"The most overrated avenue in Paris" Champs-Elysées Tip by jglsongs

Champs-Elysées, Paris: 17 reviews and 14 photos

by jglsongs

Call me scrooge, call me a downer, but the Avenue des Champs-Elys?es is THE MOST overrated avenue in Paris. The 8th doesn't do it for me; if I wanted wall to wall people gawking from store to store holding their McDonald's extra-large sodas and their microscopic bag from Chanel (because that's all they can afford, but just HAD TO go there) waddling up the avenue and trying to get the perfect photo of Aunt Cecilia and Uncle Ralph next to Planet Hollywood and waiting online for a table at Fouqet's because they just HAVE to sit in an authentic Parisian cafe...then I could have stayed home in NY and hung out on 5th Avenue (the most overrated avenue in NY).

Unique Suggestions: The Avenue des Champs-Elys?es is worth a visit- one visit- short, sweet, see the Arc de Triomphe, and then move on to another, more interesting area.

My alternatives would be:

-for haute couture and fashion: go to Rue du Faubourg St-Honor?. THAT'S where you get a glimpse of Catherine Deneuve!

-for nightlife: anywhere else! The left bank, Marais in the 3rd and 4th, rue Oberkampf. If you must see one of those Vegas-y shows, try Paradis Latin instead of Crazy Horse.

For Christmas lights, Bastille Day, parades and other major exhibitions, the Champs-Elys?es is the best. For the other 358 days of the year, I say don't bother. You'll get more a feel of Paris on any other street or avenue.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 19, 2004
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