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“Good shopping street”
Review of Rue Ste Catherine

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Good shopping street”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Long street running from funky studenty Place de la Victoire to the very elegant and not to be missed Grand Theatre area. Some lovely shopping streets leading off too especially in the Gambetta area. Rue St Catherine is a good navigational point around the city & its hotels are popular as it's right in the heart of most of the things tourists want to see. However not so ideal if you travel by car as it's unlikely you can park nearby.

Visited May 2013
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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 161 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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40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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“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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