One of the most beautiful avenues in the world, the famed Champs Élysées might have seen its heyday of extravagant luxury but remains one of the city’s most visited areas. Adjoining the Champs, the Golden Triangle is one of, if not the most upscale neighbourhood in the city. It is enclosed by the Champs Élysées, Avenue Montaigne, and Avenue George V, and is a top destination for the well-heeled.
Champs Élysées offers boutiques to suit all budgets, with the exception of the Cartier and Louis Vuitton flagships. Avenue George V also has a couple of designer names like Hermès and Balenciaga, but for a true luxury experience, Avenue Montaigne is a designer boutique hotbed. It’s here that you’ll find the crème de la crème of labels, from Dior (where the designer first set up shop) to Chanel, and international designers like Elie Saab.
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Gourmet foodie experience
On the Champs Élysées, if you know where to go, then you’re in for a fantastic gourmet experience. On the corner of the Champs and the Avenue George V is Fouquet’s, which has welcomed the world’s A-listers since the late 1800s and serves hearty traditional brasserie fare that’s perfect for winter.
For something a little lighter but just as flavoursome, truffle fans will love La Maison de la Truffe, especially as we’re entering truffle season. Serving truffle goodness since 1932, we recommend trying the poached chicken eggs, Périgueux sauce and white truffle or the truffle omelette.
For a very top-end experience however, 3-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno’s Pavillon Ledoyen (featured in this issue on page xxx) is the place. Other options include the 3-star Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée and La Maison Blanche boasting views that will knock your socks off, both on Avenue Montaigne.
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Cocktail Pit Stop
For something quicker, then stop at one of these chic spots. Yeeels, one of the city’s trendiest bars (also a restaurant), is the place to be seen in the Golden Triangle. Also on Avenue George V, a more casual option is the arty Miss Ko designed by Philippe Starck to resemble a neon-lit Shibuya-Thai street food market and serves great cocktails and average Asian fusion food.
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While the Golden Triangle is an upscale enclave, it’s not the place to come for culture vultures. However, if you head down to the lower end of the Champs, the city’s blockbuster museums, the Grand and Petit Palais, host high-profile exhibitions all year around The Artcurial auction house, on the corner of the Champs and Avenue Montaigne, is also worth checking out for its antiques and art just before an auction.
Another top attraction on the Champs Élysées is the historic Le Lido cabaret known for its beautiful burlesque dancers. Although popular with tourists, it’s worth dropping in for the show Paris Merveilles, which is a fabulous ode to the city by some of the world’s most talented performers. For something edgier, the Crazy Horse cabaret of artistic nude performances, at the bottom of Avenue George V, is also a favourite.
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Rest and relaxation
After a day’s sightseeing, the best cure is deep relaxation in the most luxurious of surroundings. The palace hotels Four Seasons George V and Plaza Athénée offer some of the city’s most upscale spa experiences for a moment’s escape from the bustle. The George V spa provides a royal experience in surroundings that recall Marie Antoinette’s boudoir and includes a signature treatment aptly called ‘A stroll through Versailles’. At the Plaza, the complete Dior Institut experience awaits – there’s no pool here but the 2-hour Prestige signature treatment fully makes up for it.
The Golden Triangle might have lost some of its Belle Epoque glimmer, but it is still one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the city and offers some of Paris’ star attractions, keeping visitors and locals well dressed, well fed and well relaxed throughout winter.
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The central sapphire on this DeGrisogono 18K white gold brooch weighs 24.64 carats. The sapphire and diamond pave setting brings the multiple layers of petals to life.
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