“Shopping” is an expression we often use and actually encompasses multiple activities.
It is not only about going to a place to buy something but, above all, about going around, walking, getting to know, exploring, comparing, observing, opening our senses, and playing to be different, to dress differently, to become someone new for a while.
Even more so if they are streets that invite us to visit them both for their stores, atmosphere, environments, and unique aesthetics.
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The name of this avenue is not accidental. The Elysian Fields were, in Greek mythology, one of the parts of the underworld where the virtuous and the heroes went. It is a place of happiness and enjoyment, whose Christian equivalent would be heaven.
The Avenue des Champs Elysées covers almost 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) of this blessing: the pastimes. Getting carried away among shop windows becomes second nature.
The avenue is surrounded by rows of trees that provide shade and a natural frame to the urban paradise.
The Champs Elysées stretch from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly known as the Place de l’Etoile). Tourism, luxury, elegance, culture, architecture: everything is combined in its postcard beauty, day or night.
As for shopping, there is practically no brand that is not on the Avenue. They all have their own (beautiful) store, from French classics such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, or Cartier to international brands such as Nike, Adidas, Zara, and Sephora, among many others.
You can find urban clothing, elegance, luxury, watch and jewelry stores, sportswear, and perfumes… But also gastronomy, from cafes, bars, and brasseries to recharge your batteries to exclusive restaurants.
You can also appreciate the architecture and cultural vein of the Avenue. Theaters like the Rond-Point, the Marigny, or the des Champs-Élysées; galleries like the Grand and the Petit Palais; or cinemas like the UGC and the Gaumont certainly deserve mention.
Continuing with the names, sometimes they correspond, and other times, not so much. Avenue Montaigne is named after Michel de Montaigne, the Renaissance writer known for creating the essay and leading a secluded life.
Curiously, it is an avenue where jewelry and haute couture boutiques converge exclusively. No asceticism, but luxury and elegance are the main attractions of this privileged capital artery.
Avenue Montaigne connects the Champs Elysées with the Pont de l’Alma. It offers the quintessential postcards of Paris as a city of fashion and light. The view of the Eiffel Tower, the stores, and the architecture is incredible.
Among the brands that can be found on the Avenue, it is worth mentioning: Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Prada, Christian Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Chloé, Céline… The quintessential street of fashion brilliance, no doubt.
Near the Avenue Montagne and the Champs Elysées is the rue Saint-Honoré, narrower but no less splendid than the previous ones. The saying “good things come in small packages” applies perfectly to this street.
Along 2 kilometers long and about 14 meters wide, the Rue Saint-Honoré is synonymous with luxury. Great brands of perfumes, jewelry, leather goods, and haute couture follow one another in a framework of total elegance.
In addition, you can find numerous restaurants, bars, and brasseries to rest, have a drink or a snack and recharge your batteries on the promenade.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to admire many of the iconic monuments of Paris, such as the Louvre, the Comédie Française, the Palais Royal, the Place Vendôme… Light, camera, action!
It is not by chance that the famous Parisian song Ou est ma tete? (Where’s my head?) by Pink Martini starts like this: “J’ai perdu ma tête/ dans la rue St. Honoré” (I lost my head in the Rue Saint-Honoré).
And this street is not for less.
Between Avenue George V, the Champs Elysées, and Avenue Montaigne is the famous Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle), located in the 8th arrondissement of the French capital.
The golden triangle is so called because it shines and is worth as much as the metal that names it. The Champs Elysées and Avenue Montaigne are synonymous with exclusivity, and the Triangle reaffirms that style.
In addition to the haute couture stores, clothing, perfumes, and jewelry stores, in the Triangle area, you can appreciate the architecture and splendor of buildings like the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, Place Athénée or the Artcurial, among others.
To the brands already mentioned on Avenue Montaigne and the Champs Elysées, we can add Levi’s, Hermès, Swarovski, Valentino, Nina Ricci, Fnac, H&M, Tommy Hilﬁger, Versace… And the list is just beginning.
The Boulevard Haussmann extends its elegance along more than 2.5 kilometers, from Avenue Friedland (near the Champs Elysées) to Boulevard Montmartre (near the Musée Grévin).
In addition to points of interest such as Marcel Proust’s house (at number 102), Boulevard Haussmann has enormous department stores for shopping.
The Printemps Haussmann is one of them, located between 64 and 70 Boulevard Haussmann. Attractive and extensive, its imposing surface area of 43,500 m² is spread over three buildings and 27 floors.
The three buildings of this store are Printemps de la Mode (of fashion: nine floors), Printemps de la Beauté et de la Maison (Beauty and Home, eleven floors), and Printemps de l’Homme (of Man, seven floors).
