Eighth Arrondissement of Paris


Arguably the most glamorous district of Paris, the Eighth arrondissement is centred on the prestigious Avenue des Champs-Élysées dominated by the Arc de Triomphe.

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.

It is one of the wealthiest arrondissements of Paris, covering an area of 3.88 km2 with a population of 40,589 (2011 census). 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

The 8th arrondissement features some interesting sanctuaries: the Église de la Madeleine, the Saint-Augustin church and the Chapelle expiatoire.

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

There are a two famous public gardens in the 8th arrondissement: the Élysées gardens and Parc Monceau.

Parc Monceau © French Moments

The Rotunda of Parc Monceau © French Moments

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.

Public institutions in the 8th arrondissement

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:

  • the Palais de l’Élysée (official residence of the President of the French Republic)
  • the Ministry of Intérieur (Hôtel Beauvau)

Main places of interest in the 8th arrondissement

Champs Elysees Paris © French Moments

The Champs-Élysées, 8th arrondissement © French Moments

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

  • Our pages on the 8th ARRONDISSEMENT


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    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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