Le Shop Guide

Once, years ago on a trip to Paris, I was lucky enough to have a real-life shopping guide for half a day. She patiently escorted me and my accumulating bags, through the passages and galeries (aka arcades) of central Paris, pointing out the various boutiques and chic shops. Of course, as an unreformed shopaholic, I loved every minute of it.

So you can imagine my delight to see this recently published book which takes window-shopping to a new level. Call it remote shopping if you like. Call it pre-shopping if you have a Paris trip planned! You could call it a 'monster wardrobe refurbushment' too because this book is subtitled 'the best of Paris for the fashion traveller'!

The brainchild of trusted fashion insiders, Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock, it is unique as this is the only Australian fashion guide to Paris. It is smartly efficient too, arranged by areas. So that you can plan your shopping trip almost entirely before you go, each listing includes the street address, phone number, and website address, as well as opening hours and (as anyone who has visited Paris knows is essential) the nearest Metro station.

So what's on the shopping list in this book?

Pampering goods

Cool clothing

Affordable chic

Cheap and cheerful

Shoes and bags....

.... and much more (including French knickers)!

And because this is a book about Paris, let's not lose sight of the essential accessory for any shopping trip - a cafe to relax in, during or after your shopping spree. There a list of several in the book too, as well as lots of insider tips, quirky illustrations, and evocative images.

After roaming through Le Shop Guide, there's only one thing left to do. Find your passport, grab your credit card and go!

But do remember to pack this book.

Le Shop Guide - how to shop like a local, by Michi Girl, Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock, published by Penguin Viking, paperback, rrp $39.99, ISBN 978 067 007 6680.

- reviewed by Sally Hammond

 

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