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The Champs-Élysées, one of the world's most famous grand boulevards, embodies the glamour and flair of Paris. With its magnificent avenues, historic buildings, renowned shops, and luxurious cafes, this street is a symbol of elegance and sophistication. The Champs-Élysées offers a picturesque setting for strolls, shopping trips, and cultural explorations. As a central meeting point for locals and tourists alike, it is a vibrant heart of the French capital, inviting everyone to wander and enjoy. Along this iconic boulevard, visitors find a wealth of sights that embody the rich history and timeless charm of Paris.
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Join a tour and discover the Champs-Élysées from new and unknown perspectives. On private or group tours, you can learn more about the history of the street and its buildings and get insider tips. Join a guided tour and let a Parisian guide show you the Joie de Vivre.
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Paris: 3-Hour Private Champs Élysées to Montmartre Tour
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Paris City Center "the History of Paris" Exclusive Guided Walking Tour
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Paris City Center "History of Paris" Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
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You can also discover the Champs-Élysées from a bus. Enjoy a glass of champagne while you drive along the grand boulevard. Why walk almost 2km (6562 ft) when you can ride comfortably?
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10 tips for visiting the Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe | Unsplash: Daniela Paola Alchapar
Get an overviewClimb the Arc de Triomphe to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Champs-Élysées and the entire city of Paris. The climb may be a bit strenuous, but the view from the top is definitely worth it.
Louis Vuitton at the Champs-Élysées | Unsplah: Melanie Pongratz
Discover side streetsBesides the main street, there are charming side streets and alleys worth exploring. Here you will find cozy cafés, boutiques, and hidden gems that are less crowded.
Pay attention to eventsLook out for free events and activities along the Champs-Élysées, such as street artists, musicians, and seasonal festivals taking place throughout the year. On July 14, a celebration takes place at Place de la Concorde for the national holiday. New Year's Eve is celebrated by the Parisians on the Champs-Élysées. The Tour de France has been finishing in the north of the Champs-Élysées since 1975. The award ceremony takes place in front of the Arc de Triomphe.
Enjoy the famous MacaronsVisit the flagship store of Ladurée, one of the most famous patisseries in Paris, and taste their legendary macarons. The charming shop is a paradise for sweets lovers and offers a tempting selection of treats, especially macarons.
Car-free Champs-ÉlyséesSince May 2016, the Champs-Élysées has been car-free on every 1st Sunday of the month. Enjoy your shopping trip without cars as well as a croissant in the café without loud street noises.
Luxury Shopping PleasuresFor (Inter-)national luxury brands, it's essential to be present on the Champs-Élysées. Whether you prefer window shopping or even taking home a luxury item, the choice is yours. Lacoste, Longchamp, Moncler, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and also Guerlain offer you luxurious shopping experiences.
Culinary delightsSince 1899, le tout Paris has been meeting at Fouquet’s, the world-famous upscale establishment. You can reserve a table here, or in one of the many other Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, at stylish international kitchens or simply quench your hunger at a small snack stand. Try French delicacies like croissants, macarons, crepes, or a traditional brasserie meal, and let yourself be seduced by French gastronomy.
Relaxing in the parkThe Jardin des Champs-Élysées is located near the Place de la Concorde and the Élysée-Palais. Treat yourself to a break among the flower beds and enjoy the peace in the heart of the capital.
Art and culture in the ‘Grand Palais’The exhibition building was erected for the World's Fair in 1900. Don’t miss the opportunity to admire the magnificent architecture of the Belle Époque building and enjoy the rotating exhibitions in the gallery.
Illumination at nightExperience the Champs-Élysées at night, when the street is illuminated by the lights of shops, cafes, cinemas, and other buildings. The sight is particularly impressive and romantic, offering a magical atmosphere that you should not miss.
The Champs-Élysées viewed from the Arc de Triomphe with a view of the Place de la Concorde | Unsplash: Getty Images CC-BY 2.0

