INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Le Bon Marche, the large Department Store in Paris with history and style.
For those who love shopping in Paris FOR their children (if not so much WITH those said children), then shopping in Paris’s most famous French Shop, the famed Le Bon Marche is a must-do.
This large Department Store in Paris, Le Bon Marché is arguably the most famous and exclusive department store in Paris.
Founded in 1838 and revamped almost completely by Aristide Boucicaut in 1852, it was the first ever modern Department
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History of Le Bon Marche, Large Department Store in Paris
“The birth of Le Bon Marché heralded a whole new culture of commerce that included fixed prices, lower margins, home delivery, item exchange, mail order, promotional periods and sales, private concerts, a reading area, and much more.
This ground-breaking and revolutionary couple had come up with a commercial model that would soon be copied around the globe.
The start of 1875 saw the opening of an art gallery.
The store served as a free intermediary and facilitator between artists and art lovers.”
(Source: Le Bon Marche Company Website)
Le Bon March Luxury Department store is also a French shop famed for it’s architecture and design.
Definitely worth a look if you are in the area.
Things to do in Le Bon Marche Paris Department Store
This French Shop, Le Bon Marche, has it all!
It’s one of the best Department stores in Paris, if not the best?
And shopping here is definitely one of the 10 best things to do in Paris on a family vacation.
Of course, as family travellers, we tend to head straight to the kid’s stuff.
It’s where we find the quirky stuff too.
Visit the Children’s Department at this large Department Store in Paris
The Children’s Department on the 3rd floor of reveals a fun, light-hearted space selling children’s fashion.
This iconic Paris shopping department store is known for its’ carefully curated selection of clothes and goods for children.
There’s a splendid book section too.
The new Children Zone at Le Bon Marche also has:
- workshops for younger and older children
- fun and games, and
- a flying saucer!
The Best Shopping in Paris for French Toy Brands
You’ll also find iconic Parisian Toys in this Classic French shop. French toy brands stocked in store include:
- Moulin Roty
- Djeco, and
- Petitcollin dolls
You won’t find toys like this in many other places in Paris.
Where to Shop in Paris for Luxury Goods
Don’t just come here to shop for kids!
The Le Bon Marche French Shop is home to a kaleidoscope of beautiful luxurious things to buy for the home, for travel and for yourself.
Ground Floor Luxury
Designer fashion brands and luxury goods from the most prestigious companies in the world are housed in fashion boutiques on the ground floor.
Go treasure hunting in stores belonging to:
- Louis Vuitton
- Dior, and
- Fine watches from Rolex, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget
Look for upmarket jewellery from timeless brands on the ground floor of Le Bon Marche too.
First Floor Women’s Fashion
Designer and everyday fashion, displayed in dedicated zones such as:
- The Gallery of Sports (featuring Nike, Adidas, Sweet Pants, K-way) and
- A Customisation Studio
- Lingerie and beachwear
- Fashion accessories including leather goods, costume jewellery and textile accessories such as scarves
Lower Ground Floor – Men’s Wear
Men’s suits, sportswear and shoes including:
- La Ville bespoke men’s suits and formal wear, bespoke tailoring and a shoe shine
- Men’s accessories
- Everyday wear
- Men’s fashion labels
- Gym and sport’s gear
Lower Ground Floor – Gallery of Imagination
A curated collection of the best and latest must-have trends, including bespoke design:
- sunglasses and eyewear
- high tech brands selling speakers, headphones, and music equipment
- Leisure items, totes and more
Lower Ground Floor – Beauty Department
- Beauty and cosmetic supplies
1st and 2nd Floors – Homewares and Furniture
- Bespoke furniture by exclusive brands, in limited editions and colourways not seen elsewhere!
- cooking and tableware
- travel goods
- bedroom decor items and lighting
- An eye-popping collection of well made French gifts and souvenirs, perfect for family and friends who love design.
2nd Floor – Books and Stationery
Check out the light-filled glass roofed atrium full of novels, fine books, coffee table books, art and design books, and the latest releases.
If you love stationery, the Stationer’s shop features the best French brands of stationery to peruse.
Events at Le Bon Marche store
Even if you are only window shopping, stop in to check out the current events.
They include everything from:
- history and architecture tours
- guided tours of the design collection
- guided tours of the contemporary art collection
- cooking demonstrations and workshops, to
- foodie events
Things to do with Kids in Paris – Cultural Insight via the Food Hall
While this Paris definitely on the upper end of the spending scale, the graceful and long-standing store deserves a few moments of your time, if only to see the luxurious architecture.
Take a detour via the La Grande Epicerie de Paris food hall on your way home.
If you love food, do not skip it.
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Kids in Paris + Macarons = Heaven at Le Bon Marché
Imagine 30,000 gourmet products from around the globe in one Paris shopping centre.
- rainbow macarons
- chocolate truffles
- sugar dusted tartes aux fruits made on-site
- divine cakes, and
- bottled sauces
- herbs and spices, and
- the best foodie gifts
I fear that sweet tooths and their children might suffer a lack of restraint here.
Best set a limit on what you’ll buy BEFORE you go in.
It’s dangerous to the budget.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Le Bon Marche Famous Paris Department Store
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Le Bon Marche Opening Hours
- 10am to 8pm on Mondays to Saturdays
- 10am to 7.45pm on Sunday
How to get to Le Bon Marche Paris, the Iconic French Shop
By underground: Lines 10 and 12 – Sèvres Babylone station
By bus: Service numbers 39, 63, 68, 70, 83, 84, 87 and 94
Map of Le Bon Marche Department Store in Paris
Toadstool Rating: Shopping at Le Bon Marche Paris
A must do shopping excursion in Paris for the family.
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French Department stores are not the only place to go shopping.
Visit these shops on Saint Germaine Boulevard to buy:
- elegant tea blends at the Paris tea shop Lupicia
- toys & ornaments at Le Petit Prince Store in Paris
- flowers at Marche Buci
- handmade chocolates at Debauve et Gallais
- art at French Arts Factory or Laurence Esnol gallery
- ceramics, canvas totes, linen, and lavender at La Maison Ivre (best shopping for design lovers in Paris)
- natural fragrances, perfumes and skincare at Officine Universelle Buly
- lingerie at Sabbia Rosa
- gifts and souvenirs at Cartes d’Art
- Obelix, Asterix, Dogmatix, Babar, and TinTin figurines at Pixi and Cie
Head upstairs to the first floor to find the Pixi and Cie museum in Paris to see the museum, a “curiosity cabinet” filled with scenes in miniature.
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