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The granddame of department stores, Galeries Lafayette opened in 1898. Its acres of floor space catered to the new bourgeois. The store is in two huge buildings, separated by Rue Mogador, which abuts Boulevard Haussmann. Enter the right-side building and go to the third floor to see the store’s centerpiece. A grandiose Belle Époque dome, 100 feet in diameter, is ringed by balustrades on several floors that reveal views of lavish shopping at its best. Then head to the rooftop (via an elevator to the sixth floor and an escalator near the restaurant) for one of the city’s great freebie views. Detour: After leaving Galeries Lafayette, go a block farther down Boulevard Haussmann to see this store’s older rival Au Printemps, founded in 1865. Printemps is not as splashy for tourists, but Parisians form opinions over which is best, sort of like Coke and Pepsi.

Galeries Lafayette

40, blvd Haussmann
75009 PARIS
Telephone :0142823456
Metro : Chaussée d’Antin, Opéra, Trinité
RER A : Auber
RER E : Haussmann
St. Lazare
Bus : 20-21-22-24-26
-27-29-32-43-53-66-
68-91-94-95

Printemps Paris

64, bd Haussmann
75009 Paris – France
Tel : +33(0)1 42 82 50 00
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

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