The Parisian department stores are some of the most beautiful in the world. They feature fashion collections, beauty products and services, home ware, and accessories. The big three shopping destinations in the City of Lights are as follows.
The original Printemps Haussmann store in the ninth arrondissement of Paris is a listed historic monument, while the first arrondissement is home to the outlet Printemps Louvre. The Printemps department store was the first to install lifts, and the first French building to be lit by power, just a few years after Thomas Edison’s invention of the electric bulb.
Apart from fashion and beauty products and accessories, it is home to Brasserie Printemps and the Ladurée pastry shop. Get to the Printemps du Goût on the seventh and eighth floors, where terrace tables give sweeping views over the Palais Garnier and the Eiffel Tower.
Le Bon Marché
Le Bon Marché, found in 1838, was the first contemporary department store in the world. At first, it was a simple store, which sold lace, ribbons, buttons, and umbrellas, but was later revamped fully in 1852 by Aristide and Marguerite Boucicaut.
The couple wanted to make a new type of curated shop that would thrill the senses. Innovations comprised fixed prices, home delivery, concerts, an exchange service, seasonal sales, art as well as a reading room for waiting male spouses. The civil engineer Gustave Eiffel helped to enlarge the successful shop.
Nowadays, the departments at Le Bon Marché house a mix of luxury designer brands, from beauty to fashion, stationery, home ware, and books. Check out the beauty services namely makeup lessons, skincare treatments and mani-pedis, nail bars, and a Jo Malone perfume outlet.
A Paris tour devoted to shopping will not be complete without a visit to the Galeries Lafayette. The flagship department store on the Boulevard Haussmann in the ninth arrondissement has a grand foyer, a neo-Byzantine dome decorated with colored glass as well as ironwork, and a terrace for panoramic views. It is a listed historic monument, which is loved for the ornate Art Nouveau architecture.
Galeries Lafayette is a shopping arena full of fashion accessories, food outlet, home ware, and a bar that serves cocktails along with picturesque terrace views. Entertaining in-shop events are equally coveted too. Note that the second Galeries Lafayette is located to the south of the River Seine in the Montparnasse neighborhood.