PAN Paris

Guided Tour in English of the Printemps department store

  • September 28, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

We all have heard about this famous department store and yet what do we really know about it?

Join us for a 90-minute guided tour, in English, that takes us behind the scenes of the Printemps for the first time, from the basement of the department store to the rooftop terrace, with its breathtaking view of the capital, by way of the famous Art Déco dome.

In 1865, the young entrepreneur Jules Jaluzot and his wife, Augustine, established the “Printemps Department Store”, with the ambition of creating a new temple of fashion and avant-garde in a rapidly changing Paris. By choosing Boulevard Haussmann, which had just been opened, they undertook a real challenge: the Opéra Garnier was then just a vast construction site, and the hustle and bustle of the Gare Saint Lazare discouraged pedestrians.

It was the beginning of an exciting adventure, marked by a century of societal, technical and architectural revolutions. The crowds rushed to discover the latest innovations: from the first hydraulic lifts to iron and glass architecture, to electric lighting, just four years after Edison’s patent. Ravaged by fire, threatened by wars, the Printemps has witnessed many events and has been the showcase for the inventions of its time.

Behind its façade, which is listed as an Historic Monument, in the depths of the basement, dozens of technicians and craftsmen work every day to maintain this four-building complex spread over 48 levels and total floor area of over 220 acres.

This guided tour will reveal the secrets of the architecture, history and operation of the department store. Designed as a vertical journey, you will discover one of the most beautiful views of Paris from its zinc roofs, before going down into the underground galleries. The vital infrastructure and the workshops where mirror and glazing specialists and carpenters practice their crafts will be revealed behind each open door in this maze of corridors.

With privileged access to secret passages, you can admire the highlights of the Printemps including the floating stairs, the original store gates, and the hidden face of the majestic 20-meter diameter glass dome that sits above the 50-meter-tall building.

From the sky to the basement, from the Second Empire to the 21st century, from neo-classicism to the contemporary era, via Art Nouveau and Art Déco, omnipresent in its architecture, this tour is a journey to the heart of the heritage of the department store and its transformations over more than 150 years.


PAN has purchased a limited number of spaces for this tour, for 13€. Register above to block your place!


64 bd Haussmann, Paris, 75009


Rendez-vous at the main entrance of the Printemps de l’Homme store (64 bd Haussmann)


  • Métro : Havre Caumartin (L9, L3) ou Chaussée d’Antin-Lafayette (L7) ou Saint-Lazare (L3, L12, L13 et L14)
    RER : Auber (RER A) ou Haussmann-Saint-Lazare (RER E)
  • Bus : Havre-Caumartin (L22, L32, L53, L66) ou Havre-Haussmann (L20, L21, L22, L24, L27, L29, L81, L94, L95)