Like its department store brethren, Printemps has been around for centuries. BUT, it was the first to install elevators (1870’s) and electric lighting (1888). In fact, patrons could see the power plant that made the magic happen behind glass. These days, Printemps is still progressive: There’s an emphasis on luxury here, with shop-in-shops for Azzedine Alaïa, Stella McCartney, and Kenzo. They recently opened another location in the Carousel du Louvre. The original store is in the 9th.

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