Paris’ Rue Saint-Honoré is where old world elegance and contemporary luxury meet. This 2km street is home to stunning architecture and a slew of chic stores. Situated between Opera Garnier and the Tuileries Gardens, Rue Saint-Honoré is nestled in the centre of historic Paris. On the street you’ll find upscale boutiques, great restaurants and some of the city’s best luxury hotels. Rue Saint-Honoré is also conveniently located near several of Paris’ most popular tourist attractions like the Louvre Museum, Place Vendome, and the Palais Présidentiel de L’Élysée. In this article, we’re sharing all the best places on Rue Saint-Honoré: where to stay, where to shop, what to see, and where to eat! Read on for our complete guide to discovering Rue Saint-Honoré like a Parisian.
Rue Saint-Honoré: where the most luxurious Palace hotels are located
Ritz Hotel on Place Vendôme
The Ritz Paris is definitely one of the best places to stay in Paris. The hotel is currently ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world and is a certified member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”. The Ritz Paris was founded in 1898 by the Swiss hotelier, César Ritz, and is constructed behind the original facade of an 18th century town-house. The hotel was entirely renovated in 2018 to attain the ‘Palace’ distinction, a title bestowed by the French ministry for only the best hotels in France. Today, The Ritz has 159 rooms that cost at least 1,200€ per night. The Ritz is also home to one of Paris’ best bars, Bar Hemingway, where the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and Hemingway himself would pass their evenings.
- Address: 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
- The Ritz Paris website
Hôtel de Crillon on Place de la Concorde
Just south of Rue Saint-Honoré is The Hôtel de Crillon. This is a historic Parisian hotel which first opened in 1909, but the building itself dates back to 1758. Ideally situated at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, The Hôtel de Crillon is one of two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde. Since its opening, the hotel has been listed as a historical monument by the French Ministry of Culture. With a moderate 78 guest rooms and 46 suites, staying at The Hôtel de Crillon can cost you as much as 13,000€ a night. The Hôtel de Crillon also boasts three restaurants, an elegant bar, patio, and gym all on site. Like the Ritz, in 2017, the hotel was extensively renovated in order to achieve official designation as a Palace.
- Address: 10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
- Hôtel de Crillon website
Mandarin Oriental on Rue Saint-Honoré
The Mandarin Oriental on Rue Saint-Honoré is a gourmet heaven in Paris. The 138-room hotel includes three distinct restaurants and cocktail bars, as well as a patisserie, all managed by Michelin star Chef, Thierry Marx. His signature restaurant Sur Mesure, located inside the Mandarin Oriental, was awarded two stars just six months after opening. Besides its culinary exploits, the hotel also features a stunning art deco facade and offers some of the most spacious rooms in the city. Located just two blocks away from the Tuileries Gardens, this is decidedly one of Paris’ best places to stay.
- Address: 251 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
- Mandarin Oriental Paris website
Hôtel Costes on Rue Saint-Honoré
Hotel Costes on Rue Saint-Honoré is a Parisian chic hotel that’s best-known for its bar and the legendary parties they host. In particular, Parisian socialites, politicians, and celebrities love and frequent Costes Bar. Tucked inside the beautiful hotel courtyard, the bar offers a level of privacy away from the foot traffic of the 1st arrondissement. Hotel Costes also sets itself apart with a great curation of music which you can download on Spotify or Apple music for free. Costes is also the most affordable of Rue Saint-Honoré’s luxury hotels with rooms starting at 500€ per night.
- Address: 239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
- Hôtel Costes website
Hôtel Meurice on Rue de Rivoli
Le Meurice on Rue de Rivoli is a five star hotel that overlooks the Tuileries Gardens. Apart from being one of the most luxurious places to stay at in Paris, Le Meurice is famous for their award-winning pastry chef Cédric Grolet who runs a full patisserie out of the hotel. Here you’ll find French classics like freshly-baked Madeleines and brioche alongside new-age creations like Grolet’s signature ‘trompe-l’oeil’ sculpted fruit. Le Meurice also boasts a Michelin star restaurant established by the great Alain Ducasse and situated in an opulent 17th century dining room.
- Address: 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
- Le Meurice website
Rue Saint-Honoré: the heart of French Haute Couture and fashion
Longchamp on Rue Saint-Honoré
Longchamp is a leading brand in travel accessories and handbags. The creator of the iconic Le Pliage tote remains a family-owned company since its founding in 1948. Since leather goods were most often associated with equestrianism at the time, the brand was named after Paris’ famous Longchamp horse racecourse in the Bois de Boulogne. Longchamp got its start producing leather-wrapped smoking pipes which quickly gained popularity worldwide. Today, the brand has not only maintained its influence in the travel and accessories market but has also broadened their collection to ready-to-wear clothing and shoes.
Longchamp opened their first boutique at 390 rue Saint-Honoré. In 1999, after international growth, the boutique moved to its current location at 404 Rue Saint-Honoré. Today, Longchamp occupies the entire building at the same address, encompassing 700 square meters and three floors. The flagship is elegantly designed using precious materials like onyx stone and rosewood that highlight the most beautiful pieces of Longchamp’s collections.
The flagship store carries the complete Longchamp collection, including handbags, shoes and ready-to-wear. This is also where you’ll find the limited edition products from Longchamp’s exciting collaborations with artists and design studios.
- Address: 404 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
- Longchamp website
You can book a free VIP shopping experience at Longchamp Saint-Honoré! The experience includes a tour of the beautiful flagship, some champagne, complimentary embossing of your purchased handbag or wallet, and an exclusive gift! This shopping experience is also available at Longchamp Champs-Elysées.
