Paris Department Stores are the most famous Paris shopping venues. Founded in late 19th century, they have always sold the best of what Paris is famous for: high end fashion, lingerie, jewellery, perfume and tableware.
The key advantages of Paris Department Stores are central Paris location, large choice of top brands for quick shopping, tax refund, personal shopper, delivery to hotels and abroad.
The only Paris Department Store regularly open on Sunday is the new Louvre Museum Printemps. The other Paris Department Stores are open a few sundays before Christmas. Check opening times before visiting.
Galeries Lafayette (web site), 40 Boulevard Haussman, and Le Printemps (web site), 64 Boulevard Haussman, compete fiercely to attract high-end customers from all over the world. International customers now represent 40% of their sales.
Galeries Lafayette stands out with its first class La Cave wine store and its exclusive Bordeaux wine assortment.
Le lesser known Bon Marche (web site) is close to Hermes and other fashion stores on Rue de Sevres. Smaller and high end, very Parisian, it specializes in fashion. The perfect Paris department store for quiet and trendy shopping.
BHV Marais (web site) is not as fancy and high end as the other Paris Department Stores. Traditionnaly the best hardware store in Paris, BHV Marais has good fashion, house decoration, kitchenware, tableware sections.
The advantages of BHV Marais are its location, its mid range positionning and its moderate size for quick shopping. It is an introduction to fashion shopping in Le Marais.
Check our page on French Department Stores in Paris for more detailed information.