Paris. One of the most beautiful cities in the world. A fashion capital. Home to a beautiful language.
I can’t quite explain why, but Europeans are able to make anything look fabulous – Parisians specifically. Those from Paris seem to make fashion look so easy, so simple. While we often find it proper to roll out of bed and walk to class in our sweatpants, Parisians would never be caught dead in anything but the latest fashions.
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Avenue des Champs-Elysees: The Champs-Elysees is often described as la plus belle avenue du monde – translating to “the most beautiful avenue in the world.” It is one of the city’s (and the world’s) most famous streets and is an avenue filled with your latest fashion. Champs-Elysees features luxury names such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Lancel, among others, but also has your typical global chains such as H&M, Zara, and even Nike. The street is a great break from sightseeing after visiting the famous monument, Arc de Triomphe.
Avenue Montaigne: Known for its high fashion and accessories, Avenue Montaigne is a cross street and neighbor of Champs-Elysees, It contains legendary designers such as Dior, Fendi, and Chanel lining the street.
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: The strip is notably one of the most fashionable streets in the world. Virtually every major global fashion house has a presence in the area. If you’re looking for the crème de la crème designer fashion, this is the place to be. Here, you’ll find designers such as Hermes and Versace, while also running into a few concept shops.
Paris Flea Markets: The “Marché aux puces.” Every major city has ‘em – Paris is no different. If you consider yourself a budget-minded traveler, add this to your itinerary! One of the largest in the world, the St. Ouen Flea Market attracts visitors from all over the world. If you’re looking for antiques, discounted vintage clothing or designer fashion, charming knickknacks, books, or records, here’s the place to be. Others include Puces de la Porte de Vanves and Puces de Montreuil. Remember to bring cash – as many vendors will not accept card!
Rue de Rivoli/Les Halles: Or “the belly of Paris,” Les Halles has a monstrous underground shopping center built in the 20th century. Between Rue de Rivoli and Les Halles, you’ll find many global chain stores and trendy boutiques.
Paris is a beautiful city – I challenge all of you that are fortunate enough to see it, to truly immerse yourselves in the culture by seeing monuments and museums, learning of the culture, and participating in the city’s biggest hobby – shopping! Bonne journée!