The Carrousel du Louvre is a favorite Paris shopping center among locals and visitors alike, and a great way to take a break from visiting the famed art collections at the eponymous museum.
Open 7 days a week, the upscale center features dozens of shops, a gourmet food court with over a dozen restaurants, and an elegant and airy setting. When you're looking for someplace to shop on Sundays in the city of light, the Carrousel makes a very good choice, irrespective of whether you're looking for new clothes, jewelry, books or a special gift to bring back on the plane.
The Carrousel is also breathtaking from an architectural standpoint: the bottom section of the famous glass Pyramide du Louvre (Louvre Pyramid), designed by Chinese architect IM Pei, is visible from one wing of the shopping center. In addition, the Carrousel du Louvre includes an extensive exhibition space where major annual events like the Paris Photo exhibit are held.
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Location and Contact Information:
Address: 99, rue de Rivoli (take the long escalators downstairs to access the shops)
Metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (Line 1)
Buses: Lines 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95
Parking: Avenue du Général Lemonnier (700 spaces available)
Information by telephone: 33(0)1 43 16 47 10
Accessibility: All levels of the Carrousel du Louvre are accessible to disabled visitors.
The Carrousel du Louvre is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Restaurants are open during the same hours.
With a few exceptions, shops are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
Shops and Highlights at the Carrousel:
The shopping center features fashion, home design, gifts, books, and many other specialist boutiques. Jewelry, gifts, and home decoration are strong suits at the Carrousel, while fashion is not as emphasized.
Alongside smaller local boutiques, better-known brands and stores at the center include:
- Apple Store (opened in 2009): includes a Genius Bar for repairs and advice
- L'Occitane en Provence
- Virgin Megastore
- Hertz Car Rental
Snacking, Drinking, and Dining at the Carrousel:
The mezzanine-level "Universal Resto" food court offers 13 gourmet food stalls with delicacies from around the world, including French, Moroccan, Japanese, or Mexican. All major credit cards accepted. If you want to pick up something to nibble later, try the Ragueneau/Patisserie du Louvre pastry shop on the same level of the shopping center.
Nearby Sights and Attractions:
- The Louvre Museum
- Tuileries Gardens
- The Louvre-Tuileries Neighborhood
- Paris Boutiques and Concept Stores
- Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum)
Shopping in the French capital is never boring or standard if you know where to go, and finding special gifts or rare items is always a possibility. Check out our guide to the nearby Palais Royale, with its sumptuous shopping galleries, for more places to roam and window-shop in close reach of the Louvre. Also check out our guide to the best boutiques and concept stores in Paris, including Colette, a favorite among the global fashion set, and offering the latest trends in men and women's fashion, design and home items.