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. Make Avenue Montaigne part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris trip planner .
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  • The most magnificent of Paris, absolutely coolest and quietest of the Champs Elysees. Each luxury store has its own courtyard enclosed by a railing black and gold. The shop Windows are decorated beautifully for Christmas! Deserves a ride!
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  • A large avenue dedicated to luxury simply. Very beautiful edifices, very nice shops to admire.
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  • A walk to miss when the Christmas decorations are installed. Even more beautiful than the Champs Elysees with the facades of beautifully decorated like Dior luxury brands.
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  • I’ve thought long and hard about whether to post a review here or not. I’ve been meaning to get in touch with the Saint Laurent customer service, but - as it turns out - anno 2014 the brand has discontinued its services in that department, so there is no channel through which to contact them anymore. Once a high-end house (or any brand, actually) turns a deaf ear to constructive feedback, that’s probably not a positive development. To my big dismay, I've had a ghastly experience at the Saint Laurent store. In view of other, fairly positive, positive reviews on the internet I'm trying to believe that my treatment - or lack thereof - was an exception, but I doubt it, somehow. As part of a recent trip to Paris my wife and I wanted to purchase a new bag for me. Upon entering the store, no one even bothered to say hello. Instead, there was bad electronic music banging from invisible speakers. Curiously, when we were approaching the men's section, there was plenty of staff around, but not a single one of them came even close to offering any sort of service. My feeling was that, at best, we were tolerated and, at worst, blithely ignored. Interestingly, there were quite a few other clients in the store, none of whom I would have remotely identified as a Saint Laurent consumer, sipping Champagne on the house and playing around with a couple of cheap accessories. Apparently, service was not simply absent, it’s just that we were not serviced. After no one had approached us within 15 minutes, we left, crestfallen and disheartened. There's luxury and there's Saint Laurent, or so it seems. I'd be curious to learn what Mr. Saint Laurent himself, so famously a trailblazer of top-end retail experiences, would have thought of what has become of his brand...
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