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Champs Élysées

Champs Elysées in Greek mythology means “the place where the heroes stay afterdeath”. Do you want to know why?

WHAT TO VISIT?champs elysées

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.

Champs Elysees

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.

Champs Elysees

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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…

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • 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.

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Versailles Castle

Self-Guided Walking Tours in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral

 

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

As one of the most famous monuments of Paris, you must have heard about the Arc de Triomphe. But did you know that you can climb up to its roof 50 meters above the ground? Ordered by Napoleon, the Arc was built to commemorate his army, known as “Grande Armée”, and it’s one of the highest triumphal arches in the world.

Paris in the Rain, Paris, Arc de Triomph

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WHAT WILL YOU SEE?

When visiting the Arc de Triomphe, you will have an amazing view over Paris from the top of it, including a view of the Eiffel Tower.

The arch was commissioned as a commemorative monument for the soldiers who died in the Napoleonic Wars. You can see the names of the French generals who fought during these wars engraved on the monument, along with the names of famous French victories.

It later became a patriotic icon after the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was installed under it. This tomb and the inscriptions commemorate the unknown soldiers who lost their lives fighting for France in World War I.

Arc de Triomphe

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HOW TO VISIT IT?

The Arc de Triomphe is located in the 8th district of Paris, along the Champs Elysées Avenue, in the middle of the Charles de Gaulle Square.

Consider budgeting approximately 1 hour to climb the arch and visit it.

We recommend that you go either on a sunny day to enjoy the view over the city and take great pictures, or, if the weather isn´t that good, to go in the evening after the night has fallen in order to enjoy the lights of the city (especially beautiful in winter time).

Another interesting option is to go between 6-6:30pm when you will be able to attend the ceremony of the Revival of the Eternal Flame of the Unknown Soldier, which takes place everyday at this time.

For the history buff, guided tours of the Arc are also available.

In any case you should never cross the square at ground level. To reach the Arc de Triomphe you must use the tunnel access, whose entries are located on the Avenue des Champs Elysées (by the metro entrance, right side when facing the Arc), or on the Avenue de la Grande Armée (on the left side when facing the Arc).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: From April 1 to September 30: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
    From October 1 to March 31: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Price: 8 €, students less than 26 pay 5 € while it is free for children up to 17
  • Access: RER: line A, station “Charles de Gaulle-Etoile”
    Metro: lines 1, 2 and 6, station “Charles de Gaulle-Etoile”

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Champs Élysées

Montmartre Tour

Orsay Museum

 

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Holiday trip to Paris, top 10 things to do in Paris in winter

Things To Do During Your Holiday Trip to Paris

Paris is an extraordinary city to visit any time of the year, and especially during the holidays. Celebrate this holidays exploring the top 5 things to do during your holiday trip to Paris.

1. Christmas Markets

Located all around the city, Paris’ Christmas Markets epitomize what Paris is like during the holidays – cozy, tasty, and bright.   Stroll through the markets to feel the warm holiday cheer –  with beautiful illuminated shops, gourmet candies, and tasty warm drinks.

Holiday Trip to Paris

Paris Christmas Market

2. Ice Skating on the Eiffel Tower

 

There’s no question that ice skating is one of the most fun activities to do during the holidays.  But ice skating on the Eiffel Tower – seems too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well you’re in luck, because holiday visitors will now be able to ice skate for free on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, while admiring the beautiful city from above.

Holiday Trip to Paris

Ice Skating on Eiffel Tower

3. Admire Illuminated Window Displays at Department Stores

 

One of Paris’ most renowned holiday traditions, Parisian storefronts are decorated and illuminated with festive decorations. Stroll around the city and admire these beautiful facades, featuring Christmas trees, animated toys, and charming light displays.

Holiday Trip to Paris

Paris Holiday Storefront Display

4. Stroll through the Illustrious Champs-Élysées

 

The Champs-Élysées, arguably Paris’s most renowned boulevard, is the center of Paris’ holiday cheer. Lined with hundreds of glowing trees, leading from the iconic Arc de Triomphe to the magnificent Place de La Concorde, the Champs-Élysées is a can’t-miss during your holiday trip to Paris.

Holiday Trip to Paris

Champs-Élysées during the Holidays

5. Treat Yourself to Hot Chocolate at Angelina

 

Located a few steps from the Louvre, Angelina is one of Paris’ most tasteful dessert shops. After checking out the world’s most renowned museum, stop by Angelina to try out their world-famous hot chocolate and Mont Blanc dessert.

Holiday Trip to Paris

Paris Holiday Desserts

Have a wonderful holiday trip to Paris!

Guerlain parent shop on the Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris, scene of the beauty class

The Beauty Class, by Guerlain

Paris is synonymous with luxury and refinement. The real “Parisienne” is necessarily a perfect woman, who always looks rested and with a glowing complexion. Well, great news for everyone else: it’s false! Yes, we Parisians women also have dark circles under the eyes after too festive an evening, and the passing of time does not spare us more than it does for the others … But we have a secret weapon: the Guerlain Beauty Class.

In the magnificent setting of the historic boutique on the Champs Elysees, the famous House offers indeed to learn different techniques and beauty care gestures and makeup, that are easy to replicate at home afterwards. As master of ceremonies, Maxime Poulain, make-up artist of the House, teaches the basics of beauty. Assisted by his lovely demonstrators, Maxime explains to us the difference between a tonic and a lotion, and when to use one or the other. He explains how to choose a blush (which you always need to coordinate with your lipstick), or how to apply it (always on top of the cheekbone). He explains why products like the oil Abeille Royale or the products from the Terracotta line meet such a success for so many years now, and how to use them well. In short, in one hour only, Maxime shows us how to wear make-up and feel perfect in 2 minutes flat.

 These beauty classes, in small groups of about 10 to 15 people, offer a first approach to the French beauty. To go further, Guerlain also offers customized individual consultations. A true moment of relaxation that makes you feel beautiful and radiant. It is no doubt what we call the “French touch”!

For who: for women who want to feel beautiful.
How Much: from 40€
Duration: count 1 hour for a Beauty Class in group.
Tip: Guerlain offers various customization services, from your makeup ritual to the design of your bottle of perfume, do not hesitate to ask.