The Champs Élysées is the most prestigious and broadest avenue in Paris. Its full name is actually «Avenue des Champs-Élysées». With its cinemas, cafes, and luxury specialty shops, the Champs Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. The Élysées is known as La plus belle avenue du monde («The most beautiful avenue in the world»).
The Champs Élysées were originally fields and market gardens, until 1616, when Marie de Medici decided to extend the garden axis of the Palais des Tuileries with an avenue of trees.
The avenue runs for 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) through the 8th arrondissement in northwestern Paris, from the Place de la Concorde in the east, with its obelisk, to the Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly the Place de l’Étoile) in the west, location of the Arc de Triomphe.