The most romantic and exciting shopping experience in Paris


One of the most exciting things to do in Paris is to shop. France is where various world-renowned luxury brands made their start and are now adored worldwide. Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, on Haussmann Boulevard, is known as one of the most traditional department stores and is located in the heart of Paris in the 9th arrondissement (borough). The location is right behind the stunning Opéra Garnier, another famous and must-see tourist spot. Galeries Lafayette is composed of three buildings which are: the Coupole - the main building, Homme - men's building and La Maison & Le Gourmet - home decor and gastronomy building. There are over 3,500 brands in total which gives you an extremely rich selection and a great variety of items. Below, we have gathered a few tips in order for you to have the best experience at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. 



The most romantic shopping experience in Paris

At Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, you can enjoy the classical and romantic atmosphere. Upon entering, you may be taken aback by the gorgeous dome in the main building. Galeries Lafayette had its start in the 19th century and the main building was opened in October of 1912. As it is a historical building, you can find several extraordinary spots in Galeries Lafayette such as the design of dome, decoration of the ancient lift and part of ancient Stairs of Honor from the 20th century (escalier de l’Honeur). The gorgeous architecture was inspired by Opéra and the antique decorations were designed in the Art Nouveau style. When it first opened, it was a symbolic location for Parisians and tourists to attend and to be seen by the public. Attendees dressed in their best clothes and accessories in order to be viewed by others as wealthy and of high societal standing. 




In the main building, you can discover women’s fashion and cosmetics, kid’s fashion, toys, souvenirs, cafes, and restaurants. There are numerous brands for you to select from; some affordable, and others luxurious. If you spend some time combing through all the clothes, you may get lucky and find last season's clothes on sale, even if it's not during the sale period! If you prefer organic or ethical products, look for the ‘Go for Good’ section, which is one of the original ideas of Galeries Lafayette, and will help you shop ethically. This stamp of approval means that the products are organic, ethically made, or made in France. Each product comes with an explanation of its fantastic qualities and source of location.



After a few hours of shopping, and desperately needing a coffee and croissant break, you can look for any cafe from the 1st to the 3rd floor under the dome. The cafes offer various drinks and sandwiches as well. Or, if you prefer having authentic French sweets, you can go to Angelina Cafe which is located on the 1st floor. When you are hungry for a larger meal, we recommend that you to go to the 6th floor that has more food options and offers a view of the Eiffel Tower. There, you can enjoy a fresh, fast and affordable meal at the luxurious cafeteria or at the restaurant, Panasia. At the food court, the price depends on what you order, but it's generally cheaper than the restaurants in this district while having a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower.




Let’s move to the men's building. It’s accessible through a glass-made hallway on the 1st and 2nd floor from the main building. There, you can discover all of the men's fashion items from clothing to accessories. The ground floor only has accessories such as watches, leather goods, sunglasses, and various other items. The higher floors, you will find luxurious fashion brands and affordable brands that include the Galeries Lafayette original brand and sportswear. What lavish choices!




The home & gourmet store is located in front of the men's building. On the ground floor and the 1st floor, there are French gourmet products, and on the 2nd and 3rd floor, you can find kitchen tools and home interior accessories. For home decoration options, there are various luxurious home interior brands to choose from which include The Conran Shop. When you enter the building, the irresistibly good smells of French gastronomy will entrance you. Their chocolate, bread, cheese, French sausages are all fresh and ready to eat. It is worth your time and money to try a bit of everything! Your tastebuds will thank you. If you want to venture away from French cuisine, there are also Spanish and Italian restaurants, a steakhouse, a lobster house, and various other meal choices from around the world. For dessert, you can try the famous chocolate shop Dalloyau or the cafe Yann Couvreur. 



