In our previous article on the Champs-Elysées, we showed you a few activities for you to do on the Champs-Elysées. In this article, you’ll discover some other must-visit spots at this iconic Parisian destination.
o The Crazy Horse
Inspired by American cabarets, the Crazy Horse was opened in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. Today, shows revolve around traditional cabaret routines, like striptease, interspersed with variety acts: magicians, ventriloquists, etc. What makes them unique? They are performed solely by men, because with the exception of the dancers or celebrities invited to take part in the shows, women cannot appear onstage. Among these guests you’ll find famous burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, French chanteuse Arielle Dombasle, and model Noémie Lenoir.
Crazy Horse – 12, avenue George V
o Admiring Christmas Decorations
If you come to Paris in the winter, it’s a great opportunity to walk along the Champs-Elysées at night and enjoy the Christmas displays. Indeed, the 200 plane trees lining the avenue are decorated with lights, from the Arc de Triomphe down to the Place de la Concorde. If you’re lucky, maybe it will even snow, making the scene even more magical.
o The Grand Palais
On your way down the Champs-Elysées, you can’t miss the Grand Palais, an imposing monument with a unique architecture, thanks to its immense glass roof. The Grand Palais was built in 1897 to house exhibitions and events dedicated to French art. These days, many prestigious events are held here every year like the Chanel haute couture runway show, in addition to some lovely exhibitions open to the public. That’s why we recommend keeping up to date on its schedule if you decide to visit.
Le Grand Palais – avenue Wilson Churchill
o The Pont Alexandre III
This magnificent stone bridge, built for the 1900 World’s Fair, will take you back to the 7th arrondissement, when you’re done strolling the Champs-Elysées. Be sure to stop and admire its rich decorations: sculptures, lamps, and gilding, or visit at night and stop at the Showcase, a former boathouse that has been converted into a nightclub, located under the bridge.
o Place de la Concorde
It’s the largest square in Paris, and it marks the end of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. It’s also one of the most well-known sites in Paris, particularly thanks to the Obelisk that stands in the center, and to its two imposing fountains. On the other side of the Place de la Concorde are the Tuileries gardens, some of the finest in the city.
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