Champs Elysees: Paris’ Most Famous Street

Even if you’ve never been to Paris it is likely that you will know a number of its famous landmarks.  You don’t have to have visited New York to know about the Statue of Liberty, you don’t need to have intimate knowledge of London to formulate a picture of Big Ben and you certainly don’t need to have visited Paris to know what the Eiffel Tower looks like.

The Eiffel Tower is the landmark that is synonymous with the city, but there are also a number of others that most people can name.  The Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and The Louvre will most likely conjure up fairly accurate images but though most people will know the Champs Elysees, it’s quite difficult to picture it.

Champs Elysees

This is possibly because it is a road which is 1.2 miles long and a huge 70 metres wide, there are plenty of memorable things to see on it which is why it is probably impossible to visualise them all at once.

thesqua.re has serviced apartments in Champs Elysees so staying here will give you a great chance of building up a mental image to take away with you.

The Champs Elysees can trace its origins back to 1667 when the road was started and the fields were divided and laid out into more organised gardens.  The late 1700s saw the area become one of the most fashionable in Paris, a sign of what it was to become.

Some of the most famous images of the Champs Elysees have been of the marches during wartime.  German soldiers marched along the route in June 1940 after the surrender of Paris and subsequently French and American forces marched the same route after liberation in August 1944.

Champs Elysee Street Old

The military is still closely associated with the route and every year on Bastille Day the largest military parade in Europe marches along it.  It is also the traditional site for large political protests.

Other major events which take place every year include the finish line for the final Tour de France stage as well as the presentation ceremony, the traditional Christmas light switching on ceremony and of course it is the hub of Paris’ New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Nowadays the street is most famous for its upmarket shops and designer labels.  Luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Lacoste sit alongside major popular retailers such as Adidas, Toyota and Gap.  But if shopping isn’t your thing then there are plenty of other things to do in Champs Elysees.

shopping in champs elysees

The Champs Elysees is a fantastic place to have a meal, from beginning to end you can find many popular eateries and restaurants.  It’s also a great place to grab a coffee and watch the world go by.  Don’t forget though, Champs Elysees prices for food and drink are notoriously expensive so whatever your tipple, it’s best to make it last, which won’t be difficult given the wonderful location.

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