Doing the 8th in Paris Like a (Glam) Parisian
Glam spots to stay, eat, shop and party in the Champs-Élysées area.
Shopping is definitely on your to-do list while in Paris. One of the most glam spots to shop is in Chanel. But wait, which one? Chanel has TEN, and I say ten boutiques in Paris. Imagine that. Just for comparison, NYC only has three. And yes, that does mean more than three times the selection.
Stay away from the crowded Galleries Lafayette (although it’s worth going just to see the ceiling) and the Champs-Élysées stores, where there are lines (yes, an actual queue!) just to get in, and instead shop on the more relaxed Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement.
Here on Avenue Montaigne, you can find designer shops like Prada, Ferragamo, Celine, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Akris, Giorgio Armani, Dolce and Gabbana and Ralph Lauren. The flagship store of Dior is also located here with a salon upstairs, closed to the public, because this is where the magic happens (aka where haute couture is made). There is also Montaigne Market. Don’t be deceived by its plain exterior, inside you will find dresses made by Stella McCartney, Valentino, The Row, and Alexander McQueen.
Which glamorous Parisian doesn’t like a late-night party? Head out at 11pm to the underground bar Titty Twister (think New York-meets-LA, Rock-meets-Chic in a setting where neon lights clash with black leather jackets). If you want to party hard, this is the place. Has a huge dance floor and music is great! Getting inside is not easy so make arrangements.
After, get your adrenaline pumping in Buddha Bar, where the music is so good they sell their own compilation CDs. Just make sure you don’t lose track of time, as there are no windows and it’s (I’ve heard) surprisingly easy to drink until past dawn at this decadent underground spot.
If you want a more relaxed area than the late night dance club scene in Buddha Bar, you can head on to Café Chic, which gets busy at midnight and is open til 5 am.
And if you’re worried about wearing out your wallet, remember that a good trip to Paris should always focus on the experience of being immersed in Parisian life. Being glam is all about what you feel and how you act — not how much you spend. So sit and relish in the atmosphere at Le Bristol, and feel free to say non to the $2500 bottle of champagne, and oui to the $8 coffee instead (…and maybe a few macaroons, non??). But if you really want to enjoy these glam spots, and insist on spending, then I say save up and prepare for it, because Paris is definitely a city filled with many luxurious (and expensive) temptations.
Great photos and article!
Very useful information, not the same rehashed tips we’ve all heard before … and (refreshingly) written without all of the “ohhhh Americans!” sneering that sometimes seems to be the standard tone of Parisian travel advice for Yanks in the City of Lights. Great read. Merci!
The French and Italians are appalled by the way the average American and Brit dresses. They think a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers are peasant clothes. They’ll spend an hour polishing their shoes before they go out, while we’re out the door with a tattered, old pair of $20 Chuck Taylor’s. It really offends them. :/
Paris…. London…. and perhaps rome are where they have the most american tourists, I’m not impressed. This is called the bandwagon effect in psychology. One does it and brands the city as “exotic” the other goes. I’ve been to all three places, about 3 years ago. Since then I’ve been looking into places tourists don’t go, like Malmö, Warsaw, Copenhagen, kaiserslautern, and Yorkshire. A vacation or escapism should be free of similar people and surrounding. I get embarrassed when American answer Paris, London, and Rome when they’re for their vacation, it shows simplicity and still xenophobia…
Please pull the stick up your ass. Thank you 🙂 traveling to all that destination doesn’t make you any better than us you know. So what we want to visit Paris London and Rome. WE WANT TO GO THERE, Nobody asked you to travel to Malmo Warsaw Copenhagen Kaiserslautern and Yorkshire. So why tell us that we are simple.
My family had encountered a pickpocket twice during our three day stay in Paris. What’s worse, I stepped on dog #$%$ twice too… Would never go again.
My tip is not to do all the touristy things. I mean if you REALLY have to, make it a short part of the day. Don’t center it around the trip. The very BEST way to enjoy Paris is just sort of stroll around, relax, hang at a cafe, explore. Eat some cheese, some patisserie, have an espresso, talk to and maybe have sex with locals. I guarantee you will enjoy your trip. You’ll understand the Parisian lifestyle and go home longing to come back. Everyone that I know who does the touristy thing goes home hating Paris.
Hmmm…I really had no trouble in Paris, but the rest of France was a lot nicer. Paris smells TERRIBLE, as well, much worse than NYC, which is also somehwhat “pungent”.
The countryside, villages, and farm communities were pretty cool.
So many comments say French are rude but I disagree. If you use excellent manners there, people in France are fine (or anywhere in Europe). Just learn Hello, please, thank you, excuse sir/madam……it will get you very far. Also, lower your voice. You shouldn’t talk loud there. Definitely ask a younger person if you need help. Their English is usually better. And please…NO WHITE SNEAKERS!!! You might as well put a target on your back that screams…American tourist here!!
Interesting! I made an effort to speak French the times I visited–I had transportation language etc. written down on notecards.
And I took a tour of Notre Dame that included a climb to the top! 🙂
And rode the Metro.
Paris is cozy, the tap water tastes great (unlike where I’m from), and I’d love to visit again.
Okay i went there, and would never go back, the city is no better than anywhere else i went to, and here is my rule, be nice to me and i will be nice to you period. No need to be rude at anytime, or make excuses for bad behavior anywhere.
I don’t think many French people will see your comment here lol. Try to make friends with them is not easy because of the language barrier, but with some efforts and talking with young people you should be good. And by the way, Paris is really stunning, but you need to get away from touristic paths and try to understand the city by yourself.