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Paris: Macaron Class at Galeries Lafayette

1. Paris: Macaron Class at Galeries Lafayette

Learn how to bake macarons, the classic French pastry. Discover French pastry culture during your stay in Paris! In the heart of the Opera district, in a quiet corner of Galeries Lafayette, learn the tricks from a French pastry chef for pulling off perfect macarons. This 1.5-hour class breaks down the process into two stages. Put on your apron to discover the steps of creating the shells and the ganache, the filling and the assembly. The chef uses local organic produce in the recipe to create these delicacies. Choose from timeless tastes to please everyone, including chocolate, pistachio and a selection of other flavors. This class is perfect for families, friends and couples. All equipment is provided and the class is shared with a group of 4 to 18 people. During the class you will make at least 4 macarons to eat on the spot or take away. The chef will give you the recipe so you can recreate them at home. Uncover the mysteries of the macaron and become an expert in this precious dessert. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere and macarons made with love.

Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

2. Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

Make the most of your trip to Paris with an exclusive experience attending a fashion show. This is a unique opportunity to discover the latest trends from the biggest names, and get the inside scoop on the "must have" items of the season. Set in the heart of a store that is the epitome of French style, this 30-minute show will seduce and inspire you. Enjoy the show every Friday at 3:00 PM, at the Opera Theatre, on the 4th floor the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann (near the Lingerie department).

Paris: Private Walking Tour in German

3. Paris: Private Walking Tour in German

Start your 4-hour private tour in German at Moulin Rouge, the famous cabaret, and make your way through the artists' quarter of Montmartre in the north of Paris. Hear interesting facts about the history of the area and about the artists who lived and worked in Montmartre at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Visit the most famous sights such as the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and the Place du Tertre and learn interesting insider information about the famous Paris artists' square. In addition to the tourist hot spots, discover the lesser known side of Montmartre, which offers beautiful places away from the crowds. Continue to the oldest boulevards in the city, to enjoy the views. On the way see the luxury department store Galeries Lafayette. Pass the Palais Garnier and learn more about the history of the Phantom of the Opera. Make your way to Place Vendôme and the Tuileries Garden, passing the world-famous Louvre Museum. Finish your tour with a leisurely walk along the Seine and see one of Paris' most famous pedestrian bridges.

Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

4. Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

Your guide will first take you on a journey away from the crowded shopping streets and into a more hidden side of the city. This is where Parisians shop in what were the precursors of today’s shopping malls. Discover richly decorated elegant passages, which were once lit by some of the first electric or gas lights in the city. Today they are still home to charming boutiques and brasseries, as they were then, with café tables spilling out into the passageways. Covered with glass roofs to avoid the winter weather, they are the perfect place to explore during the holiday season. See the beautiful and extremely fashionable Palais Royal. Explore its arcades full of history, chic stores, and bijou pastry shops. You will also pass by the magnificent Opera Garnier and hear the story of its infamous Phantom. Then it’s back onto the bustling Parisian boulevards, to visit the Galeries Lafayette, which is one of the most splendid old department stores in Paris. It is renowned for its dazzling glass dome and the imaginative spectacular Christmas tree that is installed under it each year. French children come here to gaze at the wonderful window displays, join them and be enchanted by the holiday magic.  End your tour at a fine gourmet food store, where you will be able to see, taste, and buy all sorts of typical French Christmas delicacies, both sweet and savory. Join the locals as they shop for their festive tables and immerse yourself in a truly Parisian holiday season.

From London: Unescorted Day Trip to Paris

5. From London: Unescorted Day Trip to Paris

Upon arrival at St. Pancras International station, check in and pickup your Paris travel pack, designed to help you make the most of your time. The pack includes Eurostar train tickets with reserved seating and a map of Paris with public transportation information. See the city of lights from a new vantage point with a river cruise alone the Seine. Pass by the Eiffel Tower, the Lourve, and other landmarks. See the Galeries Lafayette, located near the center of Paris and a short cab ride away from the Gare du Nord station. Explore an impressive selection of designer clothing, jewelry, and beauty products before concluding your trip.

Haussmannian Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Haussmannian Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Take a 2-hour guided walk in Paris to experience the results of the famous Haussmannian intervention, which was the largest urban planning feat ever undertaken in the city. In the 19th century the whole city, with the exception of 2 neighborhoods, was flattened and built anew. The plan was designed to create the best planned, the most functional, and above all, the most beautiful city in the world. The program, however, took its toll on many precious buildings and streets that have been forever lost. During the Haussmannian Paris tour you’ll learn about this massive effort and visit the top examples of the style that was undoubtedly excessive and yet an incredibly unified one. After you have taken this tour, you’ll never see the city of Paris in the same way again! The major sites on the tour are the Opéra Garnier, a landmark of the era, Boulevard Haussmann, named after its creator, and the Galeries Lafayette, the most beautiful shopping mall in Paris. See the Museum of Jacquemart-André, a lavish and opulent villa of the period, the Church of Saint Augustin, an architectural marvel, and Park Monceau, the most elegant park in the city.

Paris: Belleville and Le Marais Private Walking Tour

7. Paris: Belleville and Le Marais Private Walking Tour

Experience the best of Paris on foot with your own personal local guide during this private walking trip to the city’s must-see sights and neighborhoods. Visit Opera Garnier, the Louvre Museum, Belleville, Canal Saint-Martin, the Marais, and more. On this guided walk through the city, you’ll get to explore characteristic Parisian neighborhoods away from the tourist tide, accompanied by your own local guide. Visit the hipster quarter of Belleville and walk through its graffiti-filled streets. Then, explore the so-called old Paris, the Marais District, with its charming cobblestone streets, imposing gates, sumptuous hôtels particuliers (grand townhouse), and secret gardens. Get to know one of the trendiest quarters of the capital, the cradle of the Parisian avant-garde and also a refuge for contemporary art. Make your way along the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, the perfect walking place for pedestrians, which has become an unmissable meeting point for Parisians, away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Relax and enjoy a coffee in a classic Parisian café. Later, enjoy one of the most memorable panoramic views of Paris from the rooftop of the famous Galeries Lafayette. Lose yourself in the Galerie Vivienne, one of the most emblematic-covered arcades in Paris. Before the end of your tour, stop to admire the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre Museum, one of the most prestigious in the world. 

Paris: Galeries Lafayette Cooking Class

8. Paris: Galeries Lafayette Cooking Class

Enjoy a cooking class at Galeries Lafayette in Paris suitable for all skill levels. Learn how to create gourmet dishes with a professional chef. The chef will share their experience, know-how, and culinary techniques with you during your class. Choose between two class options: 1. Chicken supreme 2. Seasonal risotto

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What people are saying about Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 283 reviews

We were looking for inspiration to decide on my son's outfit for his graduation day and this is why we decided to do the activity. We were very disoriented. We loved the collection. I the same day we bought a set for my son. The play went very well for us. Solved the problem.

We really enjoyed our class and left with yummy macaroons! Would recommend for families with school-ages kids and up.

The clothes were beautiful and too extreme. We could see everything well. It looked professional.

Professional, visible to everyone, nice addition to a visit to this beautiful department store.

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is a great shopping experience. The fashion show was excellent.