The 8th arrondissement of Paris is home to the Champs-Élysées, which ends up at the Arc de Triomphe. The executive branch of French government is also based here, as well as the embassies of certain nations such as the U.S. and the U.K. The French President also lives here, in the Élysée Palace.
The ceiling of the Arc de Triumph by Nelson Minar
Take Line 1 to George V.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées at night
For many visitors one of the must-see places in Paris is the Avenue des Champs-Élysées which was first created in 1667 by Louis XIV's gardener, Andre Le Nôtre, in order to improve the view from the Tuileries garden. This elegant and broad avenue was extended towards the end of the 18th century, now running from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is noted today as one of the most prestigious shopping boulevards of Paris.
At the east end of the Champs-Élysées is Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris with fantastic vistas in every direction. It was in this square (then called la Place de la Revolution) that the French King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and many others were guillotined during the Terror. The large Egyptian obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde was brought from the Temple of Luxor.
- l'Arc de Triomphe, place Charles de Gaulle (Métro Charles de Gaulle-Etoile), ☎ +33 1 01 11 01 03.
This iconic triumphal arch forms the focus of the main east-west road axis of Paris, running between the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Défense in the west. The monument was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a tribute to his victories as Emperor of France - it was finally completed in 1836, long after his death. 50 m (150 ft) high and 45 m wide, the Arc de Triomphe is decorated with battle scenes and martial sculptures that includes La Marseillaise by Rude. More recently, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was placed beneath the arch in 1920, where an eternal flame burns in tribute to the French dead of both World Wars. The arch is surrounded by a large roundabout, aptly known as l'Etoile - 'the star' - with 12 thoroughfares leading off from it. Visitors can purchase a ticket to climb to the top of the arch, from where magnificent views spread out over western Paris. Admission to a small museum devoted to the history and meaning of the monument is included. The central island and the arch are accessed by an underground passage. Do not attempt to negotiate by foot the busy multi-lane road that rings the Arc de Triomphe, which many Parisian drivers seem to consider their own personal speedway. admission fee applies for over-17s, free for EU-people under 26 years.
la Madeleine, front facade
- Église de la Madeleine (La Madeleine), Place de la Madeleine (Métro: Madeleine). Open 7AM - 7PM Mon-Sat, 8AM - 1.30PM and 3.30PM - 7PM Sun. One of the best-known and most beautiful churches in Paris, in the guise of a Corinthian order Classical temple. Construction started in 1764, although the church was not finally consecrated until 1845. The Madeleine has a lavish interior of marble and gold.
Museums and Galleries
- Musée Jacquemart-André (Jacquemart-Andre Museum), . Private collection of French, Italian, Dutch masterpieces in a typical XIXth century mansion.
- Musée du Petit Palais.
- Musée Cernuschi, 7 Avenue Vélasquez (Métro : Monceau, Villiers), ☎ +33 1 45 63 50 75, . closed Mo and public holidays, open daily 10AM - 5.40PM.
- Jerome de Noirmont, 38, avenue Matignon, ☎ +33 1 42 89 89 00. This museum represents some key contemporary and emering artists such as Jean Pierre Raynaud, Eva and Adele and Jeff Koons.
- Le Grand Palais (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais), . An impressive museum wtih a classic interior.
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- Chez Francis, 7, place de l'Alma (Métro - Montagne). View of the Eiffel Tower and serves the most delicious Croques Monsieur and Madame for €12.
- Diep, 55 rue Pierre-Charron (Métro Franklin D. Roosevelt), ☎ +33 1 45 63 52 76. Thai, Chinese, and Indonesian. Vegetarian friendly.
- Restaurant Indien Qasim, 22 rue du Colisée (Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt), ☎ +33 1 45 62 19 73. Typical Pakistani & Indian Dishes.
- Kokohana (Teppanyaki), 1, Rue Jean Mermoz, ☎ +33 8 26 10 01 99. Two chefs battle against each other in a spectacular performance of chopping, slicing, sautein everything from scallops to foie gras. The food is average, but the presentation is well worth it menus from €14.50—38.
- Villa Spicy, 8 avenue Franklin Roosevelt (Métro Franklin Roosevelt), ☎ +33 1 56 59 62 59, . Warm and peaceful restaurant close to the Champs-Elysees serving a good modern french cuisine.
- Hanawa, 26, rue Bayard, ☎ +33 1 56 62 70 70. Great sushi in a nice atmosphere, extensive menu.
- Ladurée, 75, avenue des Champs-Elysées, ☎ +33 1 40 75 08 75, . Famous for their macaron cookies, which come in over 15 different flavors. Expensive, but an experience. There is a tea room, a bar, and a restaurant. You can also order baked goods to go, in fancy boxes and bags.
- La Table du Lancaster, 7, Rue de Berri, ☎ +33 1 40 76 40 18, . Directed under chef Michel Troisgros, the kitchen prepares food in five themes: tomatoes, citrus, spices, greens, and dairy). This hotel restaurant was once home to screen goddess, Marlene Dietrich. Lunch is up to €50 per person.
