(Sponsored article) Located in Paris’s ninth arrondissement right by the Palais Garnier opera house, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is an experience not to be missed. As one of the most famous department stores in the world, Galeries Lafayette possesses a cultural significance that has influenced French style and living since the store’s creation in 1893. Four bloggers were invited to the Galeries during Paris Fashion Week to experience this amazing Parisian shopping opportunity.
Content creator Melissa Male, based in New York, NY has written her blog, Melissa Male, about her food obsessions and travel adventures. Galeries Lafayette offered her a trip to their flagship store in Paris to experience their foodie paradise. Simply put, she was impressed: “I knew that I’d find amazing food in Paris, but I didn’t know I’d find it at Galeries Lafayette!”
In Galeries Lafayette there are 25 restaurants, spread between Lafayette Haussmann and Lafayette Gourmet, where you can stop to eat while shopping. Melissa loved the Angelina café inside the store: “I’m still thinking about the lunch I had there my first day in Paris.” Besides Angelina, there’s Café Paulette, Starbucks, Jean Paul Hevin Chocolatier, Petrossian Caviar (a caviar tasting bar!), and much more. On the sixth floor of Lafayette Haussmann, there’s a café where shoppers can take a break. “I love nothing more than sitting down with some treats and a latte, so I was excited to learn that Galeries Lafayette had their own café,” said Melissa. There, you can get hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, pastries and sweets, all with a stunning view of the city.
Next door to the Lafayette Haussmann building is Lafayette Gourmet, which has restaurants and “a gourmet market that is out of this world,” according to Melissa. There are fresh fruits and veggies, cheeses, meats, seafood, a spice counter, sweets, and more. “I also couldn’t leave their gourmet food market without getting some éclairs — the best in Paris in my opinion!” proclaimed Melissa. And drinking wine, of course, cannot be excluded from the Parisian experience. In La Cave, an expert sommelier can guide you through a wine tasting.
The Galeries has their own urban garden on the rooftop of Lafayette Haussmann. A lush paradise overlooking the Opéra, the garden provides fresh produce for Lafayette Gourmet’s market where you can shop for gourmet groceries. Visiting the rooftop is a fun way to see how your food goes from garden to Galeries.
Melissa’s visit to Galeries Lafayette left her totally impressed. The foodie departed Paris with a full suitcase and stomach. “It is so much more than a department store — it’s an experience.”
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