Fashionela‘s guide to Paris will take you to some of the best addresses in the French capital that we visited during last stay. We bring you our edit of covetable hotels, stylish cafés and restaurants, chic boutiques and the must-see temporary exhibitions at museums.
WHERE TO STAY?
Le Narcisse Blanc
Le Narcisse Blanc is a five-star luxury hotel and spa located in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Paris, the prestigious 7th arrondissement. Situated between the Pont Alexandre III and Eiffel Tower, in a proximity to the monumental Hôtel national des Invalides and Musée Rodin, Le Narcisse Blanc is surrounded with everything that makes Paris one of the most beautiful cities in the world and surely the most romantic one.
Conceived in a collaboration between designer duo Laurent & Laurence and interior decorators Thierry Martin and Thibaut Fron, the interior design of Le Narcisse Blanc channels a refreshing sense of Parisian elegance. We were charmed by its refined aesthetic with luxurious materials and finishes. The creative quartet found its inspiration in the colorful life of Cléo de Mérode, Parisian ballerina of the Belle Époque period and a woman that enchanted such luminaries as Alfredo Müller and Lautrec, that did a portrait of her.
Address: 19 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg,
75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 60 44 32
Pavillon de la Reine
Located in the Place des Vosges, right in the center of the vibrant Le Marais district- the most cosmopolitan area of central Paris, and just around the corner from the lively Place de la Bastille, museum Picasso and Maison de Victor Hugo, the Pavillon de la Reine is a true gem among Parisian hotels.
Suite de la Reine is Pavillon de la Reine’s most spacious suite, spanning 860 square feet
The hotel’s 56 individually-decorated rooms and suites, as well as the entire ground floor were designed by Didier Benderli of Kérylos Intérieurs. Each room is different in its elegance thanks to choice of fabrics and colors, tall mirrors, wooden chests, and modern furniture of dark wood. Our deluxe room was very cozy and uniquely designed- beige and golden tones of velvet antique furniture perfectly matched the wallpaper adorned with beige leaves. Complete décor has very sophisticated and luxurious feel. We had a beautiful view overlooking the inner garden and it was very calm and peaceful.
28, Place des Vosges
T. +33 140 29 19 19
Hyatt Paris Madeleine
Hyatt Paris Madeleine stands out for its elegant and modern interior design, inspired by Art Deco, as well as for the magical views that reach up from the rooftops of historic Boulevard Malesherbes to the sensational Eiffel Tower. The charming five-star boutique hotel is situated in the 8th arrondissement, in a walking distance to the Louvre, the Paris Opera House and the Boulevard Champs-Élysées, right next to the monumental Madeleine Church. This area has some of the Paris’ most spectacular architecture, delightful gardens and the stunning Place Saint-Augustin.
The Presidential Suite on the seventh floor has a private terrace with views of the Opera Garnier, Parisian rooftops and the Eiffel Tower
Hyatt Paris Madeleine comprises 85 modern and elegant rooms that were refurbished in 2017 by Gilles et Boissier, including 14 Parisian suites with panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and more. They also have spacious living rooms with high ceilings, large windows, and their own terraces. The Parisian suites are decorated in light, neutral tones and simple, sophisticated and above all quality furnishings.
24 Boulevard Malesherbes
Saint-Lazare – 8e Arrondissement
Tel: +33 1 5527 1234
Récamier Hotel Paris
If design of this hotel had a name, it would be Chanel jacket: elegant, sophisticated and timeless. Its interesting blend between traditional French style and various ethnic details make this place so unique- African art, heavy fabrics such as chenille and velour come together here. It is luxurious, but not ostentatious in any way.
Récamier boasts 24 highly sophisticated rooms, each one different from another. The furniture and accessories are hand-picked and rather individual. Our room was situated on the sixth floor. It revealed a warm color palette of chocolate, cream and beige, with a canopy over the bed, an ornate mirror and tactile wallpaper. We had an absolutely breathtaking view over Place Saint-Sulpice and the nearby Church of Saint-Sulpice– which Dan Brown fans will recognize from The Da Vinci Code, and even the Eiffel Tower seemed so close.
