a fashionista's travel guide to france
Written by Marie Nieves.
France is the land of numerous natural beauties, charming canals and mesmerising vineyards, but it’s also the country of high-end fashion and elevated style. With its boutique hotels, luxurious stores and fashion shows, France is a true haven for even the most avid of fashionistas.
The Glamour of Cannes
Cannes is the city that will leave any fashionista breathless with its posh vibe, out-of-this-world location and all the popular attractions. Located on the French Riviera, Cannes will delight you with its azure sea, and if you want to experience it in style, then cruising on a luxurious yacht like a real movie star is a must.
To explore the fashion side of this glamorous city, you should head to Rue d’Antibes, Cannes’ famous shopping street where you can have all the shopping you can take. Since this street doesn’t lack popularity or style, get ready to lighten your wallet. However, if you happen to visit Cannes at the end of June, you’ll be in for a treat because this is when all the fancy stores place the sale signs in their windows. If you ever get tired of shopping, stop by the Jean Luc Pele for delicious macaroons. When it comes to accommodation, at the OKKO hotel, you can enjoy the stylish atmosphere of minimalism, while at the boutique Five Seas Hotel, you’ll be inspired by the artistic design.
The High-End Principality of Monaco
While visiting the dreamy Cote d’Azur, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the high-end streets of Monaco. Although Monaco is a sovereign city-state, it certainly has that recognisably stylish French vibe. Even popular models, including Kendall Jenner, Hadid sisters and Hailey Baldwin, have recognised Monaco as a fashionistas’ gem. Despite its small size, Monaco is rich in luxury, glamour and refined taste. Make sure to visit Monte Carlo, Monaco’s largest quartier, where you can stroll down the Carré D’Or and indulge yourself in posh boutiques. At the Fontvieille Shopping Centre, you can find trendy French designs at affordable prices. The mall overlooks the harbour, so when you need a break from shopping, you can dine with an amazing view. In the evening, savour a superb meal at the Horizon, a popular restaurant with one of the most beautiful rooftops in the area. Not only will you have an opportunity to have a taste of delicious Mediterranean specialties, but you’ll also be able to see France, Italy and Monaco from your own table.
Paris, the city of romance and fashion
Your classy fashionista experience wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the fashion capital, the romantic city of Paris. The unique and elevated Parisian style, vibrant streets dotted with posh boutiques and classy restaurants with seductive aromas of freshly baked croissants are every fashionista’s dream. No matter what your style, age, size or budget are, you’re bound to find everything you need in the City of Lights. A stroll along the famous shopping streets of Rue Saint-Honore and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore will take you to the forever-popular boutiques od Hermes, Balenciaga and Chanel. The boutique Hotel du Ministere is located nearby, which makes it a perfect accommodation option if you want to have the city’s hot spots within reach.
The finest of the finest is located at the Golden triangle of Champ Elysees, Avenue George V and Avenue Montaigne where divine fashion temples await you, including Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dior. There are even numerous offers for authentic Paris city tours that will charm any fashionista, such as the “Covered Passages, Secret Shopping” tour that will take you to the hidden Les Passages Couverts, an area of elegant architecture, stylish boutiques and exquisite wine, which might have passed unnoticed otherwise.
French high-end fashion, luxurious hotels and restaurants, and vibrant shopping streets are a true posh haven for fashionistas all over the world. So, pack your bags (lightly) and open up your wallet because you’re about to have the most luxurious experience in your life.
About the Author
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography interested in fashion and regular author on High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.