The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most prestigious avenues in all of Paris and is one of the most famous avenues in the world. It’s is claimed by the French to be “la plus belle avenue du monde” (“the most beautiful avenue in all the world”). It runs for 2km through northwesten Paris and is lined with chic, upmarket shops, restaurants and cafes. It is a massive tree-lined avenue that links the Arc de Triomphe in the west with the place de la Concorde to the east passing the Obelisk of Luxor on the way.
The Champs-Élysées began life in the early 17th century with the planting of an avenue of trees within the local market gardens. Over the ensuing two centuries it was slowly transformed and it wasn’t until the late 1700s that the Avenue became a fashionable location for royalty and aristocracy. Nowadays it’s one of the most expensive addresses in the world and has undergone numerous expansions and improvements.