Paris, often called the City of Lights, has a number of iconic attractions to visit. The 7th and 8th arrondissement are home to the famous Champs-Élysées, the Invalides as well as the Eiffel Tower. Even if you have already been to Paris once, it is well worth visiting the 7th and 8th arrondissement again. Here are tips for visiting some of the most well known attractions.
This is the most famous grand boulevard in Paris. The Avenue is full of shops, restaurants, bars and even a few clubs. These clubs are open until the early hours of the morning when the rest of the late night bars have shut. Be prepared to pay more than the normal entry fee as they are situated “sur Les Champs”. Alternatively go during the week on student nights which can be really fun and much kinder on your wallet. If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat, head just off the Champs-Élysées to avoid paying over the top for lunch. At Christmas time, there is a fair and Christmas market towards the bottom of the Champs-Élysées, pick up a glass of mulled wine for 4 euros or some roasted chestnuts for 2.5 euros.
Arc de Triomphe
If shops and clubs are not your thing, walk up to the top of the Arch de Triomphe by the Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro stop for amazing views of the city. I have been to the roof several times, but still love the panoramic view of Paris and on a clear day you can see all the way down the Champs ahead of you and all the way to La Defense behind you. For those who like to live dangerously, cross over the 12 roads that radiate from the 50 metre Arc de Triomphe to explore the surrounding neighbourhood which is one of the most expensive areas to live in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe is located in a central part of Paris, you can either walk up to the Champs-Élysées from the Le Louvre which would take around45 mins or hop on the metro, lines 1, 2 and 6 will take you there.
Place de la Concorde
This is one of the most famous squares in Paris, at the base of the Champs-Élysées and the end of the Tuileries Gardens. It has changed names several times and was the place where Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were beheaded as well as Danton. More recently, the Concorde Ferris Wheel was built in the square and there is a spectacular view the Eiffel Tower and Orangerie from the top. Located near Place de la Concord is the famous Angelina’s for their hot chocolate, a great café, but prepared to wait if you go there on a weekend.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the World Exposition of 1889 and is one of the most iconic attractions in Paris. Once the sun is set, the tower has a light display on the hour every hour. It is worth a trip up to the top even though there is a long wait and you do have to walk up quite a few stairs. The Eiffel Tower is located just by the Seine, but accessing via École Militaire instead of RER Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel, tourists may forget to walk along the river bank where they can catch a different view of the Eiffel Tower. There are many restaurants, cafes and some souvenir shops round this part of the Eiffel Tower which are less crowded than by École Militaire, but they are still just as expensive..
L’Hôtel National des Invalides is a set of buildings containing museums and monuments which was set up in 1671 by Louis XIV. He set up the Invalides as he wanted to provide accommodation for the disabled and poor war veterans. Many tourists may not realize it, but the Invalides is also the home of the Musée de l’Armée, Musée des Plans-Reliefs or “Relief maps museum” and the Musée de l’ordre de la Libération which is dedicated to the liberation of France WWII and to its leader, general Charles de Gaulle. The Invalides is a beautiful building and on a warm sunny day the lawns outside are prefect for bringing a picnic. Be aware of the grass police as there are fenced off areas discouraging people from sitting on the grass.
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About The Author: This post was written by Robin who spent a year in Paris while at college. She loves traveling and sharing her travel tips with others
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