The place you want to visit once you come to Paris is Le Bon Marché department store.
The Le Bon Marché department store, which is said to be the oldest department store in the world, is a building where you can feel the history and tradition.
The most accessible department stores for sightseeing in Paris are Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, but they are always very crowded.
Le Bon Marché department store is not so crowded on weekdays, so you can enjoy shopping slowly.
La Grande Épicerie de Paris is next to Le Bon Marché, is also said to be the largest food department in Paris, so be sure to visit it as well.
Le Bon Marché Department Store
Le Bon Marché
Address:24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closed: Irregular holidays
Nearest station: Sèvres – Babylone Line 10 Line 12
History and Characteristics of Le Bon Marché
In 1852, Aristide Busico and his wife opened the world’s first department store.
1984 Acquired by LVMH Group.
1987 Renovated to make it the most exclusive shop in Paris.
1988 La Grande Epicerie de Paris, located in the annex of Le Bon Marché, becomes the largest food store in Paris.
The exterior of Le Bon Marché feels history, after all.
The other department stores in Paris are glittering and beautiful, but I don’t think they are clearly far from Le Bon Marché.
Le Bon Marché seen from the exit of the metro.
It ’s a building that does not look like a department store.
(When I first came to Le Bon Marché, I really suspected it was a department store.)
The signboard at the top of the building is also really decorated without anyone’s noticing.
I feel like I want to make it bigger or more flashy to emphasize.
The entrance is basically from the corner, not the center of the building.
Strolling around the building is also a point to enjoy Le Bon Marché.
The inside of the store is designed to be very easy to see with a wide passageway.
Printemps and Galeries Lafayettes in the opera are easily accessible to tourists, so they are full of customers.
Therefore, instead of looking leisurely on the ground floor, you have to avoid people and walk while being careful of pickpockets, which makes you really tired.
I don’t know if it’s good for the shop, but Le Bon Marché is really quiet on weekdays, so you can shop leisurely in the store.
On the ground floor, there are handbacks, luxury brand shops and a cosmetics store.
There are many products that can only be purchased in Le Bon Marché, so if you have a brand you are interested in, please check it out.
There may still be products that are sold out at Printemps and Galeries Lafayettes.
The aisle is wide and the outlook is very good.
If you are not good at crowding, we recommend it in the morning.
You can shop leisurely.
The objects from the ceiling in this photo were created by Japanese artists in 2017.
(Unfortunately, there is no current)
Click here for her background and work.
It’s really amazing that Japanese people do art in Le Bon Marché.
In addition, the layout of the cosmetics sales floor are spacious and easy to see.
This work was really amazing.
The title is “Where are we going“.
Le Bon Marché exhibits works by various artists depending on the season, so I’m looking forward to seeing them.
It usually looks like a picture.
The fashion floor above the first floor is also refined.
It has a very easy-to-see layout as well as the ground floor.
The shoe department on the upper floor is designed to let in outside light and is a very beautiful floor.
The fantastic ceiling is worth a look.
There is a passageway to the annex on this floor.
If you move here, you can move without taking a security check.
Men’s is located on the first basement floor.
It’s relatively compact, so I think it’s easier to see than Printemps or Galeries Lafayettes.
détaxe (tax return)
To detax (tax return) at the Le Bon Marché department store, the day’s shopping must be at least € 175.01.
In addition, please note that foods are not covered.
The place to proceed is on the 4th floor of the main building.
It’s hard to find the location, but it’s a good idea to remember that it’s at the top of the main building, at the back of the children’s clothing department.
By the way, there is a toilet in the back.
Procedures at the counter
Tell them you want to tax refound at the counter.
You will get a card with a number on it.
When your number is called, take your receipt to the counter.
At Le Bon Marché, you can choose to refund in cash, in addition to refunding to your credit card.
Of course, there was a way to refund in cash, but at the Le Bon Marché department store, you can now get the refund procedure on the spot.
If you would like to have a cash refund, please choose the cash refund procedure as it will save you time at the return airport.
However, the refund rate will be worse than the method of refunding to a credit card, so unless you are particular about it, it is better to refund to a credit card.
We all know that the toilet situation in Paris is inconvenient.
Le Bon Marché is no exception.
Please note that it is in a very confusing place.
One is the back of the tax refund counter I introduced earlier.
There is also a sofa in the aisle, so it is possible to relax.
The other is the men’s sales floor on the basement floor of the main building.
The other is the men’s section on the first basement floor of the main building.
There is a place where the sales floor is a little low after going down the stairs, but if you think that it is near that place, you can find it.
This is also like a service counter, so the staff is always there, but let’s go straight without worrying.
There is a toilet at the back.
Both toilets are available free of charge.
How was it?
I hope that the charm of Le Bon Marché will be conveyed to as many people as possible.
It’s really a waste to go to Paris and end your shopping with Printemps and Galeries Lafayettes alone.
Also, for those who visit Paris for the second or third time, there are many delicious shops in Le Bon Marché area.
One of the pleasures is to take a walk to find your favorite shop.
The next time is another attraction of Le Bon Marché.
Introducing LA GRANDE ÉPICERIE DE PARIS.
Located in the annex of Le Bon Marché, this shop sells food and household goods.
You can enjoy a variety of delicious food collected from all over the world.
Please look forward to it!
Thank you for reading to the end this time.