Those who like the high life, albeit with a few less gilt ceilings and 16th century masterpieces on the walls, would do well to check into Le Royal Monceau. The Philippe Starck-designed property is entirely dedicated to modern art and includes its own gallery, art bookshop and dedicated art concierge.

It’s not just about fine art and impeccable design at this Raffles hotel, however – be sure to pack your swimsuit for the 23-metre indoor pool and your preferred sheet music as rooms come complete with a guitar. Kids are also given a sensory adventure courtesy of the “Le Petit Royal” club, which can line up pizza-making classes with the hotel’s Michelin-starred Italian chef or a movie screening at its in-house cinema.

Outside the hotel’s doors, there are also “pirate boat trips” to be taken down the Seine or a treasure hunt through the Louvre’s Egyptian galleries, which sounds like an ingenious way for the whole family to bypass those queues.


In addition to the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, the 8th arrondissement houses Paris’ famous shopping Golden Triangle, which includes Avenue George V, Rue François 1er and Avenue Montaigne. However, if your ideal day out doesn’t include shopping this exclusive area, there are plenty of places to watch the world go by, such as Parisian institution L’Avenue on Avenue Montaigne – just down the street from Céline.

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