As I start daydreaming about my next trip to Paris (I have a year to redeem my prize of two free nights at The Peninsula Paris), Galeries Lafayette is definitely on my list because I need a fashion refresh! Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann isn't just a favorite fashion and shopping hub of Paris; it's also an architectural gem with some amazing views over the rooftops of Paris from its terrace. With my inside contacts at Galeries Lafayette through our Virtuoso relationship, I have even been known to send special shopping vouchers to my clients heading to Paris!
Excerpt below from July 16, 2021 article produced by Virtuoso and Galeries Lafayette Paris can be found HERE.
Shopping in Paris is a hallowed rite of passage among globe-trotting style mavens. In typical quixotic French fashion, Isabelle Hervé-Pénard, professional stylist and personal shopper at the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann department store, says, “I describe Parisian style in three ideas: timelessness, signature pieces, and natural heritage – with a small touch of madness.”
In addition to enticing shoppers with everything from perfume and macarons to fine dining and a Champagne bar (plus a rooftop terrace with some of the best views of the city), this famous department store has curated a series of special events to make your next trip to Paris a feast for the senses.
Perfecting Parisian Style
Stroll down Boulevard Haussmann to find the heart of Parisian shopping at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. Founded in 1893, this five-story department store houses everything locals need to pull together outfits with panache or upgrade home decor, and then toast the day’s finds with a glass of wine at La Cave, which offers 2,500 wine selections, including 1,200 Bordeaux labels, carefully chosen by a team of seven sommeliers.
With a retail space this expansive, using a professional stylist is akin to teaming up with an expert safari guide-turned-trusted confidant – albeit in more cushy circumstances. For timeless and modern decadence alike, ask your shopper to show you around the new La Lingerie space, which offers frilly fantasies from Aubade corsets to au courant Maison Margiela bodysuits. En route to Saint-Tropez? Breezy cover-ups from Mediterranean-inspired brand Siyu will take you from beach day to evening apéro with a few choice accessories, and fashion-critic-darling Jacquemus makes luxe swimwear, sun hats, and bags that draw gazes with eye-popping shades of tangerine, pink, and red.
After a few hours of shopping, a Virtuoso travel advisor recommends the VIP lounge for its soothing atmosphere. (Another shopping perk for visitors who live in the U.S., Canada, and other countries outside the European Union: Purchases over 100 euros automatically qualify for a 12 percent tax refund.)
Beauty in the Details
No outfit is complete without a dab of perfume from a Parisian perfume atelier. Yves Saint Laurent’s elegant Fontaine à Parfum, a fragrance refill station, weds luxury with sustainability as shoppers extend the life of their favorite perfume bottle. The store’s pleasures aren’t limited to items on a shelf. Be sure to look up to enjoy the brilliant colors of its neo-Byzantine dome, a glinting visual masterpiece built in 1912.
Let Them Eat … Macarons
On the third floor, pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Hermé, successor of four generations of Alsatian bakers and pastry chefs, holds court during several pastry classes. Try the 90-minute macaron class, where participants create the sugary shells and ganache, assemble the sweets, and, of course, indulge in a tasting. Keep an eye out for special events and confection tastings, as well as limited-edition gift tins and seasonally flavored macarons. On the same floor, Bakery Ferrandi serves updated takes on classic French recipes. In its Baker’s Secrets class, you’ll learn how to master the tarte tatin and Paris-Brest (choux pastry with praline cream) in two hours.
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