Top 5 department stores in Paris

Top 5 department stores in Paris

For the ultimate under-one-roof shopping experience, visit one of Paris luxury mega stores

 

Style is a lifestyle in France; it’s just as important for French people to dress well as it is to eat well. At Paris’ most beloved department stores, you’re perfectly placed to do both.

 

1. Galeries Lafayette

Easily the city’s favourite department store, Galeries Lafayette (galerieslafayette.com), has been family-owned for five generations since it first opened its arched doors in 1912. The grande dame of the department world, which also enjoys a loyal following in the Middle East, goes a step further than your average department store by housing an art gallery on its first floor. Take a moment to admire the century-old stained glass dome and don’t forget to pop up to the panoramic, windswept rooftop.

 

2. Printemps

Another shopping experience that allows you to wrap up your spree with a fabulous view from its rooftop is Printemps, (departmentstoreparis.printemps.com) adjacent to Galeries Lafayette. A listed historical
monument, it’s worth a visit for its art nouveau architecture alone, but it’s also a heavyweight in the luxury fashion stakes ticking off brands from Celine to Chanel, Dior, David Yurman and Desiguel.

 

3. Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché (lebonmarche.com) holds the title of the oldest department store in the city having opened in 1848 and a visit here reiterates the pervasive influence that French fashion has on the world. A complete revamp courtesy of the LVMH group means you’re in for a slick, well-serviced shopping experience. Continue your love affair with labels like Vanessa Bruno and Paul and Joe, before perusing premium brands Isabel Marant Lanvin and Celine on the premiere etage.

 

4. BHV/Marais

Once a pictorial inner-city bazaar, the charming BHV/Marais (bhv.fr) has been spruced up of late, tuning itself into the city’s pervading hipster culture. With installations and pop-ups rotating on a regular basis, no two visits are the same. The beloved basement is an institution in its own right, stocking 54,000 items of screws, bulbs, glues, lamps and tiles. Who would have thought that a DIY department could be so darn
cool?

 

5. Franck & Fils

Finally, head to Paris’s West side to Franck & Fils (francketfils.fr/) a department store celebrating women’s wear. With its mandate being one of “creative luxury”, it’s very chic, it’s very sleek and you’ll adore the tearoom slash restaurant slash designers du jour showroom.

 

It’s worth knowing that Paris has two sales periods with summer sales running from June 25 to July 29 and winter sales starting around January 8.

 

Source: Condé Nast Traveller Middle East

 

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