In a nutshell, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the widest street in Paris, is probably the most wonderful place to start your tour, as you can walk all the way down to Rue de Rivoli. It stretches from Place de l’Étoile to Place de la Concorde.
It is better to start from the top, at the Charles de Gaulle-Étoile metro station. Here you are basically at the foot of the Arc-de-Triomphe, built by the order of Napoleon I as promised to his soldiers to celebrate their victories. Under the arch you can find the tomb of the unknown soldier. 12 major streets meet at this roundabout.
Major Celebrations are held at Ave. des Champs-Élysées, especially on New New Year’s Eve and July 14th (the Bastille Day), a national holiday which celebrates the end of monarchy and the beginning of the Republic government in France.
This street is filled with cafés and shopping centers mostly concentrated on the west side of the street, such as Galerie des Champs.
On the Champs-Élysées, you can even find movie theatres showing movies in English with French sub-titles!
Paris has always had a reputation as a city of celebration and entertainment. Located on the world’s most famous avenue, the Champs-Élysées, the Lido de Paris and its revues have added sparkle to the City of Light since 1946. Discover the Lido Show, the world’s most famous cabaret, and enjoy the exhilaration and enchantment.
If you get hungry while on Champs-Élysées, you have multiple dining options. If you are for fast food, try delicious sandwiches from Pomme de Pain rather than going to Quick or McDonald’s.
You can also try Atelier Renault, (yes the car!) an ultra modern restaurant, for a wonderful Club House sandwich with salad.
One of the best and affordable restaurants in Paris is Le Relais de L’Entrecôte, located at 15 Rue Marbeuf, just off Champs-Élysées. They only serve Steak with their secret sauce and the best fries you have ever had. You might be better off going there earlier because they do not take reservations due to long line ups.
You can find brand names and specialty stores on Champs-Élysées including: Louis Vuitton, Lancel, Fred, Ballys.
If you are into Haute Couture, you can go down Ave. Montaigne, where you can find designers such as Dior, and Channel.
As you keep going further down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, you will arrive at Place de la Concorde, where you will see the Luxor obelisk, a gift from the viceroy of Egypt to King Louis-Phillip.
During the French Revolution, prior to the erection of the obelisk, this square was a bloody scene, where a guillotine was placed and many lost their heads including Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI. From this point, you have 2 good options.
You can either go through Jardin des Tuileries all the way to the Louvre or follow the
signs to Rue de Rivoli. Here you will find souvenir shops and of course
cafés. If you keep going, you will soon find the Louvre on your right
side of the street.
● You do pay more to drink or eat in major touristy areas rather than going off to the branching streets.
● If you drive, pay attention that you don’t get into an accident at Place de l’Étoile since most insurance companies will not cover your accident!