The various districts offer plenty of choice for fashion victims and addicts, as well as plenty of opportunities for window shopping. Are you looking for the latest in luxury? The Triangle, between Cours Clémenceau, Cours de l’Intendance, and Allées de Tourny, showcases all the leading brands and upmarket shops. Head for the Galerie Bordelaise, an indoor shopping area near the Grand Theatre typical of the 19th century, renovated starting in September 2015, which leads directly into Rue Sainte Catherine. This 1.2-kilometre pedestrianised promenade - the longest shopping street in Europe - boasts over 250 shops and department stores, including Galeries Lafayette. The Quai des Marques, on the Chartrons waterfront, attracts bargain-hunters to factory outlet shops in converted warehouses.
As in Paris, recently-opened concept stores offer an updated version of bric-a-brac, featuring trendy, offbeat "finds", including clothes, handbags, decorative items, and jewellery. The W.A.N (We Are Nothing) poster sets the tone, with its recycled, funky, "slow design" objects: a veritable Ali Baba’s cave of salvaged treasures!
Flea markets and vintage shops
Antique-hunters just love Rue Bouffard, with its superb window displays and art galleries, and Rue Notre-Dame in the Chartrons district. Village Notre-Dame is an institution, founded over 30 years ago, with 35 antique dealers under one roof. In late October, the whole area turns into a giant flea market for a weekend, with new wine, roasted chestnuts, and jazz bands in the street. Antique dealers and artists have also taken over the Passage Saint-Michel, to the south of the city centre. Even the building is well-worth seeing: it used to be a banana-ripening warehouse!