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Avenue Montaigne, Paris

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This historic site, Avenue Montaigne, was originally called the Widows’ Alley in the 18th century because women in mourning gathered there, but the street has changed much since those days. The current name comes from Michel de Montaigne, a writer of the French Renaissance. When you wander this street today, you will find a treasure trove of famous fashion stores, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren as well as jewelers like Bulgari and other upscale establishments such as the Plaza Athénée hotel.

The Canadian Embassy is also located here, and actress Marlene Dietrich once owned an apartment on this street for many years and died there in 1992. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Paris holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Avenue Montaigne and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The limos pull up and the super-rich tourists emerge to shop in the very high-end stores on this street. Bring your millions. Historic location of some of the famous fashion lines in Paris. Some histo...  more »
  • Shopping experience is the best on Montaigne Avenue. One can go to big shopping malls but I prefer this one. Quite street, major brands, all within walking distance from downtown.  more »
  • My wife and I did our Christmas shopping on this street. It is less busy and you will find all the top designer shops. We went to Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton. Service is great and street is very well ...  more »
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  • More pretentious than fancy. It seemed they hire waiters for their looks rather than their qualifications and make them wear embarrassingly short mini skirts. Prices were steeper than the quality of the food would justify.
  • Used ro be my favorite restaurant in Paris. I still think it is very good but now I just think it is good and very expensive and very very bad service. My risotto was very insipid it needed salt... they do speak English which is nice... but once you order they never come back to see if you need something else.. it was very tedious having to go inside to look for the waiters... it used to be such a popular place I think it's lacking something...
  • Overpriced for what it is. Fancy location and clientele but definitely not worth it. Much better places in Paris!
  • Trendy Cosy cafe restaurant near famous brand shopping place .little bite expensive.
  • The Restaurant itself is surrounded with most exclusive fashion brand stores. Went there around 2PM (busy), had no reservation. Food that we ordered was amazing, good portions, well presented. Don't expect cheap but do expect delicious.

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