The Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Place de la Madeleine, the Grand and Petit Palais, Pont Alexandre III… Not to mention the luxury hotels, from the Crillon to Le Bristol, the Plaza to Le Royal Monceau, the Michelin-starred restaurants, the legendary brasseries, the trendy bars, the luxury boutiques, the embassies, and the prestigious museums. The eight arrondissement and its golden triangle certainly know how to turn heads. But behind this outer luxury and pomp is also a soft centre of discreet charm, wide avenues lined by Haussmannian buildings and beautiful homes overlooking Parc Monceau.
The real estate market
The market has risen 17% as a whole in 5 years, with a 20% spike for the Europe district and 28% for Saint Philippe du Roule. Average prices per square metre are now at €11,580, but vary considerably depending on the district and the type of apartment. They range from €20,000 to €25,000 per sq.m (and even €30,000) for upper-floor properties with a terrace and good orientation offering an unobstructed view of Parc Monceau, La Madeleine and the Golden Triangle.
Each district has its own specific characteristics. The Golden Triangle remains the most prestigious thanks to its exceptional location. It attracts business and foreign clients looking for a lavish pied-à-terre.
Stunning Haussmannian apartments (18th-century stone buildings) near good schools (Ecole Internationale Bilingue, Fénelon and Chaptal) and Parc Monceau are snapped up by families.
Some locations should be avoided due to the disturbances caused by extended café terraces at the foot of some buildings. We’re here to guide you. - Philippe JOFFRE, director of BARNES Saint-Honoré
Art of living
Home to a mixture of heritage jewels, exceptional restaurants and ultra-luxury boutiques, Paris’ eight arrondissement certainly rolls out the red carpet for all things unique. BARNES gives you a tour of the Golden Triangle.
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The latest restaurant by Jean-François Piège has set up residence in the marvel that is the Hôtel de la Marine, acquiring by the same stroke of genius a first-class view over Place de la Concorde. This contemporary brasserie with a Mediterranean atmosphere is the perfect spot for those summer meals, serving up a taste of the South on a platter.
2 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, France
An invitation to travel from a rooftop on one of the world’s most spectacular avenues. This incredibly chic restaurant gives guests a taste of a fantasised Asia in the designer salons-boudoirs or on the sublimely planted terrace. The menu is sushi bar meets tartars, carpaccios and lobster salads. Divine.
52 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
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This typically French bistro with its old-world décor is a favourite with inhabitants of the Golden Triangle as well as the world of fashion, media and business. Sirloin steak with shallots, wild Burgundy snails served in their shell, and Saint-James dark rum baba are all some of the house specialities.
12 Rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris, France
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This architectural jewel - built as a stately building for the 1900 World Fair - is the City of Paris Fine Art Museum. Its interior garden provides a haven of peace and which was also a centrepiece of Jean-Michel Othoniel’s retrospective at the museum. Explore the fascinating world of “Boldini. Pleasures and Days” and “The Art Nouveau Spirit”.
Av. Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Hôtel de la Marine
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This majestic heritage site, one of France’s national monuments, was renovated in 2021 and stands on Place de la Concorde. It contains a café, a restaurant, a boutique and an exhibition space that showcases the 18th-century gilded décors not to mention the entire wing dedicated to 120 works from Antiquity to the 19th century. On display until October is the private collection of the great collector Calouste Gulbenkian.
2 Pl. de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France
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This global gallery (New York, Beverly Hills and Paris) specialised in modern and contemporary art is presenting an exhibit on the early works of Christo, famous in Paris for having wrapped the Arc de Triomphe in recyclable silvery blue fabric. A unique opportunity to see his first wrapped objects. Fascinating.
4 Rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris, France
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Established in 7 flagship cities - Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Dubai - Perrotin art gallery has opened a new 70 sq.m (755 sq ft) venue on Avenue Matignon. A reference in contemporary art, it is currently presenting “Animal Secrets”, enchanted characters straight out of the imagination of American artist Mark Ryden. Until 30 July.
2 bis avenue Matignon
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Known for its legendary architecture on the upper end of the Champs-Élysées, the very first French drugstore built in 1958 underwent renovation in 2004 with the installation of new curved glass panes. Just like a shopping arcade, visitors can stroll through its aisles until 2am, passing from bookstore to wine cellar to fashion and jewellery all within the same space. A must!
133 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Built against the auction house in the Hôtel Marcel Dassault, listed as a historic monument, the bookstore specialises in rare and out-of-print books on art and the art of living. A cultural promenade filled with precious volumes just waiting to be discovered.
7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées Marcel Dassault, 75008 Paris France
On 6 July just gone, the fashion house taking the world by storm inaugurated its boutique specialised in Haute Couture pieces just off the Champs-Élysées. An emotionally charged venue given that it was the site chosen by Cristobal Balenciaga himself in 1937 for his ateliers. A 100% luxury experience.
10 avenue George V, 75008 Paris France
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