The Paris department stores are famous shopping venues. Le Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Le BHV Marais, Le Bon Marché 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, perfume 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 Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché and Le BHV Marais. Check opening times before visiting.
Galeries Lafayette at 40, Boulevard Haussmann, and Le Printemps, at 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 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. Opening hours: Coupole, Homme and Maison stores: Monday to Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. Gourmet store: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm.
Galeries Lafayette have a second store on Champs-Elysées. The four story store sells fashion, beauty and perfumery products, delicatessen. A restaurant, Citron, and an army of personal stylists complement what should be a new shopping experience in the city.
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 Marché, 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 Marché on the map.
Paris metro: Sevres Babylone, line 10, 12. Open Monday to Sunday 11am to 6.45pm.
The Bon Marché is the oldest of all Parisian department stores. In 1838, Paul and Justin Videau opened a business where customers could find linen, umbrellas and haberdashery. In 1853, Aristide Boucicaut joined the two brothers and decided to create a department store focused on women. In the following years, Aristide and his wife bought the shares of their associates, enlarged the store, staged the items, labeled their products. The Bon Marché pioneered other novelties: the principle of "satisfied or refunded", the exchange, the possibility of trying on clothing before the purchase. The Boulevard Haussmann Printemps store opened its doors in 1865. At the time, the district was little urbanized, But two entrepreneurs, Jules Jaluzot and Jean-Alfred Duclos, took the bet to install their store, then specialized in the sale of fabrics. The quality of the items and cheap prices made the store famous throughout France. Its neighbour, Galeries Lafayette was created in 1894. At the time, Alphone Kahn and his cousin Théophile Boder took over a multi-specialist retail business at 1, rue La Fayette and continuously enlarged the store.