The local and regional speciality that has won world acclaim is Champagne, and there are a number of specialist wine cellars and shops where you can purchase this prestigious and emblematic product. Reims boasts 1,750 retail shopping outlets generating over 10,000 jobs. The city houses over 200,000 sq metres of retail shopping space by just counting those locations over 300 sq metres alone.
Reims has a dynamic city centre set in an outstanding heritage environment adjoining the cathedral of Notre Dame.
Most of the national high street brand names and most types of shops can be found in the city. These are mainly located around the Place d'Erlon and along rue de Vesle. The Place d'Erlon square specialises more in cultural and leisure outlets (cinemas, bars and restaurants) whilst along the rue de Vesle you can find most of the well-known shops catering for personal needs. Most of the side streets are also full of shops.
Within the city boundary there are also three out-of-town shopping centres: Neuvillette (52,000 sq metres of shopping area), Murigny 2-Champfleury (42,000 sq metres of shopping area) and the centre known as Nord Est (north east) (27,000 sq metres of shopping area).
The greater Reims area is also well served with shops. The Cormontreuil shopping centre is even classed as a regional shopping hub.
All this amounts to over 400,000 sq metres of retail shopping space in Reims and the greater Reims area just counting those locations over 300 sq metres alone.
Every week, 10 street markets are held in Reims offering the public quality fresh produce.