This iconic Parisian building has been carefully renovated and given a contemporary touch, to return it to its revered status and make it a reference in the world of luxury European department stores.
A new chapter in La Samaritaine’s story is being written. Rediscovering its full splendour some 150 years after its creation by the visionary couple Ernest Cognacq and Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jaÿ, La Samaritaine is reinventing itself and has a new, generous, lavish appearance.
Technical and architectural feats have been performed on this Art Nouveau building. The glass undulations, glass roof and Eiffel structure, grand staircase, Art Nouveau facade and peacock decoration on the Fresque des Paons are five of La Samaritaine’s unmissable features.
Climbing its theatrical central staircase leading up to the glass roof is the equivalent of Proust’s madeleine for many a Parisian.
A sparkling Christmas at La Samaritaine
For its first Christmas since reopening, La Samaritaine pays tribute to the City of Light and its gardens. Paris sparkles in the windows, under the elegant glass roof and its superb fresco of peacocks brilliantly restored, in the alleys of this new temple of luxury magnificently decorated for the occasion. The art of the Jardin à la française is also found in the pastry creation of the Maison Dalloyau which proposes a cake called Le Jardin Enneigé with authentic flavours which marry crunchy chestnut, chestnut biscuit, creamy and mousse chestnuts from Ardèche perfumed with Tahitian vanilla, vermicelli chestnuts and rhubarb. A delightful treat! A giant Advent calendar sublimates the staircases with their Eiffel structure so emblematic of the building. A surprise will be unveiled every day until the long-awaited arrival of Santa Claus!
A day shopping
This legendary establishment is an entry to the world of fashion and has a constantly changing wide range of offerings. It has a carefully chosen selection of beautiful pieces from the biggest names in luxury and the most famous French brands, as well as exclusive pieces from emerging designers. On different floors you will find clothes, shoes and bags, each stop the opportunity to dip into a new world and create an original look.
Accessories are located on the ground floor, women’s fashion on the 1st floor, jewellery on the 2nd floor, menswear on the 3rd floor and women’s shoes on the 4th floor. As for the 5th floor, that is home to restaurants and bars, the ideal place for lunch or dinner with friends or family.
You will find names you dream of, including Chanel, Dior, Louboutin, In the Mood of Love, Repetto, Isabel Marant, Bobbies, Veja and more, all brands that epitomise French fashion expertise.
A gourmet break
On the rue de Rivoli, you find a concept store. Come and discover the latest urban fashion trends while sipping an espresso in front of works by street artists.
There is no end of culinary experiences on offer at La Samaritaine! A multitude of flavours at the restaurant Voyage, a sensory experience at Krug Studio, a customised sablé biscuit at Sweet Corner, a dinner with friends at Ernest, a gem of a patisserie at L’Exclusive, a caviar baguette at Street Caviar, a croque-madame at Dinette, a coffee break at Zinc and a healthy lunch at Parisienne. You will find places on each floor for gourmet breaks as you shop.
Whether the purpose of your visit is to stay in the ultra-luxury Cheval Blanc hotel, one of the world’s most beautiful hotels, located in an iconic Art Deco building facing the Seine, to sample top-notch French gastronomy in 10 “made in France” eateries, to immerse yourself in a shopping universe of luxury and exclusive designer labels or simply to rediscover some first-rate architectural heritage, La Samaritaine is now re-emerging as a destination filled with life, sharing, discovery and experiences for Parisians and visitors from France and abroad.