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Galeries Lafayette

February 15th, 2009 by paris

Galeries Lafayette is a large shopping center in Paris with a variety of shops to suit any budget. The shops close at 7:30 pm each evening. Saturday is the busiest day to shop. You may wish to plan for a weekday visit to avoid the crowds.

There is a free 30 minute fashion show held at the department store known as Salon Opéra, which is located atop the 7th floor of the primary building, each Friday afternoon at 3 pm. Reservations are required and can be made via email or phone: or call +33 1 42 82 36 40.

Be sure to keep in mind that tourists are offered a 10% discount on purchases. Simply present your passport at the visitor customer service desk on the ground floor to receive a discount card. You may also qualify for a partial tax refund if you have spent 175 Euros in the same shops all in one day. Head to the “De Taxe” desk to receive 12-13% back immediately of the 19.6% Value Added Taxes applied to consumer purchases.

For other discounts, visit When you sign up for free, you will receive offers and coupons. Galeries Lafayette features a 10% discount coupon as well as a free canvas tote when you spend 30 Euros or more on merchandise.

There are several good restaurants to dine in at Galeries Lafayette. Check to learn more. Try either of the rooftop cafeteria restaurants at Printemps or Galeries Lafayette. Both feature affordable food, beautiful décor and an outstanding panoramic view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The Christmas window displays are a treat with so many wonderful moving characters.

Metro station

Harve Caumartin, metro line number 3 & 9.


40, blvd Haussmann

75009 PARIS


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