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Arguably the most glamorous district of Paris, the Eighth arrondissement is centred on the prestigious Avenue des Champs-Élysées which connects the majestic Place de la Concorde to the monumental Arc de Triomphe. The 8th is one of the wealthiest arrondissements of Paris.

 

A few words about the 8th arrondissement

8th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
8th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

The Eighth arrondissement of Paris (le huitième arrondissement) is situated on the right bank of River Seine and is centred on the Champs-Élysées and the Historical Axis.

The district is both a tourist hotspot and one of the places where the Parisian upper middle class lives.

It is home to many shops, luxury hotels and the headquarters of major companies.

Most importantly, the Eighth arrondissement is a place of power, as it includes the Elysée Palace and the Ministry of the Interior, as well as seven embassies of G20 countries.

In addition, the district is home to a great number of multinational firms and banks, making it one of France’s premier business districts behind La Défense.

The tourism industry is also present with prestigious monuments and places of interest: the Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and the Place de la Concorde.

There are many world-class hotels, most of them are located near the Champs-Élysées: George V, Plaza Athénée, Hôtel de Crillon, Royal Monceau…

The view from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe © French Moments
The Champs-Elysées leading to place de la Concorde © French Moments

In the neighbourhood of the Champs-Élysées, the Belle Époque era has given Paris two magnificent edifices: the Grand-Palais and the Petit-Palais.

Winter walk from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre © French Moments
Façade of Grand-Palais © French Moments

 

The 4 districts of the 8th arrondissement

The 4 districts of the 8th arrt © Paris 16 - licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons
The 4 districts of the 8th arrt © Paris 16 – licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Champs-Elysées district

Monumental and prestigious, the Champs-Elysées district includes the “most beautiful avenue in the world“, the most imposing square in Paris and, surrounded by greenery, the golden triangle of luxury.

There is no avenue in Paris more frequented. Indeed, the Champs-Élysées district is above all a prestigious commercial district where the major international brands are displayed, but it is also home to a large number of embassies and company headquarters.

 

Faubourg-du-Roule district

The Faubourg-du-Roule district is a more residential area, with a social background similar to the Ternes (17th) and Chaillot (16th) districts.

It is home to the headquarters of many financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, law firms).

There, the crowd spills over into the cafés and cinemas, the fashionable shops and car windows that line the Champs Elysées and its surroundings.

It changes its face around the Paris Chamber of Commerce and the great museums around it.

 

Madeleine district

The Madeleine district is an intermediate district mixing residential and business districts around the Garnier Opera and the boulevard Malesherbes.

Political and diplomatic life, antique dealers and art galleries, haute couture and perfumery rule the Madeleine district.

Visitors will find shops and luxury hotels around the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.

Finally, the district is also home to the Presidency of the Republic (Élysée Palace), the Ministry of the Interior, the French Naval staff, the embassies of the United States, Great Britain and Japan, and large clubs.

 

Europe District

Finally, the residential and more popular Europe district is home to an upper middle class comparable to the Batignolles district (17th).

Residential, airy, wealthy and lively, the Europe district is dedicated to education, commerce and the railway industry.

It is also home to the busy Saint-Lazare train station and many shops close to the department stores of the 9th arrondissement.

Beyond the Saint-Lazare station, not far from the town hall, along the wide Haussmannian perspectives, craft life rubs shoulders with cultural life. Around the delightful Parc Monceau stand the Cernuschi, Camondo and Jacquemart André museums, and the magnificent mansions built by the 19th-century high-bourgeoisie.

Parc Monceau © French Moments
The Rotunda of Parc Monceau © French Moments

 

The 8th arrondissement: facts and figures

The Eighth arrondissement of Paris covers an area of 3.88 km2 with a population of 35,655 (2019). 

The minimum altitude is 29 m above sea level and the maximum altitude is 59 m.

Along with La Défense, it is the economic driver of the capital, with more than 180,000 jobs (11% of Parisian jobs), mainly in the financial, service and tourism sectors.

The district is also a strategic crossroads for public transport with the Saint-Lazare station, a veritable hub for all the western suburbs of Paris.

5 of the 11 established Parisian palaces are located in the district: Le Bristol, Crillon, George V and Plaza Athénée, La Réserve Paris.

Dior Avenue Montaigne Paris
The Dior flagship store on Avenue Montaigne. YSL worked in the fashion house for a number of years. © French Moments

 

Metro lines and stations in the 8th arrondissement

The 8th arrondissement is one of the best served by public transport, with a large number of services.

