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Champs-Élysées

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

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Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Musician Joe Dassin once sang "Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Élysées," which translates to "There's everything you could want along the Champs-Élysées." And he's right. Paris' most famous boulevard  stretching more than a mile from the glittering obelisk at Place de la Concorde to the foot of the Arc de Triomphe   is a shopper's mecca. Along its wide, tree-lined sidewalks, you'll find such luxury stores as Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss rubbing elbows with less-pricey establishments like Adidas and Gap.

While the Champs-Élysées is no doubt a shopping paradise, recent travelers noticed the price tags at most stores are can be pretty high. And the more affordable options are constantly swamped with people. The Champs-Élysées itself is no different. Because this is such a famous street in Paris, expect there to be crowds galore, both during the day and the nighttime. Still, many travelers enjoyed taking in the Champs-Élysées' bustling atmosphere and observing both locals and tourists come and go. Some recent visitors said a trip to the Champs-Élysées is not complete without a stop at Laduree, the city's famous macaron shop. 

You're welcome to cruise the Champs-Élysées at any time, day or night, and window-shopping won't cost you a penny. Métro stations Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12), Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9) are nearest to the bustling avenue. The street also leads to such sites as the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais (both exhibition spaces), among other attractions. To learn more about what to see and do, visit the Champs-Élysées website.

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Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.

Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.

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