About Shopping in Val Thorens
If you are in Val Thorens shopping may not be the first thing to spring to mind, however the resort boasts a whole range of shops that are guaranteed to suit your shopping desires and make you want to pop out for a browse of the shops.
As you would expect from an outdoor sports Mecca, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering brands such as The North Face, Black Diamond, Salomon and Burton to name a few; there are even some fashion, jewllery, accessories and gift stores with a range of clothing, knick knacks and more.
You can also nip into a beauty shop or hairdressers and have a little pampering session, check out our Spa Guide for the best spas and salons in Val Thorens. If you are after some perfume and beauty goods you can head to pharamacies like Pharmacy des 3 Vallees; French pharmacies are known for their beauty treats with a whole host of great brands that are unavailable in the UK.
For Souvenirs and gifts there are plenty of gift shops and Tabacs where you pick up some knick knacks such as magnets, mugs, tea towels and ornaments to remember your trip. Head to Planet Souvenirs on Rue Caron or Tabac Souvenirs in the Galeries Caron to find some souvenir and gift treats. If it local produce then give the supermarkets a miss and head to a regional product shop where you can find local cheeses, meats, sweets, tea, beer, wine, saucisson and lots of other culinary delights.
Sale Time! Unlike the UK when it appears that shops have almost permanent sales on, sale or “solde” time in France is strictly regulated by department and shop owners are not allowed to discount their products at any other time. End of the line (“Fin de serie”) and “Promo” is acceptable but the real bargains are to be found at the specifically designated sale times, when you can get your hands on all the big brands for 40-70% less than the normal retail price.
Head over to our Sports Shops page to check out the various sports shops and their locations.
Shop Opening Times
Opening hours vary to that in the UK. We've been living int the Alps for years yet we still get caught out and forget that many shops and all service providers (banks, post office etc) close down for long lunches! You will also find that banks are closed on Mondays although they are open for business on Saturday morning to compensate. Most of the shops open around 9-10am and then close from 12.30pm until 2–3pm for lunch, re-opening again until 7-7.30pm, which allows you to browse the shops of an evening or on your way to dinner.
Location: Val Thorens