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Printemps department store ParisThe huge Parisian department stores with their Art Nouveau glass domes are considered to be amongst Europe's leading shopping centres with 120 million visitors each year. The most well-known are on the boulevard Haussmann, but there are also stores on the rue de Rivoli, on the Left Bank and at the Madeleine.

BUYING TIP: Twice a year there are major sales (les soldes) in July (and the beginning of August) and January (runs over into February). Regulated by the government, these official sales periods are the only times the shops are allowed to put previous store items on sale. Worth making an effort to be there!

What's more, Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché provide tourists with 10% discount cards, and these are valid in the sales as well.

In addition to the 10% discount, you can qualify for a tax refund (le détaxe) if you spend €175 in one day in one store. So, if you have a lot of different things to buy, you are definitely better off shopping in a department store where you can get a tax refund of 12%.


The Department Stores


LE BON MARCHE RIVE GAUCHE

24, rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone on line 10 and 12
Parking Square de Boucicault (facing the Bon Marché)
Tel: 33 (0)1 44 39 80 00 Fax: 33 (0)1 44 39 81 19
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10.00am to 8.00pm, and on Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 9.00pm.

The only high-end department store on the Left Bank (7th arrondissement). Home decoration and fashion. Has adjoining food halls and a roof garden.


GALERIES LAFAYETTE

40, bd Haussmann 75009 PARIS
Metro: Chausee d'Antin, La Fayette lines 7, 9
Tel: 01.42.82.34.56 Fax: 01.42.82.30.51
Open 9:30am - 8:00pm Monday to Saturday (Late Night opening on Thursdays till 9:00pm)

Perhaps the most famous and most spectacular of Parisian department stores. Carries prestigious designer labels such as Armani and Chanel, as well as brand name and private label merchandise. Now that La Samaritaine is closed, the best Paris department store view is from the rooftop cafe at Galeries Lafayette (though Printemps also has roof-top terrace).


PRINTEMPS HAUSSMANN

Printemps Haussmann 64, boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
Metro: Havre Caumartin
RER A : Auber RER E : Haussmann St-Lazare
Bus : 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 42, 43, 53, 66, 68, 80, 81, 94, 95
Tel: 01.42.82.57.87
Opens Monday to Saturday from 9:35 a.m. to 8 p.m. Late night opening on Thursdays to 10 p.m.

Three buildings, comprising one department store, dedicated to French chic and fashion, operating since 1865. Younger styles. Has the largest Beauty department in the world : 43 000 sq.ft.!


BHV (formerly BAZAR DE L'HOTEL DE VILLE)
(French site)

55 rue de la Verrerie, 75189 Paris Cedex 4
Metro: Hôtel de Ville on line 1
Parking Lobau near-by
Tel: 01.42.74.90.00 Fax: 01.42.74.96.79
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 09:30am – 7:30pm; Wednesday 09:30am – 21:00pm, Saturday 09:30am – 20:00pm.

Specialises in houseware and hardware, known more for practical commodities such as furnishings, do-it-yourself supplies, lighting and auto parts, though they do stock a decent selection of clothing and accessories. Check out the Basement.


C & A
(French site)

Boulevard Haussmann 49 75009 PARIS
Tel: 01.53.30.89.33 Fax: 01.42.66.17.95
Also rue de Rivoli 126, Montparnasse and La Defense.

Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 8.00pm. Thursdays from 9.30am to 9.00pm. Saturdays from 9.30am to 7.30pm


FRANCK & FILS

80, rue de Passy - 75016 Paris. Phone : 01-44-14-38-00
Metro: Line 9 La Muette
RER: RER C, Boulainvilliers
Bus: 52, 22, 32
Open from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 7.00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm

Women’s specialty store, with a smaller selection of men’s clothing and accessories. On the ground floor, the reception staff will take charge of the dispatch of your goods in France and abroad.

LA SAMARITAINE

La Samaritaine is now formally GONE. In 2010 a Japanese firm was chosen to redesign the famous building as a combination hotel/apartments/offices, with a small retail component for old times' sake. It was a great old shop, and we keep it here as a nostalgic record...

19 Rue de la Monnaie, 1st Arrondissement.
Metro: Pont-Neuf, Louvre-Rivoli and Châtelet stations
RER: Châtelet / Les Halles station
Bus: bus lines 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 58, 67, 69, 70, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85 and 96
Boat from "Batobus": Quai du Louvre stop (5 April to 2 November)

Located between Les Halles and the Pont Neuf, this was a five-store complex which prided itself as the one where "on trouve tout". It owed its name to the hydraulic pump installed near the Pont-Neuf which operated from 1609 to 1813. On the front of the pump was a gilded bas relief showing the good Samaritan talking to Christ at Jacob's well. The store used to occupy four buildings, and the café on the roof of store number two offered a 360 degree view of Paris.


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