Things to do near the Champs Elysees when visiting Paris
The Champs Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in Paris. It is located in the middle of West-Paris, and there are therefore many things to do near the Champs Elysees.
Visit the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais museums
The Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, the “Big Palace” and “Small Palace“, are two museums located just next to the Champs Elysées (more information about exhibitions). You should visit them – it’s one of the best things to do near Champs Elysées. They were both built in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition. The Grand Palais houses temporary exhibitions as well as a science museum, the “Palais de la Découverte“. The Petit Palais, which is just across the street, features paintings, drawings and artifacts. Both museums are also worth seeing for their beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture (learn more about Parisian architecture)!
Don’t miss the Concorde Square
The Concorde is a very important square in Paris, you will find it at the end of the Champs Elysées. Among the things to do near Champs Elysées, you should definitely not miss it. It was where King Louis XVI was executed during the French revolution. In the centre of the square stands an ancient Egyptian obelisk, which is the oldest monument in Paris! As you arrive at the square, you will see the National Assembly on your right, with a colonnade. On your left stands the Hôtel Crillon, one of the most expensive hotels in Paris. At the end of the avenue on your right, you can see another colonnade: it is the façade of the Madeleine Church.
Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe
Located at the other end of the avenue, the Arc de Triomphe is another Parisian landmark that stands on the list of things to do near Champs Elysées. It was commissioned by the French Emperor Napoleon but only finished long after his reign (read more about the Paris of Napoleon). It commemorates French military victories and French soldiers who died in battle. Under the arc is buried the “unknown soldier“, in memory of all dead soldiers. I recommend climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe: the view over Paris, over Champs Elysées, the Tuileries and over the Louvre, is really worth it! If you want to avoid the queue, you can choose to purchase skip the line tickets (more information there with Tiqets).
Go to the Invalides
The Invalides is another of the things to do near Champs Elysées. This is where the French Emperor Napoleon is buried. The building also includes a church, a war museum (read more about Paris during World War II), and a military hospital, the latter not being open to the public. The avenue in front of the building, that goes across the Alexandre III bridge up to the Champs Elysées, is one of my favourite spots in Paris: on one side you can see the Alexandre III bridge, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. On the other side, you can see the Invalides with its golden dome and its cannons.
Stroll down Avenue Montaigne
If you are looking for more expensive boutiques and high end products, the Montaigne Avenue is a good place to consider. It is less crowded than the Champs Elysées and will give you a good glimpse of the chic ambiance of the Right Bank in Paris. Avenue Montaigne is still a popular shopping street in Paris, but don’t be surprised when you go there, because nothing is cheap! If you are looking for shopping advices in Paris, read our guide. And if you don’t want to miss any information about the Right Bank landmarks, you can join our free (tip-only) and daily walking tour. Learn more here!
Have lunch or dinner at the Café Lenôtre
The Café Lenôtre is located at 10, avenue des Champs Elysées. Being in the lower half of the avenue, the restaurant is surrounded by trees and a small garden, which can be great while eating in the veranda. There are so many things to do near Champs Elysées that you might get a little tired. The Café Lenôtre is a good place to take a break with a good meal. The desserts there are particularly good!
You now know some of the things to do near Champs Elysées. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that it has been useful! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! See you soon in Paris!