Considered the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs-Elysées, which runs from the Arc de Triomphe down to the Place de la Concorde, is a can’t-miss destination when visiting the French capital. Arc de Triomphe, shopping on the Avenue Montaigne…these are activities that shouldn’t be missed of course, but they are a bit a traditional, aren’t they? That’s why Paris Attitude is presenting a selection of activities in addition to the traditional ones, so that you can discover this iconic part of Paris in a different way.
o Climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
The Arc de Triomphe is one of those iconic monuments of Paris, and once you reach the top you can enjoy the beautiful view of the avenue stretching out beneath your feet.
o Enjoying a few macaroons or pastries at Ladurée.
Founded in 1862 by Louis Ernest Ladurée, this tea room is a must-visit Parisian destination. Whether it’s for breakfast or just a snack, you cannot leave the neighbourhood without making a stop here. When you enter the store, you are plunged into a world of pastel colours where everything is sophistication. From their desserts to the decoration, everything is beautiful at Ladurée!
Ladurée – 75 avenue des Champs-Elysées
o Doing a Bit of Shopping.
In this part of Paris, you can easily find what you’re looking for when it comes to shopping. Major brands or luxury boutiques, most of these stores are open late into the evening and every day of the week. Haute couture enthusiasts can head to the avenue Montaigne famous for its many luxury boutiques such as Dior, which set up shop here in 1946. The Louis Vuitton Champs-Elysées store attracts the fashionable and curious alike: More than just a boutique, this store, with its impressive architecture, it is a veritable museum dedicated to the brand’s know-how. Lastly, the more hip among you may want to go visit Le 66, a multilevel concept store presenting the hottest pieces of the season.
Dior – 30, avenue Montaigne
Louis Vuitton – 101, avenue des Champs-Elysées
Le 66 – 66, avenue des Champs-Elysées
o A hot spot for lunch.
After a day walking around, you’ll be famished, but there are no shortage of restaurants on the Champs-Elysées. If you want to grab a quick bite for lunch, you can find a multitude of brasseries in the area, but if you want to experience French gastronomy, you can visit Spoon, a restaurant run by three star chef Alain Ducasse, featuring tasty, fun cuisine. Otherwise, you can stop by Le Mood, a trendy restaurant that isn’t crowded with tourists since the entrance is through a little courtyard, hidden from passers-by.
Spoon – 12, rue Marignan
Le Mood – 114, avenue des Champs-Elysées
o Louis Vuitton Cultural Space.
No shopping here, but there is a good bit of culture in this space belonging to the famous French luxury brand. The brand holds three exhibitions a year, around themes such as the Vuitton heritage, travel (a subject dear to the baggage maker), art, and fashion.
Espace culturel Louis Vuitton – 60, rue Bassano
This article is the first in a series of two. In the next instalment, we will suggest other activities and things to see when strolling down the Champs-Elysées.