If you are looking for a different experience in Paris, visit the multicultural neighborhood of Goutte D'Or in the 18th arrondissement, down the hill from Sacre Coeur. (Metro: Barbes-Rochechouart.) There is a large colorful market on Barbes most days and the neighborhood hosts a large outdoor festival the first week of July. You can find a $5 t-shirt or a $200 mohair designer sweater in this area. The first would be found at Tati, France's most popular discount department store. The second at Marcia de Carvalho's boutique, one of 14 up-and-coming designers with shops on rue des Gardes, aka "rue de la Mode." If shopping makes you hungry, stop at one of the restaurants specializing the cuisine of Cameroon, Senegal, Zaire, and other African countries. One precaution, it is best to visit during the day.
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