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Your 8th Arrondissement of Paris Guide

If you're looking for a taste of Parisian luxury, you'll want to check out the 8th Arrondissement of Paris. This upscale neighborhood on the right bank (Rive Droite) of the River Seine 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 the city 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 the 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.)

Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

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!

A piece of the Luxor Obelisk, Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.
A piece of the Luxor Obelisk, Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.

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.

Hotel de la Marine
Hotel de la Marine

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 in the 8th arrondissement of Paris 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. 

This area of Paris 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. 

Parc Monceau in Paris 8th Arrondissement
Parc Monceau in Paris 8th Arrondissement

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!)

Also in the 8th is the Pont Alexandre III bridge. One of my favorites. It has been used as a setting in many movies and TV series including Emily in Paris and Call My Agent.

Paris Pont Alexandre III in the 8th arrondissement of Paris
Alexandre III Bridge in Paris 8th Arrondissement.

There's no doubt that 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!

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Paris Pagoda in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris
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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 bistro experience.
  • Contraste (18 Rue d'Anjou) spectacular flavors and dishes from two contrasting young chefs.
  • Enni Udon (6 Rue de la Renaissance) udon spot with homemade noodles served hot, cold, in a sauce, or broth.
  • 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 Chambre Bleu (4 rue d'Anjou) French-Andalusian menu.
  • 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 Clarence (31 Av Franklin Delano Roosevelt) luxury resto in a historic mansion.
  • 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.
  • Mondaine de Pariso (23 Rue de Ponthieu) speakeasy-style resto serving French food with American twists.
  • Mun (52 Avenue des Champs-Elysées) the exclusive terrace restaurant on the roof of Chanel's headquarters.
  • ONOR (258 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré) molecular gastronomy restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Rolls (54 Rue Miromesnil) Spring rolls reinvented.
  • Rosy et Maria (11 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré) seasonal brunch and breakfast options in a stylish setting.
  • Taozi (32 Rue Jean Mermoz) big, creamy fruit mochi.
  • Trente Trois (33 Rue Jean Goujon) a Michelin star restaurant offering refined French delicacies in a classic, intimate setting.
  • Yacatan (68 Rue Pierre Charron) Mexican restaurant and tequila bar.

8eme/8th Arrondissement Coffee + Tea Shops

  • 86 Champs (86 Av de Champs-Élysées) some of the best macarons in 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!
  • Maison Kayser (29 rue la Boétie, 85 Bd Malesherbes) artisanal bakery with a deep love for traditional bread. Also has gluten-free products.
  • Noir – Coffee Shop & Torréfacteur (120 Bd Haussmann) artisanal and specialty coffee shop.
  • Tapisserie (65 Rue de Charonne) get the maple tart.

    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.
    • Les Ambassadeurs (located in Hôtel de Crillon; 10 Pl de la Concorde) a classy cocktail joint with live music.

8eme/8th Arrondissement Lodging

  • Maison Delano Paris (4 Rue d'Anjou) a 5-star hotel with exceptionally beautiful rooms and suites.
  • Amastan (34 Rue Jean Mermoz) vintage vibes with retro interiors and well-curated spaces.
  • Bulgari Hotel (30 Av. George V) luxury hotel from the Bulgari fashion brand with great Parisian views.
  • citizenM Paris Champs-Élysées (128 Rue La Boétie) hip hotel with BIG beds!
  • 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.
  • Hotel Norman (9 Rue Balzac) a 5-star boutique hotel and spa close to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Hôtel Plaza Athénée (25 Avenue 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) an iconic Parisian hotel with classic French elegance.
  • Le Royal Monceau (37 Av. Hoche) stylish rooms filled with art, books, and all things beautiful.
  • Maison Delano (4 Rue d'Anjou) housed in an 18th-century mansion with 56 luxury rooms.
  • 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.
  • Sonder Atala, Champs-Élyseés (10 Rue Chateaubriand) art-deco inspired hotel.
  • The 8eme also has a lot of FABULOUS apartments and homes that you can rent via VRBO and Airbnb.

Parks, Museums & Things to Do in the 8th arrondissement of Paris

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • American Cathedrale in Paris (23 Av George V) one of the oldest English-speaking churches in Paris.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Église de la Madeleine (Pl. de la Madeleine) beautiful church nd classic music venue.
  • Élysée Palace (55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré) an 18th-century mansion and the official residence of the French President.
  • 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) 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 Village Royal (25 Rue Royale, 24 Rue Boissy d'Anglas) a little passage with a lot of history!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • Statue of Charles de Gaulle is in front of the Grand Palais in front of the Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau metro station/metro line.

8eme/8th Arr 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 Avenue 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.

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Andi Fisher

I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!

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Tips
  • Flights
    • Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com
    • For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
    • If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    • For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
    • For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
  • Tours + Atractions
    • I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
    • If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
    • Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
    • If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
  • Don't Forget Travel Photos
    • One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
  • Peace of Mind
    • It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWingSquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
    • Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).
  • Planning

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14 Comments

  1. I imagen taking my honeymoon there in Paris. Even though I’m not thinking about getting marriage know time soon.

    1. Richelle Milar says:

      I would really love to go and visit Paris! I will take note of these when we go there! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. Lisa Charleston says:

    Wow, your Paris pictures are stunning! I have Paris on my bucket list and can’t wait to visit. So many things to visit and they all look like a lot of Fun. I would really be interested in learning about the Flame of the Statue of Liberty.

  3. Amber Myers says:

    How pretty! I hope we can make it there in July.

  4. So much to see and do here. I will have to remember this when I travel to Paris.

  5. Wow, these places are so beautiful and rich with history, thank you for shining some light on the significance of those featured!

  6. Oh, Paris is on my travel bucket list! I am adding the 8th arrondissement to it! Gorgeous pics!

  7. Paris is so beautiful and full of history. I have never heard of Parc Monceau before but that picture is stunning! I hope I make it to Paris in the future to visit these spots.

  8. Paris is ever so beautiful. I’m wondering if it has any unsightly corners but I hope there are none.

  9. Melanie Edjourian says:

    The Parc Monceau in the 8th Arrondissement sounds like a gorgeous place to visit. I need to add that to my list next time I go to Paris.

  10. The 8th Arrondissement seems like a lovely place to visit (or live!) I would like to go there.

  11. I am so curious to know more about Paris. It’s such a wonderful and magical place!

  12. What a neat place! I’ve never heard of the 8th Arrondissement before. It would be a nice spot to check out in Paris.

  13. This is the first time that I’ve heard of it. Thanks for sharing. I hope we get to visit and explore Paris someday.