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, jewellerie, 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 open on Sunday is the new Printemps in the Louvre Museum Shopping Mall. The other Department Stores are open a few sundays before Christmas. Check opening times before visiting.
The two most famous Paris Department Stores are on Boulevard Haussman (map), near Paris Opera Garnier.
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 Bon Marche (web site) on Paris left bank is lesser known. Smaller and high end, very Parisian, it specializes in fashion. Le Bon Marche is 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 main advantages of BHV Marais are its location near Notre Dame and Centre Pompidou, its moderate size for quick shopping and its mid range positionning.
See our French Department Store page for more detailed information on best Paris Department Stores.