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.
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