Galeries Lafayette, Paris
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..
TOTALLY FABULOUS PLACE TO SPEND ONE'S TIME CHECKING OUT ALL THE BEAUTIFUL MERCHANDISE AND ALSO THE INTERIOR OF THE OUTRAGEOUSLY BEAUTIFUL DEPAPTMENT STORE....ALSO THEY WAS SOME GREAT LOOKING FOOD THERE!!! SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS CATCHES MY ATTENTION!!AND ALSO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO THERE WAS GOING TO THE ROOF AND SEEING THE PARISAN SKYLINE AND THE BUILDING NEAR BY ...THIS BUILDING REMINDED ME AS IF TO BE IN A CONCERT HALL WITH THE MERCHADISE DOING THE PERFORMCE....... .I DO REMEMBER SEEING A VERY SIMPLE CHAIR FOR OVER $ 2000 !!!!! OUCH!!!! THIS BEAUTIFUL STORE STARTED IT JOURNEY IN 1893. .THEN IN 1896 HAD ARCHITECT Georges Chedanne AND ALSO LATER HIS STUDENT Ferdinand Chanut DESIGN A NEW STORE . ..wow !!!!!!!!!!
What to buy: SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN AFFORD!! OR GO FOR THE GUSTO AND ENJOY YOURSELF...:)
What to pay: A LOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
I think this is the most expensive department store in Paris.
I liked it because it’s so expensive you don’t even think to buy anything here so there’s no stress :) We actually visited this huge store just because it was near the theatre we would go later.
Ok, what we really liked here was the beautiful building, most of the customers try to take pictures of the building instead of shopping, check pic 1 :) There is also view for free at 7th floor.
If you have Paris Visite card you’ll get 10% discount, of course the final price will still be expensive but just in case you are interested about it.
I've written about the architeture on another page.
This is a tip written by shopaphobic who had to visit Paris with a Shopaholic.
1) It sells tons of perfume on the ground floor - see tip on local customs
2) You can escape the shop for a while by going to the roof for a great view of Paris
3) There are a number of restaurants, canteens and a McDonalds in which you can hide for a while
4) It has a 'tourist' section where you can by all your crappy souveniers in one place.
5) It has a nice staircase.
Oh, and tons of stuff to buy if you like that sort of thing.
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.
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.
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
A man gets a map from Printemps; Gets another one from Galeries La Fayette, and becomes ready to be dragged from one place to the other with 2763 stops in between by his shopaholic wife.
He tries to remember the places, their differences, but... no way. The building is wonderful and it seems to sell everything, but in such a bustle even breeding is hard. And in a couple of weeks I will be back.
With the same stores, and thousands more, because this time we will stay a week. I promise that the 6 visits planned to these galleries will allow me to see, at last, the Invalides and Sainte Chapelle. Well, let's not be optimist: at least one of them!
Hurrah! I DID see both, in my return to Paris. And the galleries once more. Of course!
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!)
You will find numerous designer boutiques and consessions from Yamamoto, Montanta and V.Westwood.
At the same time there's Gap, Agnes B. and the stores own label of goods for women.
...AND, you can take in one one of their fashion shows every Tuesday and Friday! :o)
Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 9:30am-7pm,
I stumbled across the Galeries Lafayette near the old Opera one morning while looking for something to pass time. Little did I know that I was going to find a seven-story behemoth of a "department store." It had everything. I know Paris is known for fashion, but this was kind of ridiculous. I went up and down the escalators looking for men's stuff... and didn't find any. I came to find the men had their own building, albeit not as grand as the women's building. If you're into shopping, you've got to pay homage to this place.
For me, the best part of finding this mall was seeing the stained glass domed roof and the fantastic terrace on the top floor of the women's wing. Luckily it was an absolute gorgeous day out and I got some good panoramic views of Paris.
What to buy: Galeries Lafayette is for the fashion conscious. Bust out the Visa 'cause you're going to be feeling a bit out of control.
What to pay: Typical fashion prices.
Although I tend to shy away from large department stores, I must say that les Galeries Lafayette are quite exceptional. The initial formation of the department store began in the late 19th century, but it wasn't until the early 20th century that the Galeries Lafayette became known internationally as a trend setter, in direct competition with neighbouring le Printemps. It was during this Belle Epoque that stores around the world copied its model. Today, les Galeries Lafayette continue to be one of the most important department store conglomerates in the world, where one could purchase nearly everything possible. Les Galeries Lafayette on boulevard Haussmann often have the most amazing display of decorations during Christmas time. Well worth the visit around the holiday time.
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.
On my way to the Chapelle Expiatoire down the Boulevard Haussmann, I stopped at the vendors outside Galeries Lafayette to buy a 10€ *cashmina* scarf in blues & greens. It may not be real cashmere but I love it nonetheless and it has a wonderful feel to it. A nice, not too expensive purchase, plus a lovely remembrance of the trip.
The Galeries Lafayette is also a quintessential part of Christmas shopping when they have their department store all decked out in beautiful Christmas lights! I stopped by one night to take several photos of the lights on the buildings as they faded in & out of brilliant kaleidoscopic fashion (see photos 1-3).
Photos: February 2006 & November 2007