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Top 3 Parisian Department Stores

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Plush department stores in Paris draw large crowds of tourists like its famous landmarks- Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower. Many of these stores boast impressive architectural elements in Art Nouveau style. These modern consumerist temples offer a complete shopping experience. Do not worry about money, just window-shop, enjoy a snack if you like, spot the celebrities, take pictures, and watch the world go by.

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Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann is one of the leading department stores in the world. The biggest souvenir shop of Paris is located within its multi-storied premises. Its 33-meter high glass dome in neo-Byzantine style has ten painted windows adorned with sculpted floral motifs and metal frames. The historic store with several balconies is inspired by oriental bazaars comprising several separate departments. The old Mogador escalator will take you to the rooftop for a sweeping view of the city. Celebrities and VIPs shop here. So, there is a chance to take autographs of your favorite personality. You can browse through French fashion and perfumes, household goods, shoes, watches… Savor Mediterranean food, champagnes, hot chocolates, world-class teas, pastries, gourmet fare, Japanese cuisine, a variety of coffees, and high-quality wines. Enjoy fashion shows and live performances. Baby care stations, equipped with change tables, diapers, bottler warmers, toilets, parking, and currency exchange counters are on the property for added comfort. Non-EU citizens are entitled for 12% tax refund on all purchases made at the store.

Le Bon Marche, a chic department store on the left bank, stocks home ware, cosmetics, accessories, French and international designer labels, lingerie, perfumes, menswear, wedding items, shoes, etc. The beautiful building of the store is designed by the architect of the Eiffel Tower. Onsite gourmet food market sells items from around the world. The store also hosts art exhibitions. Personal shopping and valet parking services are available.

The terrace of Au Printemps Department Store on Boulevard Haussmann lends itself to 360-degree view of the entire city. Unobstructed views of Montmartre, Eiffel Tower, Madeleine, and Opera can be captured from the ninth floor. Its façade is on the list of Historic Monuments. An Art Nouveau pavilion and Art Deco cupola complement its grand building. The store, dedicated to luxury and fashion brands, offers various services; such as, hands-free shopping, valet, personal shopping, and foreign currency exchange for the convenience of visitors.

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2 responses to “Top 3 Parisian Department Stores”

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  1. Tuija Ollila says via Facebook:
    April 18th, 2011 at 19:51

    Oh great, we are going to Paris for two weeks in summer. Must read this :)

  2. Karen Elise Fjelde says via Facebook:
    April 18th, 2011 at 19:54

    Has been there – a beautiful town and much too see :)

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