Theophile Bader and cousin Alphonse Kahn opened their store in 1895 and it quickly became a sensation both for its design and fashion sense. Galeries Lafayette continues to be a heartbeat of Paris retail with its emphasis on quality and the latest fashions, cosmetics, accessories, jewelry and housewares. Naturally there’s a gourmet food hall as well: Lafayette Gourmet. And if all that shopping has built up an appetite, there’s a restaurant and terrace on the top floor that offer fabulous views over the Parisian rooftops and the Paris Opera.
If you want some true French fashion guidance there is a free weekly fashion show on Friday afternoons (you need to book ahead). But it’s that dome which just continues to give the whole place a sense of luxury and opulence; this could well be the most elegant department store in the world.
This was a fun way to begin our visit. We got the highlights and perspective of locations so when we negotiated on our own. Great value.
Best way to see Paris if your time is limited. We got in all of the major tourist spots and it was very easy to get off and look around and know that another bus would be by in a few minutes.
Excellent value for money - used for 2 of the 4 days we were in Paris. Booked before we left the UK but could have paid on the day.