Audrey Hepburn owed her inimitable style to a lifelong love affair with Paris and its designers. She made five films here, starting with Funny Face in 1957. Love in the Afternoon came next, and after that there was Charade, Paris When It Sizzles, and finally How to Steal a Million, in 1966.
This walk explores Audrey's connections to the most fashionable parts of this most fashionable city, taking in the headquarters of Givenchy and many other famous couturiers.
Givenchy headquarters, Christian Dior, Stamp market, American Embassy, Place de la Concorde, Hotel Crillon, Maxim’s, Rue St-Honore, Ritz Hotel
Take Metro Line 9 to Alma-Marceau. Exit the metro station by the stairs marked Avenue Montaigne. You will come out into the Place de l'Alma.
Places to stop along the way:
On this walk, you will pass dozens of fashion boutiques, representing everything from high-end couture by Givenchy to fast fashion by Zara. The area is better known for fashion than for food, although the big hotels we will pass (Plaza Athénée, Hotel Crillon, Hotel Ritz) all have impressive restaurants. L’Avenue, at 41 Avenue Montaigne, is a great place to spot celebrities during Fashion Week in spring and fall, but the food is undistinguished and the prices are steep. A better bet is the Italian restaurant inside Artcurial, an auction house located where Avenue Montaigne meets the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées. It is not cheap, but it is better value. If you stop in, check out its exhibits of items to be auctioned. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss Ladurée, famed for its macaroons, on the rue Royale. Or, if you crave some extraordinary hot chocolate, at the end of the walk, leave the Place Vendome by the rue Castiglione, walk towards the Tuileries Gardens, turn left on the rue Rivoli, and look for Angelina’s, a chocolate shop where Coco Chanel used to be a regular.
Best time of day:
Daytime, especially Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays.
Be sure to cross roads at marked crossing places. Traffic can be very heavy along some parts of the route.
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