Located in the centre of Paris, the Madeleine – Saint-Lazare district is known for its department stores and the many leading brand shops. The Saint-Lazare district is named after the Gare Saint-Lazare, famously painted by Claude Monet in 1877. A transport hub linking Paris and the smart western suburbs of Paris, the large square in front of the station, called the Cour de Rome, is regularly the site of pop-up stores and branded mobile food trucks.
The district is also essentially a shopping area for Parisians. Once the day’s shopping is done, it is nice to walk the few hundred metres to the Madeleine district, named after the Church of the Madeleine. Those feeling less stout-hearted may wish to stop off at Ladurée to try their delicious macaroons, whilst the more energetic may continue a little further to the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré where all the luxury brands have their Paris showrooms. If you go up the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, you come to the Elysée Palace (home of the President) and the Hotel de Beauvau that houses the Ministry of the Interior.
Also worth seeing: the Passage du Havre, a small shopping arcade; the famous department stores – Le Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette as well as Citadium which attracts plenty of trendy young shoppers; the Square Louis XVI with it Expiatory Chapel, a neo-classical masterpiece built in memory of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.