Au Bon Marche location
Au Bon Marche has become one of my favourite Paris department stores. The other major department stores, at least the flagship stores, are located on the right bank. Au Bon Marche is the major left bank store. It is well located at 24 Rue de Sèvres, which is right at the Serves Babylone metro stop. From some central right bank locations like the Concorde Louvre area or the Madeleine, this is a stop along the number 12 metro line.
Why Bon Marche
I think my primary reason for liking Au Bon Marche, or The Good Market, is it seems to be just more manageable. Printemps or Galeries Lafayette always are very busy. They should be as they are in the right bank shopping hub. Again, those are the flagship stores that are in that right bank shopping hub. Unless you are in Paris during the two major sales times, Au Bon Marche is easier to maneuver. It has all the major brands like all the department stores but just easier to navigate.
By the way, those two major sales times, they occur in January and June each year. Although you will meet the throngs of shoppers, the sales are good. I’ve heard it said that the Parisians leave Paris for vacation in July and August while the tourists move in. I think they leave Paris after June only because it is after ‘les soldes.’
What else at Bon Marche
One of the areas my wife and I spend a significant amount of time in is Au Bon Marche’s food area. When we lived in Paris, it was a place we could find some North American food. We did find some other specialty shops but both come at a price. Perhaps the interantional section got us in but we really like the variety of food and the quality. When we vacation in Paris now, we always rent an apartment so we prepare some of our own meals. Normally we will buy our food from regular grocery stores but we might have the occasional treat meal from Au Bon Marche. They make delicious prepared meals that are easy to heat up and their produce is always top notch.
We have our favourite baked goods shops, the smaller independent type but Au Bon Marche also has excellent baked goods. I would recommend a pain aux raisin and then walk to the nearby Jardin du Luxembourg to enjoy.