“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant,” said Honoré de Balzac, one of the greatest French writers of all time. We religiously believe in every word he wrote. It is the city in which we would love to live, just picturing the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, Paris when it sizzles or time at night when the Eiffel Tower illuminates the city, and we are there. The mysterious Louvre, grandiose Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde – especially magical view from Le Meurice, the beginning of the Champs-Élysées, summer in the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Palais Royal, all that make us want to rush on a next flight and experience it all over again! Every time when we are in Paris we receive a new lesson in history, discover a new hotel and a fabulous interior designer behind it and visit some of the most exclusive restaurants and the latest exhibitions.
“The City of Lights” has it all, and since we know that it can be daunting to do and see so much in so little time, we picked some of the best places to stay, eat and drink, shop, and some of the newest exhibitions to visit so that you really do experience the finest of Paris.
WHERE TO STAY?
Saint James Paris
If you are looking for the most decadent, honeymoon–worthy hotel room in Paris, let us narrow the field: a prestige suite at Saint James Paris! Its unique and very theatrical style instantly seduces everyone. The hotel itself is located in our favorite 16th arrondissement, which is like Manhattan for New York- chic and quiet, bourgeois and pleasant with its beautiful Avenue Victor-Hugo and Avenue Foch. We wanted to visit this famed hotel for years. Knowing its history, and, above all, extravagant and charming interior design, we counted days to our arrival at the only castle hotel in Paris.
The splendid Napoleon III residence is in the middle of Paris‘s coveted Right Bank, just a stroll from the Arc de Triomphe and Trocadéro. It is perfect for visiting the Palais des Congrès, the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Also, it is very close to Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées.
Living room of Prestige suite
Bedroom of Prestige suite
Saint James Paris
5 Place du Chancelier Adenauer
Tel : + (33) 1 44 05 81 81
Fashionela’s team stayed in a gorgeous L’Hotel the place that marvelous Oscar Wilde once called Parisian home. It is located on rue des Beaux-Arts, moments from Le Marais district, the Seine and the Notre Dame cathedral, and six minutes’ walk from Café de Flore. It’s one of the safest and most beautiful areas in the whole of Paris. Thanks to endlessly talented Jacques Garcia, L’Hotel is not just the smallest luxury five-star hotel in Paris, it is also the most stylish one. Its interior could be described as typical Garcia: here rooted in the Victorian and Belle Epoque style and adorned with Oriental details.
The circular central atrium, which extends up six stories
We were absolutely overwhelmed with our Chic Room (yes, that’s the category, not the description), a 35 sqm spacious affair wrapped in the purple colored silky draperies and with the windows hidden behind the dark heavy curtains.
Address: 13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 41 99 00
Hotel Bourg Tibourg
Hotel Bourg Tibourg is an unexpected place that presents a mixture of oriental and neo-Gothic style. Its design poetry was marvelously written by the grand master of French interior design, Jacques Garcia, who is celebrated for his restorations at the Louvre and Versailles. We have seen his work before in some of the most lavish establishments in Paris from the Hotel Costes, the Ladurée‘s tearoom on the Champs-Élysées, L’Hotel, Le Royal Monceau and the new Fouquet’s, to the brasserie La Grande Armée and L’Avenue. We also wrote about his opulent and baroque interiors for La Mamounia and Selman hotel in Marrakech.
Known for timelessness, elegance with a strong link to the past, rich fabrics and dark tones, Garcia combined exoticism, orientalism, and Napoleonic pomp. Discreetly, almost secretly he introduced us to the realm of velvet with rich jewel color tones, luxury, and lightness, creating an intimate and elegant atmosphere. Moldings featuring Gothic pointed arches and spirals brought a sense of drama and refinement around windows, doors, and paravanes. We also noticed neo-Gothic inspired chairs.
The hotel’s medieval cellar
Hotel Bourg-Tibourg is surrounded by the Centre Pompidou, the Picasso Museum, and Carreau du Temple. Many prestigious art galleries have chosen the neighborhood as their residence, as well as libraries, boutiques such as – department store Le BHV Marais, concept store Merci, Zadig & Voltaire, Maje, the Parisian choice – Sandro, Chanel beauty etc.
