About Champs Elysees
After Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, Champs Elysées remains one of the most visited tourist sites in the city of Paris and receives around 300,000 visitors every day.Spanned for 1.9 kilometres in length and 70 metres in width, Champ Elysées is an avenue that is famous for its high-end luxury shops, theatres, cafés, annual military parade, and undoubtedly the impressive natural beauty of the avenue in general.
Located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, on the bank of river Seine, the avenue of Champs Elysées runs through Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle.Described as the most beautiful avenue in the world Champs Elysées is the French translation for Elysian Fields. Elysian Fields is a paradise for the Greek mythology heroes who are dead.
Living up to its name it is nothing less than a paradise, with stunning green trees running along the avenue, on either side of it. For shoppers, it is heaven as well, with tons of luxury, high-end shops lined along the avenue. From luxurious brands like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Mauboussin to brands that are affordable like Zara, Gap, Sephora, Nike the Champs Elysées avenue has it all.
If you are not into shopping, a stroll through the avenue on the massive sidewalks during the early evening, when the sun is peeking through the symmetrically planted trees is worth spending time in Champs Elysées too.
How to Reach Champs Elysees
Here are the transit lines with routes that are close to Champs Elysée:
1. By Train: Transit line J and L. It takes around 76 minutes via train to reach Champs Elysées from Les Marronniers, Sevres and 45 minutes from Tour Pacific, Puteaux.
2. By Metro: Transit Line 1 and 9 runs near Champs Elysées . It takes around 34 minutes from Les Marronniers, Sevres, 82 minutes from Sceaux and 22 minutes from Tour Pacific, Puteaux.
3. By Bus: Transit Lines 32, 52, 73 and 93 runs near Champs Elysées. It takes around 107 minutes from Les Marronniers, Sevres, 47 minutes from Tour Pacific, Puteaux and 94 minutes from Sceaux.
4. By Car: From Eiffel Tower via Voie Georges Pompidou it takes around 6 minutes to reach Champs Elysées, via Quai Branly it takes around 9 minutes. From the Louvre Museum, it takes 10 minutes
5. By foot: If you have time and you want to enjoy the view of Paris, it takes around 30 minutes from Eiffel Tower to reach Champs Elysées. Also if you are at the Louvre Museum, Champs Elysées is only at a distance of 3 km and takes around half an hour
Best Time to Visit Champs Elysees
The best season to visit Champs Elysées is during the early summer and fall. During this time, the weather is mild, and tourist crowds are smaller. The months of April to June and October to early November are deemed fit to visit Paris and have an enjoyable trip.
The Champs Elysées is an avenue, so if you truly want to avoid huge crowds and enjoy the scenic beauty of the city, mornings, during sunrise are perfect timing. If you do not mind the crowd and the cars, sunset makes a picturesque view of the avenue. During the daytime Champs Elysées receives a lot of people, keeping the place busy and lively.
What Not to Miss at Champs Elysees
The neighbourhood of Champs Elysées is awash with myriads of sites that are of historical and cultural significance to the French people. Apart from walking down the avenue and shopping at the extravagant stores, there are plenty of other places to visit and things to do when you are Champs Elysées:
1. Arc de Triomphe: This arch is inspired by ancient Roman architecture and is erected right at the centre of Place de l’Etoile. The view from the top of the arch offers an extraordinary moment of breath-stopping Avenue des Champs Elysées.
2. Art and Science show at Grand Palais and Petit Palais Museums: The names translating to Big Palace and Small Palace, both the museums were built in 1900. While Grand Palais holds temporary exhibitions and is a science museum. Petit Palais displays paintings and drawings. Admire art and science closely in these museums.
3. Contemporary Cabaret show at Le Lido de Paris: The cabaret nights at Le Lido are the most prestigious shows. The set takes up to hundreds of hours to design and the costumes worn by the artists are bewitching. For almost 70 years now, the cabaret show at Le Lido has managed to beguile the time and attention of the audiences.
4. Auction at ArtCurial: when you are at Champs Elysées, towards the bottom of the avenue there is ArtCurial. For art and antique collectors, ArtCurial has significance. Founded in 1975, ArtCurial is one of the first auction houses in the city of Paris. Every year, Art curial organises over 100 auctions. In these auctions, one could find art from all periods and different styles, jewellery, vintage fashion, motorcars, and many others.
5. Have a meal at Pavillon Elysée: The Venetian style building amidst age-old and new trees and gardens, Pavillon Elysée is one of the favourite places among local and international visitors alike to have a breakfast or lunch. The view from the veranda of the building, with traditional French delicacy and scrumptious dessert, is the talk of the town.
6. A Parisian Night Out: You wouldn’t know the true meaning of a Parisian night out until you visit Parisian clubs at the Champs Elysées neighbourhood. Some of the most luxurious, and sought after Parisian clubs help you understand how lively and vibrant the nightlife at Paris could get.
