If you’re looking for a taste of Parisian luxury, you’ll want to check out the 8th Arrondissement. This upscale neighborhood on the right bank is home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées. Its central location, tourist attractions, and upscale atmosphere make it a popular arrondissement.
You can’t miss the Arc de Triomphe. It’s a massive monument over 50 meters high! It is accessible via an underground tunnel. Once you’re at the top, you’ll have an incredible view of Paris!
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This iconic monument was built in honor of Napoleon’s victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. On special occasions, it is decorated either with huge flags, flowers, or most recently, “wrapped.” That was the name given to the temporary artwork project by artist duo Christo and Jean-Claude. It was on view for 16 days from Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021, and I was there!
But even when it is not “wrapped” it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris and it’s definitely worth a visit! (Note: it does get crowded, so buy your ticket ahead of time.)
Opposite the Arc de Triomphe is the Place de la Concorde. In the middle is a large roundabout. Place de la Concorde has two photo-worthy fountains (where you can get a great shot of the Assemblée Nationale) and the famous Luxor Obelisk, an Egyptian obelisk added to the square in 1826, though well over 3,000 years old. The Place de la Concorde is renowned for its crazy traffic, to say it is chaotic is an understatement!
In 2021, the Hôtel de la Marine at the head of Place de la Concorde re-opened. The former home of the French Navy Ministry from 1789 to 2015, has been completely restored and is gorgeous. As it is relatively new, a lot of tourists and locals alike want to see it, so I recommend buying your ticket ahead of time.
Take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées. Champs-Elysées is one of the most famous roads in Paris and possibly worldwide. The road is about 1.2 miles or 1.9km long.
This beautiful avenue is lined with trees and is home to some of the city’s prestigious hotels, shops, and restaurants. Including Louis Vuitton, added to the arrondissement in 1913, and Guerlain, a perfume store.
The street is often used as a gathering spot for sports events, parades, etc, and is closed off to traffic on the first Sunday of every month.
In addition to all of the sights and shopping, you can visit the Grand Palais, a historical museum and architectural landmark renowned by the people of France and its tourists. It runs different exhibits available to the public. You can also find the Musée Jacquemart-André (skip-the-line ticket here), which has a cafe and a lovely art collection, including the Toilet of Venus and Sleeping Venus.
Part of the gorgeous Parc Monceau is in the 8th Arrondissement. This park is open to the public and is known aesthetically for its columns, green water, and beautiful trees. Famous painter Claude Monet painted many pictures inspired by this location.
The large park has gorgeous flora and fauna, space to stretch out and sit, and a few romantic bridges to take pictures and walk across. This location is perfect for those who love Paris’s romantic architecture and landscaping. (And there is a carousel there too!)
There’s no doubt that the Parisian luxury is alive and well in the city’s eighth district! From iconic landmarks to upscale shopping, this neighborhood has it all. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a bit of history or simply indulge in some Parisian extravagance, the eighth arrondissement is definitely worth a visit!
8th Arrondissement curated for you:
8eme/8th Arrondissement Restaurants
- Beefbar (5, rue Marbeuf) exceptional beef dishes in an Art Nouveau setting.
- Brasserie Lazare Paris (Rue Intérieure) in the Gare St Lazare.
- Café Lapérouse, Hôtel de la Marine (2 Rue Royale) a cafe with a romantic decor and a rock’n’roll atmosphere.
- Chez André (12 Rue Marbeuf) for a traditional French bistrot experience.
- Contraste (18 Rue d’Anjou) spectacular flavors and dishes from two contrasting young chefs.
- Fouquet’s (99 Avenue des Champs-Élysées) classic French dishes with the best cheeseburger and steak tartare in the area.
- Il Ristorante – Niko Romito (30 Av George V) Italian cuisine inspired by Bulgari.
- Ladurée (75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées) the historic macaron and pastry shop with elegant dining rooms.
- La Maison du Caviar (21, rue Quentin-Bauchart) caviars of the best provenances, smoked fish, and other products of excellence.
- La Scène (32 Avenue Matignon) a 2-star Michelin restaurant serving modern French food.
- Lasserre (17, avenue Franklin Roosevelt) an elegant space for classic French food.
- Le Bristol (112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré) the ultimate high-end experience of the deluxe-style cheeseburger.
- LE Drugstore (133 Av. des Champs-Élysées) innovative restaurant serving classic brasserie food.
