Pretty much every time I visit Paris I go to Galeries Lafayette which is, at least in my opinion, more of a Parisian institution than a mere department store. Even if I manage to refrain myself from buying too much, I always go to visit the dome – the highlight of the store. With changing installations, there’s always something to see and come Christmas time, prepare to be amazed!
Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Galerie Lafayette’s ‘La Suite‘. Nestled discreetly in the store with a secluded terrace and excellent view of the city, La Suite is a 400-square-meter apartment available to clientèle seeking a more intimate shopping experience. Available to both style-conscious men and women, La Suite offers a personalized, luxury shopping experience complete with style consultants to help you find the right ensemble to suit your body shape, event and even the accessories to complete the look. With soft tones, walls littered with art and seasonal floral arrangements, it’s easy to feel relaxed and enjoy the process of your very own style session. Perhaps you have a particular designer you prefer or fancy something cutting edge, the benefit of having the stylist is that may be exposed to new things; brands, cuts and more interestingly, you’ll pick up some tips to stop those fashion faux-pas we all fear.
And it doesn’t stop there. It has been a hard lesson to learn but it is a proven fact that no serious shopping trip should be enjoyed without champagne and Jean Paul Hévin chocolate. Fortunately these along with gourmet treats (what else in France?) can be provided. Now do you see why I’m a fan and no, I’m not at all jealous that it’s 3 times as spacious as my old Parisian apartment.
Have you had a personalized shopping experience? More importantly, have you been to La Suite?
During a trip to Paris last week, I stopped off at my favourite department store in Paris – Galeries Lafayette. I always say I wouldn’t want to be 21 again and I stand by that. However, if my parents promise to take me to the Christmas Disney pop-up and roof gardens at Galeries Lafayette, I think I can deal with being 8 years old again. Magical window displays transporting little ones into a realm of princesses, talking animals and fun costumes. It’s like the Narnia of department stores. In keeping with the “Ball of the Century” theme, Cinderella’s magical carriage is displayed on the ground floor – go have a look!
Teaming up with French fashion house Louis Vuitton to present festive window displays based on the ‘The Ball of the Century’ (‘Noel de Siècle’) theme to mark the centenary of store’s landmark dome. Flamingos, chic bag-toting penguins and a dancing Panda in the luxurious Louis Vuitton windows: that’s right, faux animals dressed in Louis Vuitton. Sometimes life just isn’t fair.
With more than 5,000 crystals adorning this year’s centrepiece – a 69 foot Swarovski Christmas tree – not even the Christmas crowds could keep me out of the store. I must have spent 40 minutes just walking around the different floors taking photographs and generally acting like the tourist du jour. The chandelier alone enchants.
Every Christmas I leave Galeries Lafayette wondering just how they pull it off. I suppose that’s just one of those great festive mysteries.
40 Boulevard Haussmann
+33 1 42 82 34 56
Copyright: Galeries Lafayette
Angelina Tea Room was founded in 1903 and is somewhat of a Parisian institution loved by locals and tourists alike. It happens to be one of those hyped up places which usually deters me. When a friend hosted her birthday party at the main rue Rivoli branch last October, I took the opportunity to check it out. What a fun afternoon but to be honest, I don’t care for the décor; it’s tired and in need of renovation. The service was very good and our waitress was friendly and seemed interested in our gathering. Due to the Indian Summer of 2011, I didn’t get a chance to try Angelina’s hot chocolate.
Upon hearing news that a branch had opened in my favourite Rive Droite department store – Galeries Lafayette – I promptly took myself off for a wee bit of shopping and dessert. Discreetly nestled amongst high-end designers, the classic Angelina style with a fresher look is much more inviting and yes, I finally tasted the famous chocolat chaud, which is rich, delicious and worth every calorie. If you find yourself in France, don’t even think of leaving without trying it. Well worth the hype. The macarons were also very nice and not too sweet, though they only have a small selection.
Angelina Tea Room
226 Rue de Rivoli
+33 (0)1 42 60 82 00
38 Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin
+33 (0) 1 42 82 34 56
A wee while ago, I mentioned that Printemps was over-taking Galeries Lafayette as my favourite department store. I take it back. There is no end to this store’s magical charm. Yesterday I even discovered two Pierre Hermé concessions in-store. Much to my hips horror, one is on the lower ground floor AKA the shoe department. So good but so bad.
Pierre Hermé a créé en exclusivité pour les Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann une boîte de 16 macarons irrésistibles aux couleurs de Show Chaud Noël.
Les parfums de Noël :
– Noisettes du piémont à la truffe blanche
– Macaron au marron et thé vert matcha
– Pietra praliné croustillant et fondant aux noisettes du Piémont
– Crème brulée infiniment vanille et éclats de caramel
– Arabella biscuit macaron compote de banane poêlée aux fruits de la passion, ganache chocolat lait et gingembre confit
Délicieux Noël !