Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
Galeries Lafayette and Printemps - When put together, you’re talking about over 40 floors of shopping in 6 different buildings. If this gives you a little tingle, then read on.
They’re also loud, full of shoppers, disorienting, the layout can be confusing, and crammed (albeit oh so stylishly) with a bit of every conceivable kind of item for sale (clothes, home accessories, furniture, luggage, beauty products, kitchen wares, stationary, lamps, food, mattresses & bedding, etc.). You can literally outfit your entire home and family, from top to bottom, inside and out, from these stores.
If you just want to see what the fuss is all about, we suggest you go in the late morning, wander around. For tips on how to navigate these stores, read our Shopping Tips for Galleries Lafayette and Printemps. The stores/floors mentioned listed below will give you an idea why these shops get such great press.
Galeries Lafayette (Main Store) – Floors 0-3 house most of the fashions and accessories that you are looking for. Half of the 3rd floor is given over exclusively to Lingerie. The 2nd floor is where you will find the most wearable clothes.
Also of note, the 6th floor has several eateries and an extensive souvenir section, probably the most comprehensive in Paris. Take a minute, whatever the weather, to head up to the Terrace restaurant/view(7th floor) to see the views of Paris from the roof.
Lafayette Gourmet – On the first floor of the Men’s Store. This is a foodie fantasyland. Keep an eye on your group because someone will inevitably wander off following their nose or linger for a sample of something. Check out the patisserie, charcuterie, and fromagerie bars (to start) in the back where you can sit and share a plate.
Lafayette Maison – Paris takes its pooches very seriously and the section for pets on the 2nd floor is a great example of this. If you are the type who needs to pick up a souvenir for Fido or Fifi back home, you should be able to find it here.
For another great souvenir idea, go the bottom floor (-1). All the way in the back, you will find a VomFass shop. You can bottle vinegars, wines, liquers, etc in a variety of bottles (Eiffel tower, stiletto heels) to create a custom gift set. The other shops have set up similar kiosks (imitation being the highest form of flattery) but the selections here are the most extensive.
Printemps Mode – Café Flo on the 6th floor is a great place to break between Galleries Lafayette and continuing on to Printemps. Smaller than Lafayette, Printemps Mode focuses on more well known, high end lines.
Printemps Beaute – Located in the first 2 floors (0 & 1) of Printemps Maison ( the home store begins on the 2nd floor). If you are always looking for stylish hair accessories, the first floor in Printemps Maison (0) has a respectable selection of items.
Printemps Maison – Check out floors 2-6 for the great design ideas. You will inevitably find something that makes you go “I wonder if I could do something like that at home” or impractically wonder how you could get it home in your luggage. There is a cafeteria-style restaurant on the top floor that also offers a panoramic view of Paris.
Author: Cheryl Montgomery