This grandest of the grand magasins was a humble haberdasher shop when it was opened in 1895. Success inspired architectural excess, like the sumptuous Belle Epoque dome under which fashionable goodies are displayed. Here you’ll find everything from luxury labels to kids’ stuff to stationery. A separate building is just for men (Lafayette Homme) and another across the street has housewares as well as a wine and gourmet shop (Lafayette Maison). In early 2019, look out for its brand-new satellite on the Champs Elysées (around no. 52). At the time of writing, the project was very hush-hush, so if your walk past and it’s open, check it out.
- Anna Brooke