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The Department stores in Paris: Temples of Luxury Shopping

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The major Paris department stores sprang up in the 19th century along with the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, and the covered passageways. They’re really the heart and soul of Paris. These temples of fashion and luxury shopping in Paris are more than one hundred years old. At that time, they revolutionized the retail trade. Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps, BHV, Le Bon Marché…, they’ve turned into business giants and genuine tourist attractions.

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Galeries Lafayette Department Store in Paris
Galeries Lafayette Department Store in Paris

With its large dome, its spectacular architecture giving the store an impression of space and light, the Galeries Lafayette department store on Boulevard Haussmann has kept its original decor. Daily, 50,000 people visit the store to buy clothes, fashion products, decorative items, jewelry, luxury products and shopping at the delicatessen.

The main building (with the large dome) is home to women’s fashion (from casual to high-end clothing), jewelry and perfume. On the same side of the street, you’ll find Lafayette for men. Finally, on the other side of the street, Lafayette sells linen and you’ll also find the Lafayette Gourmet delicatessen there.


  • Galeries Lafayette – 40 Boulevard Haussmann – 75007 Paris
  • The House of Galeries Lafayette – 35 Boulevard Haussmann – 75007 Paris
  • Galeries Lafayette for Men – 48 Boulevard Haussmann – 75007 Paris

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9:30am to 8:30pm (until 8:45pm on Thursdays and Saturdays)
  • Sundays: 11:00am to 7:00pm

website: galerieslafayettes.com

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Printemps Department store
Printemps Department store

Printemps was opened in 1865 by Jules Jaluzot and Jean-Alfred Duclos. They got a reputation for selling high-quality fabrics and the brand continued to stand out with its innovations and avant-garde style.

This avant-garde style can also be seen in the building’s architecture, with its large central aisle, grand staircase and electric lighting – the first in a store.

Today, le Printemps is dedicated to high-end shopping: women’s fashion, men’s fashion, luxury items, accessories, leather goods, shoes, etc. It sells all major premium brands of items to wear and designer fashion clothing. Paris department stores like this mainly cater to high-end goods and brands. This is clearly one of the top destination for luxury shopping in Paris.


  • Printemps Haussmann – 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75007 Paris – Mo / RERA Auber

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9:30am to 8:30pm (until 8:45pm on Thursdays and Saturdays)
  • Sundays: 11:00am to 7:00pm

website: printemps.com

LE BON MARCHÉ – The Rive droite Department Store

Le Bon Marché store Paris
Le Bon Marché – Rive Droite store Paris

Le Bon Marché first opened in Saint-Germain des Près in 1852. It’s one of the Paris department stores located on the left bank and also the oldest.

You’ll find a large collection of linen and fine dining items. Luxury items, men’s fashion, women’s fashion and leather goods are popular with both tourists and Parisians.

In Saint-Germain des Près, this is one of the emblems of French luxury goods and shopping. Localized in the right Seine riverbank, it represents the “Rive Droite” spirit

Read our selection of Top Fashion shopping places in Paris.


  • Le Bon Marché – 24 rue de Sèvre – 75007 Paris

Opening Hours:

  • Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm (Thursdays until 8:45pm)
  • Open on Sundays from 11:00am to 8:00pm


MHV Marais Store
MHV Marais Store

As its name suggests, this department store is located near the Paris City Hall (Hôtel de Ville) in the trendy Marais district.

Set out over 45,000m2, you’ll find fashion, luxury items and lifestyle products. A warm, modern decor sets the scene for the home to all these items.

This department store is also known for its DIY department. Of course, this very innovative and trendy store couldn’t resist following the fashion for DIY and also offers DIY workshops and cooking classes.

It’s also one of the trendiest places in the neighborhood, thanks to Perchoir, a chic cafe, which welcomes you up on the rooftop of BHV.

Just behind this building, BHV for men is also an important place to shop in Marais.


  • BHV Marais – 52 rue de Rivoli Paris 75004 – Metro: Hotel de Ville
  • BHV Marais for men – 36 rue de Verrerie – 75004 Paris – Metro: Hotel de Ville

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
  • open on Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm

La Samaritaine

La Samaritaine Department Store
La Samaritaine Department Store

La Samaritaine, a very old department store reopened recently after a long period of re-establishment. It is now devoted to luxury shopping an fine grocery.

The Samaritaine, an iconic figure of shopping on Rue de Rivoli, reopened in June 2021 after 15 years of renovation. Bought by the luxury group LVMH, the establishment offers a selection of 600 brands in the 20,000m2 beautiful Art Nouveau building. One can find numerous luxury brands as well as concept stores.

Address : 3 rue de la Monnaie 75001 Paris

Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday : from 10am to 8pm


Fine Grocery at la Grand Epicerie
Fine Grocery at la Grand Epicerie

The Grande Épicerie sets the standard for delicatessen items. You’ll find high-quality products from all over the world: chocolate, coffee, fruit and vegetables, tea, wine and bakery products. The delicatessen shop also has very fine dishes.

There’s a very large choice of French and international specialties.


Citadium - Casual Department Store
Citadium Causual Department Store

This one of the newest department stores in Paris. It’s also located in the commercial Haussmann/Saint Lazare district.

It’s actually a huge concept store where you’ll find casual or streetwear fashion for men and women.

It’s ‘the’ place to buy jeans, sneakers and trendy backpacks. The shoe section is also well worth a visit.

You’ll find major brands like Diesel, Levis, and Adidas plus less famous brands such as Loreak, Gola, and See U Soon.

  • Citadium Caumartin – 56 rue de Caumartin Paris 75009 – Metro: Havre/Caumartin
  • Citadium Champs Elysées – 65 avenue des Champs Elysees.

Opening Hours:

  • Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm (Thursdays until 8:45pm)
  • Open on Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm

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