Champs-Elysées links the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. It has undergone several changes since the 17th Century, and today, it is considered as one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. What once used to be the most exclusive destination for shopping is now rife with high street stores, restaurants, and a handful of luxury boutiques. Despite the transformation, “les Champs” remains to be picturesque. Below are five ways in which you can get the most out of your Paris walking tours along the avenue.
Catch a Cabaret Performance with Dinner at Le Lido
The theater is one of the few upscale nightspots of the past to have survived the modernization of Champs-Elysées. Following a renovation, the spruced-up venue reopened with “Paris Merveilles”. The lobby inside features Art Deco architecture, which is punctuated with plush carpets, glitzy chandeliers, and a grand staircase.
In Le Lido, guests can wine and dine, or have casual champagne meet-ups. While having meals, they get to listen to reworked versions of rock and pop songs that are performed by an artist on the stage, prior to the start of the full show. It encapsulates the timeless elegance, contemporary spirit, and verve of the French capital. The “Paris Merveilles” is an unparalleled tribute to the capital city; the jazzy show fills viewers with awe and wonderment that is very rarely experienced by those who are into their adulthood.
Step inside the Maison Guerlain to Enter a Unique World of Perfumes
Known for sensual and limited edition perfumes, such as “Shalimar” and “Le Bouquet de la Reine” respectively, Maison Guerlain has created over three hundred scents in the history of the brand. The flagship of the perfume house, found in 1828, has been situated along Champs-Elysées since 1913. However, it has kept on coming up with makeup products, spa treatments, and skincare products that are made using the jelly of black bee cultivated on an island.
Exploring the three-storied boutique is a bit like walking into a garden of sparkling flasks and ornate bottles that enclose dream-inducing fragrances. At the downstairs Restaurant Le 68, the chef named Guy Martin concocts unique dishes that are inspired by ingredients used in perfumes of the Maison. There is also a space that offers made to measure massages and beauty treatments of it.
Rub Shoulders with Famous People at Fouquet’s
The French natives, or knowledgeable people who are on Paris tours, will tell you that this is the best restaurant along Champs-Elysées to have food. Adjacent to the flagship boutique of Louis Vuitton, the restaurant resides on the corner and adjoins Hotel Barrière.
The restaurant, created in 1899 by Louis Fouquet, has been a meeting place for politicians, royalty, and celebrities. The luncheon for the César Award shows is held every year here. When you are at the café, do try the home-cooked style French food by Yves Leuranguer, the winner of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.
Attend a Live Auction at Artcurial
This auction house sits at a corner of the Avenue Montaigne and towards the bottom of Champs-Elysées. It is situated in the Marcel Dassault Villa, named after the French aircraft maker of the same name, and the once residence of the rich Sabatier d’Espeyran family.
Artcurial organizes many auctions per year and specializes in distinct categories that range from art to jewelry, vintage fashion, cars, wines, and spirits. Even if you are not into auctions, exhibits often take place between auctions here. They are open to visitors, as is the Caffè Artcurial. The café, designed by the architect named Charles Zana, and helmed by an Italian chef, makes for an ideal place to stop by in between shopping.
Catch an Art Show at Petit Palais or Grand Palais
Pair a shopping spree with a cultural experience by visiting the Petit Palais or Grand Palais during your Paris walking tours. If you are hungry, then reserve a table at the Pavillon Ledoyen restaurant situated nearby the buildings. The French chef cum present owner of the restaurant, Yannick Alléno, has been running its kitchen since he took over it in 2014.
Grand Palais is one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks with Art Nouveau ironwork, dome, and the national flag pinned to its top. Built for the International Expo in 1900, the building served as a hospital during the World War I, and was a Nazi-occupied hub during the World War II. Nowadays, it hosts many events, comprising major art exhibits and fashion shows that are held each season.
Across the street is the other building named Petit Palais, which was also opened for the 1900 International Expo, hosting more classic exhibits. It is smaller, but features sublime interiors. The cupola named Dutuit is adorned by frescoes, while rest of its lobbies and major corridors are decorated with mosaics and murals. It has a gorgeous garden courtyard, with a café that is perfect for those who are looking for a break in between exhibits.