Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
This iconic street is situated in the 8th arrondissement, between the Rue Royale and the Place des Ternes. Known for its fancy location and chic shops, the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a must-see spot for those who want to know how the wealthiest inhabitants of the city live. A stroll down this street — to number 55 — will even take visitors to the Elysée Palace, where the French president lives and works.
Shoppers have a myriad of choices on this stretch of road, with prestigious names such as Lanvin, Hermès and Lancôme having their flagship stores there. The Dalloyau tea shop also has its flagship store here, enabling Paris visitors and inhabitants to take a break with some delicious pastries and gourmet tea. Those who are interested in politics and international relations can check out the British Embassy, the French Ministry of the Interior, the Canadian ambassador’s residence and an annex of the Japanese Embassy.
Measuring roughly 2 km long, the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré offers the chance to spend the day walking through a historic part of the city. In the Middle Ages, this street began at the Saint-Honoré Church, which no longer exists. It was not until the end of the 17th century that the city’s most well-off financiers began a project to build opulent residences there, which gave the area the impressive reputation that it still has today. Beyond the shopping and official residences that line the street, some fascinating examples of 18th- and 19th-century French architecture can be seen all along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
How to get there
Walking distance from the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal