Party Earth Review The broad, tree-lined sidewalks, bustling outdoor cafés, glittering architecture, and important historical sites have earned the Avenue des Champs-Élysées the distinction of “most beautiful avenue in the world.” Named... ... read full review
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
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Champs-Élysées - 8eme, Paris –
The broad, tree-lined sidewalks, bustling outdoor cafés, glittering architecture, and important historical sites have earned the Avenue des Champs-Élysées the distinction of “most beautiful avenue in the world.”
Named for the Elysian Fields in Greek Mythology – where the chosen would live a blessed and rich afterlife – this barely two-kilometer stretch of road is alive with luxury shopping, fine restaurants, theaters, and some of the most expensive real estate in the world.
The atmosphere is definitely tourist-driven, with droves of travelers visiting the stores and marveling at the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde on either end.
Although government officials have begun to enforce regulations to curb ongoing commercialization, the Avenue is filled with a plethora of popular brand stores from Nike to Louis-Vuitton that cater to the tourist crowd, while fashion aficionados in search of unique luxury designers could spend weeks exploring even more upscale side streets like Avenue Montaigne.
Auto enthusiasts, on the other hand, can check out the showrooms of Peugeot and Mercedes, while those in the market for music and electronics will find plenty to peruse at Virgin and FNAC, Paris’ main media store.
After the sun sets, the area’s eateries, bars, cinemas, and popular high-end clubs attract young and stylish Parisians as well as international jet-setters and socialites, making Avenue des Champs-Élysées a must-see destination by day, at night, and during any lifetime.
Multi-national crowd of all ages.
The people, sights, and sounds on one of the most beautiful streets in the world. There are also many cinemas offering films in English – just look for the “VO” sign (Version Original).
Cafés, restaurants, and bars line both sides of the Avenue.
Café and restaurant prices range from moderate to expensive.
Smart casual, though some visitors opt for casual clothing.
Bustling during the day and the night.