Champs-Élysées translates to “Elysian Fields” in French; the mythical resting place of Greek gods and other blessed figures. Known in France as “La Plus Belle Avenue du Monde” (the most beautiful avenue in the world), like the Eiffel Tower, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is a symbol of Paris.
Trees lining the Avenue des Champs Elysées, which have become synonymous with famed street, were first planted in 1724. Up until that date, the now-famous avenue was a smattering of fields and market gardens. Today Champs-Élysées is part of the Axe Historique, a series of thoroughfares of buildings and monuments of historical value. It is bordered on the east by Place de la Concorde where the Obelisk of Luxor stands. To the west is Place Charles de Gaulle.
Now it is lined with restaurants, luxury boutiques, and nightclubs. It is also the setting each year for major events such as the Bastille Day military parade, the arrival of the Tour de France and the Christmas lights. The Avenue des Champs-Elysées has some of the top museums in Paris: the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Palais de la Découverte and the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton.
Arc de Triomphe, at the center of the Place de l’Etoile lies this iconic arch, commissioned by the Emperor Napoleon and inspired by ancient Roman arches. Impressive in scale, a trip to the top offers exceptional views of the wide, elegant Champs Elysées. Besides shopping visitors will find a wide array of activities available upon a visit to Champs-Élysées. It remains the second most expensive strip of real estate in Europe, next to London’s Bond Street.