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The world-famous Champs-Elysées pulsates with life, day and night. This wide boulevard in the heart of Paris is legendary for its high-fashion shops and up-market restaurants. Look above the designer logos of the storefronts and you’ll see some of the city’s most beautiful architecture.
The Champs-Elysées (Elysian Fields) gets its name from the markets and gardens that formerly occupied the site. The origins of this popular thoroughfare can be traced back to 1616, when Maria de Medici ordered an avenue of trees to be planted as an extension to the Tuileries Garden. The shady boulevard soon became a fashionable place to be seen, and by the late 18th century it had become one of the world’s most desirable destinations, with property prices to match.
Some of the glamour has inevitably tarnished over the years, and the streams of slow-moving traffic and phalanxes of camera-wielding sightseers can be distracting. But don’t let the crowds deter you – the impressive vistas from either end of its tree-lined carriageways are well worth the two-kilometre walk.
For most people, the Champs-Elysées means just one thing – shopping! All the designer labels are here, from perfumiers La Maison Guerlain to couturiers Louis Vuitton and jewellers Cartier. Scan the window displays for a preview of the latest catwalk fashions, then let yourself loose among the more affordable labels of popular chains such as H&M and Gap.
Once you’ve shopped till you drop, consider splashing your last bit of cash on a gourmet meal in one of the elegant restaurants that line the boulevard, or head to nearby Rue Washington for a cheaper and more informal choice of eateries offering traditional French cuisine as well as popular international menus.
Don’t miss the Champs-Elysées at sunset, when the traffic-clogged lanes are transformed by a myriad of sparking lights and harassed shoppers give way to elegant theatregoers and diners. For a special treat, visit on 14 July for the traditional Bastille Day parade, or during December when the Christmas lights show off Paris at its most romantic best.
The Champs-Elysées traverses the western part of the 8th arrondissement, with the River Seine to the south and the Louvre Museum on Place de la Concorde at the eastern end. Place de la Concorde, which is well served by public transport, is a good place to begin your walk.
A modern seven-storey Paris hotel inspired by the Art Deco style, overlooking Parc de Monceau, one kilometer from the Champs-Élysées.
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Mogador, Galeries Lafayette, and Paris Opera. Moulin Rouge and Parc Monceau are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Arc de Triomphe and Place Charles de Gaulle Etoile. Place de la Concorde and Place du Tertre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Built in 1907, this handsome 4 star hotel is in the fashionable Madeleine district of Paris, one block from Boulevard Haussmann shopping and one kilometre from the Champs-Elysées.
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jacquemart-Andre Museum and Parc Monceau. Paris Opera and Galeries Lafayette are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Petit Palais, Grand Palais, and Parc Monceau. Galeries Lafayette and Arc de Triomphe are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais, and Paris Opera. Galeries Lafayette and Parc Monceau are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in 8th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theatre Mogador, Galeries Lafayette, and Moulin Rouge. Parc Monceau and Paris Opera are also within 1 mi (2 km).