- Le Fouquet’s (99 Avenue des Champs-Elysées) a high-end classic brasserie with a menu created by Pierre Gagnaire.
- Le Mermoz (16 Rue Jean Mermoz) restaurant near the Champs-Elysées.
- Marxito (1bis Rue Jean Mermoz) stylish street food venue with French-Japanese dishes.
- Mimosa, Hôtel de la Marine (2 Rue Royale) Jean-François Piège’s restaurant with a deviled egg bar in a Riviera spirit of the 60s.
- Mun (52 Avenue des Champs-Elysées) the exclusive terrace restaurant on the roofs of Chanel headquarters.
- Pavillon Ledoyen (8 Avenue Dutuit) a Michelin star gourmet restaurant with a blend of French and international flavors.
- Publicis Drugstore (133 Avenue des Champs-Élysées) dainty finger foods, salads, and croque-monsieurs by chef Éric Frechon.
8eme/8th Arrondissement Coffee + Tea Shops
- 86 Champs (86 Av de Champs-Élysées) some of the best macarons of the city.
- Café du Petit Palais (4 Av. Winston Churchill) cafe surrounded by a tropical garden in the middle of Petit Palais.
- Iwi Coffee (6 Rue la Boétie) good cup of coffee!
- Noir – Coffee Shop & Torréfacteur (120 Bd Haussmann) artisanal and specialty coffee shop.
8eme/8th Arrondissement Bars
- Le Demeure Montaigne (146 Av George V) an oval bar lounge with a fine selection of wines and aperitifs.
- Le Joy (46 Av George V) a terraced cocktail bar.
8eme/8th Arrondissement Parks, Museums & Things to Do
- American Cathedrale in Paris (23 Av George V) one of the oldest English-speaking churches in Paris.
- Boulevard Des Courcelles, a beautiful tree-lined street, great for strolling.
- Cathedrale Saint Alexandre Nevsky (12 Rue Daru) a Russian Orthodox church filled with rich gildings and frescoes.
- Champs-Élysées Garden (Av des Champs Élysées) one of the most popular places for tourists and locals. The garden dates back to the 1800s and is filled with magnificent buildings, museums, and gorgeous flowerbeds.
- Chapelle expiatoire (29 Rue Pasquier) a chapel dedicated to King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.
- Élysée Palace (55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré) an 18th-century mansion and the official residence of the French President.
- Grand Palais (3 Av du Général Eisenhower) an art nouveau hall popular for its glass dome and exhibitions, fashion shows, and museum wings.
- Hotel de la Marine (2 Place de la Concorde) iconic architectural monument of the 18th century.
- Le Crazy Horse (12 Av George V) known as a temple of chic femininity, this mythical cabaret is performed by nude females with magical transitions between shows.
- Lido de Paris (116 Av des Champs-Élysées) the most prestigious cabaret and burlesque show with exotic dancers and settings.
- Musée Cernuschi (7 Av Velasquez) a museum housing Asian art and antiquities from China and Japan.
- Musée Jaquemart-André (158 Blvd Haussmann) European art collection dating back to the 15th century in a mansion-turned-museum.
- Musée Nissim de Camondo (63 Rue de Monceau) a gorgeous Belle Epoque mansion now turned to a museum housing French decorative arts.
- Palais de la Découverte (Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt) a science museum inside the Grand Palais created to popularize the sciences.
- Parc Monceau (35 Blvd de Courcelles) a beautiful public garden with wonderful surprises hidden inside, made by the Duke of Chartres in the late 1700s.
- Petit Palais (Av Winston Churchill) a trapezium shape museum of fine arts with a stained glass entrance, mosaic-covered floors, and wrought iron decoration.
- Pont Alexandre III, an ornate and extravagant bridge with beautiful gilt bronze sculptures. It is thought to be Paris’ first open-air museum.
- Saint-Augustin Church (8 Av César Caire) 19th century Roman Catholic church with Gothic and Romanesque elements.
- Saint Philippe du Roule (9 Rue de Courcelles) a neoclassical church commissioned by Louis XV to serve the community.
8eme/8th Arrondissement Shopping
- Chanel (51 Av Montaigne) the most popular luxury fashion house known for its perfumes, purses, and elegant clothing. Learn more about Coco Chanel’s Paris.
- Dior (30 Av Montaigne) Dior flagship store in the building where it was originally founded.
