Paris department stores: live the ultimate shopping experience
In Paris, department stores have become real institutions over time. These shopping meccas attract millions of visitors every year who go there to find the latest trends. The history of Parisian department stores began in the 19th century and more precisely in 1852, when Aristide Boucicaut, who was the son of hatters, came to Paris with his wife Marguerite, and transformed a small boutique into a "department store" where people could enter and shop freely. Le Bon Marché saw the light of day! The concept has appealed not only to customers but also to some artists such as French writer Emile Zola, who was inspired by Le Bon Marché to write his novel "Au Bonheur des Dames".
Others followed in Boucicaut’s footsteps, by creating other department stores such as Le Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (now BHV Marais), which opened in 1856. Then came Le Printemps Haussmann in 1865 and the world renowned Galeries Lafayette in 1893. Paris department stores have gone through time and more than a century after their creation, they continue to arouse enthusiasm. Whether you come here to shop, relax and stroll along their countless alley ways, admire their magnificent Art Nouveau architecture or their stunning window displays at Christmas time, you are sure to spend a delightful moment. And the good news for all shopping enthusiasts: La Samaritaine, another iconic Paris department store founded in 1870 and closed in 2005, is currently undergoing a great renovation project and should reopen in the coming months!
Photo credit : Galeries Lafayette by Alejandro Castro