Shopoholics, this one’s for you! Next time you’re in Paris, head to the city’s ultimate shopping destination Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann for a day-long shopping extravaganza. By Bayar Jain
A Parisian holiday is incomplete without splurging at the many shopping destinations the city has to offer. With a large number of shopping hubs dotted all over the city, along with many street side stores to choose from, it can be daunting to choose just one location. We decided to make the process easier for you. Spend a day at the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussman to satiate the shopaholic in you. Located in the convenient Boulevard Haussmann, this glass-domed hub is a consumer’s paradise. With an extensive brand selection, gourmet food court, live events and activities, and a spectacular terrace to boast about, here’s how you should spend your day at the Galeries Lafeyette.
10 am: Enjoy a Parisian shopping experience
Get right down to business and indulge yourself in an exclusive Parisian Shopping Experience package guided by experts of French fashion and lifestyle. With more than 3,500 brands to choose from, and exclusive selections of top designer brands such as Jacquemus or Off-White, the guides will take you through the luxurious world with ease. Coupled with their bespoke made-to-measure service, an unforgettable shopping trip is guaranteed!
1 pm: Grab lunch at Cru Restaurant
Cru, or ‘raw’ in English is the place to be if you’re looking for an intimate atmosphere for a lunch date. Developed by Chef Julien Bonci, the restaurant offers classic French cuisines with a creative and refined Latin twist. A cosy vibe radiates through every corner of the restaurant, serving as an ideal pit stop for you to gear up for the fascinating adventures that lay ahead.
2 pm: Make your own macarons
The French are known for their patisseries where one can easily find small sugary discs of macarons to nibble on. However, French pastry is best enjoyed when you make it yourself! Located in a quiet corner of Galeries Lafayette, one can learn the tricks of creating these goodies in a Macaron Baking class. While here, you can choose to don the chef’s white alone, or even convert it into a collective family experience.
3:30 pm: Discover the latest trends
When you’re in the fashion capital of the world, it’s only fair to attend a fashion show. To ease you from the troubles of having to hunt for an upcoming show, Galeries Lafayette offers one within its premises. A half-hour long show will give you a chance to discover the latest trends. For an added dose of lux, a private session can be organised as well.
4:00 pm: Discover the store’s history
When a building dates to 1894, you can safely expect it to come with its splattering of historicity. To learn more about the iconic store, take a guided historical tour. During the tour, the guides will take you through the aisles of the store, allow you to cross the emblematic spaces, and take staff private elevators to the panoramic terrace.
6 pm: It’s time to wine!
Keeping the French theme alive, head for a special French wine tasting with Duclot La Cave. Not only will get a chance to sip on the best wines and champagnes of the country, but it will also be an opportunity to learn the specific vocabularies associated with this classy drink. Correct tasting actions and techniques will also be included in the aromatic session.
7:30 pm: Early dinner at CRÉATURES
Backed by Moma Group, chef Julien Sebbag has set-up shop on the terrace of Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann to introduce CRÉATURES, a pop-up, summer restaurant that is 100% vegetarian. Offering a subtle mix between the chef’s Mediterranean roots and a childhood spent between Tel-Aviv and Paris, the food here will leave you awe-struck. A plethora of flavours will burst in your mouth, as you soak in the spectacular city views, reminiscing of the magical shopping day that was.
Insider Tip: Currently, the lovely people at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann are offering a 10% discount code on all activities. To avail this, one simply needs to head here and enter WELCOME10 before booking seats. One can even avail a special coupon for services and gifts in store. So what are you waiting for? Hurry!