An all time favorite by many famous photographers, you will find yourself in front of worldwide known department stores such as Galeries Lafayette or Le Printemps. Here watch the constant flow of shoppers rushing in and out of these fashion cathedrals in search of the latest of the French chic. You’ll also find travellers who came from far away for a day in paradise and glamour addicts walking the large sidewalks dragging huge bags. Stand at a crossroad and let the waves of shoppers come to you with views on century old facades of the Galeries Lafayette. While you are in the area, the Opera and Saint-Lazare train station stand only a block away. I also find them to be fun places to shoot as you’ll always get that frenziness feeling with landmark buildings in the background.
Pictures type : Streets crowded with shoppers. Fashion, glamour, frantic.
Your best lens : 28 or 50mm
Favorite spot : In front of Galerie Lafayette, at the corner of Rue la Fayette.
When to go : Satudays afternoon
Must go : Inside Galerie Lafayette
Metro Station : Saint-Lazare
Map of area
Sample shots (click on pictures to enlarge)