The Champs-Élysées | The most beautiful avenue in the world


Parisians say that the Champs-Élysées is “la plus belle avenue du monde”. Why not come and confirm it for yourself!

Champs-Élysées: luxury and monuments

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the result of a twofold need: to urbanise western Paris and to create a sumptuous perspective, one worthy of this city. It led to the combination of luxury with giant monuments. Despite the fact that it was laid out in the middle of the 19th century, to many people the Champs Elysées is THE symbol of Paris in their minds. The avenue is a wide swathe that runs from Place de la Concorde to Place de l’Étoile, lined with luxury hotels, the biggest names is luxury, fashion and haute couture, jewellers, perfumeries and showrooms… The avenue has to be seen at night, when it shines with thousands of lights – it’s grandiose! In the light of the car headlamps and the neon shop fronts, take a souvenir photo that brings together three of the most important symbols of Paris: the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Obelisk on Place de la Concorde. You could also visit the “Lido”, a famous Parisian cabaret that presents breath-taking shows and attractions.

The Champs-Élysées today

“Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit, il y a tout ce que vous voulez, aux Champs-Élysées…” – that’s how the song goes! In the lower part, the avenue is lined with trees and grassy spaces (square Marigny), and some monuments (Théâtre Marigny, Petit Palais, Grand Palais and Palais de la Découverte, the Elysée Palace…). In the upper part you will find many luxury boutiques, entertainment venues (cinemas, Lido, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées…), famous cafés and restaurants…

What were the Champs-Élysées originally?

Imagine that in the 17th century on this very site, there was nothing but wheat, oats and trees. Colbert, the general inspector of Finances in France under Louis XIV, had the idea of creating the famous avenue in 1667. Colbert’s initial idea was cemented by Le Nôtre who undertook the plantation of lines of trees to create a wide avenue. During the French Revolution, the Champs-Élysées did not change. Under the Consulate and the Empire, the bourgeoisie took to the paths. Until the middle of the 19th century, the Champs-Élysées retained a country appearance and it was only between 1836 and 1840 that the Avenue des Champs-Élysées was completely transformed by the architect Hittorff. It became a fashionable place to go. In 1858, the appearance of the paths of the Champs-Élysées was modified by Baron Haussmann. Wealthy aristocrats (industrialists and bankers who speculated under the Second Empire) moved in. This period of prosperity led to the creation of residences, private townhouses and palaces.

The Champs-Élysées: a traditional spot for parties and other events

Every year on July 14th, there is a military parade along the Champs-Élysées and an air display. On December 31st, the Champs Elysées is pedestrianised so that revellers can ring in the New Year at midnight.

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