Located in the 1st arrondissement in Paris, the Vendôme – Rivoli district derives its name from the famous Place Vendôme and the adjacent Rue de Rivoli, one of the longest streets in Paris. Created during the 1st Empire, it was envisaged as a major east-west traffic axis in Paris. Along its four and a half mile length you will find all the top brands and stores. The Rue de Rivoli runs alongside the Tuileries Gardens where Catherine de Medici built her Tuileries Palace in 1564, later destroyed by fire. However you can still visit its Orangerie, now the Orangerie Museum where there are some beautiful Monet paintings.
Another wonder of this neighbourhood: the Place Vendôme. Louis XIV chose the Place Vendôme for the grand backdrop to his court in Paris and erected a statue of himself there as the symbol of absolute power. After its destruction during the French Revolution it was replaced by the Vendome Column, erected by Napoleon 1st to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz. Since the luxury hotel, the Ritz, opened in 1898, the Vendôme – Rivoli neighbourhood has set politics aside and opted for a lifestyle embodying luxury and good living. Since then many of the most famous luxury jewellery, cut glass and fashion stores have established themselves there. Many of the city’s largest luxury hotels are in this very smart area of the capital, the Vendôme quarter.
Also worth exploring: the Rue de la Paix, the Rue de Castiglione, the Rue Saint-Honoré and the Rue Cambon and roads around, where you’ll find the top luxury stores in the neighbourhood. At the end of the Rue de Rivoli, the immense Place de la Concorde merits exploring, with its obelisk that came from the Temple at Luxor in Egypt.