Saturday, August 28, 2010

Last Minute Shopping = Last Minute Surprises

During my last few hours in Paris, I decided to make one last run through the Galeries La Fayette for some last minute pasalubong* shopping. You can find nearly every brand of watch, bag, fragrance, and clothing there. During the summer sale (usually from August 1-31), even designer brands and signature labels can be bought at 30-70% off. The place can get really crowded during tourist season, so hold on to your wallets...literally.

The Galeries La Fayette is divided into two major buildings--one for Men and one for Women. Both buildings are 4 stories high and filled with anything and everything you would and would not expect from a department store--including a champagne bar/cafe and a food court full of gourmet/artisan goods.

Need a break from the crowds? There is a bridge that connects the two buildings of Galeries La Fayette on the fourth floor. It is a nice place to take a breather and to get a nice view of the backside of the Opera house, which not many people notice. 

Galeries La Fayette is located at 40 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS. You can take the Metro and get off at the Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette station. Or if you want a more scenic route, I suggest getting off at the Opera station, and taking a short 3 minute walk there. You will get a great view of the front of the National Academy of Music (Academie National de Musique).

For more information about Galeries La Fayette, you may visit: 

* Pasalubong: (noun) gifts from travel. It has long been a Filipino tradition to bring back a souvenir, keepsake or food item from a place you visit. 

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