A memory rooted in family and fashion, I can’t make a trip to Paris without stopping into Galeries Lafayette Haussmann.
With stunning art nouveau architecture, panoramic rooftop views, and the city’s best shopping—Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is a Paris staple. What started as a “luxury bazaar” in 1912, has now become one of the most famous department stores in the world.
For a fashion lover like myself, I can spend hours perusing the selection. You can find everything from designers like Vetements and Maison Margiela. To iconic affordable brands like Sandro and Zadig & Voltaire.
And from March 27-June 25, Africa’s dynamic colors are taking over Galeries Lafayette Haussmann with the “Africa Now” campaign. There’s some amazing African-inspired happenings, pop-ups, and collections. Like the Furla pop-up: A capsule collection of colorful safari print bags exclusive to Galeries Lafayette. There’s also exotic home wear, exclusive printed tees, and collections by Max Mara and Maje that leave me craving a desert escape.
In addition to numerous restaurants and iconic cafes (do yourself a favor and get a hot chocolate and a pastry at Angelina) there’s the store’s in-house art gallery: “Galerie des Galeries.” And the current exhibition shows Africa’s up-and-coming artists, who are debuting in Paris for their first time. There’s stunning photography, intriguing installations, and my personal favorite: Frances Goodman’s “Hope the Pussy Was Worth It.”
Like the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower, you can’t go to Paris without visiting Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. It’s a staple of the city, encompassing Parisian’s famously good style. And not to mention, you can pick up some amazing pieces that you can’t find in the US.