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Coco Chanel’s favorite spots in Paris
Follow in the footsteps of the designer, socialite and entrepreneur who founded one of the world’s most recognizable brands and scents, with this list of her favorite spots in Paris.
Where else to start but the famous hotel in which she resided for 34 years. A recent renovation gave the household location a modern refit while maintaining its classic feel, including her own prestigious suite. Located on the Place de Vendome, the rate for a room can reach €28,000 during Paris Fashion Week.
La Boutique Chanel
Head to the 31 rue Cambon to see Chanel’s first outlet, which she founded one hundred years ago. She lived on the 1st floor of the building when she was just starting out, hosting many a social event and creating a name for herself.
This was one of her favorite cafes in the city, and remains one of the most instagrammable and visited spots in Paris.
Le Grand Vefour
This famous gastronomic restaurant within the grounds of the Palais Royal was a much-frequented dinner reservation of Chanel’s. It’s over 200 years old , sports a beautiful Belle Epoque aesthetic and has within its walls a wealth of cultural, political and social history.
Le Theatres des Champs-Elysees
Where else to go after dinner but the theater? Not only did Coco Chanel frequently see shows at this venue, but she helped with the production; designing the costumes for the ballet show Le Train Bleu. Now the venue is known for its music recitals and opera.
Le Grand Palais
Whether its hosting Paris Fashion Week or playing host to exhibitions of beaux-arts and photography, this Paris icon is not one to miss when visiting the city. In her day, she was both visitor and exhibitor, displaying many of her fashion collections within the massive venue.
For the avaricious reader and Chanel fan, Karl Lagerfield’s bookshop on the Rue de Lille in the 7th arrondissement is a must-see. Covering the arts, fashion, photography, architecture and design, this is where the city’s cultural elite and thinkers bump heads. Chanel’s Ritz suite is chock-a-block with books from here.