The Loire Valley is not a shopping destination, but a
trip to the region may well be taken advantage of for
that purpose. Several foreign brand stores can be found
in the largest cities in the Loire; in the smaller ones,
you will find local stores, especially those that sell
travel souvenirs and handicrafts.
If the idea is to
find famous brand stores, go to the center of larger
cities, such as Tours and Nantes, or, if you don't have
a lot of intention with shopping, cities like Blois and
Amboise may be more suitable. You just have to keep an
eye on the opening hours of the stores, which, unlike
Paris, are not open until late.
Tours is a good city for making new purchases; there
you will find stores like H&M, Zara, Galeries Lafayette,
C&A and Fnac, which are great for shopping. If you are a
fan of cosmetics, beauty products or hygiene, be sure to
stop by one of the pharmacies in France, where you can
find quality products at good prices. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage lamps.
Remember that in France and other European countries it
is possible to receive a refund of taxes embedded in the
value of your purchases. In the case of France,
purchases from the same store must total at least €
175.01 EUR. Clothes, perfumes, shoes, electronics and
various other types of products can be much more
advantageous if you do the Tax Free procedures. Remember
to keep the invoices for your purchases and, when making
the payment, ask for the tax free form ! For
more detailed information, see the Global Blue
Galeries Lafayette is a French department store that
is present in Tours. The store is one of the classic
destinations among those who travel and do not miss the
opportunity to make good purchases.
The place is known for selling a little of
everything: adult and children's clothing, cosmetics,
shoes, jewelry and even home products. If you are a fan
of large stores and with varied products, this place is
your face, because there you will find a little bit of
Visiting the store in months like January, February,
July and August, the chances of finding products on sale
Rue Nationale, Tours - CEP: 37000
Sephora - Tours
Sephora is considered one of the largest cosmetics
stores in the world; being French, you couldn't miss one
of your stores in the Loire Valley, could you?
The store is a must for those who want to buy
make-up, cosmetics and get to know the new launches of
There are many brands sold at Sephora and you can get
lost among so many product options.
The famous - and sometimes controversial - Zara store
is present in the Loire Valley. The brand is very
successful wherever it is present and, if you like your
clothes, visiting the Tours store can be a good option,
especially during promotion periods (January, February,
July and August).
Zara usually sells children's clothing, clothing for
young people, women and men; so it is an option for
shopping for the whole family.