Founded in 1870 by Ernest Cognacq and Louise Jäy, the arrival of La Samaritaine revolutionised the way Parisians lived and shopped. The avant-garde blending of the Art Nouveau and the Art Deco styles was ahead of it’s time and earned architects Franz Jourdan & Henri Sauvage international fame. Evocative of the Second Empire period in Paris, which was marked by the modernisation of the city by Baron Haussmann, La Samaritaine became a beacon of progress and was known as the department store for all Parisians.
One hundred and fifty years later, and LVMH is now the owner. The fabulously restored and reinvented space was transformed by award-winning Japanese architectural agency, Sanaa. The wave-like structure that decorates the new extension symbolises the flow of the River Seine. La Samaritaine shines once again as an avant-garde destination for style, taste and decor. Revel in the beauty of the sculpted cast-iron columns, railings and staircases, influenced by Gustave Eiffel, that grace the seven floors of the 20,000 metres store.
Lift your gaze toward the sky to the see the magnificent glass-domed ceiling, then feast your eyes on the aesthetic display of clothes, shoes, accessories, food, champagne and more as you explore each and every floor. Don’t miss a chance to shop the largest selection of beauty products in all of Paris or to pick up a little something Parisian at La Boutique Loulou.
For the gourmet traveler, the top floor restaurant « Voyage » is more of a gastronomical experience than just a place to eat. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the restaurant sits beneath the glass-domed ceiling of La Samaritaine and offers an incredible gustatory journey – at all hours of the day.
Gastronomic concept shop or glamorous food court, perhaps a bit of both, as the same space offers an eclectic selection of the finest foods. From the creative cocktails of alchemist Mattias Giroud to the Parisian-inspired dishes of the Culinary Creative – Croque Monsieur with Wagyu Beef, Caviar Pizza – Spider Crab & Crabmeat – to the musical experiences of Le Studio Krug, « Voyage » truly takes the visitor on an extravagant culinary journey.
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