(This is the second in a series of posts on department stores in Paris, read the first here)
Of all the Parisian department stores, Le Bon MarchÃ© is by far my favourite.
Itâ€™s exactly how I imagined a Parisian shopping experience would be; beautiful architecture, fabulous design and layout, with excellent and well-selected collection of merchandise and attentive staff.
Often regarded as the â€˜worldâ€™s first department storeâ€™ it opened circa 1830s on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche).
The storeâ€™s ambiance encourages luxurious leisure shopping, which is its advantage over the other department stores; Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Itâ€™s never overcrowded and the staff is actually nice and helpful
Bon MarchÃ© has everything â€“ and I mean EVERYTHING!
From the best and fabulous designer clothes in mini boutiques to furniture from designers Iâ€™d only read about in books.
I could spend the whole day there and never get bored, Iâ€™d be just happy riding the those cool escalators all day…
I literally spent an hour browsing the bookshop and I canâ€™t even read French!
And when I felt a little peckish I headed for Primo Piano, the indoor and terraced cafÃ© with colourful dÃ©cor and great food.
And then thereâ€™s La Grande Epicerie, a gourmet food emporium so epic and awesome it deserves itâ€™s own post.
Le Bon MarchÃ© Rive Gauche
24, rue de SÃ¨vres