In Paris on a shopping break? Make a beeline for Galeries Lafayette’s flagship store on Boulevard Haussmann, less than half an hour by bus or metro from the hotel. Whether you’re hunting for fashion, homewares or gifts for your children, this vast department store has an enormous choice. You need to cover the entire first floor to browse the full range of designer fashion labels. If you have kids in tow, head straight to the fifth floor, where they can go wild discovering the toy section while you pick out top-of-the-line children’s clothing from brands such as Baby Dior, Burberry and Catimini. Stock up on chic interiors in the home furnishings department, then pause for lunch in one of several restaurants, including a seafood eatery, ice-cream parlour and Asian takeaway. You may find your mouth watering again in Lafayette Gourmet, where you’ll find international fine foods.