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Apr 11, 2011 07:53 AM

Galeries Lafayette or Printemps

One day, while in Paris, I will be spending shopping. Is there anywhere worthwhile, in these two shopping centers, in which to eat lunch? If not, I will head about, but if there is then that will save some time and effort.

Also...any recommendations for purchasing gourmet food items? Is Fauchon the best?

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  1. The food court at Galeries Lafayette is great - take the escalator on the left-hand side of the Men's Store. { Don't miss the gorgeous cupola & balconies over the perfume counters in the Women's Store. } I think Fauchon is sold in the GL food shop, so you need not go to Fauchon if you are pressed for time. OTOH, if you do end up in Place de la Madeleine, I would recommend stopping in the Maille Boutique (southeast corner) for fresh mustard "on tap", plus a huge variety of pre-packaged mustards.

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    1. re: boredough

      I agree. We had a great leisurely lunch there after perusing the abundance of their food court

    2. For purchasing gourmet food items, I would suggest La Grande Epicerie de Bon Marche. Not the same as going to one's favourite neighbourhood vendors but if you're pressed for time its quite convenient and there's good stuff there.

      1. Have always found GL far superior to BMarche, maybe just me but seems both better supplied and more fun.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          I agree, GL Gourmet is superior to Bon Marché - it's a bit messier but less snobby and there are real finds. And the wine store is much better at GL.

          And the OP should not overlook a small gourmet department store that nobody seems to know about (not anymore): Les Galeries Gourmandes on the basement floor of Palais des Congrès (Porte Maillot). A franchise of Auchan, it has an amazing variety of foreign and luxury food items.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            I also go with GL.Bon Marche has all the departments covered: produce, meat, it's own charcuterie/fromgerie, alcohol, boulangerie/patisserie/chocolatier (all in house) and a huge selection of food stuff from all over the world, all beautifully laid out. For me it is a bit too orderly. GL is more old-fashionedand; besides the usual departments, it has kiosks of famous names: Kayser, Sadaharu Aoki, Laduree, Illy espresso bar, a good wine bar, a station that features jamon Iberico, a very good bio section. Add to all that, the beautiful building and the dome plus the top floor food court.

          2. The cafe on the rooftop of Printemps is worth it for the best view of Paris. The food is OK as well.

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            1. re: DownUnder

              Yes, the cafe at Printemps is breathtaking .....

            2. Sadaharu Aoki. Chocolates, macarons, and pastries!!