Address: 19 Rue du Bourg Tibourg,
75004 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 78 47 39
Spending time in the former Parisian home of John Jacob Astor IV – the richest man in the world at the beginning of the 1900s, was a truly marvelous experience. Not only because of its former glory but simply because it is one of the best modern boutique hotels that we had a chance to visit this year. Situated in one of the Parisian most elegant neighborhoods, the famous Madeleine district, Maison Astor is a fairly large hotel with 131 recently refurbished rooms. In 2018 thorough renovations took place, turning the already beautiful hotel into a contemporary work of art. Everything inside Maison Astor is meticulously designed to evoke the memories of its former owner. There are details throughout the hotel that clearly refer to John Jacob’s interest in science fiction – he was a published author after all.
The lobby will plunge you into John Jacob Astor world
The most prestigious rooftop King Suite is the icing on a cake, albeit completely different in design. Wrapped in Hermès fabrics, this suite will win you not only with its rich interior but also with breathtaking 360-degree views over the roofs of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Les Invalides, and Sacré-Cœur.
Rooftop King suite
Maison Astor Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton
Address: 11 Rue d’Astorg, 75008 Paris – France
Phone: +33 (0)1 53 05 05 0
Hotel Parister, a new five-star marvel in the City of Lights, is very chic and, above all, immensely original Parisian affair. It is a luxury boutique hotel we just want to shout about. And, why do we love it so much? It has that seductive and strong design character rooted in the 70s that made its comeback in fashion, music, and naturally interior design. Its architectural form, the furniture line and choice of materials all bring that spirit of New York in the 70s that Martin Scorsese portrayed in the TV show “Vinyl.” You almost expect to see Richie Finestra wandering about the lobby. That was our first impression.
This upscale hotel is located in the 9th arrondissement, called Opéra, on the right bank of the River Seine. It is right around the corner of the legendary theater Folies Bergères, and in a walking distance to many historical and cultural places, such as Palais Garnier and Musée du Parfum. The Musée Grévin, a wax museum located on the Grands Boulevards is just 600 meters away, while the Louvre museum and Sacre-Coeur church are approximately 1.8 km distant. The Paris‘s Mecca of luxury fashion and haute couture – Rue Saint-Honoré, department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann are also dangerously close, which makes this hotel a perfect choice for all the fashion lovers.
Address: 19 Rue Saulnier
75009 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 80 50 91 91
Hilton Paris Opera
Since we have a special affection towards Parisian hotels we were delighted to discover a place that reflects the grandeur of 19th-century Paris. From the very entrance, Hilton Paris Opera started to amaze us. The gigantic lobby bar Le Grand Salon left us in awe with its generous amount of sheer space, endlessly high ceilings adorned with glittery chandeliers and breathtaking interior design that transported us right in the heart of Belle Epoque Paris. During our time in Hilton’s Grand Salon, we couldn’t escape the feeling of being willingly trapped inside Woody Allen’s masterpiece Midnight in Paris, with a major difference – we didn’t even need to wait for the vintage Peugeot to come and pick us up. We just had to allow ourselves a little more time to savor cocktails in the hotel’s spectacular lobby bar!
Le Grand Salon adorned with frescoes, Corinthian colonnades and imposing original balustrades
The room design of Hilton Paris Opera leaves nothing to desire. It is pretty classic in its appearance, bright and very luxurious, equipped with all the amenities that are expected in the hotel of this category. We were immensely pleased with our Executive room, a large and bright affair with marble bathroom and view over the Saint Lazare station and cult sculpture L’heure de tous that adorns the Cour du Havre square. Photographic murals on the walls behind the headboards reminded us of the romance and liveliness of Paris in a different era.
Hilton Paris Opera is located in the fashionable 8th arrondissement, just a few minutes away from some of the most beautiful cultural sites and attractions like the Palais Garnier opera house, department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. The Champs Élysées is around 20 minutes walk away, as well as major sites including the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries and Place de la Concorde.
Hotel Esprit Saint Germain
Hotel Esprit Saint Germain epitomizes classic Paris and retains the timeless charm of the Left Bank. This 5-star property near the monumental Church of Saint-Sulpice is everything one may ask from a prestigious Left Bank hotel. It is designed to resemble a luxury mansion of some wealthy world traveler who, after a lifetime of exploits, decided to settle down in the Parisian most coveted neighborhood.
The interior decor of the hotel strikes us as a joyful mix of traditional French and colonial style- most evident in the elegant lobby bar. Renovated by Didier Benderli of Kérylos Intérieurs, Hotel Esprit Saint Germain is a delicate blend of elegance, comfort, and refinement, with the “panther” carpet and custom colors.
