The Rue Saint-Honore is a well located Parisian shopping street, has its own rich history, and retains a medieval feel due to its narrow span. The street cuts through the 1st District, running parallel with the more touristy Rue de Rivoli which borders the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. Along the Rue Saint-Honore, you will find high-end boutiques and flagship stores of world-famous designers. The street is less ornate than many neighboring streets; however, if you are serious about shopping and enjoy the few authentic medieval layouts that still exist in central Paris, then you might enjoy Rue Saint-Honore.
The street also offers history as it is one of the oldest streets in Paris, originally serving as the main link between the city and the forest villages outside medieval Paris. Traffic increased on the road with the development of the city’s famous Les Halles market. Most notable about the street is that one of the ramparts and gates also stood here, and this is the spot where Joan of Arc was wounded and taken during her unsuccessful attack on English-held Paris in 1429. There is a golden statue of Joan of Arc on the Rue de Rivoli to commemorate her attempt to free Paris; however, the actual spot where she fought and fell was on Rue Saint-Honore, where the street intersects with the Avenue of the Opera. If you look carefully, a couple stores north of this intersection, along Rue Saint-Honore, you will find a tiny building shrine to Joan of Arc with her bust emerging from the wall. Very pretty. She is facing towards the Palais Royal and Comedie Francais, which is at the opposite end of this intersection, also along the Rue Saint-Honore. Other sites along the street are the Place Vendome with its huge column topped by Napoleon dressed as a Roman Emperor and the Place de La Madeleine with its famous church that is modeled after a Roman temple.
TIP: Watch out for thieves in this area. They can smell the money walking in the square and will sometimes trail you. I once had to pop inside an Annick Goutal store to escape a relentless man who wouldn’t stop trailing me. So watch those purses/pockets and keep sharply aware of your environment.
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