Gala shopping in Paris
Les Galeries Lafayette is more than a department store, it's a Paris institution. The grande dame of fashion has been wooing shoppers with its stand-out architecture and decadent wares for over 115 years. This year, to mark the centenary of its spectacular stain-glass neo-Byzantine dome, Les Galeries will host free 45-minute tours of the building every Monday at 11AM in French or English.
You may not score an invite to the runways, but you can take in a 30-minute fashion show: one is held every Friday at 3PM in the Salon Opéra. Reservations required (tel: 011-33-1-4282-3025 or email@example.com).
Or you may want to explore the wine bar with one of the city's biggest collection of Bordeaux — over 1000 wines from €4 to €400. There are sommelier led wine tastings (from €50). Or you can sample a glass accompanied by French charcuterie at the Barouge restaurant (€17).
Their recently launched new tea room specialises in teas, hot chocolates, macarons and pastries and you can rest your feet after browsing seven floors of house wares, gourmet goods and Parisian style. galerieslafayette.com.
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