Paris department stores are about glamour and giving the shopper a real experience. Among them, Printemps, currently undergoing refurbishment, and Le Bon Marche, stand tall.

The recession is taking its toll in France in the same way as the UK, but this has not prevented Paris’ major department stores from continuing to offers customers show-stopping visual merchandising.

Le Bon Marche’s food hall is among the world’s most glamorous, while the current renovation programme at Printemps is restoring the shop to its full Belle Epoque glory.