8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysees), Paris Travel Guide
8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysees) Summary
- Home to the Champs-Elysees, lined by shops and restaurants
- Golden Triangle shopping district, with designer stores such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel
- The Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Palais
- Convenient spot for business travelers
- Solid range of hotel types
- Destination for high-end fashion shopping
- Fewer major sights than some other neighborhoods
- Some feel that the Champs-Elysees area is too touristy
What It's Like
The 8th Arrondissement is best known for the Champs-Elysees, the most famous boulevard in Paris. Its sidewalks are lined by trees, shops, and restaurants, and most notably, high-end fashion boutiques. On one end stands the Arc de Triomphe, from which visitors can see sweeping views of the city, and on the other stands the Grand Palais, a beautifully restored historic building that now houses an impressive art collection. The Champs-Elysees is one of the three streets that form the "Golden Triangle" shopping district -- the other two being Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V -- and it's here that shoppers will find the stores of name-brand designers such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Chanel. Some of Some complain that the Champs-Elysees has lost some of its charm with the influx of chain stores and restaurants, but at least the McDonald's offers beautiful views of the street!
Aside from the Champs-Elysees area, the Parc Monceau, and a few minor museums, the 8th Arrondissement has less to offer tourists than some other neighborhoods in the city. The larger part of the neighborhood is a commercial and business area, with few tourists and even few Parisians past dark.
Where To Stay
Most hotels in the 8th Arrondissement are located within walking distance of the Champs-Elysees. There are numerous luxury hotels as well as several mid-range hotels in the area. Those in Paris on business may consider staying closer to the heart of the neighborhood.