Galeries Lafayette, Paris
After seeing photo's and reading about this huge Department store, it was put on my 'see' list in Paris. I wasn't going there to shop, I was going to see a fantastic Department Store.
As I entered the building, I was gobsmacked, wow! what a beautiful shopping centre this was. A look around, and I realized this is an upmarket centre, I thought it would be. Open balconies on each floor, and a stunning Dome ceiling. It really was worth coming here for a look.
Monday through Saturday from 09:30 am to 08:00 pm
Late night opening every Thursday until 09:00 pm
Closed on Sundays
* 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.
Galeries Lafayette was founded in the late 19th century and contains 7 floors of fashion, home decor, gourmet food, books, kitchen, perfume, makeup, accessories and souvenirs. There is a rooftop terrace where you can have a meal and enjoy the panoramic view over Paris. The glass dome is not to be missed. There is a second part of the store next door. The main store is mainly fashion, accessories and haberdashery with souvenirs, electronics, luggage, cosmetics and jewellry. There is also a tax free area. The annex has the home decor and food, more men's fashion and appliances.
What to buy: You name it, they've got it! Excellent place for Paris souvenirs, they claim they carry items not found anywhere else. Won't be cheap though! Worth a visit just to look at the architecture and see the view from the roof.
This is not just another mall. Galeries Lafayette is a beautifully decorated building with decorative glass dome. This is a 10-story department store located at 40, Boulevard Haussmann. The floors are dedicated to fashion and beauty products. I'm not so much into shopping but this world's famous departmental store is a must visit when in Paris. The store stocks all the best designer labels, perfumes, accessories and other products.
What to buy: Men and women's designer collections.
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 !!! ;-)
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.
This is the epitomy of department stores! Not only can you purchase clothing, shoes, purses, sunglasses but a floor just dedicated to food! What an amazing place. We were fortunate to go when it was decorated for the holidays.
What to buy: What ever you like if you can afford it.
Galeries Lafayette is similar to Macy's in my hometown of New York City, only GL has a great atrium and a spectacular view of Paris from the roof. when the weather is good you can get access to the roof from the top floor of GL and it's free. so after you're done shopping and have something to eat head up to the roof and take in the view.
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
The tip is not about Galeries Lafayette. On the picture, pay attention to the reduction tag :) and not to Laetitia Casta, the French actress- top model... assuming Corsica is French (OK... joking)
Whenever you buy things in department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, present your foreign passport with the 10% discount tag BEFORE the sale is registered.
Plus, Tourist Tax Refund is about 12% at both Galeries Lafayette and Printemps whenever you are resident from outside the EU, buying for 175 euros in the same day. According to Galeries Lafayette leaflet: the export limit outside the EU is 3 months.
Now... where to obtain those leaflets ? I found them at the counters of hotels. I hadn't used it this year but the previous years, my family used the system. If I recall it well, you will obtain the refund once you have left the EU territory & posted some documents to Global Refund &provided them with a EU bank account to which they will transfer the refund amount.
Well-designed, they even have maps at their back. Esp. Galeries Lafayette's has a big map, and two smaller ones: one for the bus net and the other, for the metro net. Both dept stores are on Bd Haussmann.
For both dept stores, the 10% reduction system works for everything except services, food, discs, books and items already presenting an already reduced tag.
What to buy: In Espace Créateurs des Galeries Lafayette: 260 brands to choose from amongst them: 90 newcomers + 180 exclusivity. You'll be spoilt with choice there: whether looking for expensive items & less expensive ones; both colourful or glam attire for day or eve... It is a huge dressing room coupled with a "jeans bar", accessory booth, a creative lab. Plus, an evening corner: where to shop for your "soirées", not that this corner opens at night, they don't do that in Paris. Mon-Sat 0930-1930. Just on Thursdays, Gal. Lafayette opens till 9pm.
Probably, the most exciting stuff: you could hire a shopping assistant while browsing those 14000 sqm. Not your average personal shopper, though. Could be this male model, a fashionista per se ;-). He would be amongst your one-day style advisors.
Now, you are in the city of elegance. That means you can go further in your quest for that allure: subscribe yourself for the bearing lessons, for that haughty allure that will match the most elegant pieces of your closet. OK, I recommended the haughty allure, not being a haughty person ;-)
Printemps is of the same feather, allowing you to attend free fashions on Tuesdays at 10am (7th floor).
See? Shopping in Paris is fun, even for those who are less confident in themselves. There would be always helpful locals to show you, to give you ideas & advices...
Galeries Lafayette is a department store with old building and nice architecture of the ceiling. All the branded thing are here, from perfumes, bags, cloths, ect. And the best season to buy goods here is when winter sale or summer sale...:)
I like to come here just to admired the architecture of this building.
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.
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!!
I love, love, love the Galeries Lafayette...its such a wonderful place to shop, especially during the Christmas holiday season.
Galeries Lafayette is a department store that sells everything you could possibly want. From jewelry and accesories, handbags, shoes, women and men's designer clothing, children's clothing, home and house goods, furnishings and anything else you could imagine.
If you happen to be in Paris right before Christmas you'll get to enjoy all the wonderful holiday lights that decorate the store inside and out.
During my last visit I was able to snatch up some excellent children's clothing for my grandchildren. They have adorable stuff and the prices were excellent.
What to buy: Anything, I have purchased some scarves, a hat and some socks (lol). My recent trip had me purchasing children's clothing. I got an excellent sweather and turtle neck for my grandson and an adorable dress for my grand daughter along with matching stockings and sweather. Sweet.
I got 70% off the original price :)
What to pay: Anywhere from inexpensive to expensive
If you have money...you can spend allllll day in here. For others...this is still a great place to poke a peak...its just beautiful. Even the foodcourt was amazing, serving good quality food, wine, bread, pastries. The best part is not having to eat them with a plastic fork and on a paper plate. But this sure cost them lots of money...we heard many plates breaking!
What to pay: Expect to pay LOTS!