Paris department stores ★☆☆
Les grand magazins: The department stores of Paris
Side-by-side on boulevard Haussmann rise Paris's two flagships of shopping, les grand magazins, the department stores:
- Au Printemps Haussmann
64 bd. Haussmann
Tel. (0)1 42 82 50 00
Métro: Havre Caumartin
Open Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat 9:35am–8pm, Thurs 9:35am–8:45pm, Sun 11am–7pm
- Galeries Lafayette
40 bd. Haussmann
Tel. (0)1 42 82 34 56
Métro: Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette
Open Mon-Sat 9:30am–8:30pm, Sun 11am–7pm
Though techncially older (founded 1865), Printemps is a bit more modern and American-styled, with a large Food Hall in addition to the fashion, and Galeries Lafayette (founded 1896) is more Old World French (though it has overhauled its gourmet food store and opened a new fine dining restaurant).
However, both are very upscale and carry the ready-to-wear collections of all the major French designers and labels.
The city's big department stores also offer 30-minute fashion shows every week from Easter to October: Fridays at 3pm in Galleries Lafayette (€12; you must book ahead online); Tuesdays at 10am in Printemps (though check on that Printemps one before going, as it's not always offered).