Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris

Galleries Lafayette + Food = LOVE

More than scarves and perfume await you here:

Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris paris France Europe

I wouldn’t really consider myself a serious shopper. I usually have a get-in/get-out game plan when I go to department stores that used to see me hitting the 50% off rack at Macy’s and leaving with a few of INC’s finest apparel in less than an hour.  That was until I ventured into the gourmet hall at Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris paris France Europe

My first visit to this Parisian department store was back in 2004, and truth be told, I’ve had visions of returning ever since. Not only is the gourmet hall at Galeries Lafayette packed with impressive international selections (including a lively sushi bar tucked near the entryway), but it’s chock-full of what the French do best: quality, presentation, and a whole lot of deliciousness.

Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris paris France Europe

Well, not only was the gourmet floor as fantastic as I remembered, but it seems they’ve made some improvements since my last visit (humph, and no one bothered to call). Starting with two top-notch Parisian patisseries including one dedicated solely to the French macaron, they pretty much stopped me in my tracks the minute I stepped off the escalator.  While I was gawking at the sophisticated pieces of art the French call desserts, I quickly realized that my plans of a quick in & out shopping trip were doomed.

Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris paris France Europe

So, as the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, try to stuff as much of what they’re selling as possible into your shopping cart.” Well, I sure gave it a valiant try.
Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris paris France Europe

I spent the better part of two hours that afternoon wandering the gourmet hall at Galeries Lafayette. Food took on new shapes, sizes and meaning. Wandering past display cases containing heart-shaped goat cheeses, the waiting-line to be seated at the chic prosciutto & wine bar, and past the huge packages of foie gras that cost more than I sometimes earn in a week.

Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris paris France Europe
And what did I learn from all this dallying in gastro-paradise? If you’re planning a visit to the gourmet hall at Galeries Lafayette, come hungry, bring a sturdy shopping-bag, and prepare to lose yourself in foodie heaven for a good couple of hours.

More tips for a shopping trip to the Gourmet Hall:

1. If you’d like to venture to the other departments at Galeries Lafayette, you may want to leave the gourmet hall for last as these will likely be your heaviest purchase items.

2. Make sure to save your appetite for sampling the goodies at the different food “stalls”. I made the mistake of eating a big, albeit delicious, pastry before I arrived and ended-up having to pass on a few tasty-looking items.

Galeries Lafayette: Food and Foodie Heaven in Paris paris France Europe

3. If you purchase a takeaway item, scout-out a place to eat it beforehand.  There isn’t an open area of tables at which to sit (I asked at the concierge) unless you’re eating at one of the restaurants. I had a nice impromptu picnic at the Tuileries Gardens but it would have been nice to find somewhere closer to munch.

4. Plan to stock-up on gourmet souvenirs for friends and family.  This is a great place to get hard-to-find gourmet items that don’t have to cost a fortune. I picked up a handful of small, artisan confitures (jams) that worked quite nicely as gifts.

Galeries Lafayette (Food Halls on 2nd floor)
40 Boulevard Haussman
75009 Paris, France
Metro: Chaussée d’Antin / Opéra

*Top photo courtesy of Wikipedia. All other photos © Tuula Mattson

Comments

  1. Tuula says

    Thanks Lindsey! I know…I could really spend hours there…already plotting my return trip (with much larger shopping bags)!

  2. Leslie says

    I am not sure if this was the place…but I think it is where we ate on the roof! We had a fantastic simple gourmet lunch of cheeses and salad and sweets and coffee and spring breeze!…

  3. Maria Romeo says

    My diet just ended after reading this story! It is 8:00 at night and I am going to get out of my pajamas and head down to the French Cafe down the street- Le Petit Cafe- for those little chocolate goodies they have under glass…it is as close as I can get with such short notice!

  4. Tuula says

    Leslie, sounds like the best kind of lunch! I love grabbing a bunch of gourmet goodies & making an impromptu picnic…fresh, easy, & let’s you enjoy the best part of Paris – the city itself.
    Ha ha, Maria. Something I fight with almost everyday…and usually end up losing.. Almost impossible to stick to a diet with all of the wonderful pastries, still trying to work out how the French stay so thin!

  5. says

    Bonjour! I have always said when I win the lottery, I will not need to take a suitcase to Paris. I’ll simply board the plane with a debit card and a lipstick. After these glorious epicurial photos, I’m stuffing French macarons into my new Louis Vuitton Trunk! Merci and Yum!

  6. says

    So wonderful, Tuula!! Somehow I’ve never managed to make it here on my trips to Paris. Hopefully one day. :-) It’s all so gloriously delicious.

  7. Tuula says

    Thanks Krista! Yes, it’s such a neat place to go in Paris, even if you’re a serious or just casual foodie, & it doesn’t hurt that it’s in a first-rate department store…a great excuse for browsing the boutiques! Ahh Paris, so much to see & do…

  8. Tuula says

    Leslie, seems like a great plan to me! You really can’t beat the shopping experience in Paris…I find myself having to hide my credit cards in a deep, dark place so I won’t buy everything in sight…macaroons included! Merci for your comment.

  9. Amanda says

    Tuula la! How exciting that you are a Travel Bella! I believe I went to this store (I just remember taking a picture of the ceiling), but man I really did not take any advantage or realize much 5 years ago (about travels and culture, how could I it was my first trip out of the state?) anyway now that I am more mature I could appreciate more fully. Thanks for the pointers.

  10. Tuula says

    Amanda, so nice to see you here & thanks for your nice comment. I know you’ll make your way back to Paris soon & glad you found this post helpful. Still so many travels ahead for you and so much more of Europe to enjoy, cheers!