One of the most popular and famous avenue in the City of Light is located in the 8th district between the Arc de Triomphe and the Concorde square. A sought-after address, the Champs-Elysées features some of the most expensive commercial property in town. As a result, several huge names in fashion and entertainment have their flagship stores perched along this flashy road.
The street measures roughly two thousand meters long and seventy meters wide. The sheer size of the street makes it an attractive spot for pedestrians, who can occupy the large sidewalks in droves and still have plenty of space to move around.
The history of the Champs-Elysées began in 1616, when a long promenade called the ‘Cours-la-Reine’ was constructed under the orders of the queen Marie de’ Medici. The promenade was augmented in 1670 by King Louis XIV, who had the master landscape architect André Le Nôtre elongate the path to go from the Place de la Concorde to what is now another Parisian square called the ‘Rond-point des Champs-Elysées-Marcel-Dassault.’ Futher construction throughout the 18th and 19th centuries transformed the path into the impressive avenue that it is today.
These days, the Champs-Elysées provides retail space for such big names as Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap, Cartier, Swarovski, Mont Blanc, Sephora, Mercedes and the Disney Store. Many of these stores are flagship locations, revealing a wide variety of products that shoppers may not find anywhere else.
With sightseeing spots like the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Palais located right nearby, shoppers can end their day by taking advantage of the amazing photo opportunities just a few steps away.
How to get there
From the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal take metro line 1 at Palais Royal to George V in 10 minutes.