10 Things Not to Do in Paris

10 Things Not to Do in Paris

from Concierge.com

Number 1:

Shop On The Champs-Elysées
The Champs-Elysées may once have been the most beautiful avenue in the world, but its fortunes have risen and fallen many times over the years, and it's currently overrun with global chain stores, auto dealerships, and movie multiplexes. Aside from the über-glam Vuitton flagship, which draws label addicts in droves, you'll find yourself dodging throngs of teens as you trudge past McD's and Sephora, wondering what in God's name all the fuss is about. And whatever you do, don't succumb to hunger on this strip: The cafés prey on tourists, and a local wouldn't be caught dead in one.
Follow In The Well-Heeled Footsteps Of Locals
Die-hard fashionistas should head straight to the designer shops of the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the chic Marais, while haute-couturistas should point their stilettos in the direction of the Avenue Montaigne, for the likes of Chanel, or the Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, home of trendsetting concept shop Colette (pictured). For an old-fashioned ambience, look to Paris's covered passages. Dating back to the 19th century, these were the city's first malls, and beneath their vaulted ceilings of glass and wrought iron, you'll find more unusual wares: French designers, but also antiquarian book dealers, art galleries, quirky toy shops, and more.Galerie Vivienne, just north of the Palais Royal, in the second arrondissement, is the most elegant of the lot.
My thoughts - I couldn't agree more.  And luckily in Paris there is great shopping around every corner.  So avoid the main tourist zones, get off the main streets, and look for the one unique item to bring that will always remind you of your trip to Paris.

Number 2 on Tuesday.

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