Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
The rue du Faubourg
Faubourg is an ancient French term approximating "suburb" . The earliest form is Forsbourg, derived from Latin foris, 'out of', and Vulgar Latin burgum, 'town' or 'fortress'...

is a street in Paris, France. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house. Like nearby avenue Montaigne
Avenue Montaigne
Avenue Montaigne is a street in the 8th arrondisement of Paris, France-Name origin:Avenue Montaigne was originally called the allée des Veuves because women in mourning gathered there, but the street has changed much since those days of the early 18th century. The current name comes from Michel...

, the street has been consistently dedicated, throughout its length, to high-fashion stores and other exclusive establishments.

The rue Saint-Honoré
Rue Saint-Honoré
The rue Saint-Honoré is an ancient street in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France.It is named after the collegial Saint-Honoré church situated in ancient times within the cloisters of Saint-Honoré....

, of which the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is now an extension, began as a road extending west from the northern edge of the Louvre property. (Saint Honoré is the popular French saint, Honorius of Amiens.)

Until the 18th century, a few small villages were dispersed in a rural area that extended west of the Louvre. In one of the villages, Roule, the main street, actually little more than a dirt road, was the street that became known the rue Neuve-Saint-Honoré; it was lined and surrounded by a few mansions. The passage was upgraded in the 12th century to accommodate the increasing traffic from Paris's central market, Les Halles
Les Halles
Les Halles is an area of Paris, France, located in the 1er arrondissement, just south of the fashionable rue Montorgueil. It is named for the large central wholesale marketplace, which was demolished in 1971, to be replaced with an underground modern shopping precinct, the Forum des Halles...

, to the outer villages. (The market was moved from the center of Paris in 1971 to the suburb Rungis
Rungis is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France, in the département of Val-de-Marne.It is best known as the location of the large wholesale food market serving the Paris metropolitan area and beyond, the Marché d'Intérêt National de Rungis, said to be the largest food market in the...


The road extended to the edge or gate of Paris. The passage was renamed the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré when the village became an official suburb of Paris; in fact, foris burgem in Latin means "outside the city." (Originally the passage extended to the far-off Forêt de Rouvray
Forêt de Rouvray
The once vast Forêt de Rouvray was a forest that extended from west of Paris in the Île-de-France region westwards into Normandy, virtually unbroken, threaded by the winding loops of the River Seine, traversed by forest traces and dotted with isolated woodland hamlets, as far as Rouen...

 ("oak forest"), now extinct, which covered a vast areas west of Paris and of which the present Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne
The Bois de Boulogne is a park located along the western edge of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, near the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt and Neuilly-sur-Seine...

 is a survivor.) Only in 1860 was the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré incorporated into Paris's city limits.

At number 55 is the Élysée Palace
Élysée Palace
The Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of the French Republic, containing his office, and is where the Council of Ministers meets. It is located near the Champs-Élysées in Paris....

 (Palais de l'Élysée), the official residence of the French President of the Republic.

Notable establishments in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

  • No. 14: The atelier and boutique of couturier Dominique Sirop
    Dominique Sirop
    Dominique Sirop is a French fashion designer and grand couturier.-Early life:Sirop's mother was a couturier's mannequin in Paris for the House of Paquin, and from seeing his mother at work Sirop got the ambition to make a career in the world of haute couture...

    , who established his enterprise in 1996 and at this location from 2000.
  • No. 19: Perfumier Jean-François Houbigant
    Houbigant (perfume)
    Houbigant was a perfume manufacturer founded in Paris, France in 1775 by Jean-François Houbigant of Grasse , originally selling gloves, perfumes, and bridal bouquets. The original shop, called "A la Corbeille de Fleurs", was in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Over the centuries, the House of...

     established his shop, "À la Corbeille de Fleurs" ("at the sign of the flower basket"), in 1775.
  • No. 22: The flagship store of Lanvin
    Lanvin may refer to:* Gérard Lanvin , French actor* Jeanne Lanvin , French fashion designer* Lanvin , French fashion house founded by Jeanne Lanvin...

    , initially established by Jeanne Lanvin
    Jeanne Lanvin
    Jeanne-Marie Lanvin was a French fashion designer and the founder of the Lanvin fashion house.One of the most influential designers of the 1920s and '30s, Jeanne Lanvin's skillful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colors became a...

     in 1889 and here as a couture establishment after several prior locations.
  • No. 24: The flagship store of Hermès
    Hermès International S.A., or simply Hermès is a French high fashion house established in 1837, today specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery, luxury goods, and ready-to-wear...

    , a company of finely crafted goods, established in 1837 and located at the present address since 1880.
  • No. 29: The institute and headquarters of Lancôme
    Lancôme Paris is a makeup brand. Owned by L'Oréal since 1964, Lancôme is part of the Luxury Products division, which offers skin care, fragrances, and makeup at higher-end prices....

    , the cosmetics brand, established in 1935.
  • No. 31: An annex of the Embassy of Japan.
  • No. 33: Hôtel Perrinet et de Jars, headquarters of the Cercle de l'Union interalliée
    Cercle de l'Union interalliée
    The cercle de l'Union interalliée, also known as the Cercle interallié is a social and dining club established in 1917 at No. 33 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, France with Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France, as its second president...

    , the building as a pair with No. 35, built in 1713.
  • No. 35: The embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, purchased by the British government in 1947 and altered.
  • No. 41: The Hôtel de Pontalba
    Hôtel de Pontalba
    Hôtel de Pontalba is a French mansion located at 41 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the official residence of the United States Ambassador to France.- History :...

    , built by Louis Visconti 1842–1855, now the residence of the United States Ambassador to France
    United States Ambassador to France
    This article is about the United States Ambassador to France. There has been a United States Ambassador to France since the American Revolution. The United States sent its first envoys to France in 1776, towards the end of the four-centuries-old Bourbon dynasty...

    , having been purchased by the U.S. government in 1948.
  • No. 55: The Élysée Palace
    Élysée Palace
    The Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of the French Republic, containing his office, and is where the Council of Ministers meets. It is located near the Champs-Élysées in Paris....

    , originally the Hôtel d'Évreux, completed and decorated by 1722; used by Napoléon's government from 1808; and is now the official residence of the President of France.
  • No. 56: The offices of the French edition of Vogue magazine in the Publications Condé Nast Building.
  • No. 71: The former address of Galerie J. Le Chapelin, 1950s (now closed)
  • No. 96: Ministry of the Interior
    Minister of the Interior (France)
    The Minister of the Interior in France is one of the most important governmental cabinet positions, responsible for the following:* The general interior security of the country, with respect to criminal acts or natural catastrophes...

     (on the place Beauvau.)
  • No. 101: The flagship shop and tea room of Dalloyau
    Dalloyau is a Paris-based food company whose history goes back to 1682 and the Versailles Court. Dalloyau is a family-owned and independent business, Nadine Gavillon-Bernardé is the current president since 1993. The company is member of the "Comité Colbert" since 2001. Dalloyau opened its first...

    , a luxury gastronomic brand name.
  • No. 112: The Hôtel Le Bristol
    Hôtel Le Bristol Paris
    Hôtel Le Bristol Paris is a luxury hotel, located on the fashion precinct of the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in Paris, France, at number 112.- History :...

    , a luxury hotel.
  • No. 135: The residence of the Canadian Ambassador to France.

Métro station

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It is served by the 2, 8, 9, 12, and 14 lines.
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