Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann#20 in Best Things To Do in Paris
Whether or not you plan to shop, the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann department store is a sight to be seen. What started as a small novelty shop in 1893 has since grown into an approximately 750,000-square-foot megastore containing hundreds of brands, from budget-friendly options like Levi’s and Nike to high-end labels like Prada and Cartier. And while you might be dazzled by the unending collection of fashionable goods, don’t forget to look up. The pièce de résistance of the luxury bazaar is the stunning neo-Byzantine glass dome 141 feet above the ground. There's also a glass walkway on the top floor of the building that allows the bravest of visitors to stand above all the action below.
Several recent visitors called Galeries Lafayette the most beautiful shopping center in the world, pointing out that even if you aren’t there to buy luxury products, the stunning building is a destination in itself. They also recommend going up to the roof of the complex, which is open to visitors free of charge, to take in breathtaking views of the city below.
Galeries Lafayette is located in the 9th arrondissement, near Palais Garnier. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you're traveling with a group of 10 to 20 people, you can request a free 45-minute tour of the premises by emailing your name, contact information and party size to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, spend as much time as you want exploring the different areas of the store on your own – and maybe even pick up a little something to commemorate your visit. Check out the Galeries Lafayette website to learn more.
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#1 Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)
Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.
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