So what if you could look over all of Paris while sipping your coffee? Well really what more could you ask for.
At the top of one of the nicest, and oldest, department stores in Paris you will find one of the most astounding panoramic views in Paris. Printemps Haussmann, situated in the 9th arrondissement is the first place to come up with the idea for “sale” items when they would make diminished stocks of prior seasons more appealing by selling them at a lower prices. They were also famous for being the exclusive dealers of a highly sought black silk, le Marie-Blanche. These stores are recognized by historians as the design prototype for les grands magasins that would soon dominate and forever change the way that luxury goods are consumed.
The rooftop cafe on the 7th floor of Printemps is a wonderful modest cafe that Americans would almost call a cafeteria. You have a select choice of cold drinks, beers, wine, pastries, salads, and a few sandwiches that you pay for before sitting down and are then free to consume in the sun as you please. The outside seating area allows for you to choose the view you wish after all, you have the whole city infront of you, enjoy it!
Fun tip: After you’ve finished your coffee (which is moderately good considering it comes from a machine) walk around the perimeter and use your map to try to spot as many landmarks as you can. The other day my friend Liz and I did this from memory and I was amazed how many things we could identify.
Also this position allows you to view up close some of the amazing details that have been put into the decoration of this building that originated in 1881 after the entirety of the previous building burned down. The copper domes, the gold leaf sculptures and the small nuances that you would never be able to see from the street are up close for you to appreciate.
no public bathrooms ( see first floor for 1.5€)
Cafeteria style (standing in line with trays, self service) is not for everyone but you do eat off real plates and real cups and the price is not terrible (8.75€ for two coffees and a piece of pie)
For other restaurants in Paris checkout my category Restaurants in Paris HEREPritemps Haussemann 102 Rue de Provence,Paris métro Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette or Havre – Caumartin.
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