Posts Tagged ‘Champs Elysees’

Three Shops I Cannot Wait to Visit in Paris

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Merci Merci, Paris

As soon as I return from a trip to Paris, I start another file folder filled with places I must see, shop, eat and visit in Paris.  My folder is exploding with so many great things!  It IS time to return.  My next trip is in October and I wanted to share three places where I hope to spend many (dropping) Euros.

1.  Merci 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003

This shop has been on my radar for some time.  I started reading little blurbs here and there about it and this little photo at the top has been popular in Pinterest.  It is filled with unique, stylish and chic items that will undoubtedly make me more unique, stylish and chic.  I shall visit there as soon as I get to Paris!!!

2.  Heurtault Paris 85 avenue Daumesnil, 75012

I have already warned my husband that I will be carrying an umbrella back on the plane home.  He reminded me that it is my umbrella and I will be doing all of the handling.  Fine!  I don’t care if he won’t hold it for me.  Look how beautiful they are!  I most definitely will be the chicest girl in the California rain.

3.  Les 3 marches de Catherine B.  1 rue Guisarde, 75006

I love Hermes.  I know, what girl doesn’t?  I have waited long enough for my dream Birkin.  I think I have a better chance of discovering one here.  I first found Catherine B. on Twitter.  And, from what I can gather from her French tweets, she is THE woman to go to for vintage designer goods.  Not only does she have Hermes bags, I believe she has quite a collection of vintage Chanel.  Don’t worry, I will give you the low down when I return!

Will you be in Paris before my October trip?  Please share your shopping lists and help me discover great Paris treasures!

Paris After Dark

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

 Guest Post by Daniella Carrese      

 La Ville-Lumière. The City of Light, Paris got its nickname from all the lights that illuminate the night sky. During the evening in Paris, the streets light up with the lamp posts and lights from around. All the lights make the city seem as if it is always awake.  Along the Seine, there are beautiful lights that seem as though they have been there forever. Due to the lights, you can take a nice stroll along the river at night. Looking down from the Eiffel Tower in the evening is magical.  The streets are light up beautifully.  Along the Champs Elyseès the trees are strung with lights that make the night seem as if it day.  Although you cannot see the stars in Paris, due to all the light pollution, the sky is normally covered with a navy blue blanket. The city dies down a bit, but there are still a number of things to do during the evening.

You can take a tour of the Seine and explore all of its canals at night. You can visit the Moulin Rouge. The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret and music hall, built in 1889 by Joseph Oller this building has seen many stars including Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra. Today it is still used, there is a nighttime cabaret show. You can see shows at this historic concert hall at most times of the day. Le Procope is Paris’ oldest cafe that was established in 1686. Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Hemingway and Picasso were some of the few who regularly ate at this establishment. Closing at 11:30, this cafe is a great place to hangout for the night. Walking around the streets near your Paris vacation rental is a great way to get a feel of the city and what it is actually like all the time.

To read more from Daniella, click “here

For even more tips  and tricks to make Paris travel easier, ask for our “Insider’s Guide to Paris”! 


The Walkability of Paris

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

July Column, Place de la Bastille

A guest post by Matt Davids

As a city, Paris is notorious in terms of traffic and holds a reputation as one of the toughest cities to drive around in Europe. This is often typical of such historic cities and it more than makes up for this by providing a decent underground train network (Metro), as well as wide pavements for walking, cycling and roller-skating, and plenty of excuses to want to take your time and explore on foot.

There are several approaches to walking around Paris that are dependent on the type of traveller you are. For experienced visitors to the city, you can use your prior knowledge, French skills and the handy help of the many metro stations nearby to figure out where you are. Ambling along in this way, without a specific map helps facilitate the discovery of new side streets and shortcuts and travelling on a whim, guided by a loose sense of knowing where you’re going, and the many distractive sights, sounds and smells along the way.

For those less experienced, there are plenty of maps both print and online to help you get around and perhaps plan your route before you leave. Furthermore, booking an escorted tour is an excellent option if you’re a newbie to Paris or want to supplement previous trips with a little extra knowledge. These can be themed as well, so if you’re interested in a certain period of French history such as the French Revolution or WWll then go for one of these options.

Great locations around Paris for ambling around:

Due to its layout, with the Seine winding its way from East to West, a standard walking route can take in all the most famous parts of Paris, either as an action packed morning, or stretched out leisurely throughout the day, with walking time between 3 and 4 hours a good guide. For a few suggestions, or a less demanding stroll, the following areas are great places to focus:

The Marais

The Marais is a district in Paris very much a part of the city’s history. Full of buildings that were built by Parisian aristocrats as well as many dating back to the 16th century, it has an amazing historic feel as well as fashionable restaurants and a strong art scene. These buildings, as well as immaculately kept outdoor areas make this one of the most expensive places in Paris to live, and it is conveniently close to many museums, including the Carnavalet Museum which reveals the history of Paris.

