Paris’s best department stores

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Whether you're looking for a housewarming gift, new coffee table books, shoes for a wedding, presents to go with said wedding, a back-to-work handbag, beard comb...

Basically you name it, you'll find it. Here's the essential list of the best department stores in Paris.

Shopping, Off licences

Galeries Lafayette

icon-location-pin Chaussée-d'Antin

The store has been undergoing a massive renovation programme of late, with the opening of Espace Luxe on the first floor, featuring luxury prêt-à-porter and accessories and nine avant-garde designers. They also unveiled a vast new shoe department in the basement featuring some 150 brands. The men’s fashion space on the third floor, Lafayette Homme, has natty designer corners and a ‘Club’ area with internet access...

Bon Marché
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Shopping, Department stores

Le Bon Marché

icon-location-pin Rennes-Sèvres

The city's oldest department store, opened in 1848, is also its most swish and user-friendly, thanks to an extensive redesign by LVMH. Luxury boutiques, Dior and Chanel among them, take pride of place on the ground floor; escalators designed by Andrée Putman take you up to the fashion floor, which has an excellent selection of global designer labels, from Lanvin to Claudie Pierlot. Designer names also abound in Balthazar, the prestigious men's section.

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Shopping, Music and entertainment

Printemps

icon-location-pin Chaussée-d'Antin

In the magnificently appointed Printemps you'll find everything you didn't even know you wanted and English-speaking assistants to help you find it. But fashion is where it really excels; an entire floor is devoted to shoes, and the beauty department stocks more than 200 brands. In all, there are six floors of men's and women's fashion...

Shopping, Home decor

BHV MARAIS

icon-location-pin Le Marais

Unless you’re after a space suit or a pair of parabolic skis, you’ll find pretty much everything worth looking for at BHV MARAIS: fashion, beds, sneakers, door knobs, pressure cookers, vintage dresses, Campbell’s soup, oil paint, suitcases, cushions, gluten-free waffles, earrings, toys, hats, laptops, foie gras. (Breathe.) Detergent, foreign novels, coffee, candy, washing machines, gourmet pâtisseries, postcards, craft beer...

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Marks & Spencer

icon-location-pin 8e arrondissement

People queuing in the rain for Marks and Spencer’s? Has the world gone mad? Or is George Clooney giving away free luxury hampers? As odd as it may seem to Brits (for whom M&S is as about as exotic as its signature multi-packs of pants) queuing outside is business as usual for M&S since the chain opened its new flagship Paris store in November 2011.

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