The Printemps

Department stores in Paris

A walk through the department stores in Paris

There are 4 department stores in Paris: the Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville (BHV), the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, the Printemps Haussmann and Le Bon Marché. All these stores were created between 1838 and 1893, they are the last survivors of a certain golden age of commerce. They have managed to survive all the evolutions of commerce by relying heavily on luxury and tourism, most of the customers are tourists from all over the world who come to find a certain idea of France. In these commercial temples you can find all the major luxury brands. In recent years, catering has taken on an increasingly important role in these department stores. The visit can also be a fantastic culinary experience. Be careful there are always many people in the aisles the visit is exhausting.

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Duration: 4  h.

A alley of the Printemps

You can find a bit of everything in the department stores but there is a lot of clothing.

Restaurants in the Printemps

You can easily eat in the department stores, the best products are available. The price is related to quality.

View of Paris from the Printemps

Going up to the top floor you reach a small terrace with a dazzling view of Paris.

The Printemps Terrace

Galeries Lafayette

The Galeries Lafayette is located right next to the Printemps. Beautiful store, You have to wait a long time before walking on the catwalk with a magnificent view over the departement stores.

The famous dome of the Galeries Lafayette

The aisles of Galeries Lafayette

Of course, try to avoid busy periods, the aisles are quite narrow.

The stands of the Galeries Lafayette

All the major luxury brands have their own small stand to display their products.

The Bon Marché

The Bon Marché is another big departement stores in Paris. It is not located next to the other department stores. It's the most pleasant store, the aisles are more spacious.

Restaurant at Le Bon Marché

You can eat in the aisles of the Bon Marché.


The BHV is located next to the Town Hall, It gets a lot less tourists than the other departement stores, it is more interesting for Parisians who can find products that they do not find elsewhere.