Montmartre District

The Montmartre District is another area that is well represented by the art scene. Spending a few hours strolling around the Place du Tertre which is a square where artists paint and sell their works is delightful, and there is also the Montmartre Cemetery which is a popular tourist attraction and the resting place of famous artists. There’s also the Moulin Rouge, a cabaret that needs no introduction.

Les Bouquinistes, Paris 

Les Bouquinistes

For an authentic cultural experience, the Bouquinistes along the river Seine are stands that sell books, photos and various other unique souvenirs for tourists, that having been around since the 16th century consequently offer an authentic location for purchasing a little something to take home. Hours can be whiled away strolling amongst these with the River Seine as your backdrop, conveniently located in the Latin District which is home to Notre Dame, has a strong student presence and many winding, charming streets.


To orientate yourself generally with Paris, then make your way to the square in front of the Notre Dame, which has a bronze plaque which represents the point to which all distances in France are measured. From here, the Eiffel Tower is to the West and the Place de la Bastille, a square where the July Column stands lies to the East. Zigzagging between these two points will take you across Paris, allowing you to see the Louvre, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, Parc du Champ de Mars, Parc Luxembourg and many other tourist sites, whilst discovering the little hidden delights along the way that you would miss on the Metro or tour bus.

About our guest blogger:

Matt is a frequent traveller who has just returned from travelling round the world. He plans this summer to explore much of Europe, starting in Paris and finishing with his Greece holidays.

We love to have posts written by our CobbleStay guests and other travel experts.  Feel free to share your insights about Paris and travel with us.  You can send your ideas to Cassie at

The Avenue Champs Elysees

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

View from the Arc de Triomphe

Known as the most prestigious avenue in Paris, the Champs Elysees is also the most expensive street for real estate in all of Europe. In fact, the most expensive Paris luxury apartment rentals on this popular strip can go for as much as $125,000 a month for about 1,100 square feet!

Spanning from the Arc de Triomphe in the West to the Luxor Obelisque in the East, the Champs Elysees is an absolute must see for visitors to Paris and there are plenty of Paris vacation apartment rentals within a 10 minutes’ walk that will fit the budget of the non-bourgeoisie.

Like any busy urban street, shopping and eating are an obvious choice for residents and visitors alike, but being lucky enough to be present on the Champs Elysees for any of the world renowned events that occur on the 2km long stretch is a once in a lifetime experience. France’s version of America’s July 4th, Bastille Day, brings the largest military parade in all of Europe featuring a live speech by the President of the Republic and in recent years has even featured armies of surrounding countries such as England and Germany. The Tour de France’s final stage, the Champs Elysees Stage, concludes on the avenue and the post-race awards ceremony is held right on the street. Also, in celebration of the holiday spirit and France’s artistic history, the Champs Elysees committee will creatively light the entire avenue from November until early January; just after one of the best New Year’s celebrations in the world.

If the timing isn’t right and shopping and eating is the only thing on the agenda, then be sure to find a short term rental in Paris rather than a hotel, because you might need an entire week to experience it all. Although France has fought hard to maintain an authentically French experience on the west end of the avenue, foreign clothing stores and other chains have begun to show their faces, much to the dismay of local Parisians. In fact, in 2007 the City of Paris even banned Sweden’s modern fashion chain H&M from the street! On the east end, the restaurants and shops make way for the beautiful Jardins de Champs Elysees where the streets are lined with beautifully arranged gardens and fountains leading back to the Place de la Concorde.

Although it may be slightly more expensive than other districts (arrondissments) of Paris, finding a Paris apartment rental in the nearby vicinity of Champs Elysees is as good a location as it gets to explore the City of Lights and have a great time in the process.

Hotels vs. Apartments in Paris, Part 3

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

View from Property #026

To summarize parts 1 & 2 in this series, if you would like to live like a local when in Paris, we truly believe it is best to rent an apartment rather than stay in a hotel. A Paris vacation rental will allow you to experience what it is really like to live in the city of lights rather than appear as a tourist will also save you money along the way.

A vacation apartment Paris is a great way to get to know the city and to live like a local. You can shop at the local markets and then cook in the privacy of your short term rental Paris apartment. While eating out and experiencing French cuisine is fun, having a few meals at home is a great way to stretch your vacation budget. In addition, many short term rental Paris apartments come with housekeeping services, so the experience is very much like staying in a hotel. These luxury apartments can be rented for long stays or for as little as a few nights. They are most often located in very desirable locations around the city with easy access to public transportation.

