Shopping in Meribel is undoubtedly one of the most popular (some might say essential) activities in which to indulge in. Lining your luxury ski chalets in Meribel village with a veritable arsenal of carrier bags and goodies to take home really is part and parcel of the whole experience.
But with such an epic array of stores and outlets to choose from, where do the best Meribel chalet companies recommend heading for the most outstanding of retail therapy?
Well, if you decide to take the opportunity to stock up on piste wear and go shopping in Meribel then you’ll find every major brand covered in spades. Meribel is absolutely bursting at the seams with shops specialising in snow sports gear or related equipment, from brands like Volcom, Ripcurl, Quicksilver and more. Most of this kind of gear tends to be highly seasonal so be sure to check out the sale racks while out and about. So what to buy and where?
Luxury Designer Shops in Meribel
For those on the lookout for something a little more upmarket, head to Meribel Village and check out that gorgeous designer wears the Coco boutique. The collection of clothing and accessories they carry is relatively small in size, but each piece has been hand-selected for incredible quality and exclusivity. For a slightly larger collection of extraordinary design products, Sports Boutique in Méribel centre is the place to head for Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Armani, YSL, Longchamp and more.
It’s also worth noting that if you happen to be heading out this way during the summer, there’s an annual sales extravaganza known as ‘Braderie’ during which pretty much every clothing retailer across the resort takes part in a serious collective clearance effort. Some of the discounts really can be quite spectacular.
Aside from designer clothing and sports gear, the other theme that dominates retail shopping in Meribel is food…and plenty of it! There are plenty of supermarkets dotted around the resort which are great for picking up the essentials. Nevertheless, it’s highly recommended that you take the time to visit as many specialist food stores as possible while in town, which sell the most incredible local Savoie delicacies including a wide variety of cheeses and cold meats you simply will not find in the supermarkets.
Freshly Baked Food in Meribel
Beaufort d’été Gruyère is the main bakery in Meribel and could quite frankly cater to you and your entire group for the duration of your stay. They have a dizzying array of pastries, cakes, chocolates and other creations available, which can be taken away or enjoyed at a table at the tea room upstairs. A little further afield in Meribel Village, Le Village des Pains is also quite extraordinary.
Rather than settling for a standard mass-produced souvenir, you might want to think instead about having a look in the various interior design boutiques that have been popping up all over the place as of late. Chances are you’ll find decorative items and mementos of a vastly higher quality level which might just make the perfect gifts.
Last but not least, there is a small market on Route de la Chaudanne on Fridays and Tuesdays that is definitely worth checking out, especially for the local artisan vendors and their outstanding regional produce.
As you can see you are spoilt for choice when it comes to Meribel shopping opportunities, giving you yet another reason to book a luxury ski holiday in the 3 Valleys.
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