The Gardens of the Champs-Elysées span from the Place de la Concorde to the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, on both sides of the world-famous avenue. They were originally designed by Louis XIV’s landscape architect André Le Nôtre in 1667 as an extension of the Tuileries. Redesigned in the 1830s as a chic amusement park, they became the site for the very first Exposition Universelle in 1855 and for the Universal Exposition of 1900, when the Petit and Grand Palais were built.
Today, the gardens are also home to fountains, statues, a puppet theater, a bandstand, and seven landmarks :
- Restaurant Laurent
- Théâtre Marigny
- Pavillon Élysée-Lenôtre
- Pavillon Gabriel
- Espace Pierre Cardin
- Pavillon Ledoyen
- Théâtre du Rond-Point
- Restaurant Laurent • 41 Avenue Gabriel
One of the Michelin-starred restaurants of the gardens, Maison Laurent is a confidential address for the happy few with several private rooms, ideal for confidential business meals…
- Théâtre Marigny • Carré Marigny
Built in 1839 as Carré Marigny and completely rebuilt in 1883 by architect Charles Garnier to display large-scale historical panorama paintings, it was converted to a musical theater in 1894. Closed for renovation for the past five years, Marigny’s stage is reopening this Fall, boasting a brand new restaurant managed by Coste.
- Pavillon Élysée • 10 Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Formerly known as Pavillon Élysée-Lenôtre because it used to host the Lenôtre cooking school and restaurant, it is re-opening this month as l’Instant-Té, a luxurious venue with catering services for special events and sit-down dinners by Michelin-starred Thierry Marx.
- Pavillon Gabriel • 5 avenue Gabriel
This spacious venue belongs to Potel & Chabot, one of the most sought-after caterers in Paris. Thoroughly renovated, it has just re-opened last June. French people are familiar with its name as it is also a television studio for a popular talkshow.
- Espace Pierre Cardin • 1 avenue Gabriel
Originally called Café des Ambassadeurs when it was built in 1772, it has been rebuilt twice (1841 and 1931), turned into an entertainment venue the first time and a full theater the second time. The Théâtre des Ambassadeurs was managed by designer Pierre Cardin from 1971 to 2016; it then boasted a restaurant and a television studio. The venue’s management is now back in the hands of the city of Paris and the place is currently used for performances that can’t be held at the Théâtre du Châtelet (currently undergoing major renovation work).
- Pavillon Ledoyen • 8 Avenue Dutuit
One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, the building bears the name of Antoine-Nicolas Doyen who ran the inn around the French Revolution. Today, it hosts two brand new restaurants by Michelin-starred Yannick Alléno: L’Abysse (a refined sushi place) and Alléno Paris.
- Théâtre du Rond-Point • 2Bis Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Initially a panorama theater (like Marigny) in 1858, the building became the Palais de Glace, or ice palace, in 1893, and then, after World War II, the Théâtre du Rond-Point, specialized in new French plays.