Hard to imagine today that the 8th arrondissement, symbol of Paris Haussmann, was once the market garden area of Paris and then a place to walk, along this greenway which gradually became the Champs-Elysées. With its famous monuments and elegant avenues, department stores and luxury hotels, the 8th is one of the most popular districts.
The 8th arrondissement is full of prestigious addresses that are the dream of tourists from around the world but also Parisians. In addition to the unmissable Champs-Élysées that cross from the Place de l'Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde on the banks of the Seine, the 8th brings together the Elysée Palace, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Monceau Park, Boulevard de Courcelles, and renowned streets such as Avenue George V, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue Marceau. The haute couture and luxury brands and the largest Parisian palaces have settled there, contributing to the borough's prestige. At the bottom of the Champs-Élysées, it is also the Grand and Petit Palais, the Palais de la Découverte and the Hôtel de la Marine, Place de la Concorde, which make the beauty and the fame of the place. However, the 8th district also houses the Saint-Lazare station, which provides all traffic with the western suburbs of Paris, and many private institutions, banks, law firms, notaries' studies, which are animated during the day.
The vast majority of the 8th arrondissement was built during the 19th century. We thus find the typical Haussmannian architecture composed of beautiful bourgeois buildings in stone but also mansions of great beauty, the Hotel de Marigny, in the street of the same name, or the one that now houses the Museum Jacquemart-André , in the boulevard Haussmann. The inhabitants of the 8th adore this magnificent environment whether in the busy avenues, Boulevard Haussmann, with the department stores, and Avenue Montaigne, with its luxurious windows, or in the more peaceful and very residential streets of the Europe district, Messina Avenue or Tehran Street, for example. They also remind that their district is a neighborhood where it is good to go out at night. At the exit of theaters, such as Rond-Point Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, that of Marigny, square Marigny, or the famous concert hall of Olympia, boulevard des Capucines, residents find themselves in lively bars and cafes , on the "Fields" or in Avenue George V.