And what about around Madeleine!

So been in Brittany long enough, its going to be about 7,5 yrs and it’s time to reminicent of my times in Versailles ,living,and working in Paris for about another 8 years. That is how long been living in France permanently. Bit of trivia, I am French before all that time ::)

I once worked in a beautiful area of Paris and my bragging was that I would need to walk in and around the Church of the Madeleine!!! Well let me tell you a bit more as have several blog posts on the Church already.


The neighborhood or quartier of La Madeleine is the 31st of Paris located in the 8th district or arrondissement. It takes its name from the Church of the Madeleine. As you might know Paris is divided into 20 arrondisement of 4 quartiers each or 80 total since the grouping by Baron Haussmann in 1860 on orders of Emperor Napoleon III.

Located between the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, the Madeleine neighborhood includes embassies, major institutions and boutiques of art and luxury. The festive atmosphere of the neighborhood, given by many theaters, cinemas,but also breweries and restaurant, as well as the proximity of Gare Saint-Lazare, make it a very popular site. Symbol of the district, the Church of the Madeleine, replaces in the 18C the old parish church which has become too small. Transformed into a temple to the glory of the French armies by Napoleon III, the building takes, after many hesitations, the form of an ancient temple..

After a century of successive changes, the Church of the Madeleine was consecrated in 1842. Hosting today the great ceremonies, Te Deum or National funeral, the Madeleine is, on the other hand the richness of its architecture, one of the most photographed monuments of Paris.

Some of the renown buildings in this district are the Palais de l’Élysée, seat of the Presidency of the French Republic . The Hotel de Beauvau, seat of the Ministry of the Interior since 1861. Hotel de Charost, residence of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in France. And the United States Embassy in France by Avenue Gabriel.


Some of the better known and nicest streets in the quartier are :

Boulevard Malesherbes, Rue Tronchet (my route to work), Rue des Mathurins, Rue de la Ville –Lévêque, Cité Berryer, Rue d’Aguesseau, Rue de Suréne, Place Beauveau , Place de la Madeleine(past by it to work), Place des Saussaies, Passage de la Madeleine, and Square Louis XVI.


Of course, the main attraction here is the Church of the Madeleine, and there isan Anglican Church Saint Georges of Paris too.

The Paris tourist office has more on the arrondissement and quartiers of the 8éme here: Tourist office of Paris on the Madeleine

Parking Tronchet by 31 Place de la Madeleine, and the one at Saint Lazare , as well as the parking Opera Meyerbeer are good underground parking that I have used over the years and central to all. My fav webpage is Neoparking:

The public transportation here is the Metro Madeleine lines 8, 12, 14. Bus lines 24, 42, 52, 84, and 94, all passed by the Square. The 94 is great from St Lazare to Montparnasse; the 24 , 42 ,and 84 is great for tourists on major sites.


Some of the goodies I have enjoyed over the years on this neighborhood that are still there are

There is a nice marché aux fleurs or small flower market to the right of the Church of the Madeleine. The Place de la Madeleine, which took its present form in 1842, was an old flower market, some of which still remain today. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8h to 19h30. Another general market is the La Madeleine at  Place de la Madeleine Open air market on the mail adjoining the left carriageway along the Church of La Madeleine, at the outlet of Boulevard Malesherbes. Open Tuesday and Friday from 7h30 to 13h

Other nice places to shop here that I had experience are

Les Trois Quartiers , 23 Boulevard de la Madeleine. Went around it every day to work and shop at Madelios! .Former department store built in 1932 and transformed in the 1990’s in offices and in commercial gallery with in particular the men’s ready-to-wear store Madelios (Au Printemps group) about fifteen shops specialised in cosmetics, clothing and perfumes, open from Monday to Saturday from 10h to 19h. It includes brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Madelios.


Galerie de la Madeleine.  9 Place de la Madeleine or 30 Rue Boissy d’Anglas; near my photo place! Is an arcade dating back to the 19C. With very elegant architecture, two beautiful cariatydes decorate the main entrance, it houses numerous luxury retailers and food shops.

Monoprix, 9 boulevard de la Madeleine, a general store with all the goodies you need including groceries.

Massimo Dutti, 34 Rue Tronchet, for the men’s clothing…

For food related like wines the Spanish chain tops  Lavinia, 3-5 Boulevard de la Madeleine , the venerable Fauchon Paris, 30 Place de la Madeleine,

And for somenice Parisien chow, had tried these over the years with good experiences

 L’écluse Madeleine 9, rue Duphot

Tante Louise,15, place de la Madeleine

La Maison de la Truffe, 19 Place de la Madeleine

Café Madeleine 1 Rue Tronchet (my must stop on way to and back from work)

Caffe Corto 11 Rue Tronchet

As for lodgings well not tested by me as not needed but friends and business partners had tried these with good recommendations

Hôtel de Sèze, 16 Rue de Sèze

Madeleine Plaza Hotel, 33 Place de la Madeleine

Hôtel de l’Arcade, 9 Rue de l’Arcade, (this is a story ;I once was asked four times in the same week how to get here while walking to work from Gare St Lazare, I finally asked them what is there, and it was folks looking for this hotel lol.)

The thrill of walking is great and I always advice folks coming to Paris to do as much as possible and forget the transports. Granted , we need to get to Paris somehow, I do more often by car ,but once find a central parking garage the rest is on foot and long walks all over, sublime!!

Hope you enjoy the walk on gorgeous Paris. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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