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8th Arrondissement

Paris

8th Arrondissement

Known for Cafés, Museums and Architecture

Featuring the most famous street in Paris, this district is strongly linked to Napoleon’s rise and France’s dark years of revolution. 

How do you get to 8th Arrondissement?

Wander the sprawling Avenue des Champs-Élysées surrounded by breathtaking architecture and boutique stores in the 8th Arrondissement. View an exquisite church styled like a Greek temple and visit the large square where many aristocrats were killed during the French Revolution.

Ride the metro to George V Station and stroll along the wide Champs-Élysées. Relax in the shade of leafy trees and shop at luxury stores selling fine garments and jewelry. Find a quiet café for a drink and continue on to the Arc de Triomphe at the street’s western end. Completed in 1836, the arch is 164 feet (50 meters) tall and decorated with battle scenes as tribute to Napoleon’s military successes as French emperor. Follow the underground passageway below busy traffic to reach the arch. Once here, admire the intricate carvings or pay to climb 40 steps to the top for panoramic city views.

Take the metro from Charles de Gaulle-Etoile Station near the arch or walk 30 minutes to the Place de la Concorde at the far end of the boulevard. Admire this large public space with statues and fountains. Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and other members of the ruling class were beheaded here during the Reign of Terror in the late 1700s. Today the guillotine has gone, replaced by the much more appealing Luxor Obelisk, located centrally in the square. More than 3,000 years old, it was a gift to France from Egypt in the early 1800s. On its base, note the graphics depicting its difficult transportation to the square.

Head to l’Église de la Madeleine just north. The façade of this church, consecrated in 1842, is decorated as an ancient Greek temple with tall columns supporting an angled roof. Step inside to see an interior of shining gold and smooth marble.

The 8th Arrondissement has hundreds of restaurants serving typical French dishes and delicious Asian food. Take the metro here from elsewhere in the city or stay at one of the many nearby hotels.

Things to do near 8th Arrondissement

The smaller sister museum to Paris’ famous Grand Palais, this purpose-built exhibition space houses works from esteemed artists such as Cézanne and Rembrandt.

An imposing monument at the center of a busy traffic intersection, the archway rises majestically above the city, with coveted city views.

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

Gain insight into French military history at this Baroque complex, which contains several museums and military monuments, including the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Home to the Mona Lisa, and instantly recognizable by its glass pyramid, this landmark has vast collections of well-known art from France and around the world. 

Nothing says Paris like this landmark of iron latticework emblematic of the City of Light. 

One of the most famous and beloved structures in Paris is worth peeking at while it undergoes renovation after a catastrophic 2019 fire.

Pantheon is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Paris. Discover the acclaimed theatre scene and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

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Sail along the banks of the River Seine, passing under magnificent bridges and spotting legendary sights such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the palatial architecture of the Louvre, and the filigreed ironwork of the Eiffel Tower.

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Set sail for an unforgettable evening on the water as you soak in the majesty of the illuminated landmarks that line the Seine. Step aboard a glass-enclosed boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and settle into your seat.

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With a flash of bright feathers and sparkling sequins, Féerie—France’s ultimate cancan show—makes for a razzle-dazzle evening out in the City of Light. Treat yourself to an evening of iconic Parisian cabaret, all while sipping champagne and soaking up the magical Belle Époque ambiance at the historic Moulin Rouge.

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Discover all the romance, history, and atmosphere of the French capital on an open-air double-decker bus. Explore the City of Light at your own pace, scoping out world-famous monuments like Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower and hopping off to get a closer look at Parisian landmarks.

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Discover new perspectives from Paris’ most iconic landmark: the Eiffel Tower. By ascending the stairs, you’ll witness views most visitors never see. Your experience begins near the base of the Tower, where you will meet your expert guide for an introduction to the structure.

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Treat yourself to the magic of Disneyland® Paris. You can choose between 2 incredible Disney Parks, the original Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park. Or, for the ultimate Disney adventure, you can choose a 2-park ticket and visit both.

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