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 late 19th century, they have always sold the best of what the city is famous for: high end French fashion brands, lingerie, jewellery, French perfume brands and tableware.
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, most department stores regularly open on Sunday. This is specially true for Le Printemps Haussman and Le BHV Marais. Check opening times before visiting.
The two most famous Paris department stores are on Boulevard Haussman, near Opera Garnier.
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.
Specialized in French fashion, French perfume brands. First class La Cave wine store with exclusive Bordeaux wine assortment. 8th floor terrace with Paris view. Nice Fashion show on Friday. Locate Galeries Lafayette on Paris map.
Founded in 1865, the famous Printemps store focuses on beauty, lifestyle, fashion, accessories, and men's wear.
64 boulevard Haussman 75009 Paris.
Le BHV Marais (web site) is not as fancy and high end as the other Paris department stores. Traditionnaly the best hardware store in town, Le BHV Marais has good fashion, house decoration, kitchenware, tableware sections.
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 Paris shopping district.
Le BHV Marais
52, rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris
Locate BHV French Department Store on Paris map.
Paris metro: Hotel de Ville, line 1. Open Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 7pm (Wenesday 9pm, Saturday 8pm). Web site.
Le lesser known Bon Marche is close to Hermes and other 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. Locate Le Bon Marche French Department Store on Paris map.