Thé et Tricot . They have a weekly Wednesday knitting group. Their Website is in French and English. They sell yarn, offer knitting classes and welcome crocheters as well! Then a reader asked about places to buy yarn. In February I attended an international needlework trade show, l’Aiguille en Fête out of curiosity and interest. During that time, I watched several of the Speed Knitting competitions and paid a visit to Susan O’Connor at the Country Bumpkin stand where she was teaching embroidery classes. Country Bumpkin is a shop located in Australia (a distance of 16,1142 km/10074…

  • Please do not touch the lettuce written on a blackboard
    Food, Drink & Health,  Shopping,  Specialty shops

    Paris Food Markets

    Food Markets in Paris Visit the Paris Mayor’s market page for opening times or click on the market basket on the home page. The day and hours information is kept current. Key words to understand from the Paris Mayor’s market page: réouverture = reopens 06eme = 6th arrondissement (75006) 05eme = 5th arrondissement (75005) 1er = 1st arrondissement (75001) Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux Cité = Flower and bird market Ile de la Cité demain = tomorrow The market links are in real time. Aujourd’hui (today), Demain (tomorrow) and the next day of the week … If you see Fermé in red, this means there is no market.  Click…

  • Ultramod mercerie, 3 and 4 rue de Choiseul 75002 Paris, France
    Shopping

    Ultramod Mercerie (Buttons, Threads, Ribbons)

    Thread your way back in time – the Mercerie – Silk Thread Ultramod – The Mercerie And Hat Shop A quest for silk embroidery thread leads me to a haberdashery on a narrow Paris street. The only name visible at this address behind the green façade is “Mercerie“. The mercerie on the rue de Choiseul sits a few doors north of the Passage Choiseul entrance along rue Saint-Augustin. Unlike the first chapter setting in Emile Zola’s novel, Thérèse Raquin, this display window lacks the dust and dinginess. The interior is lit with brilliant colors of the past and present. The roses are freshened weekly. Ultramod lacks the depressing spirit of Zola’s main character. If…

  • Printemps Christmas Store
    Shopping

    Department Store Tips

    10% off all of the time Receiving a 10% discount card at three of Paris’  department stores (grands magasins) is easy. Ask at the store about this discount. This discount is immediate and different from the value added tax refund. Only two limitations are attached: 1) the date on the card and 2) the red dot (point rouge). Visit the store’s customer service desk (information or accueil). This discount is separate from your duty free discount that you validate at the airport. The cards for Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are valid for one year (January to December). Le Bon Marché and BHV do not offer the discount. Take your original or a photocopy of…