The atrium at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
The atrium at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. (Photo by Christopher Chen)

Les grand magazins: The department stores or Paris

On boulevard Haussmann rise Paris's two flagships of shopping, les grand magazins, the department stores:

Though techncially older (founded 1865), Printemps is a bit more modern and American-styled, with a large Food Hall in addition to the fashion, and Galeries Lafayette (founded 1896) is more Old World French (though in 2012 it is overhauling its gourmet food store and opening a new fine dining restaurant).

However, both are very upscale and carry the ready-to-wear collections of all the major French designers and labels.

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