For a real, well-rounded injection of shopping therapy, you might want to spend some time in London and Paris while before or after ringing in the New Year at Belvoir Castle.
Since the castle has a helipad, it’s easy to fly to Paris in less than about 90 minutes.
The city of romance is overflowing with history, class, fashion, culture and sophistication. “The City of Light,” beckons walks along the Seine; sitting in a café sipping an espresso watching lovers arm in arm; locals with bags brimming with market delights; fashion forward belles walking in their Chanel outerwear and knee-high designer boots. There is no time when Paris isn’t shining. It has that sparkle, even in the winter.
Paris epitomizes luxury and continues to be one of the most popular destinations among elite travelers, who often visit the city simply to shop. Paris is a seductress holding out her hand with the finest ultra-exclusive boutiques enticing seasoned fashionistas.
We have gathered together some of the wonderful shops and shopping areas this city has to offer. Please read on for some insight into one of the loveliest and most exciting cities on the planet and why Paris shopping must be experienced.
If you are looking for the most superb designer outfit, head to the Triangle d’Or – every woman’s shopping dream. This Paris mecca for shops is formed by Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue Francois 1er in the 8th arrondissement across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. This encompasses the world-renowned Champs Elysées with its massive flagship Louis Vuitton store. Avenue Montaigne is lined with all the big names: Dior, Chloé, Céline, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Valentino, just to name a few. A gorgeous Hermès store with its original carved wooden storefront can be found on Avenue George V.
Les Galeries Lafayette
The flagship store of Les Galeries Lafayette is a prime destination for its eight levels of offerings like designer clothing, cosmetics and housewares. Its beautiful stained glass dome is an unmistakable icon in Paris. Les Galeries Lafayette is also home to more than 15 different dining options, with menus ranging from hamburgers to caviar. With everything you’ll ever need right inside the department store, it’s a great place to go on rainy or blustery days.
Here you’ll find many exclusive shops like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Chloe, Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as jewelers like Bulgari. By the 1980s, this avenue was known as “la grande dame” of French streets for high fashion and accessories and is now considered more important than rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. Several established clothing designers are here, particularly the LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) group.
When in Paris for a few days for a shopping extravaganza, staying in an upscale home must be on your agenda. One of the most elite Paris luxury accommodations is Maison Montespan with its Parisian charm and prestige. A coveted 16th arrondissement location places you moments away from the Trocadero and Avenue Victor Hugo. Conceived for formal entertaining or celebratory galas, one of the spacious living rooms is grounded with a glossy Steinway piano. Five beautifully-appointed ensuite bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 guests. Among the fantastic amenities are a private elevator, indoor pool, hammam, sauna and fitness room. Your stay includes full services and support.
Other shopping areas of note include:
Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré and Rue Saint Honoré (it is split into two parts). Here you will find shops like Dior, Givenchy and Hermès. The original Chanel boutique is just off the main thoroughfare on Rue Cambon.
Boulevard Haussmann is home to some of the grandest, most elegant department stores that opened after the industrial revolution.
Sèvres Babylone and Saint Germain des Près are filled with many small luxury shops without the crowds. Begin at Saint Germain des Près to have a coffee at one of the famous literary cafés. End your day perusing through le Bon Marché department store, then stop for some tasty treats at its gastronomic equivalent, the Grande Épicerie.
Remarkably, for a city razed in the French Revolution, Paris retains its esteemed glory, holding you in persistent awe of its grandeur and complexities. As a luxury traveler, LVH can fashion the ideal shopping itinerary for you in “The City of Light.” We invite you to reach out to one of our experienced client relations team members who will begin planning the most amazing shopping adventure for you as a side trip from your stay at England’s Belvoir Castle.