Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Levi's, Gap, Zara, Lacoste have established their flagship stores on Champs Elysees, the best known Paris shopping district. The spectacular car showrooms of Citroen, Renault, Mercedez, Toyota complement shops to create a unique shopping experience. Bars, clubs, fancy restaurants add to the lively atmosphere of the avenue.
The famous Champs Elysees avenue in Paris are the top high end Paris shopping district. In the district, Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore concentrate many of the most exclusive French fashion brand shops.
Paris Metro: Champs Elysees Clemenceau (line 1 and 13), Franklin Roosevelt (line 1 and 9), George V (line 1) and Etoile (line 1, 6, 2) metro stations.
Most shops are open 7 days a week from 10am to at least 9 or 10pm (can be 12pm). On Sundays, many shops open at 12am. The Champs Elysees have mid-size shopping malls, extending the shopping area. Visit Elysees 26 (26) with Agatha jewellery and l'Eclaireur fashion, Galeries du Claridge (74) with Annick Goutal perfumes, Fnac, Paul & Shark, Arcades des Champs Elysees (78) with Starbucks.
Fashion shop list: Banana Republic (22), the extraordinary shop of Abercrombie Fitch (23), Gap (36), Zara (40, 44), Levi's (76), H&M (88), Lacoste (93-95), Marks & Spencer (100), Louis Vuitton flagship megastore (101), Hugo Boss (115), Petit Bateau (116).
A trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Louis Vuitton’s flagship store on Champs Elysees. This isn’t the largest Louis Vuitton’s store in the world. Shanghai store is bigger. But it’s the most visited and most successful luxury brand store in the city and altogether in the world.
Opened in 2005, the store’s design by Carnondale alone is worth a visit, never mind all the beautiful bags, spectacular shoes, couture clothes and exquisite jewels. The design concept included demolishing all of the existing interior floor slabs and then wrapping the Champs Elysees shopping avenue inside the building by re-constructing a continuous 4-level spiral of shopping terraces. Visitors never need to walk up or down traditional stairways and are in constant contact with the products and views of Paris. The dome of the Art Deco façade rises high above avenue the avenue. Listed as a Historical Monument, dating from 1914, the building has only improved with age.
Besides shops, there are many restaurants and tea rooms on Champs Elysees. Visit Laduree (75) or Kusmi (71) tearooms, the affordable Chez Clement restaurant (123), the famous Maison de l'Aubrac steak house (37, rue Marbeuf, affordable set menu). We love the grandiose Minipalais restaurant and its terrace. Affordable set menu at lunchtime.
Christmas in Paris is one of the best times to come as the city is superbly illuminated and city life is at a maximum. The Champs Elysees are at the heart of the Christmas season.
Between mid November and early January, 150 chalets and many other attractions fit for children are waiting for you at the Champs Elysees Christmas Market.
This Christmas market is a great addition to the Paris triomphal way walk from Louvre to Arc de Triomphe.
Besides being a shopping district, the Champs Elysees are also a nightlife district. Shops are open late. Great clubs complement restaurants, bars and the Lido cabaret.
The Queen (22 rue Quentin Bauchard. Paris map), the Showcase (under Alexandre III bridge. Paris map) and Le Baron (6 avenue Marceau. Paris map) are among the best clubs in the city. Entrance to these Champs Elysees clubs can be selective. Check their web sites for special events.