PARIS – Fantasizing about Paris lately? There you are, strolling, with all the time in the world to admire architectural details and window dressing, swinging crisp shopping bags, and casually snacking on an incredible baguette held under your arm. There you are, drinking wine in the afternoon. Taking in the rooftop panorama. Possibly being mistaken for a local.
You are in good company. Indulge the fantasy on your next trip to Paris — start at LE BHV MARAIS, the department store famous for its combination of marquee brands, concept shops, pop-ups, lunch spots, an enormous beauty department, as well as a fantastic selection of everyday items (for locals and travelers) and French lifestyle staples. Housed in a stunning, 160-year-old Parisian landmark in the trendy fourth arrondissement — one of the most sought-after shopping districts — BHV operates like its own ecosystem, reflecting the best of the neighborhood and drawing in a well-heeled clientele and curious onlookers that care about shopping, dining, drinking, and events.
Add Paris to your travel agenda this summer: From July 12 through August 18, 2019, LE BHV MARAIS is celebrating 160 years of creation and innovation by highlighting the inimitably cool Parisian lifestyle through special occasion events (fitness classes on the Seine! neighborhood walking tours!), window displays, a pop-up grocer, an open-air terrace, limited-edition souvenirs, and workshops on its bucolic rooftop farm. Follow them on Instagram @behindthebazar and Facebook for program updates.
Run by the Groupe Galeries Lafayette, the 100-percent French family-owned group operates on the premise to leave a lasting, positive contribution to the city. Their aim is to take visitors on a journey, mixing tried-and-true beloved brands with thoughtful surprises around every corner. Don't stop until you get to the roof! The sky-high perch of Le Perchoir bar offers incredible views of the Panthéon, carved reliefs of the Hotel de Ville, Tour Saint-Jacques, Eiffel Tower, as well as million-euro sunset views against the Parisian skyline.
Paris Shopping Secrets
Insider tours led by expert guides pair shopping perks with walking tour trivia, sharing recommendations for things to see, do, and try. A new, hidden shopping corridor within the historic Haussman courtyard draws visitors from homewares to fashion to souvenirs to Eataly Paris. Once you've made your (inevitable) purchases, LE BHV MARAIS services will deliver your shopping bags to your hotel, so that you can continue your promenade to the terrace for French-made specialties, relaxed people-watching, and more unencumbered strolling for your fantasy-come-true.
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