I'm thinking about going on a day trip to Paris via Eurostar to Gare du Nord station one Saturday, for a bit of shopping, lunch, wandering around, etc., and to practice my French.
I'd like to save money by avoiding public transport and could probably walk the few miles to the Louvre (perhaps not as far as the Eiffel Tower though). My question is, what is the route like from the station? Are there coffee shops/other shops along the route (or rather, is there a route you think would be best)? Is it a reasonably nice route to walk or would I be better off taking a taxi closer to the center of Paris and starting there?
I've done a bit of Googling but I'm not sure where any shopping centers are that might be in the area. I thought it might be a nice place to do a little Christmas shopping for a change, although I'd prefer some smaller more independent shops/cafes to a shopping center.
I've never been to Paris as an adult.