Galeries Lafayette, Paris

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    Galeries Lafayette: Old-style Department Store

    by CALSF Updated Sep 18, 2004

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    Galeries Lafayette is an extra special department store. Known as a grand magasin it competes with its other well-known neighbor, Au Printemps.

    And while I love La Samaitaine, BHV is good for basic stuff, Au Bon Marche is chic, and Au Printemps a nice, GL is my favorite department store of all.

    It was here that I chose to check out what a Parisian dept. store is like on my first visit and I've returned time and time again. It's so old-world, old-style. After all, it was built in the 1800's, therefore, the architecture is so unique and beautiful. Check out its dome when you are there; it is one of the most stunning things you'll ever encounter in a department store! Beautiful!

    As for the items sold at GL, they are numerous and of high quality. Therefore, the prices are matched accordingly! So you will find designer everything if you want to no-name stuff. But in a few words: they are all great!

    What to buy: I've got a weakness for just about any nicely designed French leather handbag. That's a souvenir for me.

    What to pay: For handbags you will pay less than what you spend in the US especially for a "Made in France" product of high quality leather.

    Galeries Lafayette dome

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    Lafayette Gourmet at Galeries Lafayette: Special Gourmet Foodstore

    by CALSF Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    This foodstore is extra special to me. It's where I happened upon while at its main store on my first visit to Paris and I try to return each time I'm in Paris.

    It is a huge space filled with all types of foodstuff-both fresh and prepared-that you'd ever want. There are stations devoted to cheese and prepared meats and stations to buy various prepared food to take away-some international.

    But my favorite is its large grocery area where you can buy just about everything else.

    What to buy: This is where I stock up on all kinds of European chocolates at a small cost. Many brands we don't get in the US and if we do the prices are much higher than in Paris.

    What to pay: As much or as a little as you want

    Lafayette Gourmet at rush hour

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    Galeries Lafayette: Balconees

    by Emke Updated May 6, 2004

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    What makes it so special? Haven't you seen the picture?

    What to buy: If you spend money like water do not I repeat do not enter the clothing department of this store! It is amazing, they got all the famous brands, lots of princess dresses and much more.

    What to pay: Waaaaaaaay to expensive!!! But definately a must visit shop.

    Balconees at Galeries Lafayette

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    Galeries Lafayette: Can it be any more "Haute Couture?"

    by Geisha_Girl Updated Dec 5, 2003

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    My recent trip to Paris in November was the first time I had been in the "City of Lights" during the holiday season.

    What a treat it was to see the festive decorative lights all around the city!

    A most special treat was seeing the Galeries Lafayette's flagship store on Boulevard Haussman all decked out!

    Paris was more than ever the city of the Galeries Lafayette Flagship was dressed by an amazing gown of light designed by italian artist Valerio Festi.

    This "haute couture" gown was said to be inspired by the italian tradition of baroque ornaments from the region of Napoli. Hundreds of thousand light bulbs strung together reflected a beautiful embroidered theatrical front wall of the store.

    Combined, it looked like multicolored neon lace.

    You felt like you were walking into a *fairy tale* Palace as you entered! Then when you're "Knight in Shining Armor" takes your hand and feeds your "addiction to Dior" with a surprise gift in's like a FAIRY TALE COME TRUE! ;-)))

    What to buy: If you're in Paris during the holidays, just go there to admire the decor!

    Santa has style in Paris!

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    Galeries Lafayette: Posh in Paris

    by benidormone Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    The biggest departmentstore of Paris.You can buy almost everything here.It was built in 1906 In art nouveau style.

    What to buy: A very wide range of brands are for sale here.

    What to pay: Depens on what you buy,best to bring your creditcard.

    Galerie Lafayette

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    Galeries Lafayette: Must visit to see interior ;)

    by radz Written Sep 18, 2003

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    As i like shopping ,window shooping,if my card limit permtis i buy too,ehehhheeheh.

    Galeries Lafayette ,awww to good place to shop,the interior is golden color, dome is beautiful,i just looking up for 5 min.its 2 adjacent buliding linked by a pedestrain bridge.
    They have good coffee machin,ah nice to have coffee,after tired of shopping..:)) you can sit and relax for sometime if you r tired,they have seating arrangement,where u sit for while..:))

    What to buy: Ground floor ,you find watches ,second floor cloths, perfumes.Top floor coffee/hotel shops,from roof top , you can see Eiffel too&good view of Paris .