The Galleries Lafayette Haussmann is the other unmissable shopping spot on the Boulevard. Emblematic and monumental, these 10-story galleries form one of the largest shopping malls in the West.
Also, on the Boulevard, to alternate between shopping and resting, you can visit buildings such as the Opera Garnier and the Jacquemart-André museum or walk along its length and admire the beautiful facades.
Rue de Rivoli
Between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and for 3 kilometers stretches the very Parisian and attractive Rue de Rivoli. This street invites you to go shopping and strolling, admire the surroundings, let yourself go, and have a drink and a snack day or night.
Picturesque, hectic, busy, glamorous, bustling, lively… There are not enough adjectives to describe the movement of the Rue de Rivoli. Stores, restaurants, bars, everything you can think of can be found there.
The street is ideal for last-minute shopping, for gifts, for free time for improvisation, or the simple pleasure of giving something as a gift. At the very least, a busy walk or a quiet coffee among the people.
Along the Rue de Rivoli, between shopping and strolling, we can enjoy views and visits to the Louvre, the Medieval Quarter of Saint Paul, the City Hall or Hotel de Ville, or a leisurely stroll through the Tuileries Gardens.
What more could you ask for?
Boulevad Saint Germain
On each side, trees in perfect symmetry, historic buildings, and stores of all kinds. Along three districts, more than 3 kilometers of the Boulevard Saint Germain offer an urban landscape and points of interest for all tastes.
Fashion, books, furniture, gastronomy, museums, and monuments follow one another on the Boulevard Saint Germain, from the Pont de Sully to the Pont de la Concorde.
Stores such as Louis Vuitton or Hugo Boss, and mythical cafes such as Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots are some of the unmissable of this glamorous Boulevard.
In addition to extending to the height of monuments and museums such as the Orsay and the Abbey Saint-Germain-des-Prés, for book lovers, there is Shakespeare&company near the Boulevard scenography of Midnight in Paris (Allen, 2011).
Rue du Commerce
One of the best shopping streets in Paris, a few meters from the Eiffel Tower in the Grenelle area. The rue de Commerce, or street of commerce, bears a name that is no coincidence. It is synonymous with stores, trade, supply, and demand.
From the Boulevard de Grenelle to the rue des Entrepreneurs, the rue de Commerce offers both stores for shopping and cafes with terraces to take a breath of fresh air and rest from the walk.
Among the most outstanding stores and products, everything that has to do with clothing varieties is worth mentioning. Shoes, shirts, dresses, socks, accessories, t-shirts. For all tastes and ages.
In addition to the stores and terraces, it is worth mentioning the low houses of the nineteenth century that set the street and gave it the charming touch of another time. Parisian street par excellence, allows its visitors to feel local.
Rue Vieille du Temple
Along the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, the rue Vieille-du-Temple runs through the heart of the Marais district. Ancient and narrow, its origins date back to the 13th century, and its present-day nature allows you to walk through various attractions.
It is ideal for shopping in an area whose charm lies in particular rather than the massive. It is advisable to visit it for tea time or lunch between purchases, as the cafes are charming.
In the rue Vieille du Temple we find small stores and young or independent designers coexisting with traditional fashion stores, jewelry stores, galleries, perfumeries, perfume shops, and established firms.
Also noteworthy is the curious, beautiful architecture surrounding the street. Classic buildings from the 20th century coexist with some houses from previous centuries. All around, Parisians and tourists pass by. Ideal for photos.
Rue des Rosiers
Cobblestone, pedestrian, colorful, welcoming, anachronistic, and unique, the Rue des Rosiers or Street of Rosal Trees, is located in the Marais district. Very close to the Rue Vieille du Temple, in a route that we recommend to unify.
Rue des Rosiers is located in the center of the neighborhood unofficially called “the Pletzl” (Yiddish for “little place”), the unofficial Jewish quarter. From its name, it radiates the intimate exterior character of a historic street.
It was relatively recently that this street started to become known for fashion. However, it does not only house classic stores but mainly small boutiques and minimalist showrooms.
It is worth mentioning, at this point, another peculiarity of the street. As its stores do not follow the Christian calendar but the Jewish one, the Rue des Rosiers becomes a meeting point on Sundays and Christmas.
Place Vendôme means jewelry, perfumery, fashion, gifts, books, luxury, and exclusivity. Located in the center of Paris, centered on the Vendôme column or obelisk, in the square, we can find the most famous jewelers, such as Cartier and Chanel, among others.
Square and open, surrounded by buildings typical of Parisian urbanism, Place Vendôme invites you to breathe Paris in all its splendor of fashion city.
Next to the rue Saint-Honoré, Place Vendôme offers shop windows, stained glass windows, and product exhibitions to fill our senses. It is ideal for a clear day to breathe fresh air and stroll through the various stores taking in the square and its architecture.
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