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The Avenue des Champs-Élysées

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Considered "the most beautiful avenue in the world", the Champs-Élysées extends for two kilometres between the Tuileries Garden and the Arc de Triomphe, and is 10 minutes on foot from the Hôtel Brighton.

Etymologically, the Champs-Élysées correspond to the part of Hell where charitable souls stayed. Today, the place is more associated with the paradise of tourists who walk up this axis from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle.

A major Parisian avenue near the Hôtel Brighton

Although the current Champs-Élysées avenue was originally impassable, it soon became an essential artery in Paris and the main axis of the west of the capital. It was André Le Nôtre who in 1667 drew the perspective of the Champs when he was commissioned to design the Tuileries Gardens. It was not until around 1830 that the architect Jacques Hittorff made the site habitable. Gardens and gas lamps were installed along this axis. Today, the Champs-Élysées is an unmissable tourist attraction. Numerous restaurants such as Fouquet's, luxury boutiques and clubs such as Le Lido line this famous avenue. The Ledoyen and Laurent restaurants, the last remaining period establishments, bear witness to the Hittorff era. Another point worth emphasising is that the Champs de Gaulle overlooks the Palais de la Découverte and the Grand and Petit Palais. Not to be missed: the highlights of the Champs, starting with the 14 July parade, the arrival of the Tour de France and the Christmas illuminations.

The Arc de Triomphe

This arch is located in the centre of the Place de l'Étoile, from which twelve avenues lead off, including the Champs-Élysées. From 1806 to 1836, the architect Jean-François Chalgrin built this monument at the request of the Emperor Napoleon, in honour of the Grande Armée and the victory of Austerlitz. Its dimensions are impressive: 50 metres high and 45 metres wide. One of the most famous sculptures in the monument is undoubtedly La Marseillaise by Rude. The arch is a symbol of national history. It has housed the tomb of the unknown soldier since 11 November 1920. In the basement, a museum recalls the construction of the arch, and at the top, a panoramic view will seduce the visitor.

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Cédric Grolet

A selection of pâtisseries and viennoiseries by famed French chef Cedric Grolet; often a recreation of traditional French desserts.

6 Rue de Castiglione - 75001 Paris
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Balagan

Fashionable place with a young and dynamic clientele, Middle Eastern menu inspired by Israeli dishes, festive atmosphere between the Tuileries and the gardens of the Rue Saint-Honoré.

9 Rue d'Alger - 75001 Paris
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Galignani

Extensive selection of books in French and English, including art books.

224 Rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris
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Pierre Hermé

A shop to be visited for its famous macaroons, so Parisian with crazy agreements.

4 Rue Cambon - 75001 Paris
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Chez Fleets

Traditional brasserie with a friendly and welcoming team, offering French classics at the beginning of Rue Cambon.

2 Rue Cambon - 75001 Paris
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Entrepôt des épices Roellinger

Olivier Roellinger, talented chef, invites you to discover the treasures of spices.

51 bis Rue Sainte-Anne - 75002 Paris
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Macéo

In this pretty listed building, close by the Palais Royal, you can enjoy skilfully prepared cuisine.

15, Rue des Petits Champs - 75001 Paris
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Hermes

A real institution, this boutique presents the collections of the French luxury brand.

24, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré - 75008 Paris
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Nomad's

A restaurant famous for its copious Sunday brunch and its African-influenced decor.

12, Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré - 75001 Paris
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