Avenue des Champs-elysees
The most monumental boulevard in Paris used to be a desolate field of marshland until the 16th century, when it was landscaped by Le Notre. The Champs-Elysees is divided into two parts with the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees as its intersection. The lower part of the Champs-Elysees, bordering the Place du Concorde, includes a spacious park, the Jardin des Champs-elysees, and the Petit Palais fine arts museum. The upper part, extending to the Arc de Triomphe, is lined by luxury shops, hotels, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and theaters. This bustling area draws many tourists and is a gathering place for Parisians.
The Champs-Elysees is famous for its prestigious establishments such as Maison Laduree (75 Avenue des Champs-Elysees), a patisserie shop renowned for its opulent 18th-century tea salon and exquisite pastries (their specialty is "macarons"), and upscale designer boutiques like Tiffany & Co. (62 Avenue des Champs-elysees), Louis-Vuitton boutique (101 Avenue des Champs-Elysees), and Cartier (154 Avenue des Champs-elysees). For fine dining, the top choices are the legendary "brasserie du luxe" restaurant Le Fouquet's and the swanky gastronomic restaurant L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (133 Avenue des Champs-elysees) that boasts two Michelin stars. Although the Champs-elysees has an image of elegance, there are many places that cater to tourists in a hurry and students on a budget, such as Starbucks, H&M, Quick, and McDonald's.