[WORLDKINGS] The famous shopping centers and supermarkets in the world – P13 - Galeries Lafayette (France): Paris's most luxurious shopping mall


(WorldKings.org) The Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store chain. Its flagship store is on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris but it now operates in a number of other locations in France and other countries. It is a part of the company Groupe Galeries Lafayette.

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, the flagship store, is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, near Opera Garnier, at the corner of Rue La Fayette, close to Chaussée d'Antin – La Fayette Paris Métro station. It is a 70,000 m2 (750,000 sq ft) fashion flagship store. The architecture of the store is art nouveau, with a remarkable dome and a panoramic view of Paris that has made it a tourist attraction of the French capital city.



The Galeries Lafayette offers its visitors a splendid glass Coupole, rising to a height of 43 meters, which can be seen from across the city. This majestic Art Nouveau steel and glass Coupole became the iconic symbol of the mall.

The place with the best view of Paris is debatable, but if the rooftop terrace of Galeries Lafayette isn’t on the list, that list isn’t valid. Head to the 7th floor of Coupole store to La Terrasse and soak up the 360-degree view of the city for free. Madame Eiffel, Sacré-Cœur, La Défense, Les Invalides, and the Grand Palais are just a few of the iconic landmarks seen from the rooftop. Take a peek through the Timescopes for a virtual reality view of Paris in 1912 or enjoy a coupe de Champagne and a bite to eat at La Paillote and the Cube Bar.



As you’d expect, visiting Galeries Lafayette is a lesson in restraint. With so many beautiful items for sale, you’ll have to use every ounce of willpower not to max out your credit card. In fact, you’ll find the world’s largest fashion collection located on 161,000-square feet featuring more than 320 French brands, as well as international brands from more than 15 different countries.



Iconic French luxury brands can all be found here. Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Chopard, and Louis Vuitton are just a few with boutiques in Galeries Lafayette. However, many people don’t realize that there’re also plenty of affordable brands.

Not only does Galeries Lafayette have its own private labels, but also carries brands like Zara, Topshop, Caroll, Massimo Dutti, Sessùn, and Sinequnone. Look for pop-up shops and exclusive designs made in collaboration between Galeries Lafayette and designers. And, believe it or not, there’s even a boutique to rent and buy designer luxury accessories, such as handbags.



One of the things you probably don’t know about visiting Galeries Lafayette is that they offer a library of French cultural experiences. Learn from an expert about French wine and cheese at a tasting in their L’Appartement Lafayette, a private area in the Coupole store.

Master the art of makeup in the 1.5-hour class featuring luxurious beauty brands. Take a baking class, where you’ll learn to make your own macarons. Finally, fulfill that dream of attending a Paris fashion show on Fridays and Saturdays on the on the 4th floor of the Coupole store.

According to leahtravels.com; haussmann.galerieslafayette.com and en.wikipedia

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