The Champs-Élysées

This magnificent street makes hearts beat faster. Here we reveal what you can find on your visit to the Champs-Élysées.
The Place de l'Etoile with the Champs-Élysées to the North-East | Unsplash: Rodrigo Kugnharski

General Information

The Champs-Élysées extends over 1.9km (6233,6 ft) with a width of 70m (229.7 ft). It is part of the visual axis Axe historique. The prestigious avenue is located in the 8th Arrondissement and stretches from the Place de la Concorde with the noteworthy obelisk to the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe stands in a 'star' formed by 12 streets. The avenue attracts 300,000 visitors a day, more than 70% of whom are tourists. The eight lanes of the road are on average driven by 3,000 cars an hour. However, the first Sunday of every month is car-free.

Paris wants to make the Champs-Élysées greener and therefore started a project in 2021 to transform the avenue into an extraordinary garden. This involves planting trees and gardens and providing benches for lingering.

The Comité des Champs-Élysées tries to maintain the prestige of the grand avenue and has a right of veto regarding the opening of new stores. The committee still wants to prevent McDonalds and Starbucks. The committee has also successfully fought against the opening of an H&M store to this day, the oldest existing committee in Paris.
Gucci-Store on the Champs-Élysées | Unsplash: Julien Tondu

Luxury Shopping Heaven

On the Champs-Élysées, luxury stores line up one after another. A 100m² (1076.4 sq ft) retail space costs €900,000 a year. Therefore, only the biggest and most successful companies set up shop on the avenue.

One of the most traditional establishments is the store of Maison Guerlain, which has been located at Champs-Élysées 68 since 1913. The architect Peter Marino has turned the store into a charming cabinet of curiosities, dedicated to art and artists. The fragrance Champs-Élysées was created here. My highlight is the huge chandelier, which stretches from the ceiling to the floor in the middle of the spiral staircase and hangs at Tiffany & Co. at number 62. Also, the facades of Dior Headquarters (No. 103) and Yves Saint Laurent (No. 123) stand out - in my opinion, but not really in a positive sense. The world's largest Louis Vuitton store is at number 101 and resembles a cathedral. The Galeries Lafayette is a luxurious department store with unique interior architecture, where you can shop until you drop. On the rooftop terrace, visitors have a wonderful view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

My wallet is unfortunately too small, but if you want to shop for designer fashion, this is the place to be. For down jackets from Moncler, we head to No. 119. A polo shirt from Lacoste can be found at No. 50. A Longchamp bag you snatch at No. 77 and beautiful dresses, typical for Paris, we find at Maje at the house No. 35. Also, German fashion from BOSS is represented at No. 117. Furthermore, you find jewelers Cartier or Mauboussin on the point street. In front of Chanel, Christian Dior, or Versace, you may well find yourself in queues. I prefer to go window shopping here.
Adidas Store | Unsplash: Max Letek


For visitors like me, who only bring a smaller budget to the Champs-Élysées, there are also Prêt-à-porter shops. At Sephora at No. 72, you can find a selection of makeup and perfume. Nike, Adidas, and Zara are also present on the Champs-Élysées. In the store of the famous Paris soccer club PSG, you can buy fan merchandise, unless you're visiting Parc des Princes (Paris Saint-Germain stadium), the legendary stadium of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), on your Paris trip anyway.
Party in Paris | Unsplash: peter bucks


The only casino in Paris, named Paris Elysées Club, is located on the Champs-Élysées. At Le Duplex Club, you can party every evening, and on Wednesdays, even with free admission. In Planches, the young elite celebrates Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at various theme nights. The club Raspoutine started as a Russian cabaret in 1965. Today, it is a legendary club with a theatrical atmosphere.
Macarons in Maison Ladurée | Unsplash: Fran The Now Time

Culinary Delights

The queues in front of the well-known hotspots get longer each year, yet a visit to one of the restaurants on the Champs-Élysées is indispensable. Here you can enjoy with all your senses on huge terraces or in tastefully decorated rooms within an exceptional setting.

