The Carrousel du Louvre is a favorite Paris shopping center among locals and visitors alike, and it offers a great way to take a break from visiting the famed art collections at the eponymous museum.
Open seven 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 I.M. 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.
Location and Contact Information:
Address: 99, rue de Rivoli (take the long escalators leading to the lower level of the Louvre complex to access the shopping center)
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 computer repairs and advice
- L'Occitane en Provence: Mid-priced but quality French cosmetics and gifts from Provence
- Virgin Megastore: For electronics, books, gear and more
- Esprit: Offering both womenswear and menswear
- Sephora: The go-to place for cosmetics, beauty gear and perfumes from major designers
- Swarovski: Find gifts from the iconic crystal-maker
- Bodum: Coffee aficionados will flock to this popular maker of French presses and other high-quality coffee-making equipment
- Lalique: France's most popular luxury crystal maker sells gifts, perfumes and more
- Hertz Car Rental: If you need to rent a car in Paris, this is one good option to consider
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 are 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 to Enjoy:
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.