Paris is one of the most fashionable cities in the world and when it comes to shopping, it is such a paradise. It has some really amazing shopping places around the city but there is a place which takes away all the attention and that is Avenue Montaigne. Avenue Montaigne is a famous shopping street located in the 8th arrondisement of Paris. This street is home to high fashion institutions like Chanel, Valentino along with jewelers like Henry Winston and Bulgari and famous Plush Athenee Hotel. Any of the fashion neighborhoods in the city can rival with Avenue Montaigne’s elegance and great sense of luxury.
Avenue Montaigne was called Allee des Veuves because lonely ladies used to gather there and stroll around the avenue in search of a gentleman partner. Michel de Montaigne, a philosopher and writer of the French Renaissance in 19th century gave the street its name. Famous Christian Dior opened his first boutique at the 30 Avenue Montaigne in 1946. Avenue Montaigne has also been an inspiration for the silver screen as there is also a Hollywood film of this name. It also inspires songwriters from time to time and some great novels are also written on this amusing street.
How to get here?
Avenue Montaigne is located right in the heart of Paris which is quite a prestigious location close to convenient transportations. It is just on a walking distance from Champs Elysees, Grand Palais and Jardin des Tuileries. You can easily get to the street by trams, Metro, buses or the RER suburban train that will drop you right on the Avenue Montaigne station. Balabus is also a special sightseeing transport mean which operates from April to September.
You will find the biggest range of branded clothes and other accessories at the Avenue Montaigne in the whole country. There is a women’s paradise called Joseph Fashion, located at 14 Avenue Montaigne, that offers everything for women from dresses, trousers, jackets, and tops to knitwear, coats, skirts, leather and other accessories of all famous brands. At 57 Avenue Montaigne, there is famous Montaigne Market which has been a great fashion checkpoint in Paris. From party dress to fur and from fine charms to studded jacket, this multibrand store offers an incredible choice of luxury and cosmopolitan styles.
You will find all the well known clothing stores around here like Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino and famous Prada’s elegant stores at 10 Avenue Montaigne featuring handbags also. At 42 Avenue Montaigne, there is legendary Chanel with great service and a large collection of fashion accessories. Chanel has recently opened a 4220 square foot venue which displays costume jewelry and leather goods magnetically attached to its walls. They are also opening eight new boutiques in 2014 around the world.
There is another store which is often crowded with buyers and that is Dior at 30 Avenue Montaigne. On entrance, there is an elegant stairway decorated with pictures of the era and gowns from Raff Simons. The first stop is Dior Homme which exhibits great tuxedo jackets, each taking 6 hours of work by hand. You will also find some nice fragrances here and Diorissimo is its iconic fragrance.
Avenue Montaigne is not just about shopping, you will find some places here with exotic food and drinks. L’Avenue is a famous restaurant, located at 41 Avenue Montaigne, where you can stop by for even sightseeing if not for some food. It is decorated by none other than Paris’s most famous Jacques Garcia. The restaurant features finest Mediterranean inspired dishes including fresh seafood and continental meats. You will surely enjoy at the oyster bar here with lobster, crabs and oysters.
At 15 Avenue Montaigne, there is Maison Blanche Restaurant located on the roof of the Theatre des Champs Elysees. You can enjoy famous Green Asparagus, Radish ravioli with crab meat, Refreshed peas, Solen shellfish and shells, Whitefish Fillet, White Polentas, Candies Lemon from Calabria and Garlic Kromesky, which are going to blow your mind. The bar here offers rich wines like Vin Rouge de Bourgogne and Red wine Languedoc along with some great cocktails.
Hotel Plaza Athenee
At 25 Avenue Montaigne, There is the Hotel Plaza Athenee which is one of the most expensive 5 star hotels of the city. You can take a little break from shopping and hangout at hotel’s La Terrasse Montaigne. Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Bradley Cooper, Michael Jackson and many other big names have stayed here over the years and you will start feeling like a celebrity right at the moment you step in the hotel. You will find a lot of restaurants here like Haute Cuisine Restaurant, Relais Plaza and Le Bar du Plaza. Other facilities include Sauna and Steam Room.
At the Port de la Conference near Avenue Montaigne, you can enjoy a view of the city from along the river Seine in open boats. In the evening, you also can have a great dinner on the cruise with the magic of Chef Louis Francois Marcotte. You can also pay a visit to Disney Store nearby and buy some exclusive item related to Disney. If you are feeling romantic, then Eiffel Tower is not very far from Avenue Montaigne. Eiffel Tower is located in Chap de Mars, just at a walking distance from the Avenue Montaigne.
With Designer shops to upscale cafes, Avenue Montaigne is surely one of the highly fashionable places in Paris. If you have seen the movie “Avenue Montaigne” then you must have the idea of majesty of this great shopping street.