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The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Where to go shopping in Europe’s fashionista mecca’s.

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The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

The Champs Elysée and Arc du Triomph

Feeling more fashionable than ever, it was time for an evening stroll along the Champs Elysée. With its notable Arc du Triomph lit up at the end of the street, the shopping area is another example of how Parisian history meets popular culture. Stores like H&M, Gap and Sephora stand nearby massive multi-story flagship stores for Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Fendi and Chanel.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Inside La Maison Guerlain’s flagship on the Champs Elysee

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Laudrée’s famous macaroons

Make sure to stop and have tea at the decadent and ever-fashionable landmark tea house Laudrée, to rest and refuel with some pastries before more shopping. The world owes Ladurée for the invention of the macaron, which sandwiches a ganache filling between two airy, meringue-like cookies, usually presented in a rainbow of pastel colors and flavors.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Laudree tea house on the Champs Elysee

Almost all the stores are open well into the night, until 9 or 10 p.m., but you’ll never be able to see the entire selection of goods – the Louis Vuitton House, as it is known, is almost 20,000 square feet on its own! It’s better to join the locals for a stroll down the street with an ice cream or latté in hand. It’ll be some of the best window shopping you’ll ever do.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Ledoyen restaurant is the most fashionable in Paris

For dinner, head over to Ledoyen restaurant, in Champs Elysees Gardens. It got three Michelin stars in 2015 and is the most fashionable restaurant in Paris, attracting A-list celebrities on a regular basis.

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

Reader Discussion: 141 Comments

  1. Sue Wise

    If you’re not a fan of strolling in high heels, boots are a must here. It’s a lot more comfy but gives a fashionable vibe in every article of clothing.

    • Melody Phelps

      It’s a good thing that flats are fashionable now too. You can always sport them with different clothes without looking lazy.

  2. Stacy Maldonado

    The Galeries Lafayette is a nice place to shop. It has pretty much everything you need to get your fashion to the next level.

  3. Marsha Reed

    Walking in Paris makes you appreciate the place more. Of course in places that are further from the other, you can always use the subways.

  4. Ellen Padilla

    The Ladurée tea house has a very vintage yet fresh interior that makes you feel luxurious!

    • Myra Sullivan

      I love those kinds of interiors too. They look so good in pictures as well!

  5. Kathy Beck

    It’s true that I see a lot of people living off their coffee as they walk the streets of Paris.

  6. Lillian Sanders

    I love Ladurée. Their macarons are heaven-sent! One of the best I’ve tried.

    • Jodi Thornton

      Not a fan of sweet things like these but I must agree with you. It’s a nice dessert!

  7. Meghan Medina

    Paris sounds more appealing to me than London. Although both are amazing places, it just really depends on your preference.

  8. Verna Clarke

    I’m looking forward to our upcoming Paris trip. I can’t wait to go to these places listed here! Reading through this article made me feel really excited that we finally decided to book a trip to Europe. ?

  9. Deanna Hoffman

    Great ideas listed here. It’s your usual Paris trip without the stress.

  10. Elsie Thompson

    Your bucket list is not complete if you’re a woman and you haven’t been to Paris. It’s one of those places where you can always be pretty without being told you’re extra.

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