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Galeries Lafayette or Printemps

sweetteach Apr 11, 2011 07:53 AM

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?

  1. boredough Apr 11, 2011 10:35 AM

    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
      C. Hamster Apr 12, 2011 07:40 AM

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

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      mrbitterpants Apr 11, 2011 11:45 AM

      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. Delucacheesemonger Apr 11, 2011 02:42 PM

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

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          Ptipois Apr 11, 2011 03:04 PM

          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
            PBSF Apr 11, 2011 09:10 PM

            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. DownUnder Apr 11, 2011 03:56 PM

            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
              bronwen Apr 12, 2011 07:56 AM

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

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              Cary Apr 11, 2011 04:10 PM

              Sadaharu Aoki. Chocolates, macarons, and pastries!!

              1. PhilD Apr 12, 2011 07:02 AM

                Does Printemps have a food hall...? GL definately has a very fine one, but I would avoid Fauchon etc as I think they are style over substance and there is far better out there. If you want to try it their shops on the Madeleine are worth checking out. You should note they are not "shopping centres" but department stores, and so they have their own cafes and restaurants that fit different budgets and styles.

                I will defend Bon Marche, I prefer it to GL, I like the order and sense of style in the place. I haven't done a parallel shop in both but i always found treasures in Bon Marche that tempted. But there again I lived in the 7eme so maybe I am just snobby. However, it is a trip from the Pintemps/GL area.

                I agree with Ptipois about Les Galeries Gourmandes which is really convenient for the Air France bus at Porte Maillot.

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