The ceiling of the Arc de Triumph by Nelson Minar
The 8th Arrondissement of Paris is home to the Champs Elysée, 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.
Take Line 1 to George V.
Avenue des Champs-Elysées at night
For many visitors one of the must-see places in Paris is the Avenue des Champs-Elysées 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-Elysées 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-18s.
la Madeleine, front facade
- 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.
- Restaurant Indien Qasim, 22 rue du Colisée (Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt), ☎ +33 1 45 62 19 73. Typical Pakistani & Indian Dishes
- Diep, 55 rue Pierre-Charron (Métro Franklin D. Roosevelt), ☎ +33 1 45 63 52 76. Thai, Chinese, and Indonesian. Vegetarian friendly.
- Café Jacquemart-André.
- Korova, 33, rue Marbeuf, ☎ +33 1 53 89 93 93. The brainchild of celebrity chef Jean-Luc Delarue, Korova is the 'in' spot to dine in Paris. Designed by industry expert Christian Biecher, and with Frederick Herme in the kitchen, dining here is well worth the extravagance.
- Kokohana (Teppanyaki), 1, Rue Jean Mermoz, ☎ 08 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.
- La Table du Lancaster, 7, Rue de Berri, ☎ 01 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.
- Spoon, 14, rue Marignan (Métro - Franklin Roosevelt), ☎ 33 (0) 1 40 76 34 44 ([email protected]), . M-F 12:15PM-2:30PM, 7:30PM-10:30PM. Chef Alain Ducasse's à la mode eatery with modern appeal. The carte allows you to choose a main dish, the condiment, and an accompanying dish for a personalized menu with a high end feel.
- 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
- Champs Elysées Plaza, 35, rue de Berri - 75008 - Paris, ☎ +33 1 53 53 20 20 ([email protected], fax: +33 1 53 53 20 21), . Rooms and suites with exceptional dimensions. Elegant and sophisticated, with high tech equipment and a comfort, they offer a unique mix of contemporary chic décor with ceiling moldings, marble fireplaces and large windows looking at two beautiful quiet streets, only two minutes from the "Avenue des Champs Elysee"s.You can visit the hotel's blog that proposes you a wide choice of activities that you can do during your stay in Paris
- 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).
- Hotel Sofitel Le Faubourg-Paris, 15, rue Boissy d'Anglas, ☎ +33 1 44 94 14 14 (fax: +33 1 44 94 14 28), . This hotel is located in 2 buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. 154 rooms and 20 suites.
- Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31, avenue George V, ☎ +33 1 49 52 70 00 (fax: +33 1 49 52 70 100), . 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.
- Hyatt Regency Paris - Madeleine, 24 Boulevard Malesherbes, ☎ +33 1 55 27 12 34 ([email protected]), . Boutique hotel size with personalized service. Has 2 good restaurants.
- Hotel Balzac, 6, rue de Balzac, ☎ 866 914 8916. This elegantly furnished hotel exudes opulence from its fine classic interior to the personalied butler service on offer.
- Hotel 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.