Printemps Christmas Store

Department Store Tips

Printemps Christmas Store10% off all of the time
Receiving a 10% discount card at three of Paris’  department stores (grands magasins) is easy. Ask at the store about this discount. This discount is immediate and different from the value added tax refund. Only two limitations are attached: 1) the date on the card and 2) the red dot (point rouge). Visit the store’s customer service desk (information or accueil). This discount is separate from your duty free discount that you validate at the airport.

The cards for Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are valid for one year (January to December). Le Bon Marché and BHV do not offer the discount.

Take your original or a photocopy of your passport to the customer service desks. At Galeries Lafayette with your passport or copy, you will receive a card for the days you are in town and shopping; with an airline ID, the card will be valid for three months.

The “Where” magazine at your hotel or a Paris map with your hotel stationery advertising Galeries Lafayette or Printemps might have a one-year card attached. Look in that magazine or map for a free gift coupon. If it is offered, the coupon is good for a free shopping bag.

The 10% discount card is valid at any non “point rouge” counter.  If you see this red dot displayed on a white sign, a red price tag, or a price tag with a red dot you cannot use the card.

Fashion Shows
Galeries Lafayette – A free weekly fashion show, Fridays at 3 p.m. on the seventh floor of the main Haussmann store in the Salon Opéra, presented by their team of six professional models who show off the latest trends by the most famous designer and couturier collections.

The 30-minute presentation requires reservations and includes a commentary done in English. Compulsory reservation by e-mail : or call +33 1 42 82 36 40. Confirmation in return.

Printemps has the best view of Paris from a Paris department store.

Shopping Hours
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann,  40 Boulevard Haussmann, Metro: Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette

Printemps Haussmann, 64, bd Haussmann, Paris 9th. , Metro: Havre-Caumartin

Le Bon Marché, 24 rue de Sèvres, Paris 7th, Metro: Sèvres Babylone

La Grande Epicerie, at le Bon Marché, 38, rue de Sèvres, Paris 7th

Bazaar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV), rue de Rivoli across from Hôtel de Ville, Métro : Hôtel de Ville (ligne 1) or Bus : 69,70, 72,75,76,96

BHV is spread out in other buildings: for example, men’s, wine, travel, bikes are behind the main store.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!