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08e Arrondissement Guide

08e Arrondissement

Right bank, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais, Elysee Palace, Madeleine and Parc Monceau
The 8th is the heart of the Right Bank and its prime showcase is Champs-Elysées, which links the Arc de Triomphe with the delicate obelisk on place de la Concorde. Here you'll find the fashion houses, the most elegant hotels, expensive restaurants and shops, and the most fashionably attired Parisians.

Arc de Triomphe

Stretching grandly from the Arc de Triomphe to the place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées has long been cited as the perfect metaphor of the Parisian love of symmetry. However, by the 1980's, it had become a garish strip, with too much traffic, too many fast food restaurants, and too many panhandlers. In the 90's, the Gaullist mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, launched a massive cleanup. The major change has been in broadened sidewalks, with new rows of trees planted. The old glory? Perhaps it's gone forever, but what an improvement.

History

Whatever it is you're looking for, in the 8th it will be the city's "best, grandest, and most impressive". It has the best restaurant in Paris (Taillevent), the sexiest strip joint (Crazy Horse Saloon), the most splendid square in all of France (place de la Concorde), the grandest hotel in France (The Crillon), the most impressive triumphal arch on the planet (L'Arc de Triomphe), the world's most expensive residential street (Avenue Montaigne), the world's oldest Métro station (Franklin-D-Roosevelt) and the most ancient monument in Paris (Obelisk of Luxor, 3300 years old).

La Madeleine

La Madeleine is one of Paris’ most familiar landmarks, familiar to all for its distinctively striking Greek Temple appearance and its convenient position at the junction of the boulevards with with an artery from the place de la Concorde. Next to the church is a flower market and behind it, the most famous ‘epiceries’ of Hediard and Fauchon.

 

List of attractions in the 8eme

Aiguille de Cléopâtre, Place de la Concorde, 75008
Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008
Arcade des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Champs-Elysées, 75008
Jardins des Champs-Elysees, 10 avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008
Fontaine des Fleuves, Place de la Concorde, 75008
Fontaine des Mers, Place de la Concorde, 75008
Galerie de la Madeleine,  9 place de la Madeleine & 30 rue Boissy-d'Anglas, 75008
Gare St-Lazare, rue Saint-Lazare, 75008
Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008
Jeu de Paume, 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008
Madeleine, Place de la Madeleine, 75008
Musée de l'Orangerie,  Jardin Tuileries  75001
Musée Jacquemart-André,  158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008
Pagode de Ching Tsai Loo,  48 rue de Courcelles, 75008
Parc Monceau, Blvd de Courcelles, 75008
Petit Palais,  Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Place de la Concorde, 75008
Pont Alexandre III, Quai d'Orsay  Cours la Reine, 75008
Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky Cathedral, 12 Rue Daru, 75008
Saint-Augustin,  8 Avenue César Caire, 75008
Théâtre du Rond-Point, Av Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008


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