    What to pay: Same comment ,depends,how shopping freak you are..even you dont want to buy anything just go and see inside..

    its me Second floor of  Galeries Lafayette
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    Gallerie La Fayette: Parisian shopping

    by kylian74 Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    Gallerrie La Fayette has complete selection of clothing from kids to adults and men/women...there is also a supermarkt, can't remember which floor exactly, and dine or take out food there is!

    What to buy: Clothes and accesories for man and womens! but I think this should be more fun for womens shopping in Paris like here.

    What to pay: Quite cheaper compared to those boutiques, ( of course!)

    La Fayette Gallery
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    Galerias Lafayette: Galerias Lafayette

    by pili Updated May 25, 2003

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    Se compone de cuatro edificios interconectados, con una doble cúpula, estilo Belle Epoque. Vale la pena visitarlas aunque más no sea para conocer su bello diseño arquitectónico. Hay un café y restaurant en el último piso, a precios muy accesibles, desde donde se pueden apreciar buenas vistas de París.-

    What to buy: Se puede comprar todo lo que uno puede imaginarse, todo tipo de ropa, incluyendo por supuesto, alta costura, porque todos los grandes diseñadores, tienen sus propios stands, perfumes, muebles, joyas, marroquinería, objetos de decoración, etc....

    What to pay: La ropa de diseñador es siempre cara, eso no varía, pero pueden conseguirse buenos precios en época de liquidaciónes.

    Galerias Lafayette
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    Galleries Lafayette: Galleries Lafayette

    by Imbi Updated Jan 10, 2003

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    Galleries Lafayette is situated near Montparnsse. It is reasonable place to do some shopping. Shops are not really expensive, you could get few souvenir of Paris trip for your family and friends from here.

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    Galeries Lafayette: Shopping, Grand Style

    by ExGuyParis Written Nov 19, 2002

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    Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann offers an amazing shopping experience. Even if you don’t want to spend any money, visit the building. The interior domed courtyard from 1912 is remarkable. (The department store next door, Printemps, once had a similar court, but unfortunately it was taken away to add retail space. All that remains there is a café under the stained glass ceiling—still quite impressive). If you don’t mind a bit of paperwork, you can shop tax free. You can usually get a 10 percent tourist discount card, as well.

    Be sure to check out the gourmet food area of Galeries Lafayette.

    Métro : Chaussée-d'Antin-La Fayette, Opéra, Trinité, Havre-Caumartin
    RER A : Auber
    RER E : Haussmann-Saint Lazare

    Open from 9h30 to 19h30 on Monday through Saturday (Thursday till 21h00)

    What to pay: Way too much.

    Inside the dome: must-see-shopping

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    Galeries Lafayette: Bonne marché à Paris nº1

    by b1bob Written Aug 30, 2002

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    This location of Galeries Lafeyette is elegant and cavernous. Although it is a chain all over France, I haven't yet seen any two that were alike either on the outside or the inside.

    What to buy: Just about everything is available.

    What to pay: I had no trouble with the prices, at least on the souvenirs and associated whatnots I bought on my first (and, to date, only) trip to Paris.

    Galeries Lafayette (Paris)

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    Galeries Lafayette: Huge Department store cf Harrods / Liberty

    by kenHuocj Written Nov 12, 2012

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    Some call it the best Shopping Mall of Europe,

    What to buy: i bought a raincoat, elegant, chic and somewhat casual, It disaappeared and will buy another next time i am in Frnace

    What to pay: Above average

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    Galeries Lafayette: Shoping

    by ruki Updated Nov 25, 2008

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    This beautiful department store is probably not a place to shop for low budget travelers, but it is so beautiful especially interior.

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    Galeries Lafayette: Ladies' Paradise

    by tuff Written Oct 18, 2007

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    Galeries Lafayette – This shopping complex is the ladies' paradise, it has separate buildings for men and women.

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    Galerias Lafayette: department store with a gorgeous ceilling

    by stonefree Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    I wonder... how many of those are there as travellers who have made a purchase under this ceiling?
    I even don't remember what was sold on the grand foor. Cosmetics or something?

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