Found in the charming Opera district of the 9th arrondissement of Paris, the Galeries Lafayette is a stunningly large department store that lights up like a golden birthday cake bedecked with candles after dark. It boasts 10 stories of enticing retail and culinary establishments, with luxury brands like Armani and Michael Kors represented. Skip the clothes and head to the gourmet floor where baguettes, cheeses and mustards first fill aisles, followed by stomachs. Finish exploring with a rooftop view of the city.
Best Sights and Scenes of Opera
The Galeries Lafayette is undeniably impressive so it is well worth booking your Paris hotel in this Opera district, but there are many more sights to see in the Opera district of Paris. The eponymous Opera Garnier is one such example; it presents exquisite ballet performances at affordable rates. History fiends should check out the wax museum Musee Grevin, however, for a peek into France’s historical characters. Climb aboard a hot air balloon at Parc Andre Citroen for a bird’s eye view of the magical city. Finally, stay at one of the nearby hotels in Paris.
All of Opera is Available on Foot
Paris is an inherently walkable city, and most natives stroll great distances quite happily. If the weather is fine and the scenery lovely, roam from the Galeries Lafayette in the center of Paris to the southern end of the district, where food stalls of all cuisine types attract famished wanderers. When feet begin to fail, the Metro is the next logical choice, and there are several Paris metro stations nearby, including the Opera — the most sensible choice — Chausette d’Antin La Fayette and Grands Boulevards.
The Galleries Lafayette: Best Deals
Serious bargain hunters can still find a deal at Galeries Lafayette though sales are sometimes stingy. Don't forget your camera at your Paris hotel because you may happen to catch a live fashion show at the Galeries Lafayette! Reservations are required. Or, enjoy an inexpensive production of a dance performance at the Opera Garnier next door. Opera district hotels are numerous, with options at every price point and taste level. Regardless of budget, window-shopping at this gorgeous bazaar is a necessity.