In 1893 two cousins from Alsace, Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn, opened a small shop on the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d’Antin. Over the years they expanded into a number of buildings in the area and in 1912 the famous steel and glass dome in the boulevard Haussmann store, was finished in what is now the most prestigious department store in Paris.
Designed by Ferdinand Chanut and built by master glassmaker Jacques Gruber, the dome is as spectacular today as they were then and are visited and photographed by thousands each year. It is well worth visiting the store just to see the dome. Be sure to also check out Galeries Lafayette’s and its neighbouring department store Printemps’ roof-top terraces. Both provide unimpeded 360 degree views over Paris.
Galeries Lafayette, on Boulevard Haussmann, has three main buildings. The first, Lafayette Coupole, contains the designer collections, children’s fashion, cosmetics, jewelry and accessories, books, music, electronics and the Lafayette Marriage Boutique. A restaurant, the roof-top terrace and glass dome are also in this building. Connected to this by a covered walkway is Lafayette Homme with men’s fashion and accessories, as well as an excellent gourmet food shop, Lafayette Gourmet. Across the street in Lafayette Maison you’ll find the latest in home furnishings.
“When I visited Paris last month I couldn’t resist a visit to Galeries Lafayette to see the dome. It really is breathtaking and I was delighted to be able to photograph it and the beautiful balconies. Sadly I didn’t have time to visit the roof terrace. That is saved for another visit! I’ll use any excuse to go back to Paris.” Kathryn, editor Boutique Travel Blog
Galeries Lafayette can now also be found in Berlin, Casablanca, Dubai, Jakarta and New York.
Nearest Metro: Chaussée d’Antin, Opéra, or Trinité
RER: Auber (Line A) or Haussmann St-Lazare (Line E)