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Customer rating : 4,7 - A high point in the city of Paris accessible free of charge, and a great complement to a visit to the Galeries Lafayette Cupola...
The ideal next step is to descend the Stairway to Heavens staircase, beautifully decorated with frescoes...

Localisation
Open hours
  • Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 8:30pm
  • Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 am to 8:00pm.
Access
  • Metro: Opéra (lines 3, 7 and 8), Chaussée d'Antin (lines 7 and 9) and Havre Caumartin (lines 3 and 9), Trinité (line 12)
  • RER: line A (Auber station) et E (Haussmann Saint Lazare
  • Bus: 20, 21, 22, 42, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95
  • Parking lots: Haussmann Berri, Haussmann Galeries (entrance at corner of Bld Haussmann and Mogador street)
Address

Galeries Lafayette - Rooftop
40 Boulevard Haussmann
75009 PARIS

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 52′ 24″ N 2° 19′ 56″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.87362 2.33202
Description complète

The rooftop of Galeries Lafayette is located on the 8th and top floor of the main Galeries Lafayette building - at 40 Bd Haussmann.

A breathtaking 360° panorama of Paris on a 1500m2 de rooftop

Enjoy a breathtaking view of the capital, from the Montmartre district, the Opéra Garnier, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Coeur Basilica.
Enjoy a free, magnificent view of Paris from the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann rooftop where you might even catch a sunset over the capital that attracts so many photographers and influencers.

This haven of peace is the ideal place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Boulevards during your shopping day.

The Coupole of Galeries Lafayette

You can also admire an immense glass roof, which is none other than the majestic cupola of the Galerie Lafayette, seen from above. If you want to admire the beauty of the Dome, you'll have to do it from inside the store. You will enjoy the unique and inimitable architecture of La Coupole,  which will appeal to those who wish above all to visit Paris and discover the city's architectural prowess.

In the spring of 2021, the famous Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann Cupola will complete its renovation, bringing to an end a major project lasting more than two years.

An ephemeral restaurant on the Galeries Lafayette roof terrace

In fine weather, during spring and summer, you can also enjoy delicious dishes from our ephemeral restaurants in an exceptional setting overlooking the whole of Paris. For the last 4 years, it was a vegetarian and vegan restaurant. The terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a romantic meal, a drink with friends or a family get-together, while taking in the view over the rooftops and monuments of Paris.

Galeries Lafayette terrace transformed into a landing pad

On January 19, 1919, aviator Jules Védrines succeeded in landing "Caudron G III" plane on the roof of Galeries Lafayette, with only little damages. The event was the brainchild of the department store's founders and despite a ban from the Paris prefecture. One of the greatest feats of aeronautics. The track was only 28 m long and 12 m wide. After repairing the plane, he took off again from the terrace to return to his starting field at Issy-les-Moulineaux. This second feat was child's play for Védrines, whose specialty during the 1st world war was dropping off and picking up passengers behind German lines (he made 53 such expeditions), in unimaginable conditions.

Jules Védrines pocketed the 25,000-franc prize offered for this feat, but was fined 16 francs by the police. It would appear that this sum will represent 2,984,697.68 Euros in 2023. The fine would amount to 2,387.76 Euros. A stele commemorates the event on the terrasse.

But death was waiting for him. Three months later, on April 21, 1919, during the inaugural flight of the Paris-Rome route aboard a twin-engine Caudron C-23, one of the plane's two engines failed and it crashed at Saint-Rambert-d'Albon (near Valence -France). Jules Védrines and his mechanic Guillain did not survive. He is buried in the Parisian Pantin cemetery with great pomp and ceremony.

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