A Paris vacation rental apartment can be booked far in advance of you leaving for your trip. They offer easy ways to choose an apartment online and you can view photographs and get a feel for what the apartment really looks like. In addition, you can check the location of the apartment on a map in advance, so that you are able to schedule itineraries and trips around the city. Most of the accommodations are equipped with kitchens and stocked with the basics that you will need to have an enjoyable time. Also, if there are any problems or difficulties that arise you will be given a contact person that can clear up any mishaps for you. In many vacation apartment Paris rentals there are information packets that will alert you to the sights and offerings of the local area so that you can get the most out of your experience.

Overall, Paris vacation rental apartments are the ideal way to visit this spectacular city and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Shopping in Paris

Friday, May 13th, 2011


For a shopping enthusiast, no trip to Paris is complete without plenty of time spent on their favorite activity – shopping! Lucky for those of you have saved a few dollars by staying in a Paris apartment rental instead of a hotel, fashionistas, foodies, and those looking for flea-market treasures will all find plenty of opportunities to collect their own personal treasures.

Haute Couture
Travelers in search of Haute Couture styles will enjoy exploring the shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne. Here, well-known clothiers and jewelers, such as Chanel, Cartier, and Christian Dior, and others, can be found. For leather goods, such as shoes and handbags, shoppers should look to Rue du Cherche-Midi and Rue de Grenelle.
Shopping Centers and Department Stores
After purchasing some high fashion luxury items, shoppers may also want to check out some of Paris’s excellent shopping centers and department stores. At Forum des Halles dedicated shoppers can look through the 180 stores to find many different clothing styles. While some shoppers have difficulty with the large size, some dedicated digging can turn up lower-budget copies of Parisian trends.
Boulevard Haussmann houses two of the most famous Parisian department stores, Printemps and Galleries Lafayette. There is something for all shoppers in these rival stores, which carry designer, brand name, and private label stock. Shoppers looking for clothing and elegant food should head to Le Bon Marché in the Left Bank. After purchasing some trendy clothes, shoppers can head to one of the adjoining food establishments and enjoy a relaxing lunch before heading back to your short term Paris rental or hotel.
Flea Markets
Those looking for more of a challenge will love to dig through Paris’s flea markets for treasure. Major markets can be found in Porte de Vanves and Porte de Montreuil. Early risers are more likely to reap flea markets’ rewards, as many of the best bargains are gone as early as six or seven in the morning.
Open Air Markets
While there are now a number of convenient supermarkets in Paris, locals often choose to frequent the many open-air markets instead. With nearly seventy open-air markets specializing in everything from organic vegetables to fresh flowers, there is sure to be a close market that will meet anyone’s needs.
Book Collecting
Books in Paris may seem expensive to the average reader. However, collectors will enjoy browsing the shops along the Seine River for rare or first-edition copies of their favorite books. For French language books, the FNAC is the place to be. Two of the better-known English language book dealers are Brentano’s and Shakespeare and Co.
Whether the plan is to window shop or purchase a little of everything, Paris has many opportunities for shopping and many of our Paris vacation rentals are only steps away. From haute couture, to flea market bargains, to rare books, there is something for everyone in Paris.

Shopping in Paris

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Shopping in Paris is definitely an activity you can’t miss, and it doesn’t necessarily have to pose a threat to your budget.  You could walk virtually anywhere in Paris and find good shopping with the hundreds of boutiques scattered around the city, but there are some specialized areas definitely worth a visit. In fact, there are likely going to be some fabulous boutiques a few doors down from your apartment rental in Paris.  Below are a few little tips on how to make the most of your shopping experience in Paris!

If you’re looking to combine a cultural atmosphere with your shopping, I’d suggest going to a flea or farmer’s market, where you can find fashion, souvenirs, antiques, perfumes & foods. You can also take a stroll down the river Seine and discover some more quaint little stores while seeing the many landmarks around the city.
For those of you in a place where money isn’t a problem, there are some high-end areas that offer première French fashion.  Streets like rue des Francs-Borgeios in the Marais district offer loads of high fashion like Coco Chanel, Christian Doir & Hermes . If you’re looking for art, just around the corner from the Orsay Museum in St. Germain des Pres is the rue de Seine, rue du Bac & rue Jacob.
For those of you who travel on a budget (like me), worry not! There are plenty of alternatives that offer great fashion at great deals, such as the various department stores and flea markets.  Champs Elysees offers a wide range of shopping, with both luxury and budget options.  If you’re staying in a Paris luxury apartment rental in the area, you could honestly spend days walking up and down the streets and still not see it all.
As you may have figured, Parisian fashion is a good reason to pack light when you arrive.  If you’re lucky enough to stay in furnished apartment rental in Paris, you’ll have a full closet to store all your fashionable purchases.  By the time you come back, you’ll be ready for the red carpet! Well…at the very least you’ll stand out at the next dinner party you attend.