The ritzy interiors, elegant decor, and vintage dishes these clubs also have the best music scene in Paris. The DJs, and music genres that vary from jazz electronic music, these Parisian night clubs can give you the real exposure to a Parisian night out.
7. Taste Traditional French Macaroons: Just in the neighbourhood of Champs Elysées, you could taste the traditional French Macaroons at Maison Laudrée. For the last 200 years, this café has been making these light cookies. Over the years, Maison Laudrée has managed to establish and uphold their identity for their macaroons. The view from their terrace, accompanied with a cup of tea and their varied flavoured cookies is ineffable.
8. Shop at the high-end stores: If you are into high-end fashion or street fashion, Champs Elysées is a paradise for you. The felicity for your retail therapy craving heart would be found in the stores by Banana Republic, Gucci, Levi’s, Christian Dior, Celine, Chanel, MAC, Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Swarovski lined along the boulevard of Champs Elysées.
Other Essential Information About Champs Elysees
Timings: The Avenue itself is open 24 hours. However, most of the shops at Champs Elysées are open from 10 a.m to 8 p.m.
Pricing: The entry fee for the Champs Elysées is free. However, the museums in the neighbourhood might charge a certain fee. The entry fee for Petit Palais Museum is free for the permanent collection, the entry fee at the Louvre museum is €11 - €15 depending upon the collections you want to see.
History of Champs Elysées
Champs Elysées is described as the most beautiful avenue in the world, with perfectly lined trees and stores running along either side of the 70 metres wide avenue. However, it was not this beautiful since its inception. In its early days, it was an open field and a grand sewer ran alongside.
During 1666, Louis XIV commissioned to build the Champs Elysées as an extension of Tuileries Garden, whereas Napoleon ordered to build the Arc de Triomphe, where the avenue ends today. In 1710, the avenue was extended to meet at the arch. As time passed, in the 18th century, the avenue was enlarged and embellished but did not receive any popularity until the early 1800s.
During the 1800s, public establishments like cafes, concert halls, and theatres were developed. As more and more companies started their shops in Avenue des Champs –Elysées. By the time the 20th century rolled in luxury brands found their way into the avenue, as the authority started up keeping the avenue to be what it is today.
Places to visit near Champs Elysées
1. Place de la Concorde: At the eastern end of the Champ Elysées, there is a public square called Place de la Concorde. Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in the shape of an octagon in 1755, it lies to the west of Tuileries Garden. It is the largest square in Paris spread across 19 acres of land.
The obelisk of Luxor is erected right in the centre of the square. If you are interested in hieroglyphics, this 23 metres tall obelisk would fascinate you. There are also two fountains in the square, one represents the art of river navigation, industry and agriculture, while another fountain represents astronomy, navigation, and commerce.Jardin des Champ Élysées:
Located at just four-minute walk from the Petit Palais, it is a public park surrounding the avenue of Champs Elysees on both sides. This park is an extension of the gardens of Tuileries Palace designed in 1667. Today, even though the park is one of the busiest public establishments in Paris, you could still find a quiet corner to just sit back, relax and admire nature.
The stunning architecture inspired by Beaux-Arts, Baroque Revival, and Second Empire Architecture in Europe was built from 1861 to 1875. It also has an in-house opera library-museum where you could learn about the history of the opera and city of Paris itself.
Tips for visiting Champs ElyseesCredits:- Image by Keewago from Pixabay
While visiting this magnificent avenue of Champs Elysées, don’t limit your visit just to walking down the street walk running along to the Arc de Triomphe. Here are a few tips for you when you visit the world famous avenue.
1. Wake in the early morning and make some picture perfect memory as the morning rays spread over the sky gives you an absolute view over the Arc de Triomphe
2. Click a picture from atop Arc de Triomphe
3. Visit the local shops for souvenirs and gifts. French cultured inspired jewellery makes a nice gift to take back home for tourists.
4. Visit the local eateries to taste the French fares and desserts like Soufflé, Crème Brûlée, Macaroons, etc.
5. Shop at high-end, luxury fashion shops for original styles.
6. Witness the Annual Bastille Day celebration on 14th July every year. The famous bike race, Tour de France also takes place in the avenue.
7. Avoid carrying heavy luggages around Champs Elysées. Keep heavy luggages in the hotel or whatever accommodation you are staying at.
8. Avoid, if possible, visiting Champs Elysées during the summer and weekends, as the place receives huge crowds. If you do, make sure to visit the avenue in the mornings when the crowd is light.
9. During Christmas is the best time in winter to visit the avenue, as many local vendors and shops carry French influenced Christmas gifts. Take a walk down the fairy-light lit avenue.