Fireplace Lounge with its fine, artistic details and its romantic ambiance
Hotel Esprit Saint Germain comprises 28 spacious and fully equipped rooms and suites. Although the color palette may vary, all rooms are very elegant and decorated in a similar manner, with an interesting combination of Art Deco and colonial style. During our stay at the prestigious Deluxe room, we were blessed with a wonderful view over the rue Saint Sulpice and namesake church that proudly dominates the scenery of this part of 6th Arrondissement.
The location of the hotel is astonishing. Esprit Saint Germain is nestled in the heart of Parisian most beautiful quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Everything here is in a walking distance, from the Louvre museum to the Luxembourg Gardens, from Boulevard Saint-Germain with its historic cafes Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore to the Right Bank’s famous shopping district rue Saint-Honoré. Esprit Saint Germain invites you to explore all the nuances of this fabulous city and not only that – it offers you an ideal home to come back to.
Hotel Esprit Saint Germain
22 Rue Saint Sulpice
75006 Paris France
Tel: +33 1 5310 5555
WHERE TO EAT?
L’Hotel prides itself with Michelin-star Le Restaurant, one of the most romantic dining spots on the Left Bank and even in all of Paris. Head Chef Gregory Rejou uses classic techniques to create extraordinary and modern dishes that are above all light and fresh. While the interior of Le Restaurant is very pleasant, intimate and immensely elegant, the real gem is its cobbled garden terrace where the central spot is reserved for the vertical garden with beautiful fountain, filled with playful goldfish of various colors.
Address: 13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 41 99 00
The Dining Room
Maison Astor has the Dining room where guests can discover a wonderful culinary experience. The restaurant has hints of Belle-Epoque with velvet chairs, private salons, crystal chandeliers and dominant portraits of the legendary owner John Jacob Astor IV and his mother Lina Astor. The cuisine of the Maison Astor can be decoded as Paris-meets-New York and it will enable you to discover tasty dishes of the Chef Nicolas Clavier with fresh and local ingredients. We recommend Jack Burger or Pollock fish with bouquet shrimp and golden ball turnip as for dessert chocolate soufflé by Maison Cluizel.
To book a table in the restaurant, contact:
Phone: +33 (0)1 53 05 05 05 48
Marignan‘s new restaurant Limon is loved for its delightfully fresh cuisine which is very delicious and surprisingly healthy! Located in Paris‘s chic eighth arrondissement, Limon is only 15 minutes walk away from the Arc de Triomphe. Expect to find the “in crowd” hanging out at this fabulous restaurant sipping swanky cocktails.
Limon is a fashionable restaurant that is classy yet laid back, sophisticated yet informal.
This hip restaurant offers casual all-day dining, and talented chef Adrien Milliand excels in traditional French cuisine with subtle and creative flavors, revisited Latin America style with some dishes around citrus and others subtly raised with different peppers, spices, oils.
For starter, we suggest Forgotten tomatoes selection with burrata from Apulia, “Laughing tiger” or Shrimp ravioli with green curry. We also tried mouth-watering and infinitely tasty Marignan Burger and French fries, and Fish of the day with summer vegetables, and citruses virgin.
Address: 14 Rue de Marignan, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 11:30PM
Phone: +33 1 71 93 96 67
Hyatt Madeleine invites its guests to enjoy a fine and gourmet cuisine by creative Chef Simon Havage. He focuses on fresh and seasonal French cuisine mixed with exotic touches from his journeys all around the world. La Chinoiserie is a cozy place under a glass roof from the workshop of Gustave Eiffel. Here you may enjoy unique homemade cocktails but also you should experience Chef’s culinary perfection.
La Chinoiserie restaurant designed by Pascal Desprez – Restaurant ceiling designed by Gustave Eiffel
We recommend a culinary journey in 5 courses, inspired by the Chef’s creativity and the freshest selection of the day. His signature dish is Sea bream ceviche with mango, pomegranate, lemon, and ginger juice and dark lemon powder. Order it with Chablis Christophe et fils, very fresh and lively wine from the Burgundy region.
If you are up for a cocktail we suggest Bourbon Sweety Cooler. Smooth Maker’s Mark whiskey bourbon is combined with the amaretto Disaronno with a characteristic almond taste, orgeat syrup, cane sugar, plus fruity cranberry juice, fresh lemon and orange zest for a magnificent blend of tastes that you’re sure to savor.
