The Champs-Elysées may once have been the most beautiful avenue in the world, but its fortunes have risen and fallen many times over the years, and it's currently overrun with global chain stores, auto dealerships, and movie multiplexes. While you can find the über-glam Vuitton flagship, which draws label addicts in droves, you'll largely spend time dodging throngs of teens as you trudge past McD's and Sephora, wondering what in God's name all the fuss is about. If you do find yourself nearby, stop to browse at the most original shopping destination on the avenue: Galeries Lafayette Champs-Elysées
, the family-run department store’s very own concept store, featuring emerging and international designers (such as Rouje, Jacquemus, and Marine Serre). In a space spanning nearly 70,000 square feet and four floors, the shop eschews the usual boundaries in the retail experience, mixing goods from multiple categories for men and women rather than partitioning things into dedicated corners. The experience is meant to be fluid, encouraging shoppers to weave seamlessly from fashion to food to accessories. Speaking of food: if you’re going to eat in the neighborhood, take your meal in the store’s well-appointed food court or at Citron, a casual café on the premises dreamed up by Jacquemus designer Simon Porte.