This unique 19th-century building is located on the “Rive Gauche” (the “Left Bank” of the Seine, hence the southern part of Paris), in the very chic 7th arrondissement, and right next to the even more exclusive 6tharrondissement. This is where the price per square meter is the highest in the French capital.
Le Bon Marché was one of the very first department stores in the world; it inspired Emile Zola’s novel Au Bonheur des Dames (“The Ladies’ Delight”). The 1838 novelty shop selling ribbons and lace rapidly grew, with the addition of departments, employees, and floor space. It is a little-known fact that the “father” of the Eiffel Tower, engineer Gustave Eiffel, helped during one of the many enlargements of the store in the 1870s.
Historical as it may be, Le Bon Marché is the opposite of old-fashioned. Decade after decade, it has remained synonymous with style and luxury, art and design, high-end products and good taste. Even more so now that LVMH group owns Le Bon Marché. Over 150 brands can be found on the five levels of 24 rue de Sèvres such as Balenciaga, Berluti, Céline, Dior, Dolce & Gabana, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Kenzo, Louboutin, Miu Miu, Prada, Valentino, Louis Vuitton…
Departments are divided into the following categories: Luxury, Women, Men, Children, Beauty, Home, Book & Stationery, Gallery of Imagination. Services include a hair salon, a nail bar, a barber shop. You’ll find no less than nine different restaurants for coffee, lunch, tea, or exclusive take-out meals!
Last but not least, across from the main building is La Grande Épicerie de Paris, the largest and most elegant gourmet food store in the city (and in France, if not in the world!), which was created in 1923. In November 2017, a sister store was opened on the “Rive Droite” (“Right Bank”) at 80 rue de Passy, in the 16th arrondissement. Another prime location for the demanding shoppers of this residential district…
Le Bon Marché – Rive Gauche • 24 rue de Sèvres • 75007 Paris