Visit the Sumptuous Champs-Elysées to Enjoy Modern Shops and Historical Sights
Discover the Beautiful Avenue of the Champs-Elysées for an Incredible Shopping and Sightseeing Experience
Let’s face it, when you think of Paris, the first things that come to mind are: a) romance, b), stunning sights and c), clothes shopping. With its cobbled, four-lane roadway, its Haussmannian-styled shops and its iconic monuments, the avenue des Champs Elysees is one of the few spots in the French capital that embody these three qualities all at once. Imagine yourself strolling down this immense boulevard, admiring Parisian attractions whilst browsing France’s finest brands…
Feeling like you want to know more of the place that has been (justly) named the "most beautiful avenue in the world"? We're telling you all about how the Champs Elysees perfectly blends history with modernity – and why to make it your number one destination when landing in the city of Light, love and food.
Where History Meets Modernity
When walking down the vast avenue des Champs-Elysées, you’ll be taken aback by your historical surroundings. Picture the majestic Arc de Triomphe at the head of the street, overlooking the city with its impressive architecture and intricate sculptures. Imagine the Concorde at its end, piercing the Parisian sky with its gold-tipped spike. Visualise the Grand Palais, further down by the Seine, both delicate and sturdy all at once, with its famous nave made of glass and its white limestone façade.
Built 1.2 miles long and 230 ft wide, the avenue is the French capital’s ultimate landmark. It was created to draw a huge, straight line into the heart of Paris; the “historical axis”. This links the Arc de Triomphe, the Concorde and the Louvre together through a clever game of perspectives – allowing you to see them in perfect alignment wherever you’re standing along the famous thoroughfare. As you stroll down this historic location, you’ll fall in love with the beauty of its monuments as well as with its more recent sites.
More than a monumental, historical legacy, the Champs-Elysées is also attracting tourists from across the world for its exclusive shops and luxury venues. Over the decades, it has seen its pavements and beautiful, Haussmann buildings welcome more and more restaurants, hotels and stores - this succeeded in modernising the neighbourhood without losing any of its grandeur. Every venue embraces the street’s architecture for a wonderful blend of history and modernity, complementing, rather than transforming one another.
A Place for Shopping and Going Out
Now the wealthiest area in the city, this quartier will soon become your favourite location for enjoying Paris’s latest trends and best food.
Besides its world-renowned architecture and cuisine, the French capital is mostly famous for its elegant fashion. Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Louis Vuitton… Who can honestly say they haven’t thought of stepping (at least) a toe in one of these famousbrands’ magasins*? Certainly not us – and we don’t believe you if you deny it.
Parallel to the Champs-Elysées, the rue Montaigne offers the finest stores in terms of haute couture and ready-to-wear. Birch trees frame this exquisite street and shop windows are protected by gold-tipped, cast iron railings. Enjoy a promenade, if not a shopping session, and head back to the main avenue to make your last purchases – the high street labels situated on the Champs-Elysées conveniently don’t close until 10pm.
After a few hours going through these stores’ amazing collections, stop by one of the fancy restaurants located on both sides of the Champs-Elysées. If you feel like playing the Parisian cliché card, choose The Fouquet’s and sit at a table where several French Presidents have eaten before you… If you’re looking for a quiet yet exceptional venue, find your happy place atL’Epicerie, 30 rue de Miromesnil, for a real taste of Southern French cuisine - , delicious produce and even more sumptuous wines. And to end a wonderful day, you can either watch the latest movies in the huge rooms of the UGC Normandie cinema, or attend a play at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées…
As the famous French song goes "Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées" (you’ll find anything you want, on the Champs-Elysées). From breath-taking monuments, to high-end fashion boutiques and amazing cuisine, it is sure to satisfy your urge for the finer things in Paris!