8th Arrondissement – Heart of Paris
The Champs-Élysée is located in the heart of the Eighth, making this one of the most bustling districts of Paris. This busy grand avenue is full of the most posh shops in Paris, making it one of the priciest areas. The avenue runs from the Place de la Concorde (where Marie Antoinette was beheaded, and now the location of the Luxor Obelisk) to the Arc de Triomphe, and runs through the gardens that surround the Grand Palais.
There are several notable museums along the Champs, including the aforementioned Grand Palais, le Petit Palais, and the Palais de la Découverte. The Grand Palais is an exquisite exhibition hall, with a beautifully constructed glass roof, allowing an abundance of light for the viewing of the displays. Opposite the Grand Palais lies the Petit Palais, an elaborate building that houses the Museum of Fine Arts. Behind the Grand Palais (in the same complex), lies the Palais de la Découverte, the science museum of Paris, containing several interactive exhibits. Located nearby, Musée Jacquemart-André contains a large display from Édouard André’s private collection, and is also housed in his former estate.
For those looking to stay in the Eighth, there are plenty of options available. Hôtel le Bristol a favourite world class hotel is one of Paris’ most elaborate hotels, featuring beautifully furnished rooms, some of which include views of the Eiffel Tower. For a hotel that is more simplistic, yet still elegant and refined, The Lavoisier is an excellent option.
Dining in the Eighth offers many options, but perhaps none as elegant as Les Ambassadeurs. This restaurant features what is arguably one of the most opulent dining rooms in the world, with food to match; a reservation is highly recommended. Taillvent also provides an excellent dining experience, featuring traditional French cuisine; the tasting menu with a wine pairing from the in-house sommelier is preferred by many guests.