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Boulevard Haussmann and its department stores

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Boulevard Haussmann and its department stores - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris
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At 2.5 kilometres in length, running from Boulevard Montmartre to Avenue de Friedland, Boulevard Haussmann is a top shopping destination and surely one of the most elegant stores in the whole of Paris. Straddling the 8th and 9th arrondissements, it was designed during the Second Empire by the famous Baron Haussmann, a prefect of the Seine department at the time, as part of his plans to transform the city. Today it is home to Paris' greatest department stores, whose shop windows are absolutely magical at the end of the year, during the Christmas season. This is where you'll find one of the most famous Parisian stores, the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, with its finely wrought balconies, immense Art Nouveau cupola, fashion sections, and a 7th floor terrace that offers lovely views of the capital. Also boasting a terrace with panoramic views, Printemps Haussmann, a real temple of Parisian fashion, has been listed as a historic monument, in particular due to its Art Nouveau façade and its magnificent stained glass cupola.

In a slightly quieter part of the boulevard at number 158, you can visit the elegant Jacquemart-André Mansion, whose museum of fine arts and decorative arts has collections of French Italian, Flemish and Dutch paintings, but also sculptures, furniture and art objects.

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