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This is a new page and is being  compiled so keep it bookmarked for future information.  The intention is to highlight some of the shopping areas unique to Brittany.  Information on the various hypermarket chains in Brittany and throughout France can be found on the Shopping Page

 

Saint Malo

 

The  the "inter muros" (within the walls) area of St Malo is within easy walking distance from the port.  There you will find a large number of clothing, footwear, household and linen shops together with others selling confectionery, souvenirs, biscuits, china, decorations, footwear, antiques, pottery and more.  For ladies there are branches of Promod, Cache-Cache and Pimkie. Shops stay open on Sunday!

 

The Le Cézembre shopping centre is just outside Saint Malo.  Coming out of St Malo and heading east this is situated before your reach the Grand Aquarium at Impasse de la Haute Futaie and close to La Madeleine. Open from Monday through to Saturday, shops  include C&A, Mim, Billabong, Promod, Celio, Heytens, Esprit, Quaterback.

 

La Madelaine is also on the town outskirts and is a shopping centre well known to Channel Islanders.  Huge Carrefour Supermarket and a variety of other stores within the complex housing the supermarket  including  Claire's Accessories, Cache-Cache, Camaieu, Etam Lingerie, Jennier, Okaidi, Patrice Breal and Scottage. Stores such as Conforama and Album de Famille are on the trading estate. 

 

 

Near to Rennes

 

Cap MaloDog in shopping trolley

 

All those who visit Cap Malo are very likely to go back there again and again....  Parking spaces are plentiful and there is something there for everyone.  For people who do not like shopping there are the distractions of Cap Malo 9 hole Golf, a Bowling Centre, Cinema, Karting, an indoor football stadium plus a selection of eateries and restaurants.  Scroll down for more information.

 

This centre piece of this huge shopping centre is the amazing Alinea  - http://www.alinea.fr.  This is a home store selling furniture, fitted kitchen, decor and garden furniture - Ikea style but different.  It has a fabulous display floor full of room settings which is also the location for the restaurant.  The goods are all on the lower floor.  Fantastic lighting, cutlery, paintings, furniture and so on and so on and .................... 

 

Should the children complain about this dedication to shopping they can be dropped off at "Woupi" which is a massive play room with activities for tots to teens.

 

The turn off to Cap Malo, which is at La Mézière, from the dual carriage way to Rennes, is clearly signposted.  If you do drive past it on the way to Rennes, you can turn back and it is signposted on the side of the road going to Saint Malo too.   Be careful as you turn off on the road going to Rennes side because once turned off, you have the option to go on to Ikea and the Route des Meubles but you need to double back on yourself and follow the sign to Cap Malo and not go back on the dual carriageway to go to Rennes.   Just watch the signs closely.

 

Well what do you have at Cap Malo that makes it so awesome!  There are 18 "boutiques" - which are really large stores selling all sorts of items from household decor and furniture to clothing, children's items etc.  Including Alinea you have no less than five of those home shops so dear to female hearts such as Casa and Maison du Monde.


Cap Malo Boutiques -Comprises 18 boutiques (actually sizeable shops).  Many open from 10.00 am until 20.00 pm.

Aubert  Baby clothes and equipment

Billabong - super Australian clothes and beachwear

Bonplanet - jeans specialist 

cache cache  - ladies' fashion

Captain Oliver - decor and furniture

Casa - more decor and furniture - budget friendly but smart

Chausser - shoes

Esprit - sports and leisure wear

Hemisphere Sud - even more decor and furniture.

Intim Lingerie  Seductive lingerie for women and men

Maisons du Monde - decor and furniture from all over the world.  You will want it.

Maxitoys  - big toy shop - useful for calming children who have been dragged through the other shops!

Mondo Velo - Cycles

Sport 2000 - Sports wear

Texto  Fashion - fashion......

