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8th Arrondissement, Paris

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Take in quintessential Paris at 8th Arrondissement, home to the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, and packed with high-end shops, restaurants, and hotels. Stroll the tree-lined Champs-Elysees, one of the country's best-known roads, and you'll pass a riotous array of cafes and souvenir shops and eventually arrive at the massive traffic circle around the Arc de Triomphe. Experience the swirling masses of cars and people here, a side effect of the district's position in Paris' business nexus, and view the 50 m (164 ft) arch. Also part of the neighborhood, Place de la Concorde represents the city's biggest square replete with embassies, fountains, and other ornate buildings. Don't miss the "golden triangle," one of Paris' most popular shopping areas full of boutique stores. Plan your 8th Arrondissement visit and explore what else you can see and do in Paris using our Paris trip generator.
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  • So much to see in this district and so close too many Paris landmarks. Loved being close to Champs d'Alysee and also the river.  more »
  • I feel that the 8th is best represented by the huge La Madeleine church (see separate review) however many reviewers quote other highlights such as Champs-élysées (true) and Arc de Triomphe (on the we...  more »
  • The 8th Arrondissement feels a lot like the heart of Paris. It contains the entirety of the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the Elysee Palace, as well as museums, gardens, and cultural centers. A...  more »

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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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