Les Champs Elysées Français

The Champs Elysees

The Champs Elysees is the most famous avenue in Paris. It is 1.2 miles long and stretches from the Arch of Triumph to the Place de la Concorde where stands the Egyptian obelisk. The Avenue is lined up with many shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres and even a cabaret (The famous Lido)... An unmissable walk when coming to Paris for the first time.
Please find here below details about history and things to do or see...

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The story of the most famous avenue in the world started in 1616. At this time there were only fields ("Champs" in French) after the Tuileries Garden and Marie de Medici decided the creation of an avenue of trees. In just a few decades the Champs Elysees was lined with mansions and shops. By the late 18th century, the avenue had become one of the most fashionable in Paris. The Champs Elysées avenue runs from the Place de la Concorde - where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were executed - up to the Arch of Triumph built by Napoleon to celebrate his victories and honour the memory of fallen soldiers.

Things to do in the Champs Elysees - Our tips

Here are our tips for visiting the Champs Elysees Avenue

Walk the Champs Elysées up and down

Our tips: The best way to visit the Champs Elysées is to walk up and down the avenue from the Place de la Concorde to the Arch of Triumph. Be prepared for a long walk as the total distance is 4km (2km one way). Try to avoid weekends when the place is overcrowded (Most shops are open on sundays).

Get to the top of the Arch of Triumph: Opening hours & tickets price

Getting to the top of the Arch of Triumph is certainly a thing to do when walking the Champs Elysées Avenue. The view is really great from the rooftop of the Arch of Triumph, which is the highest point between the Louvre museum and the Defense business district.
Opening hours: Access to rooftop is open every day from 10am to 10.30pm and even 11pm between April and September.
Tickets price - Entrance fees: Adult ticket is €9.5 - Free admission for minors under 18 and people from EU countries under 26 years old.

Enjoy a coffee in a pavement cafe

Pavement cafés are very popular and Parisians usually go there early morning before work to have a strong black coffee, and also after work for a beer or a glass of wine. During summertime when temperatures rise, the shady terraces are crowded anytime of the day...

Get tickets for the Lido cabaret show

The Lido show is certainly one of the top cabaret shows in Paris. The Lido location is perfect and the show is really impressive: 600 costumes, a ice rink and a pool on stage not to forget the topless dancers, … Our tip: The Lido is a very popular cabaret in Paris - It is wise to book in advance to make sure to get a table... Read more: Lido cabaret show

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Map: Where is the Champs Elysees Avenue located?

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Picture of Arch of Triumph - Champs Elysees Avenue

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