Champs Elysées – Etoile – Ternes

    The world-renowned Avenue des Champs Elysées, and beyond the Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue de la Grande Armée, is the spine of this busy neighborhood. The ‘most beautiful avenue in the world’, as it is often tagged, stretches on almost two kilometers between the Place de la Concorde and the Place de l’Etoile, where the Arc de Triomphe stands. The perfectly aligned path of monuments continues west to the Arche de la Défense, 3,5 kilometers down the line. While the Champs Elysées and surrounding streets offer lots of restaurants, luxury hotels and cafés for tourists and locals alike, the neighborhood around Ternes and the lovely Monceau park has a much more charming atmosphere.

    Champs Elysées – Etoile – Ternes Neighborhood, Paris.

My life in the Neighborhood

The first place I ever lived in Paris (and I flitted between neighborhoods quite a lot) was the 17th arrondissement by Boulevard de Courcelles. It was a quintessential bourgeois neighborhood, with light glinting from the chandeliers of lavish lofts, elderly dames walking their statuesque dogs, little girls in pristine dresses with squeaky patent black shoes, and a beautiful park with mossy greens and lacquered ponds, le Parc Monceau. I used to spend my afternoons here when the weather allowed, sitting on a bench to watch the ducklings pitter patter on the water. In spring the magnolia trees would bloom and the wind would shower the lawns with airy petals of pink. 

A few steps from the park on Avenue Vélasquez there's the Musée Cernuschi exhibiting interesting pieces of Asian art from China, Japan, and Korea. This whole area between Avenue Wagram, Boulevard Malesherbes, and Avenue de Villiers is quite residential, but I found lots of unique museums that are a joy to explore since they're not nearly as crowded as those in the more touristy areas of the city. Metro Malesherbes was my point of transport, but most of my shopping was within walking distance on Rue de Lévis, a street full of markets, flower shops, and bakeries leading up to my favorite café - le Dôme.

In the neighborhood, I recommend visiting the Parc Monceau, the Musée Cernuschi, and Le Dôme café.

By Karina    
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Neighborhood Staples

  • Explore the exhibitions at the Petit Palais, and enjoy a coffee in the somewhat secret café in the courtyard

  • Stroll down the Champs Elysées, one of the most famous streets in all the world

  • Climb up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for some incredible views of Paris

  • Visit the Musée Nissim de Camondo, an exquisite manor from the 1900s with beautiful 18th-century furnishings

  • Get a bit of green by going for a leisurely walk around the bucolic Parc Monceau


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