The must-see spot in this department store is the stylish cave for wines on the 1st floor. There, you can find a precious and historical collection of Bordeaux wines. The magnificent display is like a mini wine museum. There are also cognacs, Rémy Martin in Baccarat crystal bottles and champagnes. The price for a bottle of wine varies from 4-5 euros, depending on your bottle of choice. Meanwhile, the high taste and quality of all their wines are guaranteed even with the low wines for 4 euros. Even if you are not interested in purchasing very expensive alcohol, it's worth coming here to buy a cheaper bottle, and then stroll down to the Seine river to enjoy it while having a picnic, or to take it back to your hotel room.  



Enjoy various exciting events in Galeries Lafayette 

In Galeries Lafayette, lots of events are held all year long. For example, during Easter, they had a small indoor park ‘Le Jardin’ in the main building with sand and activities for kids. This area is always open, with different themes depending on the occasion. Also, the Glasswalk in the hall of the Coupole gives you a stunning and elevated view of the entire gallery, will remain open until the end of this year and is free of charge. A giant trampoline in the FUNAREA, is a floating, colorful, fun space for all ages which is accessible until May 26, 2019.

There are many hidden playgrounds on each floor that include activities such as table soccer, retro game machines, and mini pool ball tables that have collaborated with Polaroid. At the Galerie des Galeries, you can see more creative and artistic exhibitions. As various events corresponding to each season are held in Galeries Lafayette, you can enjoy not only shopping but also entertainment and various photo opportunities with your children, spouse, or friends! The entire experience feels like an extremely luxurious amusement park that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. 



In Galeries Lafayette, when you spend over 175 euros, you can receive a tax refund at the information center on the ground floor. If you spend over 500 euros and use an O’bon Paris coupon, you can receive a tax refund at the Concierge in the luxurious lounge, which provides immediate assistance. In the lounge, you can rest with a free drink like coffee, champagne, juice or water, and snacks like chocolate, madeleines, and more. There is also a tax refund machine available in multiple languages that can be done by card or cash. The concierge and tax refund machines are located on the 1st floor between Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, and their multilingual staff is ready to assist you.



O'bon Paris' tip 

Galeries Lafayette contributes to a variety of aspects of our society. Not only are they selling luxurious items but they are also conscientious of the items they sell and bring focus to more ethical products. They cater to everyone and families with small children by providing various fun activities to entertain the young, while also having large enough lifts for strollers and wheelchairs. About various activities, you can book them right under this paragraph. Don't forget to use the code GLOBONPARIS to get a 10% discount!

As mentioned, with the O’bon Paris coupon, you can use the deluxe concierge service when you spend over 500 euros. All the receipts from purchases made on the same day can be combined for tax refund (excluding purchases at a restaurant or cafe). A bonus to make your shopping experience even better is receiving free items! Depending on how much you spend, you can receive an original Galeries Lafayette tote bag (if you spend over 50 euros), a Kiehl's makeup bag with 4 beauty essentials (if you spend over 200 euro), a L'Occitane Immortelle beauty box (if you spend over 600 euros), and a MCM card holder (if you spend over 1,000 euros). You can pick up the tote bag and Kiehl's makeup bag at the information center on the ground floor, and other presents are available at the concierge on the 1st floor by presenting both the O'bon Paris coupon and the receipt(s). This offer is only available for the O’bon Paris audience, so don’t miss this valuable opportunity!


Words by Yuka Ishihara

Photographs by Yuna Lee



Address : 40, Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris

Transportation : Metro line 7, 9 Chaussée d'Antin-La Fayette station / Metro line 3, 7, 8 Opéra station / Metro line 12 Trinité station / RER line A Auber station / RER line E Haussmann-St Lazare

Opening Hour : Mon - Sat 9:30-20:30 / Sun 11:00-20:00 (Closed on 1st January, 1st May, and 25th December)


Address : 35, Boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS

Transportation : Metro line 7, 9 Chaussée d'Antin-La Fayette station / Metro line 3, 7, 8 Opéra station / Metro line 12 Trinité station / RER line A Auber station / RER line E Haussmann-St Lazare

Opening Hour : Mon - Sat 8:30-21:30 / Sun 11:00-20:00 (Closed on 1st January, 1st May, and 25th December)