La Vallée Village is right next door to Disneyland Paris. It was close enough for me to sneak off there to enjoy some quality outlet shopping while the older kids did Disneyland Paris. Since Paris stores are closed on Sundays and the village is open, you can make the most of your vacation days.
How to get there
Some of the Disneyland hotels have a shuttle service to the shopping village, there is a twice daily express bus service taking 35 minutes from Place des Pyramides in Paris and a quick train service from the city as well. Hop off the RER train at the Disney stop, Marne-la-Vallée, and take the free shuttle bus departing every 15 minutes for the village.
Plenty of bargainsLa Vallée Village opened in the year 2000. It was smaller and less well known than its slightly older English sister, Bicester Village. Due to great success over the following decade, the village has just completed an expansion. Its popularity has been steadily rising with Brazilians, Russians, South Koreans, and Americans, reaching three million shoppers a year. Of course, it is nice for visitors to have a shop assistant who speaks English; international shoppers account for half of those in the village.
The look and feel of La Vallée Village is similar to Bicester Village outside London. The village of outlets concept, introduced to Europe by an American, has been successfully reproduced outside other European city centers including Milan, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dublin, Brussels, Barcelona, Parma, and Madrid.
Traditional and trendy brands
The 100 boutiques at La Vallée Village represent a full range of international and French brands for men, women, children, and home interiors among prettily landscaped grounds. Find Agnès b, Armani, Ballantyne Cashmere, Burberry, Céline, Christian Lacroix, Dunhill, Façonnable, Féraud Homme, Furla, Givenchy, Kenzo, Lalique, Longchamp, Marni, MaxMara, Polo Ralph Lauren, Porsche Design, Ferragamo, and more. The expansion has brought in Antik Batik, Descamps, M Missoni, Marlboro Classics, Paul Smith, Pinko, and Sandro with Guess Accessories, Bonpoint, and Calvin Klein Jeans are opening before Christmas 2012. Deals are about surplus, not inferior goods. Inventory changes daily.
Tax-free shoppingThose living outside the EU can benefit from tax-free shopping on purchases over €175 (approximately $225). You'll need a tax-free shopping cheque from the store which is displayed to customs officials at the airport refund office upon your departure from the EU. Refunds are made to the shopper's credit card or in cash on cash purchases, so save your receipts and be prepared to show the goods purchased. Travelers sometimes pack away purchases in their checked baggage, so remember to have the items available to show at the refund desk.
Longer shopping hours
La Vallée Village is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day, with extended hours prior to Christmas. While most Paris stores are closed on Sundays and some even on Mondays, the village shops are closed only three days per year on Christmas, New Year's Day and on May 1. Three cafés are located within the village.La Vallée Village
Telephone: +33 (0) 160 42 35 00
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