Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (XDT)
Things to do in Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (XDT)
Lined with wooden shelves on stone walls, the airport’s nicest wine and spirits shop covers all regions and budgets (a Chardonnay Vin de Pays, AOC sells for as little as $11).
Recently rejuvenated after a $390 million renovation, notable architecture has been a symbol of Charles de Gaulle Airport since it opened in 1974. Today, look for showstopping features, such as moving sidewalks in glass tubes that crisscross through a soaring atrium.
Take time out to play on one of 73 free Sony PSP3s set up near departure gates through the terminals.
These convenient multimedia computer stations come equipped with high-speed Internet connections, ready-to-use desktop computers, and (in some cases) printers. Rental time begins at $2.80 for 15 minutes.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport (XDT) is Europe’s No. 2 airport (after London’s Heathrow) in the number of passengers this aeronautic hub accommodates each year. Also known as Roissy for its northwestern location outside Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport has three vast terminals.
The Charles de Gaulle airport is the first to offer Espaces Detente Service (Relaxation and Service Areas). The first of these multimedia "bars" are located in Terminal 2F in the baggage claim near carousels 21 and 26.
Paris’s famed tea salon opened its second airport boutique here in March 2009 (the first opened in Orly in February 2009).
The Charles de Gaulle airport offers mobile phone vending machines in Terminal 2. Purchase a ready-to-use Bic mobile phone with a prepaid SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card from Orange France (one of France's largest network operators) for anywhere from $27 to $55.
This purveyor of luxury chocolate touched down at CDG in 2009, opening two mini boutiques catering to discerning jet-setters. Truffles, éclairs, fruited chocolates, and other bon bons are ready to be eaten immediately or available in ribbon-tied gift boxes.
With easy-to-spot blue-and-white massage outposts throughout the airport, mini-spa Be Relax has two treatment rooms. If an upper-back massage (from $17) isn’t enough, opt for a Thai massage (from $77) or a manicure and nap in a massaging lounger (from $25). No appointment necessary.
The largest French airport fragrance and cosmetics store (nearly 6,500 square feet) shimmers in a sleek black-and-white interior. Friendly multilingual staff guide you through the big brands but also niche and designer names, from Viktor & Rolf to Annick Goutal.
Located at either end of Terminal 2E in Charles de Gaulle Airport, these secluded relaxation zones offer a relatively quiet place to relax before or after a flight.
The 20-year-old family-run company, Cecile and Jeanne, opened a boutique in the Charles de Gaulle airport in 2005. Located in terminal 2, near gate 2F, travelers can find that last minute gift from Paris.
Located in Terminal 2E of Charles de Gaulle Airport, this shop sells art-related gifts, including replicas of famous artifacts housed in France’s most prestigious museums.
With the privatization of the Charles de Gaulle airport in 2006, more than 121 shops have opened in Terminal 2, especially in the newer areas such as S3 and 2E.