I lived for seven years in Paris and never visited the famous Avenue Des Champs Elysées for the purpose of taking pictures of it. It is more likely to be a tourist spot disfigured by global brand stores in between luxury and tourist shops. I never found it attractive and in my opinion, nowadays it is a bit of an ugly place with a lack of charm. However, its great location between the Arc de Triomphe and Les Jardins du Louvre gives it a unique feeling. The Avenue still has its old historical prestige and for most tourists it is a magical “chic” place representative of the French luxury culture.
Like the charming Sacré Coeur, it is full of tourists. During the day, Parisians don’t really tend to go to Les Champs Elysées except if they live or work in the area or stop there for shopping on their way home. The only Parisians that I recognized in the avenue were the ones rushing around and workers having a cigarette break outside a shop. When the sun goes down, then the Avenue takes back its proper Parisian life as a big nightlife scene.
During my last stay in Paris I wandered with my camera in the Avenue des Champs Elysée to record a bit of its street life.