The 8th arrondissement is easily accessible by public transport with two RER stations (Charles de Gaulle Étoile for RER A and Haussmann for RER E) and the railway station of Saint-Lazare which serves the western suburbs and Normandy.

The district includes:

  • the second-largest train station in Europe (Paris-Saint-Lazare)
  • in addition, the metro station serving this station (Saint-Lazare) is the second busiest in the Paris métro network.
  • the metro line 1 that crosses the 8th arrondissement is the busiest métro line of Paris.
  • and the busiest RER A line is the busiest urban railway line in Europe.
  • With 16 bus lines, the Saint-Lazare hub is the largest in Paris.

In conclusion, the 8th arrondissement has :

  • 9 metro lines ;
  • 2 RER lines;
  • 2 Transilien lines;
  • 28 bus lines;
  • 14 Noctilien lines.
  • however, no tramway line!
8th arrondissement and metro © Hmaglione10- licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons
8th arrondissement and metro © Hmaglione10- licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Where to stay in the 8th arrondissement?

Hotels in Paris vary from stunning luxurious places like the Ritz and the Meurice to much simpler hotels in charming older parts of the city. However, due to its central location, you will find the level of prices of all types of accommodation quite high in the 8th arrt. Depending on your budget, might want to find cheaper accommodation further away from the hyper centre of Paris!

Click on this link for a list of accommodation in the 8th arrondissement or browse the map below:



Booking.com

 

Public institutions in the 8th arrt.

Elysée Palace © French Moments
The Elysée Palace © French Moments

The 8th arrondissement is a place of power due to the presence of the following institutions:

In addition, the arrondissement is home to 7 embassies of G20 countries:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UK
  • USA

 

Main places of interest in the 8th arrt.

Champs Elysees Paris © French Moments
The Champs-Élysées, 8th arrondissement © French Moments

Centred on the Historical Axis (Voie Triomphale), the 8th arrondissement boasts some of Paris’ premier monuments and sites.

 

Churches in the 8th arrondissement

The 8th arrondissement features some interesting sanctuaries:

  • La Madeleine. The church is a perfect example of the neoclassical architectural style with its portico in the form of a Greek temple. It took 85 years to build due to the political turmoil in France at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.
  • Eglise Saint-Augustin. A Romanesque and Byzantine style church dating from 1871 at the crossroads of Boulevard Haussmann and Boulevard Malesherbes.
  • The Chapelle expiatoire. The expiatory chapel occupies the site of the former Madeleine cemetery where the bodies of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were buried before being transferred to the Saint-Denis basilica on 21 January 1815.
Saint-Augustin Church © French Moments
Saint-Augustin Church © French Moments
La Madeleine Church © French Moments
La Madeleine Church © French Moments

 

Parks and public gardens in the 8th arrt.

In addition to Parisian squares (small public gardens), the 8th arrondissement is home to two large, renowned urban parks:

  • the Champs-Elysées gardens. On either side of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, les jardins des Champs-Elysées form a green space between the Place de la Concorde and the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées.
  • Parc Monceau. Discover the public garden on the blog here.
Autumn in Park Monceau, eighth arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
Autumn in Park Monceau, Paris © French Moments
Jardins des Champs-Elysées, eighth arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
The Champs-Elysées gardens © French Moments

 

List of landmarks in the Eighth arrondissement of Paris

Here’s a list of major places of interest make the 8th arrt:

Place de la Concorde, Eighth arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
Place de la Concorde, Eighth arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
Place de la Concorde Perspective © French Moments
Rue Royale at Christmas © French Moments
Arc de Triomphe, Eighth arrondissement of Paris © French Moments © French Moments
Arc de Triomphe © French Moments
Spring in February in Paris - Jardins des Champs-Elysees 01 © French Moments
The gardens of the Champs-Elysées © French Moments
Paris Sans Voiture September 2015 - Champs-Élysées 03 © French Moments
Paris car free on the Champs-Élysées © French Moments
Parc Monceau © French Moments
Parc Monceau © French Moments
Hotel Menier near Parc Monceau, eighth arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
Hotel Menier near Parc Monceau © French Moments
Grand-Palais by night © French Moments
Grand-Palais by night © French Moments
Pont Alexandre III and Grand Palais © French Moments
From the Quai d’Orsay to Grand Palais © French Moments

 

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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