Champs Elysées in Greek mythology means “the place where the heroes stay afterdeath”. Do you want to know why?
WHAT TO VISIT?
Champs Élysées have become the main avenue of Paris. Finished for the first time in 1724, the avenue was promoted to connect directly the Place de l’Étoile (now named Etoile-Charles de Gaulle) with the Concorde square. Back to our era, in 1994 the Champs Elysées suffered a deep modification, reaching now the incredible length of 1910 meters and, with the Avenue of the Grand Armée which kind of extend the Champs Elysées beside the Arc of Triumph, they both reach a total length of 7 kilometers, connecting in this way, the center of Paris with the financial district of La Défense. At the end of the avenue you can find one of the major monuments of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe. You can visit the roundabout of the Charles de Gaulle square as well as climb up the monument, from where you will discover an amazing view of the city.
The Champs Elysées are nowadays a worldwide reference, as the Champs (as the Parisians call them) welcome shops from the most famous brands, engaged in a deep competition to gain access to this trendy location and expose their products or services along the historic avenue. It is a special place to go shopping while relaxing and enjoying a great time wandering in the street.
Last but no least, the Champs Elysées are the place where all major parades are taking place: not only does the French Army parade on it for Bastille Day, but it’s also where the Tour de France, most important cycling race in the world, has its finish line. The Paris Marathon usually also passes by this magnificient avenue.
HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?
If you wish to walk along the whole avenue, prepare to walk almost 2 kilometers. Wear comfortable shoes!
With a few exceptions, the shops of the Champs Elysées avenue are opened all week long, usually from 10 am to 8 pm, while the Arc de Triomphe is opened until late at 10 pm.
If you are interested in upscale shopping at the best world brands, no doubts, come to the Champs Elysées! From Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Cartier, to Zara, H&M, Sephora, the Disney store, not forgetting of course the store of the football club PSG, you are sure find what you are looking for.
But that’s not all: you will also find there art museums (Grand Palais and Petit Palais) in the middle of the avenue, close to the roundabout Franklin Roosevelt; green spaces where to relax and maybe grab a snack; and of course great architecture and monuments to admire, along the avenue and at the Concorde Square. And if the weather is not with you and you wish to relax at the cinema, the Champs Elysées also have 4 movie theatres where you can see a movie in English with subtitles in French (choose the ones with the indication “VOST”). Last: you call also find several clubs on or close to the avenue, the Queen being one of the most famous ones.
If you are more interested in wandering and relaxing, keep in mind that a lot of hidden gems are also located
in the side streets, and it would be a pity to reduce your discovery of the neighborhood to the only Champs Elysées. At ParisByM, we have designed a discovery itinerary to help you make the most of your time there which is included in most of our packages.
Last but not least: keep in mind that being a very touristic place, the Champs Elysées also draw a lot of pickpockets and beggars. Without being paranoid, make sure nevertheless that your purse and bags are well closed…
- Hours: shops usually open 10am-8pm // movie theatre approx. 2pm-12am // Arc de Triomphe 10am-10pm // the avenue itself is always busy…
- Price: free
- Access: “Champs Élysées-Clemenceau” metro line 1 and 13. “Franklin D. Roosevelt” line 1 and 9 “Charles de Gaulle- Étoile” line 1, 2 and 6. “Concorde” line 1 and 12.
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