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Suzy Gershman's Born to Shop Paris: The Ultimate Guide for People Who Love to Shop Paperback – November 29, 2006


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These compact, handy guides are packed with insider tips on where to find the most fabulous fashions, the most unique gifts, and the best bargains on everything from antiques to housewares. Includes all the big names, and a Best of chapter that pinpoints exactly where to find the finest. Also included is a handful of the authors favorite places to stay and eat. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Gershman's may be the best guide for novice and pro shoppers alike."
The Washington Post

For nearly twenty years, Suzy Gershman has been leading savvy shoppers to the world's best finds. Now Born to Shop Paris is easier to use and packed with more up-to-date listings than ever before.

Inside you'll find:

  • The best of the Parisian shopping scene, from world-class department stores and trendy boutiques to flea markets, vintage shops, and bargain basements
  • Excellent values, from antiques to perfume
  • Great gift ideas, even for a friend who has everything—plus the best gifts for less than $10
  • The best airfare, hotel, and dining values—so you can maximize your shopping dollars

Visit us online atFrommers.com

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Product Details

  • Series: Born To Shop (Book 15)
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 11th edition (November 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471790354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471790358
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,379,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been traveling to Paris for 20 years and even lived there for a bit.
Melanie Peterson
I have previous editions of this book which I found initially helpful but this " updated" one is hardly that.
Karen Ford
It's very difficult to look up a specific area or kind of specialty store that you seek.
Jl Metcalf

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122 of 131 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read Suzy's earlier book and with morbid curiousity looked at this book to see if she has made any improvements. I guess Suzy is still lounging on the bed in her hotel because the research is still as bad. So.....here's a post of my previous review which is still entirely applicable.
I spend several months each year in Paris. A wonderful city that is beautiful, safe and above all...French. Something which Suzy seems unable to comprehend.
She seems to know little of the city. Street names are mispelled. Suggestions for lunch are directed to overpriced mediocre tourist traps. Stores are noted at addresses that are years out of date. She suggests getting your hair done at the head office of L'Oreal. Suzy???? This is an office building without a salon in sight. Do you take your car for service to the head office of General Motors? She sends to you to a well known Parisian leather shop that has not been at the address offered for years. She tells you to arrive a couple of hours before opening at the St. Ouen Market. She even offers a cute way of pronouncing the name. Thanks so much Suzy. However, arrive a couple of hours early at the market and all you'll get is nasty remarks from vendors who are setting up and trying to enjoy their first cafe of the day.
She offers all the standard silly warnings about subways, pickpockets, "rowdy boys" and dangerous French traffic. The subways are clean, always populated, remarkably convenient and I suppose there are a few pickpockets lurking somewhere; but this is the method of transportation in Paris and I have never encountered one bad incident. I don't know what Suzy means by "rowdy boy". I have never seen one.....nor heard of problems with them. I wonder if Suzy gets out much?
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jl Metcalf on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
It was difficult to wade through her tasteless anecdotes (mostly about her age) to find much substance. She seems more interested in trying to build a personal fan club than trying to give out great information on the truly wonderful shopping in Paris! Her "great deals" on hotel rooms are between US$200 - $300 a night, so beware that she's writing for those with beaucoup d'argent to burn.
I like books that I can carry with me for reference when I shop in Paris. It's nearly impossible to do that with this book because there is so much "chit-chat" included in the reviews of stores. It's very difficult to look up a specific area or kind of specialty store that you seek. You pretty much have to read the entire book to sift through her laborious writing to find what little helpful information actually exists. She includes one map of Paris which may be good for an overview of where shops are located, but a more detailed map is truly warranted.
This book is adequate if it's the only one to which you have access,... I'm sure Suzy has adequate experience of shopping in Paris, but her book needs some serious reorganization and brevity to make it more widely appealing to those who aren't as experienced as she is.
Bottom line: Not worth the effort to read it when there are far more informative books available. Sorry, Suzy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Peterson on August 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been traveling to Paris for 20 years and even lived there for a bit. Out of habit, I checked out Suzy's latest book. I wanted to know where Christian Louboutin's store was. she doesn't mention him. not a word. He is perhaps one of the hottest shoe designers going with his famous red soles. Suzy doesn't know or doesn't care.

Onto Pierre Hardy, a shoe designer in Palais Royale who is now making coveted purses with a wait list a mile long, again Suzy doesn't seem clued into who he is either.

The list goes on. Her hotel's are ridiculous. There are many wonderful hotels that are under $200.00 a night. Hotel Brighton on rue d' Rivoli right next to the much touted Hotel Mercier is one. Hotel Relais du Louvre next the still close Samaratine Deprtment store, which as been closed for a few years, but Suzy didn't mention even though her copyright date is post closing.

with information so available right now on the internet, save your money and buy a cafe or a glass of wine. Suzy, you are past your prime.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trixie Firecracker on June 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
It seems as though Ms. Gershman either read the reviews here, or else the sorry state of the U.S. dollar against the euro was the catalyst for changes in the 10th edition, published in November 2004.

I used the book as one of my shopping resources during a short visit to Paris in May 2005. Of course, Ms. Gershman's picks still are on the pricey (and middle-aged) side, but she seems to have added more information on less expensive shopping options. And in case you don't share Ms. Gershman's taste in clothes, there are also picks from her son Aaron (who seems to be in his late teens or early twenties) and her assistant Jenny (apparently in her twenties or thirties).

She does list pricey hotels, but I don't think she should be considered a source on lodging since she lives part-time in Paris (and she even tells you how to rent her apartment, if you are so inclined).

I somewhat recommend this book because it gives a solid overview of shopping in the city and gives you a good base about the various neighborhoods. Plus, she's brutally honest ... since my shopping time was limited, her comment that Colette is overrated allowed me to skip that store and go somewhere where I can actually afford to buy things. She made me aware of a great place to buy handbags. And most importantly, she demystifies the process of getting détaxe ... which these days is crucial for Americans!

Normally, I'd have given this book four stars, but I've taken off another star because even though the book was published in November 2004, many things seem to be out of date (a champagne she recommended was nowhere to be found). I had a feeling there would be some problems with the listings, so when I was planning my trip (...
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