Since the 1970s, what was the site of the city’s produce markets has instead housed the biggest shopping mall in Paris, the soulless, subterranean maze, Forum des Halles. You'll find major chain stores, including electronics retailer Fnac. And ongoing renovations are aiming to improve its aesthetics. But it's frankly a shame to waste your Paris shopping and vacation time down here.
Chain stores such as clothing retailer H&M also congregate along rue de Rivoli around the Châtelet metro entrances.
One of the hippest stores in this neighborhood is the concept shop Colette, which stocks a changing line-up of super-funky men's and women's fashions (from 'Evian Baby' T-shirts to Alexander McQueen), neo-retro toys, Kiehl's beauty products and music (including its own compilations). The menu at its basement bar includes gourmet New York-style hot dogs and several dozen different mineral waters from around the world.