Travel Diary Paris Part II – Luxury shopping based upon experience rather than wallet

Even for those of you who hate shopping and run out deep into woods yelling the words:

You will, I promiseeeee, enjoy this places! High five and make your social feed collapse internet!

No.1: Avenue des Champs-Élysées

The most famous of them all must be Champs-Élysées! It’s like walking the milky way! Seeing all those stores and restaurants while street getting more and more crowded with cool fashionable people it’s priceless! Fairytale window shopping offers you quick run out of reality and entering something sacred. I remember my friend Anna chasing specific Guerlain concealer since in whole Paris it’s exclusively sold only in Guerlain at Champs. She got so irritated with not having her favourite under-eye corrector available storewide all over Paris, and yet so pleased after entering Guerlain at Champs and getting treated as a celebrity.

Take a stroll with your camera and film the shopping experience with your friends – it’s a like and insta heart mecca! Cross my heart and hope to die!

No.2: Avenue Montaigne

Ok babes, you know that scene from Sex and the City when Carrie Bradshaw falls down like a total disaster while entering the Dior store?

Ring a bell?

Well, that is a house of Dior in each and every single way! It has a different department for fragrances and make up, womenswear, menswear, children toys and clothes, home decor, etc. It’s a heaven on earth believe me!

Hipster Alert! 

Dior’s teddy bear, will bring all your childhood fantasies back to life. If it was worth spending your money on something ridiculous, choose this famous teddy bear instead of 5l Belvedere bottle. After you are done with it you can always donate it to charities, which is not the case with the bottle of Belvedere.

Even if Dior doesn’t get you warm around the heart, Avenue Montaigne has so much more to offer! It’s the second most famous shopping street in Paris filled with stores such as Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, and others!

Sunday morning souvenir shopping detox

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Since it is visited by Olivier Rousteing multiple times in a month, Bamain takes a special place on Coffee with von Grü’s level chart. There are tons of chance of meeting your favourite designer who, I promise, lives for your selfie moment. Make your social media game high.

I want to be buried in this jacket #Balmain #Paris

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Both of Avenues are located in 8th arrondissement which makes it even easier to visit if you are in a hurry with your trip!

No.3: Galeries Lafayette at Boulevard Haussmann

The most famous shopping mall in Paris is most definitely Galeries Lafayette. Located in 9th arrondissement, the building shares a historical charm. It has allllll brands you are eager to see! High street from COS to H&M or high luxury Hermes to Saint Laurent. A must is visit to Saint Laurent where amazing team of workers will give you all advices for taking a quality selfie of no cost. Just look at this mirror effect. So Instagram worthy.

Galeries Lafayette building is divided on two parts – men and women. Which is not even so bad. In a way, they provide you some rest of your mate and let you breath a bit. When I say breath, I mean in the most literal way. Galeries Lafayette owns a rooftop you can visit for free and get an amazing view of Paris while breathing the fresh air. (Or smoke one up. We are in Paris after all.)

Cigarette S’il Vous Plais.

No.4: Palais Royal

If you are going so bananas on Rachel Zoe’s vintage combinations, visit tons of luxury brands vintage stores around Palais Royal and find vintage Chanel pin or Hermes Birkin. Rachel shop’s there herself and so you know it’s a vintage lovers mecca. If you remember bag her hubby gifted her during Paris Fashion Week, it was from Palais Royal shops.

Palais Royal is located in 1st arrondissement with Colonnes de Buren just next to it, so therefor is a must to visit! If you don’t have picture on top of Colonnes de Buren out and about, your trip to Paris never happened.

No.5: Rue Saint Honoré

To finish your Paris shopping experience you wont have to move out from 1st arrondissement, so after Palais Royal and Colonnes de Buren just take a walk down to Rue Saint Honoré.

Go to Chanel store and start having multiple sensations. First of all, the atmosphere of shopping inside a store that is a part of an actual home of Gabrielle Coco Chanel which bursts your hormones over the edge. And later experience the atmosphere of Coco Chanel Paris home, just ask one of the vendors if you could possibly see it and Voila! You are inside!

Getting out of Chanel’s private chambers and going back to your hotel room or an apartment seems so wrong since the boost of endorphins you got. It’s just a pure logic you should visit another Paris shopping institution which is literally across the street – Colette! Go and feel the smell of Diptyque while searching the newest edition of Kate Moss by Mario Testino, Vogue Paris colouring book  or chic version of Linda Farrow’s sunglasses while seeing art of future made of Comme des Garçons or Rihanna x Puma Fenty.

Until the next time, and part III of my travel diary I wish you all the best for the holiday season. Remember, experience isn’t expensive. Paris, though, can be.

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