Galeries Lafayette, Paris
The Galeries Lafayette is of course a must see of shopping in Paris. Even if you don't buy anything, just come and have a look at the beautiful ceilings and "coupole". It's impressing, and if you come at Christmas time the decoration will be even more magnificient.
You can find pretty much everything you're looking for. And they are so used to hosting tourists that you won't have any problem with language.
They are open from monday to saturday until 07h30 PM. And later on thursdays evenings.They are several restaurants there to eat also.
Just get into the Paris shopping spree !
What to buy: * Main building : woman fashion, youth fashion, cosmetics, jewels and luxury bags, bookstore, multimedia, toys...
* Lafayette Homme : man fashion
* Lafayette Gourmet : food mall
* Lafayette Maison : Interior Decorating
What to pay: Quite expensive, but they have all levels of brands
One of the biggest shop in Paris and surely one the most wonderful in France. Even if you have nothing to buy, come in just to see the hall and its big dome.
Monday - Saturday : 9h30-19h30
jeudi : 9h30-21h
sunday : closed
What to buy: EVERYTHING !!! Especially, there is a good choice of clothes, perfumes, shoes, etc ...
What to pay: 1 000 000 000 euros !!! ;-)
If you want to keep your woman happy, then take her on a shopping spree at this amazing department store. While you can sit down with the other males in the designated sofas, have a chat, read a paper and admire the amazing building, the wife/fiance/girlfriend can spend her/yours credit card and bring the bank manager to a premature heart attack.
What to buy: What not to buy? The selection is vast, all big and small labels are there and you can easily spend your trip in there!!!
What to pay: It depends how good you are with your money. If self-control is just an 80s song title to you, then avoid a visit at all cost!!
* Fashion and clothes :
- Department stores : Galeries Layette or Printemps (Bd Haussmann - Metro : Opera or Havre Caumartin), Samaritaine (Rue de Rivoli - Metro : Chatelet - now closed for an undeterminated duration), Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville (metro : Hotel de Ville)
- Malls : Forum des Halles (Metro : Chatelet les Halles, several exits directly on the mall), Les 4 temps (La Defense : see travelogue)
- Shops : see the following tip
* The main clothes Discount store of Paris : TATI 4 Boulevard de Rochechouard 18e arrondissement (Metro : Barbes Rochechouard) . Go there quickly : they are in bankrupcy.
* Records, music :
- Champs Elysees (metro : Charles de Gaulle Etoile) : FNAC and Virgin Megastore
- Opera (metro : Opera or Richelieu Drouot): FNAC (Bd des Italiens), Extrapole (Bd Montmartre)
- La Defense : Extrapole (Les 4 Temps, -1st floor), FNAC (CNIT in front of Les 4 Temps).
Fondest Memory: See more on the travelogue Department stores.
Its huge!!! Everything from cheap to designer clothing.
What to buy: Bags, belts, jewlery! I have never seen so many cute things. You never find things like this in the US unless it has a HUGE price tag on it. Leave room when packing!
Galeries Lafayette is a department store in Paris that is unlike any of the department stores in North America. If you are looking for bargains, this is not the place for you! Everything is designer label and very beautifully made. The mall itself is exquisite and there's an excellent view of the city from the building's roof.
What to buy: Everything.
Located on BD Haussmann & Place de l'Opera (another located at Montparnasse) The Galeries Lafeyette was decorated in this mosiac lighting display, what you cannot see is the sheer magnitude of the display.
The entire block is alight. Galeries Lafayette - Haussmann is not just a "shop" it is a destination in its own right.
The Galleries are made up of the Cupole, Homme & Maison stores.
Hamburger to haute cuisine, books to bedding, peanuts to personal shoppers, from food to fashion they run the gamut.
What to buy: Something you can't buy in Marshalls, Macys or Maxs (TJ).
What to pay: a bunch of EU
A great and huge department store - with so many floors to choose from... Make sure you are bringing lots of Euros as they sell high end products here... You will enjoy looking at Parisian women browsing and just checking out what they are wearing... average leather jacket is 850euro...
What to buy: all kinds... but outside, there are vendors selling 5euro perfumes made in France - as well as all kinds of clothing, trinkets...
What to pay: cash, cc
There is no better place in Paris to do shopping then at the famous Boulevard Haussmann. Here you´ll find The Grands Magasins, The Big Warehouses. At number 40, you´ll find the most famous of all, the Galeries Lafayette. At number 64, Le Printemps is located. Here you´ll find everything from clothes to make-up, but also from furniture to kitchen-stuff.
Especially the Galeries Lafayette are a must-see. Even if you don´t like shopping, it is wonderful to visit this warehouse. One, because of the stunning amount of articles (over 75.000 brands!!!) and two because of the impressive architecture inside. In the middle of the warehouse there is a beautiful dome, totally made of colored glass, and there are 6 floors with beautiful balconnies, that provide you a look at the dome.
What to buy: What to buy? Everything you need and don´t need.
What to pay: What to pay? Well, don´t expect it to be cheaper here.
The best department store that i´ve never seem. You´ll find them there, gucci, versace, armani, etc............
The biggest perfumer´s shop in the world is on the ground floor.
So take your visa credit card and start to spend.
Take a time to just take a trip to the Galleries Lafayette...just for the view. We went during Christmas...the entire street was lit with Christmas lights and it was an amazing sight. There are tons of shop with plenty to offer.
What to pay: This is an upscale shopping area...so go in with an idea of what you want to spend...or just watch other people spend their money!!
A Paris version of Harrod's but 100% French.
The store expand over these three buildings:
-Lafayette Coupole-Main Store
*Häagen Dazs-Ice-cream Parlor
*L by Linda's-Gourmet Sandwich
*Bar à Bulles-Champane Bar
*Fauchon-Tea Room & Restaurant
*Café Sushi-Japanese Restaurant
*Lafayette Café-Self-service Restaurant
-Lafayette Homme-Men's Store
*Lafayette Gourmet-Food Hall
*World Wines-Wine Bar
*Bar Rouge-Fusion Food Cuisine
-Lafayette Maison-Home Store
Even if you aren't in the shopping mood you should stop by the Galeries Lafayette. It's a gorgeous building with an amazing dome at its top.
The shopping is also phenomenal, the latest Paris fashions are on display.
The Galeries Lafayette is a huge department store and you don't have to be a fanatical shopper to enjoy it. First of all it has a spectacular dome which is well worth going in to see, even if you don't end up buying anything. In addition to that, go up to the top and there's a great (free) view from a terrace. It's not quite as good as when it's raining, alas (it chucked it down when I was there) - but I did console myself with an excellent but pricey lunch in the cafe on the top floor.
Note that it's closed Sundays, but it's open from 9.30am - 7.30am (9pm Thurs) during the rest of the week.
To celebrate my neice, Gabby, graduating from High School, I took her to Paris and London for a week. One of the highlights of our visit to Paris was taking in a Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette.
The hour long show featured 5 women and one man who modeled the season's fashions. The music was exciting and provided a great background for the show.
I was able to really impress my neice as being a worldly and fun aunt!
What to buy: Later we shopped in the beautiful flagship store for treats for ourselves and gifts for those at home.