Le Bon Marché
Le Bon Marché, which first opened in 1852, is one of the oldest stores in Paris and is credited as the world’s first modern department store. An iconic shopping institution, Le Bon Marché is a stylish emporium boasting a huge array of departments, from luxury fashion brands to womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, homeware, beauty products, books and stationery. The beauty department alone is big enough to while away an afternoon, with its carefully curated array of top cosmetic, skincare and haircare brands from both new and established brands. Not only does the store provide a selection of the world’s best designer brands, it is also one of the most photogenic stores in Paris. Don’t leave without taking some photos of the art deco ceiling and the striking central escalator.
Le Bon Marché, 24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 4439 8000
With over 185 years of watchmaking experience, Longines is one of the most reputable brands to visit in Paris. The rue de Sèvres store is an inviting space, using natural warm wooden interiors with deep brown display cabinets to showcase its signature lines alongside its more recent models. The impressive space also offers a museum and an exhibition space, as well as a VIP Lounge. Those looking to invest in one of the brand’s striking timepieces will be guided by the on-site watchmakers, who guide clients through each model’s technical characteristics and features.
Longines, 3 rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4049 0395
Founded in 1851, Kiehl’s has created some of the top cult beauty products in the beauty industry. To discover some of the brand’s best skincare items, be sure to visit the rue de Sèvres boutique. Stylishly laid out with neon lights, apothecary-style features and cool displays, it is the perfect place to discover the brand. The store is also home to a special skin consultation space, great for those who wish to be guided through the products that would suit their skin type best. For discerning gentlemen, the store also offers a special men’s bar.
Kiehl’s, 2 rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4222 0860
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Guerlain at the rue de Sèvres store. Browse your way through the boutique, try out make-up swatches, smell the brand’s famous perfumes and relax as the Guerlain staff guide you. Highly regarded for skincare products and make-up, Guerlain is even better known for its fragrances. The French house’s history stretches back to 1828 and today Guerlain is one of the world’s most iconic perfume brands. It has produced over 325 fragrances over the decades and Guerlain perfume is a perfect souvenir of Paris.
Guerlain, 29 rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4222 4660
Founded in Paris in 1971, Gerard Darel is a great place to shop for those wishing to emulate chic French elegance. The ready-to-wear collections are feminine, simple and effortlessly chic, with wardrobe classics a key component of the brand; in 2010, the brand reissued the ecru sweater that Marilyn Monroe wore in the 1960 film Let’s Make Love. Gerard Darel’s campaigns have been fronted by some of the world’s most stylish women, including Robin Wright and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and is sure to inspire your shopping purchases in Paris.
Gerard Darel, 12 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 4548 5085