Quartier des Martyrs, Grands Boulevards, Louvre & Madeleine
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On this walk you will see beautiful architecture, museums, original shops, and the Grands Boulevards with their world-famous department stores. From the boulevard just south of Montmartre you can head further south to the Seine. Along the way you'll find many cozy cafés and restaurants, and original clothing stores. The area around Rue des Martyrs has many great stores, where the souvenirs are far more original than the Eiffel Tower.
Stroll through scenic shopping arcades with an array of unique stores, such as a cane store, to arrive at the Grands Boulevards. In the 19th century these arcades were as busy as a subway station during rush hour. Everyone came here to see and be seen. These were among the first places to have heating and plumbing, which at the time was an attraction in itself. Aside from original stores, you will also find some great restaurants here, and a wonderful candy shop. The boulevards are lined with chain stores and beautiful, world-famous department stores. Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps are both worth visiting, even if only for looking around. They both have great rooftop terraces, which offer magnificent views.
Around the square where La Madeleine church is located are numerous luxury and specialty food stores like Fauchon and La Maison de la Truffe. A sight to behold, with chauffeurs waiting in their cars while Madame or Monsieur shops inside. Make sure you stop and sample the wares!
This walk has something for everyone: Shopping for every budget, beautiful architecture and museums, restaurants with great food and cozy café patios.