Champs Elysees is a historic 1.9 km long and 70 meters Wide Avenue in the heart of Paris. The Avenue runs between Place De la Concorde on one side and Place Charles De Gaulle on the other side on which Arc de Triomphe is located. The name is derived from Elysian Fields which is considered to be resting place for dead horses in Greek Mythology. The Champs Elysees is the most visited street in Paris with around 300,000 people walking on it every day. The avenue is lined with Chestnut trees on both sides which are decorated during winter, making the Avenue even prettier.
The Avenue itself can be divided into 2 distinct parts. One part of the Avenue near Arc De Triomphe has luxury brands, Clubs, cafes and is in general very busy. The second part near the Concorde square runs through the Jardin (garden) Des Champs Elysees and is generally quieter and less crowded. This is where the Elysees Palace- The official residence of the French President is located. Important events such as the Bastille Day parade on 14th July and the last leg of the iconic cycle race ‘Tour De France’ take place at the Champs Elysees. The most number of 5* Hotels in Paris are located in and around the Champs Elysees and so are flagship stores of Brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Longchamp, Adidas and more, making it one of the most expensive streets in the world.
Interestingly, cars are now banned from the Champs Elysees on the first Sunday of every month, allowing pedestrians to roam freely. The density of people here also makes it one of the hottest spots for pickpocketing. The most famous cabaret in Paris, the LIDO is also located here. The Champs Elysees is widely regarded to be one the most recognisable avenues in the world.