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Fashion Files: An Eye-Opening Tour of Galeries Lafayette

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Key Highlights

  • Visit Paris’ best-kept secret: The Galeries Lafayette rooftop provides postcard views of the city from above, sans the crowds.
  • Brush up on your design know-how: Guides here walk you through the history of the building, and the architectural styles that define it.
  • See (and snap): The magisterial dome, intricate gilding and bejeweled windows draw almost 100,000 visitors to the Galeries’ doors daily.
  • Overview

    Galeries Lafayette is one of the few department stores where shopping is, if not secondary, just part of the equation. Don’t believe us? This guided walking tour, hosted by Cultival Tours, should sway your thinking. Tracing Galeries Lafayette Haussmann through war, economic flourishes (and flops), the opulent Roaring Twenties and many, many facelifts, this experience gives an entirely unique perspective on the grand 19th-century venue. You’ll come away with great shots of the building’s design gems and interesting tales about the people who brought them to life. Bring your credit card, this is one department store where you’ll want to linger.

    About your guide

    Culture experienced differently: this is Cultival Tours’ thing, and boy do they do it well. Over the past 14 years, Cultival guides have got behind-the-scenes tours down to a fine art, telling the stories you don’t hear about Paris’ iconic sites.

    Here’s the plan…

    Meet your guide at Galeries Lafayette. From there, they’ll walk you through the aisles of the luxury French department store. An architectural treasure trove, your guide will explain the history of Galeries Lafayette, and point out the design features – from blink-and-you’ll-miss-it details to the statement hallmarks – and their intriguing backstories. See genuine designs from the Haussman, Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements and revel in the drugstore spirit of the 1960s that is still felt in the building’s design today. Your guide lifts the lid on the striking dome, a sight well worth craning your neck for.

    Take the private staff elevators to the rooftop terrace, where impressive views of the cityscape come without the crowds. Your tour continues around the outside of the dome, and finally finishes up back on the 1st floor, alongside the vestige of the famed Majorelle staircase. After that, you’re on your own. In this huge (70,000 m2) fashion flagship store, we’re sure you’ll find a way to amuse yourself.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Saturdays and Sundays


    1 hour & 10 minutes

    Start time

    English tours: Selected Sundays at 11am

    French tours: Saturday at 2:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Make your way to the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette’s main store.

    Park up between the Dior and Fendi stands ten minutes before the tour starts – and try your best not to buy the lot. See you there!

    Ending Point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Professional guide
    • Guided tours are available both in English and French


    • Personal expenses (you’re going to need them)
    • Transfers (we’ll see you there) 
    • Tips (if you feel generous)
  • Please note

    No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

    Maximum 25 people are allowed on this tour.

    The rates and other information indicated here may change at any given time according to the access conditions of the sites and their rate policy.