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“Central artery of Bordeaux shopping”
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Central artery of Bordeaux shopping”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

The geographical layout of the street reflects the content - the better shops start at the top near the square and go gently downhill - the bottom of the street is cheap and cheerful. Top end has FNAC for your electricals/computing, Galeries Lafayette and Paul (deli bakery and posh macaroons). As a contradiction there is a Macdonalds near the top opposite the chemists shop (green flashing cross). The tobacconist (red flashing diamond shaped sigh) sells cheaper postcards (40 eurocents) than the tourist bureau and with better views than the arty ones that cost 1 euro 50. The post office is near the top end on a lovely square for your stamps. Ask at the cafe with the big terrace next to the post office for wi-fi and they will give you a password, but this seems to be only for diners - you won't get it if you're only having a drink. Trams cross the Rue St Catherine about a third of the way down - you buy your ticket at the machines at the stop before you get on and need to validate it in the machine once you're in. There's a HEMA a bit down from the top end, Dutch shop that sells lots of basics for a decent price - makeup, kids clothes and toys, household goods and sunscreen - the trial size bottles are great for a couple of days and only cost a couple of euros.
The street is busy 7 days a week, shops open lateish and stay open later, mostly until 7.30 weekdays. Sunday is very busy as locals are not at work and go there just to take a walk, not necessarily to shop. Worth a walk all the way down, but the bottom end of town is just that - complete contrast to the upmarket top end.

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne Australia
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362 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Retail therapy street.”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

One of the longest retail streets I have experienced. Most for the young perhaps but a great stroll for window shopping and people watching.

Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“shopping!”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Rue Ste Catherine is visual candy...some lovely graceful old buildings and a huge variety of shops..both price and product.Staff are very helpful to a non-french visitor.All the hustle of a busy city,but the pedestrian only street gives it a more intimate vibe.

Visited May 2013
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Shoppers paradise”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

A pedestrian precinct (beware of fast bicycles and occasional vans) with an amazing array of shops - the best are at the northern end. Some well known names here, and lots of others, but every possible taste and need catered for. Prices no cheaper than UK, but a great selection.

Visited May 2013
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Westward Ho, United Kingdom
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“Shopping par excellence”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

The longest shopping street in Europe starts in splendour and class near the Grand Theatre and gradually descends in quality until at the end it feels like Eign Gate in Hereford! Still, a fabulous experience with great shops and choice, some VERY expensive, others where bargains can be had. We loved wandering along dipping in and out of different shops.

Visited May 2013
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