Indulgence Unlimited at Galeries Lafayette
In Paris, do as the Parisians... shop! Your tryst with all things fashion and style begins and ends at Galeries Lafayette, Paris’ premium address for shopaholics and fashionistas alike. You are sure to spend many blissful hours going through 7 floors of a wonderland that offers you many good reasons to loosen those purse strings and simply indulge!
Apart from providing the best in retail therapy options, Galeries Lafayette offers you many more experiences that make your outing special. Temptation manifests itself in many forms: heady encounters with wine at their Bordeauxthèque housing the best of Bordeaux wine, a gourmet space for foodies, a unique personalised shopping experience, a weekly fashion show and of course the sweet pleasure of shopping in an elegant ambience replete with a colourful Byzantine dome and an Art Nouveau staircase all adding perfect touches to a day well spent at Galeries Lafayette!
Let the Journey begin!
Located on the Boulevard Haussmann in the heart of Paris, Galeries Lafayette offers its visitors 70,000 sq. metres of pure indulgence. Your encounter with all things fashion commences at the main store of Galeries Lafayette - the Lafayette Coupole. The star of this elegant Belle Epoque facade is undoubtedly its vibrant dome that catches your attention as you enter. This architectural marvel completed a century of its glorious existence in 2012, and continues to enthral visitors coming to Galeries Lafayette. As you manage to tear your eyes away from this graceful cupola, your attention is captured by a magnificent display of assorted French and international designer brands that vie for your attention.
From the best in women’s fashion to accessories, luxury and designer goods, beauty products, watches and jewellery to lingerie, the best of brands contentedly wait to be discovered. For those with shoes on their mind, a visit to their exclusive space dedicated to footwear is a visual treat! Choose from chic stilettos for a night out on the town, to comfortable pumps for a long day at the office or sporty sneakers for treks or long walks... the choice is endless!
Fashionistas find their mecca on the first floor of Galeries Lafayette in a new space dedicated to fashion, luxury and creation. 300 brands are housed over a comfortable expanse of 4600 sq. metres which showcase 17 new brands in fashion and more than 170 brands of accessories. Visit their “fashion laboratories” that feature luxury and new designers throughout the year. The best of both worlds is presented to you: today’s “it” designers at affordable prices and a handpicked selection of the season’s best trends!
For the best in home decor options, head over to the Lafayette Maison, located across the main store. Providing you with many inspirational ideas and the best brands, the Lafayette Maison assists you in adding elegant glimpses of the French art de vivre to your home!
What Men Want!
Today’s men are as conscious about their “look” as their female counterparts, and to address this burgeoning demand in menswear and accessories, Galeries Lafayette has dedicated a store, “Lafayette Homme” devoted to male pleasures. Spread over 3 floors and 8000 sq. metres, men are spoilt for choice with 250 French and international brands displaying their best. Their accessories department showcasing an array of bags, leather goods, fashion watches etc., adds perfect finishing touches to enhancing a stylish “look”.
The best wines from Bordeaux find a home at the Bordeauxthèque. Inaugurated in 2010, and designed to resemble a 17th century library replete with cabinets and a white checkerboard flooring, the Bordeauxthèque houses 250 sq. metres of space exclusively dedicated to the best from Bordeaux’s vineyards.
This Bordeaux wine haven houses 12000 bottles and presents a range of more than 1000 wines for wine enthusiasts and experts. The acquainted can expect to encounter nine exceptional Bordeaux grand crus: Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Haut-Brion, Mission Haut-Brion, Cheval-Blanc, Petrus and Yquem presented in a showcased setting. The best of Bordeaux’s white and Sauternes (sweet) wines are also suitably represented. Benefit from the expert advice of wine experts who help you in choosing a wine best suited to your palate.Going beyond Bordeaux’s glories, head over to the adjacent Wine Library that stocks 1600 wines, and 700 spirits including brandies and liqueurs from every region of France and also all over the world... did we forget to mention 300 varieties of Champagne? Rely on a helpful team of wine waiters to help you add more of France’s beauties to your personal collection at home.
A haven of gourmet delicacies awaits the discerning foodie at the Galeries Lafayette. The Lafayette Gourmet proposes a delicious array of gourmet food, tasting bars and delectable eats. Choose from 10,000 fine food products from France and the rest of the world. Bon Appétit!An eating experience awaits you on every floor of Galeries Lafayette. You are spoilt for choice with restaurants offering the best of French and world cuisine. If in summer, get a bird’s eye view of Paris with a quick stopover at La Terrasse located on the 8th floor of the main store. In addition to other options available here, do not miss the new Lebanese gastronomy restaurant, “Noura” with tempting options for vegetarians as well.
A Made to Order Shopping Experience
Galeries Lafayette takes the entire shopping experience to another level. The 6th floor of the main store is home to a tastefully done up apartment - La Suite - that awaits clients who prefer shopping in a calm and tranquil environment away from the regular hustle and bustle. Elegantly furnished, La Suite reflects the best of Parisian luxury and the French art of living. This cozy cocoon comprises a number of salons ensconced in a 400 sq. metre space. A selection of music, fine gourmet food such as Hermé macaroons, Jean Paul Hévin chocolates, champagne, etc. and a fine display of art combine to create an elegant shopping ambience. Benefit from expert fashion advice at La Suite. A personalised session with leading fashion designers acquaints you with the best style tips and helps in creating a signature style statement of your own. (Upon reservation)
Tax Free Shopping
Purchases made over 175 € on the same day are eligible for a 12 % tax refund. Galeries Lafayette makes it simple for you. Head over to their tourist tax refund (détaxe) office on the basement of the main building with your passport and sales receipts. Depending on the method of reimbursement chosen, a Tax Refund Form will be issued for you. When exiting the European Union, make sure the form is validated by the EU Customs and present the form and your purchases before luggage check in at either the airport, train station or border point and claim your refund.
On your next holiday to Paris, do not forget to schedule enough time for your day out at Galeries Lafayette. A day replete with unique experiences is yours for the taking! Prepare yourself for “Be There! Do That!” indulgent experiences at Galeries Lafayette!