Sensational Parisian shopping guide for Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
13 May 2014
Peruse the finest of fashion houses Paris has to offer with a wander down Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Quoting Bo Derek, "whoever said that money can't buy happiness, simply didn't know where to go shopping" and we couldn't agree more. For those in the know, it's easy to parade around Paris, knowing the richest of the rues, however for those who are yet to know their honoré from their horreur, we are here to help.
A few streets away from our five-star experience at the Hotel Balzac, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is home to the most lusted after labels. Over a mile long of luxury, we've picked our favourites for an oh-so-chic shopping experience while taking recommendations from the website of Condé Nast Traveller, who have also ranked our five-star Boutique Hotel in Edinburgh, The Scotsman, as the number one hotel in Scotland.
Beginning at door number 21 with the crème de le crème of French labels, Chanel. Offering the most gorgeous and glamorous in suitable grandeur, from ready-to-wear and fine jewellery to the most luxurious of leather goods and stunning sunglasses, style has never looked so sublime.
Door number 22 is home to Lanvin's flagship store and exhibition room, which includes original furniture restored from the company's archive, adding to the perfect back drop to some of the most sought after items. Jeanne Lanvin's very first boutique in 1889 opened here, initially selling hats, however Lanvin realised her calling to fashion when designing clothing for her daughter. Having launched into childrenswear, mothers started to request the same outfits as their children and the rest is haute history.
Two doors away, the epitome for French accessories, Hermès, houses the highest of quality luxury goods with the je ne sais quoi edge only the French know the stylish secret to. From the Kelly to the Birkin to one of their bold and beautiful 90 by 90 scarves, Hermès have always known what to offer into the arms of the city's leading ladies.
When aches need to be eased, ensure a trip to The Lancôme Institute at door number 29. In what was the brand's first boutique, they offer a range of spa and skin care treatments alongside their flawless foundations and magnificent mascaras.
After relaxing and re-energising, why not wander onto Rue Saint-Honoré to door number 213 for a shop worthy of the walk. Recommended by Condé Nast Traveller, Colette offers a curated collection of must-have labels and luxury lifestyle products. Aiming to offer the most unique and unusual, top of the trends designer goods, it will have you reaching for your purse for the rest of afternoon.
Whether you're longing for Lanvin or day dreaming of Dior, our central location means you won't have to wander long before coming face to facade with the best boutiques. You will, of course, need somewhere as equally decadent to drop off your perfectly wrapped parcels and bountiful bags. Our stunning five-star luxury boutique hotel offers excellent service in the most elegant of surroundings.
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