Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Coordinates: 48°52′23″N 2°18′37″E / 48.87296°N 2.31039°E / 48.87296; 2.31039
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Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
View of the street in 2005
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is located in Paris
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Shown within Paris
Length2,070 m (6,790 ft)
Width14.50 m (47.6 ft) between Rue Royale and Rue La Boétie; 13.80 m between Rue La Boétie and Avenue de Wagram
QuarterFaubourg du Roule, Madeleine
Coordinates48°52′23″N 2°18′37″E / 48.87296°N 2.31039°E / 48.87296; 2.31039
From15–19 Rue Royale
To46 Avenue de Wagram and 2 Place des Ternes
Denomination10 December 1847

The Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (pronounced [ʁy dy fobuʁ sɛ̃tɔnɔʁe]) is a street located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Relatively narrow and nondescript, especially in comparison to the nearby Avenue des Champs-Élysées, it is cited as being one of the most luxurious and fashionable streets in the world thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house, the Élysée Palace (official residence of the President of France), the Hôtel de Pontalba (residence of the United States Ambassador to France), the Embassy of Canada, the Embassy of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous art galleries.

The rue 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 Palace. Saint Honoré, Honorius of Amiens, is the French patron saint of bakers.


Until the 18th century, a few villages were dispersed in a rural area that extended west of the Louvre. The main street (a dirt road) of Roule, one of the villages, became 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, to the outer villages. (The market was moved in 1971 from the center of Paris to the suburb of Rungis.)

The road extended to the edge or gate of Paris. The passage was renamed rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré when the village became an official suburb of Paris; (foris burgem in Latin means "outside the city"). Originally, the passage extended to the Forêt de Rouvray ("oak forest"), which covered a vast area west of Paris. Remnants of it are the Bois de Boulogne, as well as the 5,100 ha Forêt Domaniale de la Londe-Rouvray in Normandy.

The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré was incorporated into Paris's city limits in 1860.

Contemporary Paris[edit]

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Depending on tradition, the reliable gauge of style in Paris and high style can be found along 10 blocks of rue Saint-Honoré, from rue Cambon to rue des Pyramides.[1]

Notable buildings[edit]

The entrance gate of the Élysée Palace, the official residence of the President of the French Republic

Métro station[edit]

The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is:

Located near the Métro stationsSaint-Philippe du Roule and Madeleine.

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


  1. ^ Horyn, Cathy (May 12, 2002). "ONE STREET AT A TIME; Rue St.-Honoré" – via The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Faubourg Saint-Honoré fashion stores". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Strawinsky, Théodore; Strawinsky, Denise (2004). Stravinsky: A Family Chronicle. Translated by Walsh, Stephen. Schirmer Trade Books. pp. 117, 147. ISBN 0-8256-7290-2.
  4. ^ "L'ambassade du Canada quitte l'avenue Montaigne à Paris". Le Figaro. March 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Paris Chancery Relocation Project (PDF file)" (PDF).
  6. ^ The Official Residence – Embassy of Canada in France


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