Things to do (and not to do) around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
The Paris Arc of Triumph was ordered by the Great Napoleon to pay tribute to his victories. Today, a flame is burning endlessly, referring to the First World War and the Unknown Soldier who is buried there. Out of all the landmarks in Paris, this is one of the most famous ones. I would really advise that you climb to the top of the monument where you will have a wonderful view on the twelve avenues that make a star all around the Arc. Plan about an hour for the Arc de Triomphe. You can purchase skip the line tickets for the Arc de Triomphe in advance with our partner Tiqets. And more…
Relax at Monceau Park
This park is perfect if you want to have a peaceful or romantic walk in Paris. There are many surprises in this park: beautiful statues, exotic and huge trees, and a big pond. However, you should know that during the winter, the quarter is not as lively.
Walk the Avenue des Ternes
The avenue is a trading street, where you can find a Fnac store for example, in a very beautiful building which is quite similar to the “Grands Magasins”, the department stores. The only difference is that the place is much less crowded, so you can enjoy the architecture without being embarrassed by the mass! Anyway, if you want to go shopping, there’s all you need here, and even an antique shop.
Chill at Hotel Raphael’s terrace
The terrace is like a suspended garden in the sky. Here, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Paris, on the Arc of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, and Great Palace. As you would expect, the price is quite high: 12 euros for a Coca-Cola, 13 Euros for a pastry and 25 Euros for a cocktail… But it is well worth it!
Enjoy the feeling of being any of the characters from Sex and the City or Pretty Woman. The view is really lovely and romantic. It is a haven of peace in the heart of Paris.
Watch a movie at Balzac Cinema
The Balzac cinema bravely resists to big labels such as Gaumont or UGC. It proposes only independent movies which are unknown from most viewers. Moreover, the cinema’s director himself often presents the movies and the reasons why he chose them: what a privilege! Finally,the room is comfortable and the price is very attractive…
Enjoy the Golden Triangle
Its limits are the Champs-Elysées, Montaigne and Georges V avenues. The Golden Triangle is well-known all around the world because it is the luxury shops’ and wealthier families’ headquarter, who want to show they belong to the world of the elite. For example, on Montaigne Avenue you’ll find very famous brands including Chanel or Gucci.
Also note that the George V hotel is reputed to be the best in the world… Maybe you don’t want to pay 1000 Euros for a night but you can still go to the tea salon or the bar which will make you spend a great moment!
Have delicious macarons at Ladurée
Ladurée is known as the best macarons shop in Paris… and even in the world! What is a macaron? Let’s just say that it is a delicious little almond biscuit, filled with different tastes such as chocolate, lemon, strawberry… Now you just have to try, I can’t say anything else about it! My favorites are the pistachio and the chocolate ones, but actually they’re all wonderful!
Meet the Bluebells girls at the Lido
The Lido is one of the most famous cabarets in the world. There, you will be able to admire the Bluebells Girls, women who all did classical dances but were too tall to dance for ballets. At the Lido, they execute the well-known “French cancan“. If you want your night to be perfect, you can even book a delicious and tasty dinner: three different menus are possible.
BONUS: Things you shouldn’t do in this area
Luxury, refinement, elegance… These are the things that characterize the quarter and even more the Fouquet’s Palace. But since our former President Nicolas Sarkozy celebrated his victorious election, the Fouquet’s is now only a symbol of “bling bling” and pretension… I am not sure you’d like it!
Abercrombie and Fitch’s shop
Whether you like Abercrombie’s clothes or you hate them, it does not matter. In both cases, you just can not go there. First, you have to queue for a long time to enter the building and even to try on your garments. Then the staging is really ridiculous: a dozen of young and muscular men are paid to be standing topless for young girls’ pleasure. Well, that’s probably why there are so many people in that shop… And finally, sales people are not helpful and welcoming. So, you decide.
You now know some of the things to do around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that it has been useful! There are a few other articles you might find interesting, such as a list of things to do between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower, but also a list of things to do from the Champs Elysees to the Louvre. The area around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is very luxurious. The right bank of Paris is a great introduction to Paris, because you get to see all the greatest landmarks of the city. See you soon in Paris!