If one of the Parisian arrondissement shines 1,000 bright lights, it’s indeed the 8th. On the right bank of the Seine, palaces, monuments, the Champs Elysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world, are the jewels of the famous golden triangle, a symbol of elegance, luxury, and Parisian fashion.
Between the palaces and shopping
Nicknamed the "triangle d’or" (golden triangle) because yes, the neighborhood is worth 24 karats - Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and the Champs Elysées with majestic buildings, beautifully maintained and palaces that welcome you like a star. It’s no secret that all celebrities choose the big hotels of the 8th to stay in while in Paris: the Plaza Athénée, the Prince of Wales, Le Bristol, Le Royal Monceau, or Le George V. All around, it reigns a sweetness of life, very chic, with a touch of sophistication. A shopping tour to Avenue Montaigne or the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where all the great luxury brands compete with superb decor. Personally, for an efficient and complete shopping spree, we advise you to bet on the even side of the most expensive avenue of Europe, the Champs Elysées.
The golden triangle is all you if ...
- You have always had a little weakness for things that shine (you can’t get over it)
- Hermes, Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton are sweet songs to your ears
- You launched the ICSP - International Competition of the Softest Pillow - and you will test them all …
Between monuments and museums
Difficult to know if the most beautiful is inside or outside. Don’t look at your feet, raise your nose because at each intersection, the beauty of the neighborhood challenges you and it is free, for once.
The great universal exhibitions are for many by chance, Paris has not destroyed all these masterpieces. The Grand and Petit Palais, architectural treasures a stone's throw from the Pont Alexandre III bridge, and also built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. For the anecdote, the first stone was laid by Tsar Alexander III (of course), symbolizing the Franco-Russian alliance. They say, long live Russia! A photo is necessary with the famous Golden Lions of Jules Dalou and the Seine at your feet romantic as ever. It’s love at first sight, once you’ve spotted one of the most beautiful bourgeois hotels of the 19th century, the Jacquemart-André Museum. Treat yourself to a descent on the sumptuous staircase after visiting the Grand Salon and Music Hall. Let us not be modest, let us be triumphant, like the Arc de Triomphe, which imperiously dominates the arrondissement.
The 8th arrondissement will make your heart glow if ...
- As a connoisseur, you like to have the best viewpoint on the sparkling Eiffel Tower
- Living in a museum-like building is absolute happiness
- You'd like to pose with Alexandre on the Pont Alexandre III bridge
A little room to breathe
No need for huge parks in the 8th, because the area is already green, with trees everywhere: on the avenues, in the alleyways, on the docks. But for a little extra air, head to the Jardins de L'Elysée, the romantic Parc Monceau (well, we know it is straddled somewhere between the 8th and the 17th), or in the Champs-Elysées gardens to visit Guignol. After all this exhausting exercise, it’s time for a well-deserved break in the sunshine of a Parisian terrace at Fouquet's or Ladurée, in one of the chic restaurants around Avenue, La Maison Blanche or at gastronomic table inside Apicius, Lasserre or Joël Robuchon to name a few; as for the others, excuse us, the biggest names of the kitchen are in the triangle, NO, not that of the Bermuda - (we must follow) the Triangle of Gold.
To discover the 8th is to live there if ...
- Because the president chose the neighborhood, he must have good reasons, don’t you believe him?
- Your little ones will be like General Augustin under the spell of the Théâtre du Guignol (La Grande Vadrouille)
- You have understood that the Golden Triangle is pure gold
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