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The neighbourhood of VIPs (8th)

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The neighbourhood of VIPs (8th)
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Nature/Leisurely walks : ++ Culture : ++ Shopping : +++

The 8th arrondissement contains the beautiful neighbourhoods which spread out as branches from the Place de l'Etoile. This square, renamed Place Charles de Gaulle, the crossroads of 3 arrondissements, is very frequented thanks to the Arc de Triomphe erected in honour of the Napoleonic armies. The most beautiful avenue in the world, the Avenue des Champs Elysées, also starts at this big square. There is a surge of tourists all day long on this big avenue which lives to the rhythm of businessmen and luxury shops. It is the most expensive neighbourhood of Paris, mainly frequented by a privileged social class. But you can also relax, in one of the two most famous cabarets of Paris: the Lido and the Crazy Horse.

At the end of the Avenue des Champs Elysées is the Obélisque de Louxor, offered to France by the viceroy of Egypt, on the Place de la Concorde. Near here are eight statues representing the big cities of France, and copies of the two fountains adorning St Peter's Square in Rome.

But the 8th arrondissement is also the neighbourhood of Monceau, with its big park and its numerous museums, the Gare St Lazare serving north-west France and the Madeleine neighbourhood with its luxury boutiques (Fauchon, …)

Routes for everyone :

for lovers of leisurely walks :

One of the marvels and the most pleasant ways to discover Paris is to allow yourself to be rocked by the Seine in a Bateau-Mouche (7€ for a 1h15 visit) from the Pont de l'Alma landing stage. But in

the 8th arrondissement you can also stroll along the Champs Elysées, along which you will see several sculptures. This is one of the most touristy parts of Paris, where you will find not only Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Café but also the most famous restaurants of the capital such as Le Doyen, le Carré des Champs Elysées, l'Elysée Le Nôtre, Le Crillon and Maxim's.

If you prefer the peace and quiet of gardens to the bustle of the Champs Elysées, go to the Monceau neighbourhood, where you can take a leisurely walk in the superb park of the same name.

for lovers of culture :

The Champs Elysées are also greatly appreciated for their cultural aspect, with the Palais de la Découverte which will make you appreciate science, but also with the Grand and Petit Palais, witnesses of the great era, which house numerous exhibitions. This little cultural trip in the area of the Champs Elysées can end at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées which has three stages (Le Grand Théâtre, la Comédie, and le Studio).

But don't forget the Parc Monceau neighbourhood, which has three Museums: the Musée Nissim-de-Camondo, which displays an enormous sample of Decorative Arts from the second half of the 18th century. The Musée Cernuschi shows you a collection of ancient Chinese art. And the Musée Jacquemart-André, specialized in French art from the 18th century, Flemish and Dutch art from the 17th century, and different works of art from the Italian Renaissance on the 1st floor.

for lovers of shopping :

The Avenue des Champs Elysées will make you happy with a considerable number of boutiques. But also the Madeleine neighbourhood, with its flower market and its innumerable luxury shops, such as the famous caterer Fauchon.

To remember: Les Champs Elysées / Le Palais de la Découverte / La Concorde / La Place Charles de Gaulle / Le quartier du Parc Monceau / Le quartier de la Madeleine / L'Arc de Triomphe / Le Lido / Le Crazy Horse.


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