1. It really is a dream shopping destination

It’s hard to believe that Galeries Lafayette was once nothing more than a small haberdashery on a tree-lined boulevard in Paris’ Opera district. Almost 130 years has passed since cousins Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn set up shop, and today, their plucky venture is home to some 3,500 outlets, as well as a legion of up-market department stores across Europe. Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, however, remains the flagship, and it’s as renowned for the iconic stained-glass dome-roof as the high-end fashion labels and premium beauty brands beneath it.

2. There's plenty for gourmands to sink their teeth into

No successful shopping trip is complete without rewarding your efforts with a slap-up meal and at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, there are flavours from all around the world waiting to be tasted. From Med-meets-Middle Eastern fine-dining at rooftop restaurant Créatures, to Pan-Asian eateries and nourishing grab-and-go options, the gluttony of gourmet outlets will provide more than enough fuel to help carry those shopping bags back to your hotel.

3. You can get a real taste of Parisian culture

3. You can get a real taste of Parisian culture
Master the macaron with a French patisserie pro / Photo: Thibaut Voisin

Shopping is only part of the experience at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, with the department store’s “Made in France” workshops offering fun experiences for families and couples alike. Fancy yourself as a patisserie perfectionist? Why not roll up your sleeves on a macaron-making masterclass or participate in a cooking lesson alongside a chef from the renowned Ferrandi Paris culinary school?

4. Take five at this stunning sky-high hideout

4. Take five at this stunning sky-high hideout
What better way to cap off a successful shopping trip than with a refreshing sundowner in front of that view?

Need a break from the madding crowds? Head on up to the rooftop terrace and gawp at the breathtaking views over the Paris skyline. The urban sanctuary is especially enticing during the summer months, where pop-up restaurants and the promise of unimpeded views of the Eiffel Tower and Opéra Garnier make this one of the city’s go-to sunset hideouts.

5. A nifty VAT refund means you'll have even more to spend

For those living outside of the European Union, Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann is offering a VAT refund on in-store purchases over €100, equating to a value of 12% (excluding any additional fees). You might have enough leftover for those extra pair of shoes after all.

In partnership with Galeries Lafayette