At Maison Ladurée, you can find the best macarons in all of Paris. Pay a visit to the restaurant & café at house number 75 and discover the elegant establishment with the small treats and the green Belle Époque façade.

If you want to catch a glimpse of a famous actor, or even a look at the French President, your best bet is Le Fouquet. The € 29 for a rather small portion of chicken sandwich was too much for me, though, and I walked on.

Michelin-starred restaurants like L’Atelier Étoile, Copenhague, or Ledoyen are there for an evening meal on the avenue. At Publicis Drugstore, you can enjoy the legendary Club Sandwich. At Alsace, you get Alsatian dishes like sauerkraut from the eastern region in France or snails and Fruits de Mer. Scandinavian specialties are available at Flora Danica, the Nordic institution in Paris. The fish is carefully selected by the chef, and in the summer, you enjoy the dishes on the exceptional terrace amidst quiet greenery.
An exhibition in the Grand Palais | Unsplash: dxiane

Arts and Culture

Between cinemas, theaters, and exhibition spaces, you're spoilt for choice.

Historic cinemas from the 30s and arthouse cinemas invite visitors to get comfortable in dark rooms. Well-known addresses for this include Elysée Lincoln, UGC Normandie, UGV George V, and Gaumont Champs-Élysées. A particularly unique cinema experience is had at MK2 inside Grand Palais.

In the monumental Grand Palais, built for the 1900 World's Fair, you'll find exhibitions alongside the cinema. The main hall is also used for events. Opposite is the Petit Palais, an art museum that also opened in 1900 and has been used as a museum since 1902.

At Théâtre du Rond-Point, Théâtre Marigny, Espace Pierre Cardin, or Théâtre des Champs-Élysées you'll find contemporary as well as classic theater productions. The world's most popular revue theater, Lido, hosted spectacular shows filled with international artists until 2022. Even Josephine Baker, Édith Piaf, and Elton John have performed here.
Statue in Jardin des Tuileries | Unsplash: Michael Heise

The green gardens

Near the Place de la Concorde, you'll find the Jardins de Champs-Élysées. There, alongside theaters, stand also the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. André Le Notre designed the gardens as an extension of the Jardin des Tuileries that lies between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde. The gardens house statues, monuments, and fountains alongside ancient and exotic trees and plants.
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Music and Film

Joe Dassin sings about the Champs-Élysées in a song of the same name about the romantic power of the street and the city of Paris.

Of course, the Champs-Élysées also often appear in film productions like 'The Devil Wears Prada' or series like 'Emily in Paris'. However, it is also the scene for the 'Champs-Élysées Film Festival', where American and French indie films are shown in the cinemas along the grand boulevard.

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The Champs-Élysées on National Day | Unsplash: Yiwen

The History of the Champs-Élysées

Before the Champs-Élysées became the ‘most beautiful avenue in the world’, this place was a marshland. Here you can learn more about its history.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées | Unsplash: Antoine Demare

1667 to the end of the 18th Century

Before the emergence of the Champs-Élysées, only gardens and fields were located opposite the Tuilerienpalast. In 1667, the garden architect of King Louis XIV, André le Nôrte, laid the first cornerstone. The Grand-Cours, from which the Champs-Élysées originated, was the exact extension of the central alley of the Tuileries Garden. This was established as a parallel promenade to the Cours la Reine on the suggestion of minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert and constructed by Queen Maria de’ Medici.

In 1724, the garden axis of the Tuileries Palace was connected to the promenade. By this time, it already stretched to the Place de l’Étiole, today's Place Charles de Gaulle. In the west, the road ran to the newly established Place du Pont Tournant, now Place de la Concorde.

By the end of the 18th century, clearings in the form of rectangles had been created from the grown trees, and the street became increasingly popular. The gardens of the newly constructed buildings bordered the park. The largest building was the Élysée-Palast built in 1722.
Champs-Élysées in the 80s | Unsplash: Annie Spratt

From Napoleon to the present day

During his reign, Napoleon planned projects for beautification and modernization. This also led to the creation of the street from Rond-Point towards Place de l’Étoile where twelve streets meet today. In 1828, the Avenue came into the possession of the city of Paris, which installed fountains, footpaths, and street lighting.

