The Paris department stores are famous shopping venues. Le Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Le BHV Marais, Le Bon Marche attract shoppers from all over the world looking for fashion, perfume, tableware and wine. Best shopping in Paris.
Founded in the late 19th century, they have always sold the best of what the city and France are famous for: high end French fashion brands, lingerie, jewelery, French perfume brands and tableware. The best brands are sold there.
The key advantages of department stores are central location, large choice of top brands for quick shopping, tax refund, personal shopper, delivery to hotels and abroad.
Since early 2017, department stores are regularly open on Sunday, facilitating shopping weekends. This holds for Le Printemps Haussman, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché and Le BHV Marais. Check opening times before visiting.
The two most famous department stores are on Boulevard Haussman, near Opera Garnier, not very far from Louvre.
Galeries Lafayette at 40, Boulevard Haussman, and Le Printemps, at 64 Boulevard Haussman, compete head to head 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.
Galeries Lafayette are specialized in French fashion and French perfume brands. They boast a first class La Cave wine store with exclusive Bordeaux wine assortment. The 7th floor terrace has a spectacular view over the city. There are nice Fashion show on Friday at 3pm. Locate Galeries Lafayette on Paris map.
Paris metro: Chaussee d'Antin, line 9. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 8.30pm. Sunday 11am to 7pm.
Founded in 1865, the famous Printemps store focuses on beauty, lifestyle, fashion, accessories, and men's wear. Le Printemps shop windows at Christmas time are spectacular.
There is a second much smaller Le Printemps department store in Le Louvre Museum shopping gallery.
Le BHV Marais is not as fancy and high end as the other department stores. Traditionnaly the best hardware store in town, Le BHV Marais has good fashion, house decoration, kitchenware, tableware departments. The advantages of Le BHV Marais are its location, its mid range positionning and its moderate size for quick shopping. Le Marais is the heart of trendy French fashion. Find there a myriad of stores from innovative brands you will find nowhere else. Rue des Rosiers and rue des Francs Bourgeois are the heart of Le Marais shopping district.
The lesser known Bon Marche, also called now 24 Sèvres, is close to Hermes and other top fashion stores in Rue de Sevres. Smaller and high end, very Parisian, it specializes in fashion. The perfect department store for quiet and trendy shopping. Next door, La Grande Epicerie, 38 rue de Sèvres, is one of the best delicatessen stores in town. Locate Le Bon Marche on the map.
Paris metro: Sevres Babylone, line 10, 12. Open Monday to Sunday 10am to 8pm.