Shopping in Paris: Printemps department store

by fanfreluche

Printemps is my favorite Paris department store. Printemps is a hidden gem, not as famous as Les Galeries Lafayette, but it should be on your list next time you visit Paris.

Printemps, the other Paris department store

Printemps is my favorite Paris department store. Printemps is a hidden gem, not as famous as Les Galeries Lafayette, but it should be on your list next time you visit Paris. I love window shopping at Printemps: fashion, perfumes, jewelery, food. And don't miss the beautiful architecture! Come shop with me at Printemps, the other famous Paris department store on Boulevard Haussmann!

Printemps store Paris
Printemps store Paris

Le Printemps store map

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Le Printemps store map
Le Printemps store map

Where is Le Printemps in Paris

64, bd Haussmann 75009 Paris

Shopping in Paris: a side note about clothing sizes in France

or: no you did not put 50 pounds overnight!

Always try the clothes before buying, don't just relay on the size tag. Also know that there is inconsistency between brands when it comes to converting French sizes (example: 46/48) to what they call here international sizes (XS to XXL). For some brands XXL will be a 46/48, but for others it will be a 44/46.

If you are not a "brindille" (French for twig: skinny girl) you will find out that shopping for clothes in Paris is like entering another dimension where no one wears anything over a size 16 (unless they like to dress in shower curtains). A dimension where size 16 is called XXL (even 3XL) and ignored by most of the hipster, most fashionable and trendiest brands. Finding anything cool if you have more than bones and skin can be difficult. But not impossible.

Clothing sizes in France is totally different than clothing sizes in the USA. The XL tag you see hanging on the best ever dress you've seen? It is not XL, it is at best Medium. French have a way of telling you that anything bigger than chopsticks is overweight. Not fun.

Personally I usually fit L/XL, 14/16 in North American sizes. In French sizes I fit 46/48 and 46/48 is often located in the "Plus Size" section here!!

Some of the interesting brands you will find at Le Printemps

Moulin Roty
The famous French brand of beautiful and colorful puppets, baby comforters, squeaky toys, rattles, musical toys and so much more.

Lou Paris lingerie
Quality lingerie but still affordable. Note that it is difficult to find the bigger cup size in most French designers lingerie brands.

Sud Express
One of my favorite brand. They have very nice, silky soft tees and pullover. The brand makes XL sizes and le Printemps always have the XL sizes available. So every season I make a run there to check out the new Sud Express collection. Note that their XL is about a Large US.

Cute baby clothes and soft toys. Not cheap but they have some cute things

Photos: Printemps store on Haussman Blvd in Paris

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Monument aux morts du Printemps
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A memorial to Printemps employees fallen for their country

Not to be missed and unusual, this memorial to all Printemps employee who died during the wars.

Photo under creative commons: Groume

Laduree Sucre (French Edition)
Hachette Livre - Editions du Chene
$39.95  $34.27
Sucr: The Recipes. Pastry Chef, Philippe Andrieu
$61.50  $21.60

Eating at le Printemps

Because shopping sure makes me hungry

If like me you don't really have to money to afford the overly expensive Parisian "carte" (menu) you can grab a reasonably priced lunch at Café Be in Le Printemps when you are done shopping. Although it is not "cheap" in regards to North American standards, you can still get something whitout having your wallet complaining. They offer sandwiches, quiches, salads and that sorts of thing. Plus the usual desserts and pastries. And coffee. It's located in the Home Store section, Floor 3, and I like it because it is rather a quite spot.

Now if you want something really really different, and overly expensive, there is the famous Ladurée who has a salon in Le Printemps. Indulge yourself with a tea or a coffee in a Napoleon III salon. And then buy an assortment of their famous macaroons that made their renown! Laduree is located in the main "Women's Store", street floor.

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Updated: 12/15/2011, fanfreluche
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Have you ever shop at Printemps in Paris? Or some other places you would like to share?

Mira on 08/24/2013

Fun post; I'll be sure to shop at Le Printemps and eat there as well! :)

ALanza on 08/24/2013

this was a very helpful and fun post. Going to Paris for Christmas and will keep your suggestions in mind. thanks!

sheilamarie on 01/07/2012

My son lives in France. One of the first times we went to visit, he brought me to Printemps, not so much to shop but to see the view from the top floor lookout. I think it may also be a coffee shop, but you can go up there and see a beautiful view of the cityscape. (Do I have the right store?)

mulberry on 07/14/2011

It's been many years since I've been in Paris, but I would love to go again. It's good to know about the sizing information!

Michey on 06/23/2011

I shop on Cartier Latin, Lafayette, and I enjoyed my trips to Paris immensely.
I love to come back some day.
Thanks for a great post

Michey on 06/23/2011

Lovely post, I love Paris so I enjoy your post and I am ready to go shopping.

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