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What you will do
The French Revolution and the subsequent Napoléon area will most likely cast their shadows on this itinerary, but there will be more to it than History.
Thought of as a big loop, with as much diversity as possible, this itinerary can be shortened in a few ways. You may start around the Tuileries subway station if you're not interested in visiting the Jeu de Paume Museum, and you can also skip stop 6 (the Expiatory Chapel) if you're really short on time.
On the other hand, if you can afford to spend half or even a whole day in the area, you'll find enough to do and see.
Covering three districts, you'll experience very different atmospheres. What have part of the historical center of Paris, quiet streets, Haussmann boulevard's famous department stores, and even the Japanese neighbourhood of Paris in common ? Well, you guessed it, right ?
Step by step
- We start at the entrance of the Tuileries garden, near the Place de la Concorde. The Jeu de Paume Museum, apart from the current exhibition, has a very interesting bookshop which is specialized in photography. Alternatively, you may want to see the nearby Orangerie Museum instead, at the southwest end of the garden, or even skip this first stop and begin at Tuileries subway station (line 1) further east. 1
- Take de Castiglione street from the Tuileries (from the subway station, take du 29 Juillet street then turn left into Saint-Honoré street to get to de Castiglione street). The Place Vendôme will be at the end of the street, northbound. 2
- Now take de la Paix street, northbound still, then turn right into Danielle Casanova street. You'll find the market square on your right, as you'll reach d'Antin street. 3
- Exit Saint-Honoré market square by the street of the same name, then turn left into Saint-Hyacinthe street and right into de la Sourdière street to get back again to Saint-Honoré street. Take the latter to the left up to des Pyramides street, which you'll also take to the left. After crossing de l'Opéra avenue, take Thérèse street and finally Saint-Anne street to the right. The restaurant is now only a few dozen feet away. 4
- Follow Saint-Anne street northbound now, up to Saint-Augustin street. Turn left into the latter to get to de l'Opéra avenue which will lead you to your destination. 5
- Take des Capucines boulevard and go explore the very nice and usually quiet Edouard-VII street (there is a theater here). Then find Boudreau street, take it to the left and turn right into Caumartin street up to d'Auber street. You've reached the area of the famous Printemps (just opposite) and Galeries Lafayette (a little further east) department stores. If you can resist a shopping session, or just after, take Haussmann boulevard westbound up to the Square Louis-XVI and Pasquier street. 6
- From Pasquier street, we advice you to turn left into des Mathurins street then right into Tronchet street. You'll be on the way to the Madeleine. If you skipped stop 6, just take des Capucines boulevard from stop 5, don't forget to go and sea Edouard-VII street, then head towards Madeleine boulevard - on the way, you'll come across the famous Olympia concert hall. 7
- From the Place de la Madeleine, take Royale street to go to the Place de la Concorde. 8