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Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris

This huge department store amazes with its architecture, fashion shows, and city panoramas which open from the rooftop terrace

Best time: June–August

Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette
Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette
Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette
Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette
Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette are worth a visit even if you aren't going to buy anything. Just the very stained-glass dome makes it worthwhile to enter the building at least once. This magnificent structure represents the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau. The seventh floor hosts weekly 30-minute fashion shows. On condition that you book a place in advance, you will be the first to see the creation of world's leading fashion houses. Finally, rooftop terraces showcase gorgeous panoramas of Paris. However, it is a seasonal delight: visitors are allowed on the top floor only during summer months, so don't miss your chance.

Practical info

What time of the year are the rooftop terraces of Galeries Lafayette open to visitors?

From June to August, the rooftop terraces of Galeries Lafayette in Paris are open to visitors, providing a panoramic view of the city from the seventh floor of the department store. This makes the summer months the ideal time to visit. Show more

What is the notable feature of the dome at Galeries Lafayette?

Galeries Lafayette is distinguished by its Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau architectural styles, including a stunning stained-glass dome that is the most recognizable feature of the building. This 43-meter high dome illuminates the interior with a kaleidoscope of light throughout the day, creating a mesmerising effect on visitors to the store. Show more

What is the architectural style of Galeries Lafayette?

Galeries Lafayette incorporates both the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau styles that were prominent in France at the end of the 19th century. Delicate sculptures, ornate balconies and glasswork accentuate the building's beauty and grandeur. Show more

How long do the weekly fashion shows on the seventh floor of Galeries Lafayette last?

At Galeries Lafayette, weekly fashion shows on the seventh floor last for half an hour, showcasing the latest collections from the world's leading fashion houses. Advance booking is recommended to secure a seat at the show. Show more

Are the rooftop terraces of Galeries Lafayette accessible to visitors throughout the year?

Visitors cannot access the rooftop terraces of Galeries Lafayette throughout the year, so it's important to plan your visit during the months when the terraces are open - June to August. This way, you can enjoy the majestic view of Paris from the seventh floor of the department store. Show more

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