Visit the World's Most Famous Streets

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2014-03-24T16:47:28Z

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When Louis XIV called for this lengthy stretch of fields west of the Tuileries Gardens to be developed into a proper tree-lined avenue, he couldn’t have known how tony its modern iteration would eventually become. Officially named the Champs-Élysées in the early 18th century, this long and wide avenue was quickly embraced as ground zero for wealthy merchandising. And its proximity to the Grand and Petit Palais and the Arc de Triomphe has secured its place as the most popular parade route in Paris.

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