Hyatt Paris Madeleine
24 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008
Paris, France, 75008
Tel: +33 1 5527 1234
Le Saint Ô
Le Saint Ô restaurant (formerly Café 221) is divinely situated in the well-known rue Saint-Honoré, between Place Vendôme and Jardin des Tuileries. It offers a magnificent panorama, and it is a perfect place for lunch or dinner after a long day of shopping. The restaurant is decorated in the classic and sophisticated French manner, adorned with bright tones of blue and beige and dominant photography of old Paris and beautiful Parisian women of that time. We enjoyed meals based on the traditional brasserie style of cooking like salad, salmon, and steak with potatoes. Chocolate cake, lemon cake and cheesecake with caramel taste are all very refreshing and heavenly delicious.
Here you will meet a regular Parisian clientele who come to enjoy in this cozy atmosphere and the view of this lively neighborhood.
Restaurant Le Saint O
Hôtel Royal Saint-Honoré
221 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Reservation : +33 (0)1 42 60 70 54
Le Bar Signature
Hotel Pont Royal gained cult status during the Prohibition era as one of Paris’s most popular drinking spots. Many famous American tourists and expatriates found their own piece of alcoholic Heaven at Pont Royal’s Signature bar, among them the likes of Henry Miller, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The list of local regulars is equally impressive: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone De Beauvoir, Albert Camus and many more… We were delighted with the wide array of masterfully crafted cocktails, prepared for us by Pont Royal’s Master Mixologist Cedric Coste. We tried his special cocktail “Cappuccino” which he developed in 2012 for the contest in Scotland. It contains Baileys, cocoa cream, Kahlua and a shake of a milk. The second cocktail he created especially for us because we like Bourbon so he added a peach cooler, raspberry liqueur, and ginger ale.
You can also have lunch or dinner there, enjoying a menu designed by the well-known chef Joël Robuchon (two-star rating by the Guide Michelin).
Address: 5-7 Rue Montalembert
75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 84 70 00
WHAT TO SEE?
Dreams of the Orient by Yves Saint-Laurent, at the Yves Saint-Laurent Museum
From October 2, 2018, to January 27, 2019
As the first temporary thematic exhibition since the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris in October 2017, “Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient” will bring together approximately fifty haute couture designs inspired by India, China, and Japan. These pieces from the collection of the Museum will be displayed in dialogue with Asian artworks borrowed from the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet and private collectors.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
Address: 5 avenue Marceau
75116 Paris – France
Picasso. Blue and Rose, at the Musée d’Orsay
From September 18, 2018, to January 6, 2019
The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée national Picasso-Paris are organizing an exceptional event dedicated to Pablo Picasso’s blue and rose periods. This exhibition is the first large-scale collaboration between two museums. It features masterpieces and proposes a new interpretation on the years 1900-1906, a critical period in the artist’s career which to date has not been covered in its entirety by a French museum. The presentation of this exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay demonstrates the desire to include the young Picasso in his time and reconsider his work under the prism of his belonging to the nineteenth century. The exhibition will bring together a large number of paintings and drawings with the aim of presenting a comprehensive overview of the artist’s sculptures and engravings between 1900 and 1906.
Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur,
75007 Paris, France
Jean-Michel Basquiat – Egon Schiele at The Fondation Louis Vuitton
From October 3, 2018, to January 14, 2019
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is featuring separate exhibitions of two painters linked by their fascinating intensity and brief, meteoric lives: Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). With a selection of more than 250 creations (120 from Schiele and 135 from Basquiat) selected from their exceptional body of work, the Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates the itineraries of the two artists who, says Suzanne Pagé, artistic director of the Foundation, “saw themselves as prophets of art and had extravagant virtuosity.”
Address: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
75116 Paris, France
Michael Jackson: On the wall, at the Grand Palais
From November 23, 2018, to February 14, 2019
This is definitely the exhibition with the most pop this season in Paris! Michael Jackson’s songs, choreographies and video clips are the testaments to the extraordinary artistic path he was destined for and were a source of inspiration for many artists: Andy Warhol, Lorraine O’Grady, Isaac Julien… and the Grand Palais highlights works directly inspired by the King of Pop. A powerful tribute to an artist who would have turned 60 this year.
