The area around ‘Les Grands Magazins’ is always full of tourists looking for Chanel and Dior goodies – or cheaper versions of French brands – to take home, so I would not expect to find a rooftop terrace here that is actually rather laid back and spacious.
Perhaps it’s because of its rather hidden location: you have to know how to climb up the escalators up to the 9th floor (not as easy as it sounds) of the Home & Beauty warehouse of Printemps. It took me a while.
But once found it I was astonished by the beautiful 360° view of this terrace. Placed just next to the Opéra Garnier, it allows you to look at these baroque rooftops in detail. If you look up north, the Sacré Coeur seems close. Looking opposite, you can see the Eiffel Tower, tour Montparnasse… well all the landmarks really!
A bonus is that the terrace belongs to a cantine sans protection called ‘Deli-cieux’. It is nothing special, which means the prices are normal too. Consumption is required to access the terrace, but buying an expresso for € 2 will do. As the weather in Paris will soon be getting better it is the ideal spot for printemps (= spring), hehe!