A high-class restaurant on the world's most famous avenue, Ladurée (founded in 1862) also boasts a bakery. You can try the famous “macarons” (moist jam-filled cookies), a specialty of this establishment, or enjoy the raw and cooked vegetable salad along with a variable of other dishes served for lunch and dinner.
Despite the invasion of big name stores such as Gap, Zara, and H&M, the flagship branch of Galeries Lafayette, along with nearby Printemps, has remained one of the last bastions of Parisian chic. Built in 1894, this shoppers' paradise has continually reinvented itself and kept customers coming back. The resplendent main hall has an impressive array of perfumes, accessories and other products. The department store stocks all the best designer labels and also has its own deluxe grocery counter, restaurants, a travel agency, fashion shows, Internet access and more. Its incredible Christmas window displays are a Parisian institution.
Stretching for two kilometers (one mile) and lined with trees, les Champs-Élysées has become the center for festivities and official parades in Paris. The avenue was originally created in 1667 by André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV's gardener, in order to improve the view from the Jardin des Tuileries and its palace. The avenue was lengthened at the end of the 18th Century to run from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Today, this famous boulevard is a magnet for tourists and for the multitudes who enjoy evenings spent strolling along the broad and picturesque street. The many cinemas, cafés, and restaurants tempt visitors to rest their legs for a few hours, tired from walking by the designer boutiques, banks, and embassies also situated in this chic neighborhood.
The world's biggest flea market welcomes 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it and this place will have it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes, all at rock-bottom prices (especially if you're a dab hand at haggling). There's a jovial fairground atmosphere with the aroma of food wafting around and people crowding round the stalls, hoping to pick up a 1970s leather jacket or a rare Louis XV chest of drawers. Make sure you have cash on you, as stallholders seldom accept credit cards and the nearest available cash machine is always lined out.
With baking in his genes and a lifetime of experience, it's no surprise that Pierre Hermé's eponymous venture has won him many accolades. From French Pastry Chef Of The Year to Presidential honors, the patisserie is at the forefront of 21st Century pastry making. He is most famous for his colorful macarons, which must be tried when in the city. Cakes, cookies, candied dried fruits and other sweets are sold in inventive flavors like balsamic vinegar, olives and cheese. A designer of all things sweet, indulge in his line of seasonal confectionery at this shop.
This department store is right inside a heritage monument, and ladies will go crazy for the collection of clothes, jewelry and other accessories on display. The most famous and trendiest brands have a corner at Printemps: Chanel, Dior, Gucci, YSL, Stella McCartney, and Louis Vuitton. The fourth floor is devoted to promoting new designers such as Zadig & Voltaire, Isabelle Marrant and Vanessa Bruno. For men, there is a separate six-floor section. For your home, you will find home furnishings, china and silverware, and anything else you could think of for your wedding registry. Speaking of weddings, visit the wedding salon to try on your future bridal gown. If you care to indulge in some post-shopping pampering, Printemps even houses its own salon and spa. What else could Printemps possibly offer? A fashion show every Thursday! Gastronomes also have the opportunity to fill their baskets with delicacies at Printemps Gourmet-take a break in the restaurant or café before embarking on one more fix of Parisian fashion.
Petrossian is a historic gourmet food shop that specializes in caviar. Since 1920, the proprietors have helped gastronomes select the caviar variety that best suits their tastes. This shop also sells exotic Russian and French seafood specialties and high-quality liquors. Watch as the staff delicately slices smoked salmon before your eyes and sample foie gras, smoked eel, or smoked toothfish before making your purchase. The luxury shop's magnificent interiors feature golden chandeliers with candle holders, vintage wood panels, and wooden racks filled with vodka bottles. For a fine dining experience, head to the adjacent Restaurant Petrossian 'Le 144', managed by the same company.
Rollet Pradier has been associated with baking excellence for over 150 years. Traditional recipes synthesize with inventive flavors to create French desserts that are sure to appease epicureans. Sample handcrafted macarons in over 10 varieties and classics like baguettes and apple tart. "Marquis" blends bitter chocolate ganache and hazelnut while "Blanc-Manger" features Bavarian almond milk with seasonal fruit. Specialties also combine praline mousse with choux pastry, and custard and whipped cream with caramelized cabbage to create artful sweet treats.
Those who are rioting, fussing, running and playing the whole day need clothes that can take it! Shirts, dresses and underwear by Petit Bateau do. Additionally they have what it takes to be a favourite: blue and white striped or in bright uni colours they suit every child. Parents love the selection of high-quality clothing and underwear for their babies and kids.
Part prepared-foods store, part restaurant, Truffes Folies concentrates, as its name suggests, on the French favorite: the truffle. The menu highlights this most revered of ingredients, with classics like a simple truffle-studded omelet as well as more adventurous dishes like scallops and shrimp with melted truffled leeks. Even desserts have a truffled hue, with black truffle ice cream and truffled crème brulée. After eating, you'll want to stop by the épicerie (prepared food section), with many items to buy and bring home with you. Truffle-infused specialty oils, foie gras, and even a specialty infused apéritif beverage with truffle are only some of what's available. Of course, you can also purchase truffles in the store. Whether you're in Paris during black, white or summer truffle season, any fans of the truffle are sure to enjoy a meal here.
If you are a fan of cheese, this place will leave you breathless. This iconic store is a cheese connoisseur's heaven. In business since 1950, the staff's expertise will help you learn about the different qualities and types of cheese. Attend one of their tastings and understand truly the world of cheese gastronomy, from the production process to presenting and eating to preserving.