It would be nice to think that all Parisians shop at little street boutiques or at the fancy grands magasins, but sometimes it’s just more practical to shop at the local mall. The Forum des Halles is still undergoing one of the biggest facelifts since its creation in 1971, but in the meantime the competition is quietly upgrading. Italie Deux (Place d’Italie, 13th) got a fancy new cosmetic makeover this summer. Its most popular stores are Printemps, Zara, FNAC and the giant Carrefour open until 10pm. The formerly horrific Beaugrenelle (Quai de Grenelle, 15th) has been completely redone in three interconnected buildings and opened this week with a large Marks & Spencers, Uniqlo and a 7000m² “green roof” with beehives and bird refuge (not open to the public, but it’s a nice idea). They have a child-watching service and are open exceptionally this Sunday. Not to be left out, the “everyday” department store BHV has rebranded itself as BHV Marais, and has already opened its Christmas Store up on the 5th floor.