Avenue des Champs-Élysées

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Avenue des Champs-Élysées "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." Paris France 48.8698008 2.3075859
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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

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"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."

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

Stop by 75 and 76 Avenue des Champs-Élysées for a delicious sandwich at Deli’s Café, then pop next door to try the world-renowned macaroons at Ladurée.

  • Crowd

    Multi-national crowd of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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).

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Cafés, restaurants, and bars line both sides of the Avenue.

  • Prices

    Café and restaurant prices range from moderate to expensive.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual, though some visitors opt for casual clothing.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Bustling during the day and the night.

Avenue des Champs-Élysées User Reviews

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The Champs-Elysées
Stéphanie R. Feb 23, 2013
The Champs-Elysées avenue is probably in Paris the most visited and attractive place for rich people addicted to luxurious shopping. You can easily buy a Maserati for Mister and a beautiful Alexander Mac Queen iconic pair of shoes for Madame! The promenade can be continued walking till a comfortable drink at the "Fouquet's" , where it's highly recommended to respect the house dress code that is" chic chic and chic". But the Champs-Elysées avenue is also a good place to be for the evening strollers not specially rich, not specially tourist, but evidently night birds! You can easily go on a book store to stroll ..buying the book you never bought before at 23 PM, or go to the Sephora store to have a good make up for free( for women only, or men, why not? ) , before going to the discothèque" Le milliardaire"... or other very chic places that close very early in the morning.The plus is that you can easily find not specially expensive store if you visit the galleries along the avenue, go for a movie film, or just take a drink. The bad part is that there is too much traffic all the day and the night and then, you will breath smog. It’s not a place to be for a long time on a day.
Worth a stop, but don't spend much time
Christina W. Dec 13, 2012
If you're in Paris, I would say make a stop at the Champs-Elysees just so you can say you did, at least. It's an iconic part of Paris, and while it has become a complete tourist destination, it does have a history that is quite interesting (if you take the time to learn about it). The shopping is expensive and overpriced, but it's gorgeous at night. It has certainly earned the title of "most beautiful avenue in the world," but only because the storefronts are spotless and the street is kept impeccably clean. Honestly I think the biggest reason to go would be to see the Arc du Triomphe. It's not worth it to go up to the top (way overpriced), but it's a really beautiful feat of architecture and definitely worth it to see up close.
Hype, hype, hype
Craig B. Dec 9, 2012
The lights are pretty and all, but it was (and still is) pretty hard to get excited about a bunch of lights. I wandered from perfume shop to fashion boutique to supercar dealer with my (now ex-) girlfriend and found myself wondering, what on earth do people see in this place? Even the street food vendors are more expensive than you'll find a few blocks in any direction. You're paying for the experience, paying for the ability to say, "I bought this on the Champs Elysees." And when you're too broke or too cheap to buy anything, you can't exactly say that, can you? Oh well. Again, at least the lights were pretty.
Much more worth it during Christmas time
Priscilla G. Dec 7, 2012
The Champs-Elysees is like the Eiffel Tower: it's a Parisian institution you have to visit whether you really want to or not. Of course, it's mostly touristy, but locals do come to enjoy a movie or do some last-minute shopping during the weekend. While the stores range from your average American mall-type retail (Hilfiger, Banana Republic, H&M, Sephora) to more upscale French brand flagships (Cartier, Vuitton, Lancel), the most convenient aspect of these boutiques is that they're open even on Sundays (you will find it very hard to find stores open on Sundays anywhere else in Paris). But the best part of the Champs-Elysees is the transformation come sunset during the Christmas season: everything is lit up beautifully, especially the Place Franklin-Roosevelt, and the Christmas market stands lure you in with the delicious smell of sugary winter treats. It gets very crowded on Saturdays so plan accordingly!
Oh, Champs-Élysées...
Tara R. Dec 7, 2012
It's nice to walk down, of course, especially if you're singing "Aux Champs Elysées" in your head as you walk down it, but it is the ultimate of tourist traps, where hearing someone actually speaking French is completely unlikely, and you’ll be competing with hundreds of other nations to read the other side unscathed. It is a Parisian landmark that should be visited, but simply strolling down the boulevard beneath the trees on your way to the Louvre—not an overrated tourist trap in any way, shape or form—will be enough.