Tom Tailor - more fashion

Xanaka - more and more fashion

 

Stores

Armorgreen  Sell ecologically friendly building supplies
Castorama 
Huge DIY complex
Desjoyaux Piscines - Swimming pools plus accessories, spas etc
Du Pareil au Même Children's clothing specialist
Jardiland - garden centre
Terres et Eaux - everything for fishermen, hunters, horse riders, nature lovers, pet owners etc. -OPENS 7th MAY 2010
Terrasse & dépendances - spectacular and cutting edge furniture and accessories for gardens and conservatories

Also NEW FOR 2010  having opened in late April - Fête Ci, Fête Ça - selling table decorations, party supplies, fun stuff,  wedding and reception decorations and accessories and claims to be the biggest of its kind in Western France - huge............. No website yet.

 

Entertainment at Cap Malo

Some very useful distractions for the non shoppers !!

Bowling Center  24 aisles, other games and a super restaurant

Cinéma Mega CGR - 3D, High Definition films

Golf  Cap Malo 9 hole golf course with restaurant and bar

Karting de Rennes  Indoor Karting

Soccer Rennes Cap Malo - Five aside football matches, training, kids soccer parties etc.

Woupi - Games park for children with a childcare service for children from six years old who might need entertaining while you shop, go to the cinema etc.  Starts from 10 euros an hour at the time of posting this information.  Includes giant slides, ball park, climbing apparatus etc. etc.

Restaurants at Cap Malo include:

Alinéa Café - Modern and good food and shopping snacks - opens at set hours i.e. lunch/supper 
Buffalo Grill - very kid friendly.  Burgers, steaks, ribs etc http://www.buffalo-grill.fr

Côté Green - Smart bar and restaurant at Cap Malo Golf .  The bar also serves cocktails and the restaurant is described as a Brasserie. Reservation only in the evening.  They are proud of their Chef!
Jardin de Chine - obviously Chinese!  Thai food available too.  Buffet menu and take away.  Amazingly cheap and you can eat as much as you like. Lunchtime menu includes starter, main course and dessert and you help yourself and keep helping yourself.
Mc Donald's - Does not need description!!
Ô Québec - Very Canadian!  Kids love it despite the copious numbers of stuffed animals - includes stuffed wolf and bear...........  Buffet starter available.  Steaks, burgers, ribs,scallops, prawns, fish and loads of maple syrup.  Waitresses dress as Mounties. There is entertainment every Thursday evening.  http://www.oquebecrennes.com/ - website is fun. The chain has restuarants in Lorient, Nantes, Angers and Toulouse.
Tablapizza - Bowling Centre restaurant - very spectacular and smart!
 

Not far from Cap Malo!  . . . . .

 

Ikea  http://www.ikea.com/fr/fr/store/rennes

Located at Pace on the way to Rennes from St. Malo and Nantes.  The turn off is towards the end of the Route des Meubles.  At the back of Ikea  - you just follow the road around the building and you will see Cora - there is

 

the Opera Shopping Centre

This is a very modern and spectacular shopping centre where a Cora  hypermarket is located plus various boutiques in the centre including clothes shops -Mim, Lulu Castagnette, Etam Lingerie, Camaïeu and Guy Degrenne (interior decor), -

Outside on the industrial parc you will also find among other stores

La Halle - cheap clothes and footwear

Truffaut - lovely garden centre

Aubert - baby things

 

Route des Meubles

 

There are many, many stores selling furniture, flooring and textiles as well as specialist building supplies along what was the old road to Rennes.  This is named "La Route des Meubles" and deserves this name. I have never in my life seen so many furniture stores!  From huge leather suite and furniture stores to garden specialists, contemporary furniture, lighting, tiling specialists, bathrooms, kitchens, interior decor to garden stores the choice is staggering !

 

Many a Channel Islander has discovered bargains along this road and the stores are so used to selling to their islands that they organise groupage transport of goods to the Channel Islands.  The old road runs parallel to the dual carriageway into Rennes.  Assuming you are driving from St. Malo – look out for the 24 kilometre to Rennes sign and after this take the turnoff to Vignoc and turn off right from the dual carriageway.  Most of the subsequent turnoffs from the dual carriage way take you onto the old Rennes road. You can see this road running parallel from the dual carriage way from Vignoc onwards.  The turnoff to Vignoc gets you there easily.

 

The Cap Malo Shopping Centre, Ikea and it's adjacent Opera Shopping Centre are to be found on the way to Rennes.  The turnoff to Cap Malo is marked clearly on the dual carriageway.

 

 

 

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