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Paris is a world mecca of fashion - The reputated shopping areas are the following : Champs Elysees with the greatest fashion brands stores (Vuitton, Cartier, Guerlain, ...), Saint Germain des Pres for its numerous tiny shops and of course Madeleine and Les Grands Boulevards (Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps are located on the Haussmann Boulevard). Also see : Shopping tips & Paris sales

France's major department stores are Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps, which both have flagship stores on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris and branches around the country. Part of the same group as Galeries Lafayette, the BHV (Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville) has a more mid-market clientele. The oldest department store in France (and maybe in the world) is still Le Bon Marché in Paris. La Samaritaine was bought by LVMH and closed in 2005 (source Wikipedia).

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Department stores - Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps, le Bon Marche

As a non-resident of the European Union, you are entitled to claim back the 12% tax you pay on your purchases at Galeries Lafayette.  Conditions (subject to government regulations): Have your passport attesting that you are a non-resident of the European Union - Have remained six months or less in France at the time of your purchase - Must be over the age of 15 - Purchases must total over 175 Euros made on the same day in the same store.

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At the Welcome Service, a multi-lingual team is ready to assist you in English, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, ... (Printemps de la Mode - ground floor). Address : 64, boulevard Haussman 75009 Paris - Metro :  Havre Caumartin - Phone number : +33 1 42 82 57 87  > Website

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette is the biggest department store in Paris - Multi-lingual hostesses at the Welcome Desk on the ground floor of the main store near the Mogador entrance.  Address : 40, blvd Haussmann 75009 Paris - Metro : Chaussée d'Antin, Opéra - Phone : 33 1 42 82 34 56  > Website

Bon Marche

The Bon Marche was the first department store in Paris - It is the only one on the left bank. Address :24 rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris - Metro : Sevres Babylone & Vanneau - Phone : 33 1 44 39 82 80  > Website

BHV (Brasserie de l'hotel de ville)

Another large department store located just next to the city hall steps away from Cite island - Address : 14, rue du Temple 75189 Paris Cedex 4 - Metro : Hotel de Ville Phone number : Telephone : +33 1 42 74 90 00

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Shopping in Paris : Department stores & tips

The favorite shops of fashion savvy Parisians on a budget ! Want to have a Parisian wardrobe that your friends envy? Find the places that only the savviest Parisians know about and the workshops of the youngest generation of talented fashion designers. They trained with the most famous luxury brands and their unique style and talent will make them world famous very soon! Visit the most prestigious resale shops, owned by fashion editors and fashion photographers that have branched out, they sell cloth strait off the catwalk and collection prototypes at a third of the marked up price. Attend sample sales where the most fashionable brands sell last year's collection at a discount of up to 70%. Enjoy shopping in Paris.

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