Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France

July 16, 2020 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France

Since my mom and I visited Paris in mid to late November, Galeries Lafayette, the massive French department store famed for featuring the most fashionable brands and styles, was already completely bedecked for the holiday season. In the center of the store stood a massive Christmas tree decorated with colorful glass bulbs, giant flowers, and white lights. More lights dangled from the top of the ornate glass dome that encircled the top of the tree like a glowing halo. The five floors were packed with crowds of Christmas shoppers eager to get a glimpse of the giant tree and admiring the textures, fabrics, colors, and cuts of the latest looks. 

Whether you are an avid shopper or not, Galeries Lafayette is a must-visit simply for the experience. I myself am a little frugal when it comes to shopping, but as a fashion lover, I was still able to revel in the stylish winter coats, elegant dresses, and trendy accessories. One section of store was dedicated to children's toys, and so my mom and I had such an enjoyable time wandering the aisles and searching for the perfect toy for my adorable three year old cousin whom we were staying with in Paris. 

I hope you enjoy seeing these vibrant photographs from Galeries Lafayette. Along with simply sharing my photographs, I love creating travel diary type posts because they encourage me to be grateful for past experiences and they remind me of the wonders of travel. Especially during this strange time, when we have no real grasp of when life might return to some sort of normal and travels may resume, I have been able to travel vicariously by editing these photos and sharing my explorations on this blog.  

Aside from the extraordinary sights inside Galeries Lafayette itself, one of the most exciting aspects for me was taking the escalators up to the balcony. The top level offered a stunning panoramic of the city of Paris; standing along the glass-enclosed balcony, you could admire the Eiffel Tower and Paris Opera House, the gigantic carousel that was set up along the Seine as a part of a Christmas market, and the grandiose architecture of the historic buildings lining the streets.

The photographs of the Christmas decorations and views of the city were captured inside of the department store, but the last three images are from Galeries Lafayette Gourment, an entirely separate building comprised of a grocery market selling fresh produce, a basement filled with all of the packaged cookies, candies, and other sweets you could ever dream of, restaurants with cuisines ranging from French and Italian to Mexican, Vietnamese, and Japanese, and small shops selling spices, pastel macarons, and chocolate truffles. 

Our journey into the store dedicated to food was a little bittersweet, as it was our last stop before we were forced to part ways with a friend visiting from Belgium who reunited with my mom, catch a taxi to Charles de Gaul Airport, and return to the United States. Because I was reveling in my final moments in Paris, I captured few photos, but wanted to share the ones I did take anways.

1 comment

  1. Thank you for sharing this post, it was a wonderful experience for me full of flashbacks from very rewarding experiences in Paris and Lafayette. <3