Paris: Let the sales begin!
We were psyched to get a reminder from Gridskipper that the Parisian city-wide “soldes” sales event will be in effect January 9-20. A government regulated program, Paris slashes prices (anywhere from 30-50 percent off) on clothing and the like twice a year, once in January (“soldes d’hiver”) and again during the summer months (“soldes d’été”). From big retailers like Galeries Lafayette to smaller boutique chains like Agatha, you can expect to get your mitts on some haute stuff for cooler prices.
But, for cheapos out there, here’s the best news of all:
Because the annual retail sales are such a big tourism draw, the Chamber of Commerce along with the Tourist Office of Paris and a few other government orgs join forces each year to present, “Soldes By Paris,” an event involving some 1,500 retailers, 500 hotels and restaurants and a whole lot more.
For about two weeks, participating hotels drop their rates, while restaurants and museums offer special promotions. This year, the SNCF—French National Railway—and other transportation authorities will offer discounts too.
To learn more, visit the official “Soldes By Paris” site.
An interactive map allows you to search for discounts and events by personality type (romantic, chic, trendy, creative or original). Unsure just where you fall in? Take the quiz. This resident cheapo scored a hefty “romantic” score that deemed her Amélie-like (“You can’t do without these chance meetings that are so Parisian and charming.” How did they know?) and suggested we visit Monoprix for our big shopping (hey, we’re solde on any store that sells both skirts and steaks!).
Among other recommendations the site gave for Audrey Tautou artists:
For hotels: 48 participating hotels and guesthouses will offer discounts to tourists in the “romance circuit.”
For art: The contemporary Galerie Hebert on the Rue du Pont Louis Philippe in the Marais.
Going out: The site dishes up kick-off events, including free or reduced prices at cinemas and parties at bars like L’Irlandais.