Le Triangle d'or

Extending from the avenues Montaigne and George V to the famous Champs-Elysées, this neighbourhood has an international reputation. With the largest concentration of prestigious stores in the world, the Golden Triangle is not only the definition of luxury, but is also steeped in history.  

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It was only after the French Revolution that the Champs-Elysées became a popular location for Sunday strolls and people-watching. Why? Because, on the Place de la Concorde at the bottom of the famous avenue, the guillotine marked the end of the road, literally and figuratively! But, don’t worry, there’s almost nothing left to remind us of the Concorde’s bloody past… To the right of the Concorde Place, you’ll see the Concorde Bridge, which was built with stones from the now long-gone Bastille Prison. There are no hooks for boats to attach themselves to under the bridge because, when it was built, the architects took the French Revolution motto “Libre et sans attaches” (Free and without any ties) word-for-word. While exploring the Golden Triangle, you can either stroll around and do a little bit of shopping (there are also stores such as Zara, H&M and Sephora, so don't feel obligated to go to Louis Vuitton!), or you could stop for a drink or a bite in one of the famous (and very expensive) restaurants and cafés such as Unisex or even Fouquet's. If you’d rather try a simpler place, but stay in the neighbourhood, we recommend you try the Washington Poste (3 rue de Washington), a cosy and welcoming brasserie which offers a wide variety of French and American food. Read more...

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High prices. You can find a few cheap restaurants, but the main attractions in the area are quite expensive

  • tourists
  • businessmen
  • shop keepers

Main metro stations:
  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile (line 1)
  • George V (line 1)
  • Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (line 1)
  • Saint-Philippe du Roule (line 9)
  • Alma Marceau (line 7)
Bus: 31, 92, 73, 42, 83, 28, 93

  • Champs-Elyées
  • Jardin du Petit Palais
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Avenue Montaigne
  • Jardins de l'Elysée

Very touristy!

History

In 1667, André Le Nôtre created the Champs-Elysées gardens as an extension of the Tuileries Palace, where King Louis XIV lived. The name Champs-Elysées was only formally put in place in 1706. During the 18th century, the avenue became a place for aristocrats and nobles who built mansions along and around the Champs-Elysées. One of these, the Elysée Palace, is now used as a residence for the Presidents of France. Read more...

Who you'll find there

The population of the ' Golden Triangle mostly consists of people who have been there for decades, very wealthy families and foreigners who have a summer house/flat (which represents a huge 20% of the buildings in the area). It's hard to work out who actually lives here when walking around, as 80% of the people are tourists. Read more...