The clay court classic of the Grand Slam tournaments, the French Open championship at the Stade Roland Garros, is eagerly anticipated by all tennis fans. Shopping enthusiasts, meanwhile, are breathlessly looking forward to the opportunity to browse the chic districts of the capital in search of bargains, as the summer sales season arrives.
The only clay court Grand Slam event
For several decades the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Stadium has been a showcase for sporting thrills and suspense. The second of the year’s four Grand Slams and the climactic event of the clay court season, the French Open is considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world. All the biggest names in international tennis will meet this year from May 22nd to June 11th to see who amongst these elite players , if anyone, will be capable of taking back the singles trophies from their current holders, Novak Djokovic and Garbiñe Muguruza. With close to 15,000 seats, the central Court Philippe Chatrier welcomes the final and always provides each match with an electric and effervescent atmosphere. But this emblematic Parisian tournament remains more than just a sporting competition. It is a special event. Every year various celebrities join the crowds cheering on their favourites and are often seen elsewhere in the stadium, adding to the heady ambience. A symbol of Parisian chic and fashion, the stadium itself also enjoys a certain prestige within the glittering 16th arrondissement of Paris. It boasts a number of restaurants and luxury shops to attract lovers of fashion and high quality goods. Which leads us to…
The 5 week search for bargains
Fashion and ready-to-wear fans in particular await this annual event with barely concealed excitement, and it is almost upon us. Yes, the summer sales are coming! Taking place this year from June 28th to August 8th, this price slashing bonanza offers the opportunity to enjoy more than 5 weeks of bargain hunting bliss throughout the capital. From luxury shopping streets to the legendary Parisian department stores and countless smaller retailers, nearly everyone will be marking down their old stock and everything is priced to go! Clothes, accessories, high-tech appliances or items for the home, you will find it all during the summer sales, saving you a significant amount on your annual budget. The department stores on the Right Bank such as Bon Marché and the Galeries Lafayette are known across the world as wonderful places to shop, and during the summer sales that wow factor increases tenfold. Whether you hunt for high-end perfumes, refined lingerie or brand shoes, the summer sales are definitely the time to indulge yourself without breaking the bank. The historic centre of Paris, where you can find the Opera, the great boulevards and the Champs-Élysées, also awaits your discovery of the capital’s most emblematic monuments.