Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Galleries Lafayette Paris

Shopping in Galleries Lafayette in Paris is such a fabulous experience.  I can't believe I waited until my last day in Paris to make it here, but I'm so happy I finally went.    Where else can you spend an afternoon soaking up all the latest fashions and design in such an elegant environment?    Would be a great way to spend a rainy day in Paris, but honestly, it would not be a waste of your time if you spent some time on a nice day either.

Galleries Lafayette is Europe's largest department store.   Opened in 1896, the building has an unbelievably gorgeous stained glass cupola roof.   Truly a destination for this alone.    So luxurious and beautiful.    It is located at 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France, near the Opera.

Floor after floor of fashion, food (the markets are amazing), everything you could want or need.   Unfortunately, as I was heading home the next day, I really didn't need anything.   Or more likely, I had no more room in my bags.    I did leave with a head full of inspiration.    Honestly giddy with it all, I called John on the way out and said we must return here.   I know it sounds silly to say this of a mall-like environment, but throw every idea you have of a mall out and trust me, just go here if you are in Paris.   Amazing.

Oh... and the views from the rooftop... wait until you see this!


  1. oh yes! I've shopped there and it is absolutely incredible! :)

  2. The ultimate shopping experience!!

  3. this is funny -- i'm pretty sure we went there on our last day as well. i just remember buying an awful lot of chocolate bars (which were later consumed on the beach in italy. sigh...).

    i am really not joking when i say you could easily put together a beautiful travel guide. with your wonderful writing and these photos - it would be a sure hit!

    happy weekend (at last)!


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