Paris/8th arrondissement

The 8th arrondissement of Paris is home to the Champs Elysées, which ends up at the Arc de Triomphe. The executive branch of French government is also based here, as well as the embassies of certain nations such as the U.S.

Understand

Quartiers of the 8th arrondissement

The four quartiers of the 8th arrondissement are as follows:

Quartier des Champs-Elysées

Extending all the way along the Champs-Elysées it encompasses the entire southern part of the arrondissement, including its part of the bank of the river Seine. This quartier is home to some of the most luxurious hotels and restaurants, as well as headquarters of luxury goods companies in its western part, and to the famous exhibition venues, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, as well as Place Concorde in the east.

Apart from Champs-Elysées, the main streets of the quartier include Cours Albet 1er/Cours la Reine along the river Seine, Avenue Montaigne (luxury boutiques), Avenue George V (luxury hotels and restaurants) and Avenue Marceau (marking the border with the 16th arrondissement). All four meet at Place de l'Alma, from where the famous Pont de l'Alma bridges the Seine. Three of those (sans Avenue Marceau) are also joined by the perpendicular Rue Francois 1er, which plays host to some more luxury addresses. Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a large circular Rond-point des Champs-Élysées-Marcel-Dassault in the middle, marks the division between the densely-built part of the quartier to the east and the Jardins de Champs-Elysées to the west.

Quartier de la Madeleine

Named after the L'eglise de la Madeleine temple in its western extremity, this quartier houses some of the most important offices of state of the French Republic, including the presidential Elysee Palace, many embassies and more luxury goods companies and stores along its famous Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.

Quartier du Faubourg-de-Roule

It extends from the northern frontage of Champs-Elysées and encompasses the Avenue Friedland, the Avenue Hoche and the eastern frontage of Avenue Wagram.

Quartier de l'Europe

This densely-built quartier around the Gare Saint-Lazare replaced the erstwhile faubourg of Petite-Pologne ("small Poland") in the 19th century. The quartier was a centrally-planned development with streets extending from the Place de l'Europe bearing names of European cities such as rue de Vienne or rue de Saint-Pétersbourg

Get in

From airports

Les Cars Air France offer connections from both the Orly (line 1) and Charles de Gaulle (line 2) airports to Charles de Gaulle-Etoile.

By train

In the northeastern part of the 8th arrondissement you will find the   Gare Saint-Lazare, which is the second-busiest railway station in Paris, and in fact the whole Europe, by the number of passengers. That said, by the 21st century it is a solely domestic station serving as a terminus for Intercités from Normandy and Transiliens lines J and L, connecting Paris with its suburbs and municipalities of Ile-de-France west of the city.

The RER A, which traverses Paris over the northern (right) bank of the Seine and connects to its western and eastern suburbs, including La Defense, crosses the 8th arrondissement but has no stations within the district. You can use it to get to the 8th by getting off at Charles de Gaulle-Etoile at the western end of the 8th or Auber a tad east of the 8th.

To get to the 8th arrondissement from other major Paris railway stations you can make use of the following connections:

By Métro

The majority of the Métro lines, with the exceptions of M4, M5, M7, M10 and M11, have stops within the 8th arrondissement.

Get around

See

Landmarks

Avenue des Champs-Elysées at night

For many visitors one of the must-see places in Paris is the Avenue des Champs-Elysées which was first created in 1667 by Louis XIV's gardener, Andre Le Nôtre, in order to improve the view from the Tuileries garden. This elegant and broad avenue was extended towards the end of the 18th century, now running from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is noted today as one of the most prestigious shopping boulevards of Paris.

l'Arc de Triomphe
la Madeleine, front facade

Museums and galleries

Parks and greenery

Do

Rue du Faubourg St Honote

Buy

Champs-Élyseés

Avenue Montaigne

Rue Francois 1er

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore

Eat

Mid-range

The ceiling of the Arc de Triomphe by Nelson Minar

Splurge

Drink

Map of the 8th Arrondissement

Sleep

Thanks to its relatively large size and the fact that the most popular attractions are either contained within its borders or in the neighbouring districts, the 8th arrondissement boast a large number of hotels even by Parisian standards. That said, you would be hard-pressed to find really inexpensive accommodation here - most are luxury hotels. For less expensive accommodation, you may want to check out your options in the neighbouring districts.

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

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