Wednesday, 10 August 2011

SDP on tour - Galeries lafayette

Billed as "the most beautiful department store in the world", Galeries Lafayette in Paris would take some serious beating.

If you are a shopper, the best time to drop in is during the twice-yearly, fixed-date sales - "les soldes". In late June / July, the summer stock goes, in January / February, winter.

Everything I have been told is true - take an empty suitcase and fill it up! Apart from the heavy price reductions, the department stores offer 10% discounts on many products (some exceptions during sales on some luxury lines) for overseas passport holders, and if you get your act together and don't miss the appropriate place at your point of departure (a sore point with me - grrrrr at Nice airport!!), you can also claim the 12% tax back.

For true indulgence, you can even enjoy a drop of champagne at the in-store champagne bar....


  1. Galleries Lafayette is indeed an amazing place. I have never gone there for a clothing sale, but we did find the rest of our set of champagne glasses there, even though we could not find them in the crystal dealers in Paris.

  2. Have always loved that ceiling. Fab store.