Galeries Lafayette – Paris, France

Galeries Lafayette first opened its doors in all its grandeur in 1912.  One of the owners, Théophile Bader of Alsace, “had a dream to create a “luxury bazaar” where the sheer abundance and luxury of the merchandise on offer would wow the crowds!”  I know I was wowed.

The architecture and design of the building is spectacular

The architecture and design of the building is spectacular

One of my favorite departments is the Lafayette Gourmet Food Section which features specialty items such as black and white truffle oils, pâté de canard, spices, gorgeous produce, seafood, and cheeses.

Gourmet Food Section

Gourmet Food Section

Truffle oils and pâté de canard

Truffle oils and pâté de canard

The produce was beautiful, especially the white asparagus

The produce was gorgeous, especially the white asparagus

Crevettes
A wonderful selection of cheeses

A wonderful selection of cheeses

There are also several counter restaurants where you can take a break from shopping to have lunch with quiche of the day or a charcuterie plate.  And of course, you wouldn’t want to have lunch while in Paris without enjoying a glass of wine.

Lunch counters serving charcuterie plates and other offerings

Lunch counters serving charcuterie plates and other offerings

Enjoy lunch with a glass of wine

Enjoy lunch with a glass of wine

Save room for dessert and choose from a selection of fresh pastries, handmade chocolates, or macarons and don’t forget to take a baguette home for dinner.

One of the pastry counters (Photo taken with an iPhone)

One of the pastry counters (Photo taken with an iPhone)

If your travels take you to Paris, Galeries Lafayette should definitely be on your list of places to visit while in town.  Be sure to bring a credit card and an appetite.

I’ll be back soon with more on our travels and updates on our cookbook project with Chef Anthony Lamas.

Have a wonderful week and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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