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.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org or call +33 1 42 82 36 40. Confirmation in return.
Printemps has the best view of Paris from a Paris department store.
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.