Champs Elysées: Things to See and Do
The Champs Elysées, considered ‘most beautiful avenue in the world’, is undoubtedly the most famous avenue in Paris. Here is our guide things to see and do in the Champs-Elysées Area.
A stroll from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle is an ideal way to see the area, with the end of the walk leading to 12 other major avenues.
The first notable sight for visitors is the Arc de Triomphe which towers above the Champs-Elysées area.
Lined with beautiful buildings and splendid shops, the Champs-Elysées avenue is a strong symbol of power and wealth, with the Elysée Palace (home of the French President) nearby. This area is also the district of luxury hotels, starred restaurants and haute-couture fashion designers.
A Walk Down Champs Elysées Avenue
Grand Palais (The Great Palace)
The Champs-Elysées is the perfect place for a stroll, starting with a view of the immense Grand Palais which was erected in 1900 for the Paris Universal Exhibition.
It now houses the National Galleries and is the venue for many of the city’s biggest exhibitions.
Petit Palais & Palais de la Découverte
You can also visit the Petit Palais which houses the City of Paris Fine Art Museum and The Palais de la Découverte, a science museum in a spectacular building.
Avenue Montaigne and the Golden Triangle
Continue walking up the Champs-Elysée avenue towards the Arc de Triomphe to arrive at the corner with Avenue Montaigne on your left. This is a great street to spend some time browsing what the high-end stores have to offer.
This avenue is considered as the paradise of luxury boutiques. The largest and most elegant haute-couture fashion houses reside here, including Prada, Nina Ricci, Dior, and Gucci, to name but a few.
Afterwards, why not take a break at the Bar des Theatres? Nearby is the Comédie des Champs Elysées Theater, which is known to be frequented by many famous faces – so keep an eye out!
Take back the Avenue Montaigne towards the Champs-Elysées, and continue in direction of Place de l’Etoile (or place Charles de Gaulle).
Walking Up the Champs Elysées Avenue
Here, there far more affordable shops than those of the Avenue Montaigne in abundance.
But if you want to stay in the mindset of luxury, the Louis Vuitton store – by the famous architects Eric Carlson and Peter Marino – is a must-visit.
Have Lunch in the Most Beautiful Avenue in the World
For midday refreshments, try Spoon . This super-chic restaurant established by Alain Ducasse invites its guests to compose their own menu from the suggestions provided.
This formula surprises and delights its many customers with flavors as well as wines coming from all over the world.
Make sure you arrive early to secure a table.
Shopping in Les Champs
In the afternoon, continue along the Champs-Elysées. You will see many restaurants, often based in beautiful buildings: the most famous are Le Fouquet’s and La durée – why not taste their wonderful macarons?
Next, the underpass to reach the Arc de Triomphe, go at the top and admire the panoramic view of Paris .
Dinner time on the Champs-Elysées Avenue!
If you want to stay in the area for dinner, the Mood is perfect for those who love modern cuisine and a cool atmosphere. Comfortable and stylish, it is particularly well-loved by its young and trendy customers.
The DJ offers an electro atmosphere that can put you in the party mood if you want to go out after dinner. A discrete entrance allows this restaurant on the Champs Elysée to not be crowded by tourists, and prices are relatively low for the area.
For festive evenings, the ‘Golden Triangle‘ is the quintessential neighborhood for nightclubs.
OUR FAVORITE BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN THE CHAMPS ELYSEES AREA
Welcome to Buddha.
A well-kept, surprising and successful art-deco bar with a trendy clientele, the Buddha Bar is the place to be in Paris. The famous Buddha Bar Compilations encapsulate the magic of the place, and their cocktails are known to be exceptionally good.
The Doobie’s is a a chic and cozy 450 m² restaurant just near the Champs Elysées.
The menu features Thai and Italian specialities such as veal piccata with marsala and marinated tuna, for example. Prices for lunch are very inviting (around 10 euros), however, the many parties organized during the week can raise the evening prices.
A chic and trendy restaurant that welcomes the showbiz elite, this fine place serves creative cuisine with Mediterranean influences.
The choice of natural materials such as wood and leather gives the place a cozy atmosphere. This restaurant has been managed by the Pourcel brothers since its opening in 2005.
Le Sens is also very popular for its private parties and frequent cocktail nights.
Couscous, tajines and pastillas are elevated to fine dining status at this stylish Moroccan restaurant.
A visit to El Mansour is a good opportunity to taste the fine and varied Moroccan food available in Paris.
La Maison Blanche
Uniquely positioned on a Parisian rooftop with a magnificent view over the Seine and the left bank. Superlatives are not enough to describe this place. The menu is offered by the Pourcel brothers of Le Sens.
Belonging to the Costes brothers, L’Avenue is a trendy restaurant on Avenue Montaigne. L’Avenue is the preferred eatery of fashion and media professionals who work nearby.
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