Nestled amongst the Parisian rooftops high above the busy ninth arrondissement, Printemps du Goût is a haven for lovers of French gastronomy. This upscale food hall occupies the top two floors, the 7th and 8th, of the Printemps department store, and is the perfect place to fill your picnic basket, taste the creations of some of Paris’s top chefs, or pick up some delicious souvenirs for your Francophile foodie friends.
The lower level of Printemps de Goût, l’épicerie fine, has a perfectly curated selection of products that are 100% made-in-France. The Printemps du Goût team takes great pride in the quality and authenticity of their merchandise, traveling around France to meet artisanal producers and conducting blind taste tests to make sure they stock only the best of the best. Shoppers can choose from a wide assortment of sweet and savory delicacies, including an exceptional range of chocolate, high quality condiments and spices, and the charcuterie and cornichons that are used by some of Paris’s best restaurants. With all the care that goes into the selection, it’s difficult to go wrong shopping here. However, if you’re overwhelmed by choice, each section is staffed by experts who are happy to advise.
The lower level also boasts a few excellent options for post-shopping drinks. Grab one of the window seats at Café Lomi, which miraculously is never over-crowded, for the most under-rated coffee-drinking experiences in Paris. While the coffee is delicious — they even offer it over ice, which is exceptional for in France, — what really makes this special is the unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower on one side, with the top of the Opéra Garnier peeking out on the other, separated by a sprawl of typical Haussmannian rooftops. Or, if you’re feeling a little more festive, head over to the horseshoe-shaped Champagne bar, le Repaire de Bacchus, for a glass of bubbly with some of France’s top wine experts.
The upper level features a selection of mini-restaurants and bakeries with both indoor and outdoor seating. As with their selection of products for the épicerie, the top floor features only la crème de la crème. Organized like a farmer’s market, the booths are labeled simply as “Poisson,” “Viande,” “Fruits et legumes,” “Pain,” and “Patisserie.” However, unlike at the farmer’s market, the products offered here are prepared by world-renowned chefs. Shoppers can either take bread and cheese to go to stock up for a perfect Parisian picnic, or, opt for a sit-down meal by Michelin-starred chef Ferran Adrià, or an elevated grilled cheese by an award-winning fromager Laurent Dubois. There is also café seating available, with the same view as downstairs, where you can enjoy dessert by the celebrated pastry chef Christophe Michelak, or bread and croissants from Gontran Cherrier.
Find this one-stop shop for all your French gastronomy needs on the 7th and 8th floors of the Printemps Hommes department store, 59 Rue de Caumartin, 75009 Paris, France.