The Champs-Elysées is an elegant avenue that stretches through the 8th arrondissement from the Arc de Triomphe to the Egyptian obelisk on Place de la Concorde: the largest square in Paris, with fantastic vistas in every direction. With its luxury shops, cinemas, cafés, and horse-chestnut trees, Champs-Elysées is one of the most prestigious shopping boulevards of Paris and one of the most famous streets in the world. The lower part is bordered by greenery, open-air markets such as Carré Marigny and by buildings such as the Théâtre Marigny and the Grand Palais.
The Élysée Palace – home to the President of the French Republic – is slightly to the north, and not on the avenue itself. The Champs-Élysées ends with the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by a victorious Emperor Napoleon and recognized around the globe as a symbol of Parisian pomp and elegance. This upscale neighborhood is in fact quite diverse with a large number of affordable tea rooms, bakeries, bars, restaurants. Nightlife in the 8th is exceptional, and it is home to the world-famous Buddha Bar, among other establishments.
Accommodation options range from boutique hotels to some of the most prestigious and palatial hotels in Paris. U2, The Rolling Stones, and Madonna are regulars at The George V, while Jay-Z stays at the Plaza Athénée and Duke Ellington preferred the Hotel de la Trémoille. Hotels in the 8th arrondissement are close to the city centre, and many of Paris’ greatest attractions.