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Want to Pass for a Local in Paris? Shop at the Most Parisian Shop in Town

by Team Fathom
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Presented in partnership with LE BHV MARAIS.

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.

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The view from Le Perchoir

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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Lafayette Anticipations.

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Le Pod in action.

Très Chic Highlights

The department store features 900 brands, ranging from the most accessible to cutting-edge, with a range of fashion, home, DIY, leisure, and fine food products. In between shopping stints, there are plenty of places to relax and recharge.

Maison Plisson
Part upscale grocer (produce, cheese, charcuterie), bakery (fresh made delights, including the best croissant for blocks), wine shop, and cafe serving French classics for lunch.

Le Perchoir
Up on the rooftop, find a perch near the railing, champagne in hand, for panoramic views of the iconic city skyline.

Lafayette Anticipations
The new concept gallery and incubator gives visitors a sneak peek at artist installations and performances.

Le Pod
A space for new restaurants to test run their franchises. The offerings are in constant rotation, with items ranging from tacos to crepes.

Secret Passage
Don't miss this hidden gem behind a Parisian façade on the rue de la Verrerie, where a small dark corridor is magically lit with garlands of fairy lights.

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Icons seen from the rooftop garden.
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A green rooftop is urban design at its best.

Summer 2019 Pop-Ups and New Openings

Think locally, act fashionably. French-made shopping opportunities are popping up throughout the department store all summer long.

Sous le Fraises
On the seventh-floor rooftop, a lush vertical strawberry garden with wildflowers offers a green retreat on top of the city.

Terrasse du Bazar
On the sixth floor of the Rivoli store, a little hotspot serves breakfast and brunch with a view. Admire (and taste) the fruits of vertical permaculture — made in Paris! Sign up for tasting sessions, and green thumb workshops hosted on the terrace.

Le Petit Plisson
The new dining concept from gourmet grocer Maison Plisson consists of a ground floor hang out and shop featuring exclusive food items and souvenirs like aprons, shopping bags, and the must-have Breton bowl with the iconic maxim, “Paris is always a good idea."

Hutte
This sweet French candle shop makes scents inspired by far-away places.

J'ai vu la Vierge
The edgy Marseilles-based brand transforms ordinary knickknacks, like snow globes and magnets, into chic, audacious objets.

Le Bijou Parisien
How about an homage to your favorite Paris metro stop? This graphic clothing and accessories line celebrates the underground.

Explore LE BHV MARAIS

Add The City of Light to your travel agenda this summer: From July 12 through August 18, 2019, LE BHV MARAIS will be 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. For more information and program updates, follow them on Instagram @behindthebazar and Facebook.