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.