Fodor's Expert Review Au Printemps
Encompassing a trio of upscale department stores (Printemps Mode, Printemps Beauté-Maison-Enfant, and Printemps Homme), this vast, venerable retailer has been luring shoppers since 1865. Besides the clothes, shoes, housewares, and everything else, there are appealing lunch options here. Two floors of the main building (Printemps Homme) have been completely renovated and are now home to Printemps du Goût, a celebration of French cuisine. If you are a do-it-yourself-er, you can find the best of French foodstuffs on the seventh floor. But if you want to eat in style while taking in spectacular views, either from inside via floor-to-ceiling windows or outside on the wrap-around terrace, continue on to the eighth floor, where four noted chefs and food artisans—master cheesemaker Laurent Dubois, chef pâtissier Christophe Michalak, artisanal baker Gontran Cherrier, and master chef Akrame—oversee a gourmet cornucopia.