- Givenchy (36 Av Montaigne) luxurious French ready-to-wear clothing and jewelry.
- Gucci (60 Av Montaigne) Italian-crafted luxury brand celebrated for its leather goods.
- Louis Vuitton (22 Av Montaigne) Parisian luxury brand known for its monogrammed handbags and luggage goods.
- Prada (12 Av Montaigne) Italian upscale apparel and accessories brand.
- Yves Saint Laurent (53 Av Montaigne) high-end Parisian designer line offering clothing and accessories for men and women.
8eme/8th Arrondissement Lodging
- Amastan (34 Rue Jean Mermoz) vintage vibes with retro interiors and well-curated spaces.
- Bulgari Hotel (30 Av. George V) luxury hotel with great Parisian views.
- Four Seasons Hotel George V (31 Av. George V) luxury accommodation with Michelin star dining.
- Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s (46 Av George V) a luxurious upscale hotel in a Napoleon III building.
- Hotel Daniel (8 Rue Frédéric Bastiat) a mix of international decor, French elegance, and Michelin star dining.
- Hotel De Crillon, (10, Place de la Concorde) housed in a neoclassical building with Eiffel Tower views.
- Hôtel Lancaster (7 Rue de Berri) Parisian townhouse vibes with contemporary and antique decor.
- Hôtel Plaza Athénée (25 Av. Montaigne) an iconic hotel amidst couture fashion houses. Made famous by Carrie in SATC, okay it was famous before that for its luxury and views.
- La Demeure Montaigne (18 Rue Clément Marot) a balance of Parisian spirit and contemporary luxury housed in a private mansion.
- La Réserve Paris (42 Avenue Gabriel) set in a 19th-century mansion overlooking key Parisian sights.
- Le Bristol Hotel (112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré) a iconic Parisian hotel with classic French elegance.
- Le Royal Monceau (37 Av. Hoche) stylish rooms filled with art, books, and all things beautiful.
- Maison Villeroy (33 Rue Jean Goujon) a 5-star boutique hotel set in a private Parisian mansion.
- Monsieur George (17 Rue Washington) a timeless boutique hotel with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.
- Pagoda Paris (48 Rue de Courcelles) built in 1928 for a Chinese antique dealer now an exhibition space and quite a site!
- Pley Hotel (214 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré) vintage atmosphere inspired by the rich history of radios.
- Prince de Galles (33 Av George V) a 5-star Art Deco hotel with opulent rooms and fine dining.
8eme/8th Arrondissement Things to do
- Visit the Arc de Triomphe
- Armenian Church in Paris (15 Rue Jean Goujon) blink and you will miss this church as you pass by, but it is worth the stop!
- Église de la Madeleine (Pl. de la Madeleine) beautiful church nd classic music venue.
- Flame of the Statue of Liberty (Place de l’Alma) gift from the US which became associated with Princess Diana. I have written an entire blog post about the various statue of Liberties (there are many!) in Paris.
- Galerie de la Madeleine (9 place de la Madeleine) 1 of 2 passages in the 8th (see my article on all the Paris passages here).
- Grand Palais (3 Av. du Général Eisenhower) exhibition hall and museum. Also houses the Palais de la Découverte.
- Hôtel de la Marine (2 Pl. de la Concorde) restored museum on the Place de la Concorde.
- Le Village Royal (25 Rue Royale, 24 Rue Boissy d’Anglas) a little passage with a lot of history!
- Musée Cernuschi (7 Av. Velasquez) Asian art musuem.
- Musée Jacquemart-André (158 Bd Haussmann) former home and now private collection of art.
- Musée Nissim de Camondo (63 Rue de Monceau) museum of decorative arts.
- Notre-Dame-de-Consolation (15 Rue Jean Goujon) if you have seen the series The Bonfire of Destiny with Audrey Fleurot (I highly recommend it!), this church was built to honor those that died (over 100) in a fire.
- Parc Monceau (35 Bd de Courcelles) stunning park you must see!
- Passage Puteaux (33, rue de l’Arcade – 18, rue Pasquier) the shortest passage in Paris. (See my article on all the Paris passages here)
- Petit Palais – Musée des Beaux-Arts (Av. Winston Churchill) art museum.
- Pont Alexandre III (Quai d’Orsay / Cours La Reine) one of my favorite bridges.
- Statue of Charles de Gaulle is in front of the Grand Palais in front of the Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau metro station.
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