Address: 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris, France
Electro Dream: From Kraftwerk to Daft Punk at the Philharmonie de Paris
From April 9 to August 11, 2019
Since its advent more than thirty years ago in the underground nightclubs of Chicago and Detroit, electronic music has spread around the world. It has given rise to not only a vast musical culture, but also a political and counter-culture dimension. Set to music by Laurent Garnier, this exhibition examines the different facets of the electro phenomenon.
Address: 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris, France
Miró, at the Grand Palais
From October 3, 2018, to February 4, 2019
Bringing together nearly 150 works, this retrospective traces the technical and stylistic evolution of the artist. Miró creates from his dreams and opens the door to his poetic universe. Miró transformed the world around him with an apparent simplicity of means, whether a symbol, the tracing of a finger or water on paper, a seemingly fragile line on the canvas, a line in the ground fused with fire, or an insignificant object paired with another. He conjured a world full of poetic transformations from these surprising juxtapositions and unusual marriages, restoring enchantment to the world.
Alphonse Mucha, at the Luxembourg Museum
From September 12, 2018, to January 27, 2019
Born in 1860 in the small town of Ivancice, Alphonse Mucha became famous in 1895 in Paris, with Gismonda, his first poster for Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), the greatest actress of the time. As a poster artist, Mucha developed a very personal style, the “Mucha style”, characterized by sinuous forms mixing young women, floral motifs and ornamental lines, as well as a subtle range of pastel shades. This style would soon embody the movement emerging at the time in the decorative arts – Art Nouveau. While he is famous for his posters, Mucha was a versatile artist: painter, sculptor, photographer, decorator and also a valued teacher. This exhibition traces the career of Mucha and draws the portrait of a complex artist, driven by a social and philosophical vision.
Address: 19 Rue de Vaugirard,
75006 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 13 62 00
WHERE TO SHOP?
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company, arguably the most famous independent bookstore in the world, occupies a prime piece of real estate facing the Seine in Paris, not far from the Latin Quarter, Place Saint-Michel, and Boulevard Saint-Germain.
The original shop, which doubled as a library, publisher and boarding house for aspiring writers, was opened in 1919 by American Sylvia Beach at 8 rue Dupuytren (later moved to 12 rue de l’Odéon, in 1922). Writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound, all spent much time at the shop. Beach was beloved by the shop’s guests and customers. She even published James Joyce’s Ulysses in its entirety when no one else would. The store and its literary denizens are mentioned in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.
George and Sylvia Whitman outside Shakespeare and Company, Paris. Photograph by Deborah Hayden
The store was closed by the Germans in 1941 and Sylvia was interned. It was reopened in its current incarnation in 1951 by George Whitman, whose daughter, Sylvia (named after Beach), runs things today.
Shakespeare and Company
Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 25 40 93
Near the Jardin des Tuileries and the Saint-Honoré market, the Rue Saint-Honoré beats to the exciting rhythm of Parisian life. Between concept stores, major brands and designer boutiques, it symbolizes the creative frenzy that is the soul of the French metropolis and it is acclaimed by fashion professionals.
Chanel’s new boutique at 19 Rue Cambon
This November the rue Cambon, Chanel’s legendary address, welcomed a new boutique at number 19. The House has restored and transformed three historic buildings to create one 1000m2 space, dedicated to the entire Chanel universe: Ready-to-Wear, accessories, watches and fine jewelry, perfume and beauty. Initiated in January 2016, this project was designed by New York-based architect Peter Marino and is a veritable architectural, technical and artistic feat, located on the rue Saint-Honoré, rue Duphot and rue Cambon.
Where to buy vintage Chanel in Paris?
Valois Vintage Paris
Find your own timelessly chic Parisian look in the vintage store Valois Vintage Paris. You will see rare Chanel pieces like brooches with initials CC and rhinestone earrings. Visit the online store to discover a myriad of vintage jewelry, dresses, gold belts and vintage brooches featuring the house’s interlocking Cs.
Christy Turlington by Inez and Vinoodh for Vogue Paris September 2018
Address: 8 Rue des Saussaies, 75008 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 49 24 97 64
Boutique Vestiaire Collective Paris
In Vestiaire Collective you can find endless Chanel 2.55 and Boy bags as well as Chanel Première and J12 Quartz watches. You really have to look at their online store. You will be surprised with the interlocking C brooches and pearl earrings, on sale for less than €300.
Address: 24 bis Rue Saint-Roch
75001 Paris, France
Vukota Brajovic and Vesna Filipovic for Fashionela