Day trip to Calais or Boulogne?

I run a fashion house, and love great food, wine,clothes,sport clothes, and sports equipment,and i would like to take in a little live classical or jazz music.
Could i find a place in Calais or Boulogne that supports these options preferably shops in close proximity to each other so my day is satisfactory?

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Neither Calais nor Boulogne are the hub of French fashion. Sports clothes and equipment are better bought in the UK and cheaper. Jazz is not a main French interest and CDs are cheaper in England.

On balance Boulogne is a much better destination than Calais.The basse-ville (lower town) was annihilated during WW2 and rebuilt with a variety of shops, a short walk from the harbour, that sell some fashion and jewelry, fine foods (Philippe Olivier’s cheese shop is renouned throughout France), textiles and antiques, wine, luxury chocolates, fine china, and there is a good departmental store (Nouvelles Galleries) that sells everything under one roof there. There is a profusion of good restaurants both in the lower town around the Place St Nicolas, and up the hill in the higher city which is walled and the most picturesque area with many historical buildings which escaped the bombings, and small boutiques rather than large shops.
Calais is rather flat in comparison, and only has its town hall and a variety of shops as it was completely destroyed. If you are not interested in sights and picturesque, then maybe it is more your cup of tea. It is geared to the English tourist and has many tacky souvenir shops but if you have a car there are various supermarkets and wine warehouses on the fringe of the town and Cité Europe which is the French equivalent to Bluewater but not so swish, with the usual high street names.
Have a good trip!

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