Explore Galeries Lafayette - Saint-Lazare (9e)

An impressive combination of large spacious avenues and endless boulevards, the Haussmann Saint Lazare district, in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris, is a luxury shopper’s paradise. You can find all the most established high street names here, along with a few classic Parisian department stores, like Printemps or Galeries Lafayette that’s been serving the French capital for over a hundred years. Pop in to browse brands from across the globe, get inspired by the furnishings in their Lafayette Maison collection and then explore the fine foods floor for some delicious gourmet snacks. Haussmann Saint Lazare is also a cultural playground, home to historic centres of entertainment like the 17th century Opera Garnier, with its red velvet stalls and lavish golden auditorium. Stop by for a guided tour of the Palais, to see the elegantly mirrored Grand Foyer, the vast Grand Staircase and a fabulous view down the Avenue de l'Opera as it approaches the Louvre. Paris is the perfume capital of the world, so a visit to the intriguing Musée du Parfum, on the nearby Rue Scribe, seems fitting. You can find out more about the process of creating scents, try out a copious array of samples, and then buy a few of your favourites from one of the museums display counters.