Expect tourists rather than locals
Rachel S. Dec 1, 2012
The Champs-Élysées is easily one of the most recognizable features of Paris. While iconic, it is, in my opinion, best experienced when Paris is known to be less congested (i.e. avoid the summer). Of course, if this is not an option, there are still many ways to enjoy the spot. The broad sidewalks are filled with competing cafes, so you will never be without food. For entertainment, there are large movie theaters. An added bonus is that most of them offer English versions of films with French subtitles, rather than the other way around. Many brand stores line the sidewalk, but don't expect to find something truly unique on the Champs-Élysées. For a more "Parisian" experience, venture off into the more authentic and less visited parts of Paris. All in all, this is still a good sight to take in and experience. Besides, if you are already in Paris anyway what's the point in not going?
Beautiful attraction for tourists and for locals to take advantage of
Nicole B. Nov 29, 2012
The Champs-Élysées is my favorite strip to walk up and down on because of its beauty. Even if you're not shopping on the strip it's fun to walk down and see all the high-end fashion shops such as Louis-Vuitton. The sidewalk and strip itself is so gorgeous and really captures the essence of Paris. I'd say it's a top defining attraction of Paris! There's a place that has macaroons named "Laduree", which is famed in Paris! I recommend you stop in there and grab a few, even though it's expensive it is the best tasting macaroon I've ever had and you can eat it while strolling down the beautiful street!
Wave at it.
Amster M. Nov 20, 2012
Since I live in a touristy Europe town I feel I have the right to slag off at least one tourist monument that’s just not worth getting to. And I’m sure this will irk some people, but I just don’t think this spot is worth the fight to get to. I think you should cruise by it on a bicycle for a photo op, and that’s it. And if you happen to stroll by on accident, even better. This isn’t real Paris, this is a stage, a set up for tourists. While I’ll admit Arc de Triomphe has a historical significance, it doesn’t match up to what you could be seeing that’s a million times worth your while, like Versailles, Louvre, or one of the many classic arrondissements of Parisian culture. The last time I came here the place just didn't stand out.
Amazing Shopping
Kaitlin P. Nov 15, 2012
If you only had one day in Paris, this must be on your list of things to do! Although it is very crowded, there is no reason not to visit! The shopping is great with all of the most luxurious brand names you could imagine. There is also great places to eat nearby. In the winter around Christmas time there are lights on all of the trees at night and various decorations spread out along the walk ways. Such a great place to visit as a tourist or a local looking for shopping and fun! One of the best places in Paris, I absolutely loved it.
City of Light!
Gian B. Oct 20, 2012
Do you know the Avenue of the Champs-Elysées? Of course you do! The most known avenue in Europe, and in the world, is definitely a must see. If you are looking for luxury brands, there is no shortage of offerings such as Lacoste or Hugo Boss and a quick stop at the Louis Vuitton boutique is a must. For the ones who are seeking more original and eccentric clothing, IKKS would be the answer. While Nike and Adidas may have your fancy, don’t forget to take a peak at the famous local soccer team store, Paris Saint-Germain. If shopping is not for you, you will enjoy a long walk from the Arc De Triomphe; one of the most visited monument in France, all the way to the stupendous gardens of Le Jardin des Tuilleries. Finally, after having done all that fun strolling, you will want to indulge in great foods. For the finest French gastronomy, you may want to try the Fouquet’s or the Deauville. Unless your buds desire an authentic Italian Pizza, then try Pizza Pino... anytime of the night. As the Champs-Elysées is known for being the most beautiful avenue of the world, it goes without saying that you can find all type of restaurants, bars and clubs full of crowds visiting from all over the world. This is to say, there is always a reason to be on the Avenue of the Champs-Elysées.
Great family-friendly destination to soak in the sights
Kelsey D. Oct 2, 2012
People-watching at it's finest paired with great shopping and eateries makes this a family-friendly destination. If you enjoy jogging/walking, head down the Champs in the morning and enjoy the scenery before the crowds take over. There are numerous restaurant options from high-end, traditional French sit downs to grab and go, which accommodates every type of visitor. Great place to head if you're visiting Paris with a tour group and have a few hours to spare. As an aside, The U.S. Embassy in France is located just off Ave. des Champs.
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