Maison Chanel on Rue Cambon
Maison Chanel is the birthplace of Chanel as we know it today. The building, which still serves as a Chanel atelier, was the original site of Coco Chanel’s offices and the first Chanel showroom equipped with its own runway. Karl Lagerfeld also worked out of Coco’s offices during his time with the eminent brand. The boutique opened in 1918 after Coco purchased an entire building at 31 Rue Cambon to accomodate her growing business. The building comprises several floors that include a boutique, a large gallery room that was used for fashion shows and fittings, the famous mirrored staircase that led to Coco’s private apartment, and her work studio and office which are still used today.
The Chanel store on Rue Cambon was the first modern boutique and the true home of Chanel. Though the upper floors are closed off to the public, you can still visit the original boutique on the ground floor. As the original Chanel store, it’s the ideal place to shop for all things Chanel.
- Address: 31 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris
- Chanel website
Other luxury brands flagship stores on Rue Saint-Honoré
Apart from Chanel and Longchamp, you’ll find a host of flagship stores from various luxury brands on Rue Saint-Honoré. Labels like Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves Saint-Laurent can all be found on this street. Their flagship stores are a marvel to behold with each one trying to be the very best on the block. The companies hire special designers to create their impressive storefronts which must reflect both the personality and status of the brand in question. Even if you’re not planning on picking up a new wardrobe, it’s worth visiting Rue Saint-Honoré for the window shopping alone.
‘nous’ on Rue Cambon
If you’ve never heard of the store ‘nous’ and wonder why we’ve included it in our Rue Saint-Honoré shortlist, it’s because ‘nous’ is the concept store that follows the defunct fashion mecca, Colette. Colette was a cult-status high fashion, streetwear, and accessory boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré. The store received international fame for ‘spotting’ legendary fashion brands before they made it big. Jeremy Scott, Raf Simons, Simone Rocha, Proenza Schouler, and Rodarte all had their first collections stocked at Colette. Fashionphiles mourned the day it closed its doors but the same people work worked at Colette have opened the store nous just a skip away. Though nous doesn’t carry womenswear nor cosmetics, followers of Colette can still expect the same concept and style by way of the store’s timepieces, high tech gadgets, men’s streetwear, eyewear, accessories, and books.
- Address: 48 rue Cambon
- nous Paris website
Rue Saint-Honoré: the jewelry district
Over the years, Place Vendôme has become somewhat of an epicenter for fine jewelry. Within the sprawling square, you’ll find the sparkling boutiques of major brands like Repossi, Piaget, Boucheron, and Chaumet. You’ll also find famous Swiss watchmakers like Rolex and Hublot. Chanel has a shop in the square which carries their complete jewelry line, as does Jaeger-LeCoultre and Guerlain. Some of these iconic jewelry houses, like Boucheron and Chaumet, also keep their head offices and design studios at Place Vendôme, making the square a true hotspot for the jewelry industry.
Rue de la Paix
On Rue de La Paix, you can drool over the world’s largest Cartier store as well as other notable brands like Italian watch designer Officine Panerai and Vacheron Constantin, one of the oldest Swiss watchmakers in existence. Steps from the Cartier flagship store is Bvlgari and the iconic Tiffany and Co. Many of the retailers around the area are designated haute couture jewelry, meaning their pieces are crafted as close to perfection as possible, by hand, using only the best materials. Truly a sight to behold!
How to enjoy a luxurious day in the Rue Saint-Honoré area
1 – Visit the Longchamp Flagship
Any visit to Rue Saint-Honoré must absolutely include a visit to at least one flagship boutique. We love the Longchamp flagship store where you can take a guided tour of the multi-level store while sipping a glass of champagne when you book through INSIDR. The tour takes you through the history of Longchamp, the store’s impressive art collection and Longchamp’s most extensive Le Pliage collection. At the end of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own custom Longchamp bag with your initials. Discover Longchamp’s latest collections and rich history all in one visit.
Address: 404 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
2 – Window shopping at Place Vendôme
After a brilliant start at Longchamp, take a leisurely walk along Rue Saint-Honoré, checking out the boutiques and collecting fashion inspiration. Later, make your way over to Place Vendôme and window shop the luxury jewellery boutiques to your heart’s content. Place Vendôme is also a great place for a quick photo-op in front of the stunning 18th century townhouses and spacious courtyard with the iconic column right in the center.
3 – Dinner at La Castiglione
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time for dinner. La Castiglione boasts exceptional service and a rich history, having been frequented by many a celebrity during the 80s and 90s. It’s also a popular dining spot for fashion editors and models during Paris Fashion Week. The menu is classic French and the atmosphere is comfortable and cozy-the perfect way to conclude a day walking through Paris’ chicest neighborhood. We recommend ordering their famous burger with a side of fries.
- Address: 235 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
- Make your reservation here.
4 – Drinks at Bar Hemingway
To conclude a fabulous time on Rue Saint-Honoré, cap the night off with a drink. Bar Hemingway is one of Paris’s coolest and most fashionable bars. The bar is dedicated to its namesake Ernest Hemingway who famously spent much of his life in Paris. Drinks at Bar Hemingway is a special experience. Here, you can sample expertly mixed cocktails surrounded by the historic and opulent atmosphere of the Ritz Hotel. The entire salon is decorated in his honor with portraits of the author and subtle nodes to his various short stories and novels.
- Address: 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
- Bar Hemingway website