The best and most famous department stores in Paris. The luxury department stores in Paris are real gems and attractions in themselves. Beautiful glass roofs and spectacular domes, mostly in Art Nouveau style. Enjoy the architecture and stylish interior, even if you don’t plan to buy anything. The most famous department stores in Paris are Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps. The oldest department store is Le Bon Marché and for us the most beautiful of all department stores in Paris. Be sure to visit La Samaritaine department store, which has just reopened.
In this article we take you to the 5 best and most famous department stores in Paris. Are you in Paris over the Christmas period? Then the most beautiful department stores in Paris are magically decorated and a visit should certainly not be missed. Happy shopping in Paris!
#1 Le Bon Marché: oldest department store in Paris (7th)
Le Bon Marché is the oldest department store in Paris and even France. It is located on the left bank (Rive Gauche) of the Seine and also the only department store on the Rive Gauche. Le bon Marché department store was designed by Gustave Eiffel. That’s right, the man behind the famous Eiffel Tower. The interior and especially the stairs are really beautiful. Given that the Le Bon Marché department store is located on the left bank, it is a bit quieter than at the other department stores and you will mainly encounter Parisians. You can go there for the most beautiful (and most expensive) clothing, shoes, bags and other luxury products. Just next to Le Bon Marché is La Grande Epicerie de Paris, the supermarket for delicacies. Also a must visit!
24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris | lebonmarche.fr →
#2 La Samaritaine: iconic department store reopened (1st)
The department store La Samaritaine, which has just reopened, could of course not be missing from this list. Parisians can shop again after sixteen years in this iconic department store, which was closed for years due to renovation works. It closed its doors in 2005. La Samaritaine was then the largest and oldest (opened its doors in 1869) department store in Paris. But now again a (expensive) shopping temple with no less than 600 brands under the legendary glass roof. In addition to the department store, La Samaritaine also houses a new luxury hotel with 72 rooms overlooking the Seine and four restaurants.
9 Rue de la Monnaie, 75001 Paris | samaritaine.com →
#3 Galeries Lafayette: most famous department store in Paris (9th)
Galeries Lafayette in Paris is located on the famous shopping street Boulevard Haussmann, in the 9th arrondissement. Perhaps the most famous and prestigious store in Paris. The department store has no less than ten floors with 75,000 brands. Are you in Paris for the holidays? Then the department store is very nicely decorated and an attraction in itself. Nice to know is that in addition to the main building there are also 2 other buildings. Lafayette Homme, with mainly men’s clothing and Lafayette Maison, where you can find everything for your home decoration.
You can also go to the Galeries Lafayette department store for a drink or something to eat. On the top floor you can enjoy culinary delights in the restaurant with a trendy roof terrace with one of the most beautiful views of Paris.
40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris | haussmann.galerieslafayette.com →
#4 Printemps Haussmann: luxury department store in Paris (9th)
Printemps Haussmann has also been a well-known name among the luxury Parisian department stores since 1865. The department store is located in a beautiful, historic building with six floors. From food, cosmetics and home accessories, to haute couture and clothing from affordable fashion brands. Slightly smaller than Galeries Lafayette but certainly no less interesting and also busy with tourists.
On the 6th floor of Printemps Haussmann you can eat or drink something in Brasserie Printemps under the beautiful art deco dome. Slightly higher, on the 9th floor, a panoramic terrace with a beautiful view of Paris.
64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris | printemps.com →
#5 Le BHV Marais: fun shopping in Le Marais (4th)
Ideally located in the heart of Paris, opposite the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Le BHV Marais (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville) is also a nice place to go shopping. BHV Marais is located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, offering a wide range of fashion, home, fashion, beauty and jewelry and DIY brands.
On the roof of Le BHV Maris is also a famous rooftop bar, Le Perchoir Marais, with fantastic views over Paris and the Seine. As with the most popular roof terraces, there is usually a long queue, but your patience will certainly be rewarded.
52 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris | bhv.fr →