By the end of the 19th century, the Champs-Élysées was especially popular among aristocrats and the upper middle class. In 1900, the Avenue experienced its first peak during the World Fair. Due to several construction projects, the Champs-Élysées changed. Lastly, in 1993, the sidewalks were widened. Since 2021, the avenue is set to be redeveloped to be more pedestrian and environmentally friendly by 2030 with a budget of 250 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the name ‘Champs-Élysées’ mean?

The name ‘Champs-Élysées’ comes from the Greek and means ‘Elysian Fields’ or ’Fields of Bliss’. The Champs-Élysées is named after the ‘Elysian Fields’, a place in Greek mythology that is regarded as the paradise for heroes and the blessed. Read more.

How long is the Champs-Élysées?

The Champs-Élysées stretches over a length of about 1.9km (6233.6 ft), starting at Place de la Concorde in the east and ending at Place Charles de Gaulle (also known as Place de l'Étoile) in the west, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. Read more.

What are the most famous attractions along the Champs-Élysées?

Among the most famous attractions along the Champs-Élysées are the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Théâtre Marigny/i>, the luxury cinema Le Balzac, and the shopping center Galeries Lafayette. Read more.

When is the best time to visit the Champs-Élysées?

The Champs-Élysées is a popular destination for tourists and Parisians all year round. The best time to visit depends on your preferences. The Christmas period is known for its festive lighting and Christmas markets, while spring and summer are ideal for strolls and café visits. Read more.

Are there free activities along the Champs-Élysées?

Yes, there are many free activities along the Champs-Élysées, such as walks in Parc Monceau, window shopping in the luxury boutiques, admiring the architecture and monuments, or watching the street artists. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Champs-Élysées is a public street and therefore generally accessible 24/7. The shops, cafés, restaurants, and attractions along the Champs-Élysées, however, have varying opening hours. Typically, shops along the Champs-Élysées open at around 10 a.m. and close at around 8 p.m., although this can vary by store. Some stores may also have extended hours, especially during the holiday season or on weekends.

Cafés and restaurants along the Champs-Élysées often have longer opening hours and can remain open until late at night. Attractions along the Champs-Élysées, such as the Arc de Triomphe or the Grand Palais, have specific opening hours which can vary depending on the season and day.


There is no ticket for the Champs-Élysées as it is a public street and access is free. However, there may be costs associated with certain activities or attractions along the Champs-Élysées, such as entrance fees for museums or events.


The eastern end of the Champs-Élysées is located at Place de la Concorde. From here, you can start your shopping trip.
Place de la Concorde
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The western beginning of the Champs-Élysées is located at the Arc de Triomphe.
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how to get there

There are several ways to reach the Champs-Élysées.
Metro (Subway): The metro is a convenient way to get to the Champs-Élysées. The Charles de Gaulle - Étoile (Lines 1, 2, 6), George V (Line 1), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (Lines 1, 9) stations are along the Champs-Élysées and provide easy access.
Bus: Several bus lines serve the Champs-Élysées and offer connections to various districts and train stations in Paris. Some of the bus lines that serve the Champs-Élysées include Lines 22, 42, 73, and 92.
RER (Suburban train): The RER Line A runs along the Champs-Élysées and stops at the Charles de Gaulle - Étoile station, which is at the western end of the avenue.
Bicycle: Paris has a bicycle rental system called Vélib' which provides bicycles at several stations in the city. You can rent a bicycle and cycle along the Champs-Élysées, as it is a bicycle-friendly environment.
Taxi or Ride Services: Taxis and ride services are another convenient way to get to the Champs-Élysées. You can hail a taxi or book a ride through an app like Uber to conveniently get to the boulevard.
Jessica Donev
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