Day Two in Paris: Shopping at Havre Caumartin

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Havre Caumartin

Day two, let's go! Having been on a pretty thorough and taxing tour around the important attractions around Paris on the first day, we became smarter and more accustomed to traveling around the city. Paris is not as dangerous to be extremely paranoid about, but it's always wise to keep your belongings in front of you and be socially aware of your surroundings. The beginning of this itinerary would be especially important for Singaporeans... our natural habitat: shopping malls at Havre Caumartin!
Itinerary for Day Two in Paris
1. Havre Caumartin
2. Montmartre & Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
3. Eiffel Tower

Want an alternative one day itinerary in Paris?
>>> Itinerary for Day One in Paris
>>> Itinerary for Day Three in Paris

Havre Caumartin
Paris metro
Paris metro


Day pass or 10 regular tickets for Paris Zone 1-2?
We took the metro line most of the time and engaged our legs in a different form of exercise - there are a lot of stairs around the metro stations. As an overview, this choice is definitely much more energy-saving and allows for more flexibility in your itinerary planning. Recommended to get the metro day pass for Zone 1-2 where most of the attractions are, even if you're not following this itinerary. Each day pass is 6.80 Euros. However, 10 regular tickets for Zone 1-2 costs 13.70 Euros if you buy them at one go. Therefore, if you are going to take the metro only 4 times or lesser a day, it is better to buy the 10 regular tickets... only if you're going to use at least 9 of them, otherwise it'll still be cheaper to get the day pass.
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin

There are two major areas that you can shop at: Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Departmental Store. They are connected by a bridge. There are more upscale brands like Louis Vuitton, Longchamp (more on this in my future post) and the jazz that you can think of, as well as more down-to-earth stuff as practical souvenirs especially for friends who love cooking and/or food with beautiful packaging. 

Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin
Havre CaumartinHavre Caumartin
As you can see, the basement of Lafayette is a wonderland for those who love spices, salts, sugars, herbs - quality ingredients for cooking. The variety is very amazing. You can buy them in 50 or 100g portions wrapped in very pretty metallic packaging, all ready to be given as souvenirs. They are priced at around 7-9 Euros per 50g.
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin

They have a keen sense of beauty and it reflects through their kitchenware and fashion. Come on, we're in Paris, duh.

Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin

But honestly, shopping isn't my favourite activity (gasp, what?!) and I got bored after browsing the area for one hour. Yes it's true, not even in Singapore... so I was more interested in taking photographs and being taken pictures of. But then again, I know most people would need a stop for souvenirs shopping (and air-conditioning) so Havre Caumartin would be a great stop for that.

Havre Caumartin
And then I spy the 5kg Nutella!!! Gotta take a photo with it, right? Although I was smiling, it was seriously very heavy.

Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin
Havre Caumartin

For me, I find that this is a slightly necessary stop for those who wants to do a one-stop souvenir shopping for a lot of friends. Besides that, we also avoided the merciless sun at noon while hiding indoors.
Check back more for my highly anticipated stops: the Montmarte and Eiffel Tower! I was very happy that day because I've been waiting to go to these two places even before I arrived in Paris.

Itinerary for Day Two in Paris
1. Havre Caumartin
2. Montmartre & Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
3. Eiffel Tower

Want an alternative one day itinerary in Paris?
>>> Itinerary for Day One in Paris


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