The awe-striking building at 140 Boulevard Haussmann isn’t simply the most glamorous place to upgrade your wardrobe in Paris. Did you know it’s also home to one of the most scenic rooftops in Paris? Seven storeys up, and overlooking the building’s iconic glass dome, the 1,500-square-metre terrace makes the Galeries the ideal spot to take in the City of Light from high, high above. But where this department store really delivers is with its fabulous range of activities, each one more authentically French than the last.
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Activities at the Galeries Lafayette
Kick off with this masterclass at the third floor’s uber-luxe Appartement Lafayette. Their wine tour evening will teach you how to appreciate the aromas and subtleties of six wines and champagnes – and wow dinner party guests while you’re at it. The two-hour session is led by an experienced oenologist and covers all flavour bases. Bon appétit!
We couldn’t mention the Galeries Lafayette (or Paris, even) without making some reference to fashion. Which is why every Friday at 3pm and on Saturdays at 11am (July 7-August 31), you can take in the latest haute couture trends with a catwalk show. Who needs Paris Fashion Week?
If architecture’s more your thing, an in-depth visit of the truly striking Galeries is the way forward. This monumental Haussmannian building and its ornate glass dome are the stuff of every Instagrammer’s dream – now wow your friends by learning all about its history.
After a one-of-a-kind souvenir?
If you’re looking for a classy, time-worn curio to remind you of Paris across oceans and continents, you could do worse than a trip to one of its many brilliant flea markets. And for exquisitely fresh grub – admittedly slightly less transportable – there are also innumerable excellent food markets in Paris that can deliver.