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Department Stores in Paris

Galeries Lafayette logo Franck et Fils logo BHV logo Bon Marche logo C&A logo Au Printems logo Monoprix logo

The grands magasins can be terrific places to spend a weekday. Most of them have restaurants and cafés, gourmet food stores, beauty salons, free public toilets (!) and all of the usual departments that could take a day to properly explore. If leisurely browsing is your style, then we recommend avoiding them during weekends and the sales!

  Au Printemps exterior detail

Speaking of sales (fr. les soldes), these semi-annual events can be a fortuitous time to visit Paris: designer clothing at astonishing discounts — prices slashed up to 80%. Sales are state-regulated in France and generally span six weeks, starting in early January and again at the end of June. It is usually during the second price-markdowns, about midway through the sales season, when the best values can be found.

We should not neglect to mention that the large department stores are among the few businesses in Paris (along with several modern cinemas) that offer a cool air-conditioned refuge during the occasional hot spells of summer! Visitors who survived the record heat-wave of August 2003 will appreciate the concept of lowering one's core body temperature this way.

Non-EU residents may qualify for a 12% tax refund on purchases of over €175 made on the same day; see the Customer Service desk for a détaxe form. In addition, Printemps offers non-residents a 10% discount card which can be printed online from their web site.

If you know of an error in our listings below, or a store which is no longer in operation, we would greatly appreciate if you could report it here. Thank you!

NOTE: The closest Métro and/or RER stop is provided for each store in this directory. To view street maps of the area around each station, click on the red Metro icon icon.


Editing, translation, and portions written by Ian C. Mills © 2000- – All Rights Reserved.

Images: Exterior detail of Au Printemps, by Tuscan Knox (photographer), from Wikimedia Commons. Interior view of Le Bon Marché, from Wikimedia Commons. Exterior view of BHV on rue de Rivoli, from Chic Shopping Paris, a blog by author Rebecca Perry Magniant. Exterior view of C&A Haussmann at night, © Corinne Dupeyrat (photographer), from Introduction to the Artist. See by Chloé fashion model, from Franck et Fils catalogue. Interior view of dome at Galeries Lafayette, © Gregory Kullberg (photographer), from Greg's Digital. Cookie and biscuit aisle at Monoprix, © Elisabeth Fourmont (photographer), from Ten French Stores That Make Me Happy, a blog page at GlamChic. Exterior of La Samaritaine (viewed from the Pont Neuf), by Daniel Lebée (photographer), © French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Exterior view of Tati, © Otto Buchegger (photographer), from EUxUS - Impressum. Store logos are registered trademarks of their respective companies. – All Rights Reserved.


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