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Avenue des Champs Elysees

February 5th, 2009 by paris

During the day or at night, a walk along the picturesque Avenue des Champs Elysees is like indulging in a perfect slice of Paris. The Champs Elysees is 2 km long from the Arc de Triumph to the Place de la Concorde. It is a lovely place to walk. It also has great shopping, cafes, and theaters.

Shopping on the Champs Elysees is concentrated on the northwestern end. Louis Vuitton and Gucci are among the exclusive stores lining the street. Other popular stores include Virgin Megastore and Monoprix, a supermarket selling bottled water and other provisions. Shopping for wheels? Showrooms from Toyota to Mercedes offer the chance to view futuristic, concept, and current production cars.

The Champs Elysees is home to the Lido, a famous cabaret. Have dinner or a glass of champagne while experiencing a bit of Parisian-style entertainment. The Gaumont is a cinema on the avenue that plays movies in English with French subtitles.

Restaurants are not a scarcity in this mecca of shopping. One place to get quality food and eat outdoors at reasonable prices is Pomme de Pain. It is frequented by locals and serves sandwiches, quiche, salads, and pastries.

Christmas is a special time to stroll the wide, tree-lined Champs Elysees. The lights and decorations are amazing! On New Year’s Eve, over 400,000 people will disperse along Champ Elysees to celebrate and ring in the new year.

Venture off the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triumph for a 30 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower along avenue Kleber.

A taxi from the Champs Elysees (Arc de Triumph) to Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 20 minute trip and costs around 35 euros.

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