Opened in 1993, Carrousel du Louvre is a shopping mall situated underneath the Musée du Louvre. It is a popular shopping center in central Paris. It gets the name from Place du Carrousel, situated opposite the glass Louvre Pyramid.
Renovation works on Carrousel du Louvre led to a discovery ancient ruins. It was then decided that they should be preserved on the site. Now, they are visible in the mall and form a vital part of it. The mall houses past relics in an archaeological zone of it, and gives access to École du Louvre too.
The Underground Shopping Mall
Carrousel du Louvre’s shopping area puts boutiques along with souvenir shops. An array of businesses operates here, comprising jewelry and leather goods stores. Those on Carrousel du Louvre tours will like the fact that popular French brands reside here, like Mariages Frères shop for tea, and L’Occitane and Fragonard for toiletries.
Dining Adjacent to the Musée du Louvre
The shopping mall has a food court that offers varieties of food. You can get a bite before you go on a private Louvre Museum tour or even after it to cap off your Paris tours. It has fast food joint and a cafeteria that serves food from around the globe with something for one and all.
Gateway to the Ancient Louvre Palace
The Grand Louvre project’s work and construction of the mall revealed amazing foundations of the former royal palace. These are Charles V perimeter wall’s ruins, a stone wall and ditches that were designed in order to protect the medieval city. The part that one gets to see in the mall was built back in the 16th Century.
Services in the Carrousel du Louvre
To make access to the Musée du Louvre easier for natives and foreigners, the Carrousel du Louvre provides an array of essential services. It has a bank, a car hire firm, a currency exchange office, and a ticket office for main museums in Paris city.
The mall is open all days of the week from morning until late night. You can access it from Palais Royal to Musée du Louvre Metro station, or from Place du Carrousel and 99 Rue de Rivoli. If you are planning to pay a visit to the Louvre Museum though, make sure to get the “skip the line tickets” to enjoy the trip to the fullest. You can also make the mall a part of your itinerary.