About Shopping in Alpe d'Huez
Alpe d'Huez can be a fun place to head out and hit the shops, the town boasts a diverse range of stores that are guaranteed to suit all lifestyles. From knick knacks and souvenirs to regional produce you can pick up something to remeber your trip to Alpe d'Huez.
As you would expect from an outdoor sports Mecca, there are plenty of 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, jewellery, accessories and gift stores with a range of clothing, knick knacks and more. You can also head to a beauty shop or hairdressers and have a little pampering session or, buy some perfume and beauty goods - French pahrmacies are known for their beauty treats with a whole host of great brands that are unavailable in the UK, nip into Pharmacie des Bergers to have a look.
If you are looking for souvenirs and regional produce there are lots of gift stores, Tabacs and regional shops dotted around the resort that will cater to your shopping desires. The Tabacs will often provide gifts and souvenirs like mugs, magnets and ornaments, perfect for a souvenier to take home and remember your trip. Shops such as Delices des Alpes will sell wonderful local French cheese, saucissons, sweets and other goodies.
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: Alpe d'Huez Valley