6. Rue Montorgueil A street in the 1st arrondissement and 2nd arrondissement. Lined with restaurants, cafés, bakeries, fish stores, cheese shops, wine shops, produce stands and flower shops, rue Montorgueil is a place for Parisians to socialize while doing their daily shopping. At the southernmost tip of rue Montorgueil is Saint-Eustache Church, and Les Halles containing the largest indoor (mostly underground) shopping mall in central Paris and to the north is the area known as the Grand Boulevards. While cars are not banned from the street, the priority is for pedestrians who can enjoy the cafes and shops while walking down the cobblestones. A popular market street with flower stands abound and fresh fruit. Great place to buy some food there for a dinner.
Photograph by Bruno De Hogues
7. Avenue Montaigne Originally called the allée des Veuves “widows’ alley” because women in mourning gathered there, but the street has changed a-lot since those days of the early 18th century. The current name comes from Michel de Montaigne, a writer of the French Renaissance. In the nineteenth century, the street earned some renowned for its sparkling and colorful Bal Mabille Gardenson Saturday nights. Avenue Montaigne boasts numerous stores specializing in high fashion, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino and Ralph Lauren, as well as jewellers like Bulgari and other upscale establishments such as the Plaza Athénée hotel. A shopoholic’s dream with flagship stores and pretty Parisian architecture.
Photograph by Vicki Archer