Coco Chanel has been the subject of biographies, movies, television programs, and even books like “The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman.”
Born Gabrielle Chanel, she defied humble origins to mingle with Europe's elite, include a few very notable lovers. She also transformed women's fashion with light fabrics and simple design, including the now iconic little black dress.
This walk takes in the major sites associated with Coco Chanel's life, fashions, jewellery, and perfumes, as well as areas that were central to the fashion industry of the 19th and early to mid 20th centuries.
Tuileries Gardens, rue St-Honore, Place Vendome, Opera Garnier Paris
The Tuileries Metro Station is on Line No. 1 of the Paris Metro.
Places to stop along the way:
Angelina's chocolate shop, Hemingway Bar (Hotel Ritz -- very expensive but the sort of thing one should do at least once in a lifetime), Cafe Alice (rue des Capucines), Harry's New York Bar (a unique institution), Cafe de la Paix (another unique institution with glorious decor)
Best time of day:
The walk is best on a weekday, when the Chanel boutique is open.
Always cross the road at a marked crossing.
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