- Buddha Bar, 8 Rue Boissy d' Anglais (Métro: Concorde), ☎ +33 1 53 05 90 00 (fax: +33 1 53 05 90 09), . The Buddha Bar is famous in electronic lounge music circles for having commissioned a series of lounge and downtempo records which you can get at most larger record shops in France, as well as many abroad. Although you can also get them at the bar it's probably not the best way, since they charge €45 per CD. The drinks are not so over-priced, and definitely worth it for the hip, sophisticated, and chill atmosphere.
map of the 8th Arrondissement
- Hotel Le Lavoisier, 21 rue Lavoisier (between Saint Augustin church and Place de la Madeleine, near Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré), ☎ +33 1 53 30 06 06 ([email protected]), . Brands itself as a boutique style hotel, with unique décor combining classical and contemporary in a Haussmann-style building in the street of the same name. 25 double rooms with old-style furniture, air-conditioning, satellite television, a telephone socket, Wi-Fi Internet access and bathrooms with both tubs and shower. €169-450. (48.873796,2.320286)
- Hotel Ceramic Elysees 34 Avenue de Wagram, 75008 Paris ☎ phone +33 (0)1 42 27 20 30 Great central location.
- Holiday Inn Paris Elysees, 24, rue de Miromesnil 75008 Paris, ☎ +33 1 43 12 87 87, . Contemporary 4-star boutique hotel near Champs Elysees and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
- Champs Elysées Plaza, 35, rue de Berri - 75008 - Paris, ☎ +33 1 53 53 20 20 ([email protected], fax: +33 1 53 53 20 21), . Unusually large rooms and suites. Elegant and sophisticated, with high tech equipment and comfort, they offer a unique mix of contemporary chic décor with ceiling moldings, marble fireplaces and large windows looking at two beautiful and quiet streets.
- Hôtel Astor Saint Honoré, 11 Rue d'Astorg, ☎ +33 1 53 05 05 05 ([email protected], fax: +33 1 53 05 05 30), . 4-star hotel located in a quiet street.
- Hotel De Vigny, 9 rue Balzac, 75008, Paris, ☎ +33 1 42 99 80 80, . Luxury 5* boutique hotel in the heart of the 8th arrondissment.
- Hôtel Balzac, 6, rue de Balzac, ☎ +33 1 44 35 18 00 ([email protected]), . This elegantly furnished luxury boutique 5* hotel exudes opulence from its fine classic interior to the personalied butler service on offer.
- Hôtel de Crillon, 10 Place de la Concorde (northern side), Champs-Élysées, ☎ +33 1 44 71 15 01 (fax: +33 1 44 71 15 03), . Without doubt, one of the most prestigious, palatial and expensive hotels in Paris (if you have to ask how much, you can't afford to stay here. Superior doubles start at €530.... prices rise steeply thereafter, especially for the suites).
- Hyatt Regency Paris-Madeleine, 24 Boulevard Malesherbes, ☎ +33 1 5527 1234 ([email protected], fax: +33 1 5527 1235), . Close to the shopping centres on Boulevard Haussmann-Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. 86 hotel rooms and suites, High-speed wifi available. Views of Boulevard Malesherbe. Business services available.
- Hotel Keppler (A member of Preferred Boutique), 10 Rue Kepler, ☎ +33 1 472 06505, . Located in the entertainment district with 34 guestrooms and 5 suites. A winter garden and bar is available within the hotel. €125-€250.
- Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31, avenue George V, ☎ +33 1 49 52 70 00 (fax: +33 1 49 52 70 100), . checkin: 3:00p.m; checkout: 12:00p.m. Steps from the Champs-Elysées, with private terraces that command all Paris; 17th-century tapestries, lovingly restored; and a spirit that lives on in thoroughly reborn, highly advanced spaces, Four Seasons George V Paris redefines luxury service in the City of Light. From 950 EUR.
- Hotel Plaza Elysees, 177 Boulevard Haussmann, ☎ + 33 (0)1 45 63 93 83, . Ideally situated in the area of Champs Elysées and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, very close to the Arc-de-Triomphe.Direct link to Disneyland® Resort Paris, La Defense. Lido Cabaret and the famous Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with Haute Couture Shops and Antiques Furniture Shops.
- Hotel Lumen Palace, 15 Rue Des Pyramides, ☎ +33 1 44507700 ([email protected], fax: +33 1 44507710), .
- Hotel Sofitel Le Faubourg-Paris, 15, rue Boissy d'Anglas, ☎ +33 1 44 94 14 14 (fax: +33 1 44 94 14 28), . 154 rooms and 20 suites spread over two buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Hôtel Champs-Elysées Friedland, 177, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, ☎ +33 1 45 63 64 65 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14h; checkout: 12h. from 140€.
- Hôtel Le Monna Lisa (4-star hotel Champs Elysées), 97, rue La Boétie (75008 Paris), ☎ +33 1 56 43 38 38 ([email protected]), . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Le Monna Lisa is a 4-star Boutique Hotel located close to the Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe.
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