This is the city’s most famous street. Essentially it’s just a combination of designer shops, chain stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and car showrooms but the pavements are wide and tree lined so it’s pleasant to walk down even if you don’t like the shops. Anyway, you have to say you’ve been! We’ve found it best to walk down the hill from the Arc De Triomphe. Be careful if you want to cross the street as it’s very busy at all times of day, so make sure you use a crossing and look for the ‘walk’ light. If you’re feeling really energetic, you can then cross the Place de la Concorde with its beautiful water fountains and walk through the lovely linear Jardin de Tuileries park all the way to the Louvre museum. This is an extract from our free Paris City Guide.
You’ll be safe on the Champs Elysées day or night as it’s probably the busiest street in Paris. At night, the shops stay open later in the summer and there are plenty of restaurants. In the day, the designer boutiques are busy along with the restaurants serving lunch set menus. Eating out in Paris is not cheap, but if you choose a restaurant with a set menu for a fixed price, you can get much better value. Many of the eateries on the Champs Elysées offer this type of deal. Another option is to book yourself on to an organised tour which includes a meal on the Champs Elysées. For instance, the River Cruise and Paris Illuminations tour consistently gets good reviews from those who’ve been on it.
The Champs Elysées links the Arc de Triomphe with Place de la Concorde. There are various metro stops along the road depending on which part of it you want to visit…
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