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What you will do
This is a prime tourist area, there's no doubt about it. The challenge is then to do something else than just strolling and window-shopping on the north side of the Champs-Elysées - a favorite for both foreigners and French. Fortunately, it is very possible to enjoy everything that matters in the area without diving head-on into the crowd.
This itinerary won't forget what's essential, but will try to include a few uncommon stops, whether pleasant or unusual. Obviously you can follow it in the other direction, provided some very minor ajdustments.
Duration will depend on the amount of time you want to spend visiting museums or stopping for refreshments or eating. This can be hard to estimate in such an area, so 2 hours are most likely a minimum.
Step by step
- Le'ts say you're coming from the Invalides (subway lines 8 and 13). Just cross Alexandre-III bridge and the statue will be on your left. 1
- Take Winston-Churchill avenue, between the Grand and Petit Palais. 2
- Now go around the Grand Palais. The Palais de la Découverte is on the other side. 3
- Go to the Rond-Point of the Champs-Elysées (follow the direction opposite the river). There will be a theater on your right. If you want, you may go to the other side of the roundabout, take Jean-Mermoz street then de Ponthieu street to the left. At number 7 of the latter, there will be an excellent Korean restaurant. You will then have to follow de Ponthieu street until turning left into du Colisée street, crossing the Champs-Elysées, and continuing into Marbeuf street in the same direction. If you don't want to make the detour, from the Théatre du Rond-Point just begin to go uphill on the south side of the Champs-Elysées until your find Marbeuf street. The next step will be to turn right into François-1er street then left into Pierre-Charron street. 4
- Find again François-1er street and turn left until Georges-V avenue. Get to the Champs-Elysées and then uphill until de Presbourg street (on the left). 5
- Follow de Presbourg street (at number 9, have a look at the Art nouveau Hôtel Mercédès and its stunning high relief sculptures representing early sportscars and drivers) before getting to the Arc de Triomphe. 6