Address: 3 bis Place Saint-Sulpice
75006 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (0)1 43 26 04 89
MonHotel Lounge & Spa
MonHotel is a lovely boutique hotel, situated in a quiet and elegant Rue d’Argentine, in the prestigious 16th arrondissement, which is to Paris what the Upper East Side is to New York – a very affluent, chic and well-known section of town. The hotel is housed in a traditional French townhouse in the grand Haussmann style that fuses the opulent elegance of old Paris with the striking contemporary design. Interior of the hotel has a pretty cool vibe and modern design with a influence of POP art and rock’n’roll culture. The 50 bedrooms – dreamed up by interior designer Aurelia Santoni- are very elegant, with beige Alcantara walls, adorned with silver-framed portraits of legendary actors, models and singers, and accented with clever lightning. Marilyn Monroe, Kate Moss, Madonna, Mick Jagger, George Clooney, Sting and Steve McQueen are just some of the faces that make this ambient so charming.
Address: 1-5 Rue d’Argentine
75116 Paris, France
If you are just like us, one of the pilgrims that eagerly wants to walk the magical streets of Parisian Left Bank and feel the atmosphere and charms of the historic and bohemian Saint-Germain-des-Prés, then Hotel Montalembert is the excellent place for your stay. Located right in the heart of this iconic quarter, some 800 meters away from the legendary rendezvous points – Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots and the Brasserie Lipp, this five-star property presents a perfect base for exploring all the treasures of Paris. Built in 1926, Hotel Montalembert is the oldest five-star hotel on the Left Bank and one of the rare Parisian hotels that managed to preserve its original spirit, even to these days. This is the hotel where you can experience all the nuances that made Parisian Rive Gauche what it is – the soul of the French capital.
Address: 3 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 45 49 68 68
Named by the great Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646 – 1708), one of the greatest architects that France ever had, Hotel Mansart is located at the very corner of his most celebrated creation – the legendary Place Vendôme. Owned by the Esprit de France collection, Hotel Mansart perfectly represents values of this French hospitality group: prime locations in the best parts of Paris, historic buildings renovated while preserving the site, sophisticated and tailor-made service and unique rooms with attention to detail. Add to that a charming atmosphere and friendly and welcoming staff and you will understand why Hotel Mansart became one of the places that we hold very dear.
Hotel Mansart on the right and beautiful view over the Place Vendôme which we enjoyed during our stay
By staying at this chic Parisian hotel and you will be dangerously close to the most exclusive stores- Bulgari in the same building as Hotel Mansart, Chanel on the nearby rue Cambon, Piaget, Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Dior Jewellery, Louis Vuitton jewellery store and finally rue Saint Honore!
Address: 5 Rue des Capucines,
75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 61 50 28
Hotel Jules & Jim
Located in Le Marais, famous artistic quarter full of colorful cafés and shops that are open even on Sunday, one cannot but observe that Jules & Jim found its perfect ground. Nothing is usual in this hotel. Starting with the lobby that also works as a full-fledged photography gallery, up to the ultra-hip bar that once was a silversmith’s atelier. While undoubtedly this is a very modern hotel, the atmosphere inside is inviting and casual, almost home-like, thanks to the immensely pleasant and helpful staff and its futuristic but unobtrusive design.
Having a drink at the hotel’s ultra-hip bar should be obligatory, because of the fantastic cocktails, glass floor with a wine-cellar view and one pretty surreal photograph that shows the hotel’s building before the renovation.
Address: 11 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 54 13 13
JoBo Hotel Paris
The Hôtel de Joséphine Bonaparte, or shorter JoBo, is situated in the heart of Parisian bohemian quarter Le Marais. With its colorful interior design and amazing location, JoBo presents an interesting proposition for the new generation of modern travelers that, rather than the stereotypical run-of-the-mill accommodation, have something different and more artistic in mind. And, when it comes to JoBo we were introduced to unexpected, playful, theatrical and funky with a touch of rock’n’roll style. It is a very exciting place to be, so we could easily imagine Keith Richards at the bar, and his devotees following the same path.
10 rue d’Ormesson
75004 – Paris
WHAT TO SEE?
Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams exhibition
Discover the scenography of the most important retrospective ever devoted to the House of Dior and the largest to take place at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. With the exhibition “Christian Dior, couturier du rêve”, the House celebrates its seventieth anniversary by bringing together the work of its Creative Directors, from Christian Dior to Maria Grazia Chiuri, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano and Raf Simons, as well as enigmatic fragrances such as Miss Dior and J’adore.
Address: 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 55 57 50
Musée Yves Saint Laurent
Located in the brand’s historical couture house at 5 Avenue Marceau, where Yves Saint Laurent designed and created his work for almost 30 years, from 1974 to 2002, and initiated by the late Pierre Bergé, who died Sept. 8, the museum opened to the public on Oct. 3. By walking through the former haute couture salons the public will explore the richness of Yves Saint Laurent’s heritage through a constantly updated display of the collection. Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent ensures, first and foremost, the conservation of the designer’s 40 years of creativity (1962 – 2002). Its collection comprises five thousand haute couture garments and fifteen thousand accessories, as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, and objects.
Address: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 31 64 00
2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. This exhibition, organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Réunion des musées nationaux– Grand Palais, in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation, is the first major retrospective of the American artist’s work in France since his death. It looks back over his seventy-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings.
The Irving Penn exhibition offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris. With his fine arts background, Irving Penn developed a body of visual work that is defined by its elegant simplicity, a taste for minimalism and an astonishing rigour, evident from the studio to the darkroom, where he perfected his unique photographic prints.
Address: 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
Being Modern: MoMA in Paris
The Fondation Louis Vuitton offers visitors an exceptional exhibition on the occasion of its collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). From 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018, “Being Modern” reveals a selection of 200 varied works, including paintings by Max Beckmann and Paul Cézanne, sculptures by Alexander Calder and photographs by Walker Evans. From the first major movements of modern art to the latest digital works, through abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop art, all forms of visual art that have marked history over the decades are highlighted in this exhibition. “Being Modern” is a unique opportunity in Paris to discover the collection of MoMA – a global benchmark for modern art.
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi – 75016 Paris
Bois de Boulogne – 16e Arrondissement
WHERE TO EAT?
One of the most romantic restaurants in Paris is definitely Chez Julien, a cozy and intimate place situated in one of the oldest areas of Paris, Le Marais. Immortalized in popular tv-series Gossip Girl, Chez Julien boasts charming Belle Époque decor, accentuated by lilac walls, mottled mirrors, and a beautiful painted ceiling – last remnant of the XIXth century boulangerie the place used to be. Chef Hemi Debal is known as a truffle expert, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that many of his signature dishes contain this delicacy. Beside being famous for the wonderful French cuisine, Chez Julien is also one of the to-go places when it comes to cocktails, which we highly recommend.
Address: 1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
Phone: +33 1 42 78 31 64
Lily Wang terrace
Just steps away from the monumental Hôtel national des Invalides, Lily Wang is definitely one of the most stylish restaurants in Paris’ 7th arrondissement. Owned by the Costes Brothers and designed by their frequent collaborator Jacques Garcia, Lily Wang is classy and glamorous affair with the flavor of 20s Shanghai, enriched with black lacquer details, red paper lanterns and leather banquettes. It offers an exquisite Asian cuisine, from creative variations on spring rolls, summertime fish tartar with ginger and chive, to the classic ice soup of mango, coconut and tapioca. During the summer, restaurant’s terrace is a place to be, for the sheer enjoyment in Parisian luxury and for the excellent selection of Lily Wang’s signature cocktails.
40 Avenue Duquesne
75 007 Paris
Tel. : +33 (0)153860909
Located in the Parisian Golden Triangle, this famous brasserie offers creative and refined French cuisine. The seafood is a recommended dish, and there is a splendid view overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Chez Francis is a truly exceptional restaurant, perfect for a romantic dinner. At night the city’s many lights bring a special touch.
7 place de l’Alma
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 47 20 86 83
Coming across Place Saint-Augustin, one probably wouldn’t recognize this brasserie after its complete makeover, breaking from the norm with royal-blue, velvet-lined benches or lounge seats; and large frescoes depicting colorful exotic flora. The menu, however, maintains the utmost classic standards with perfectly executed past and present recipes, noble meats and delicious desserts. A place to experience, again and again! The terrace is particularly sunny and has been enlarged.
6, place Saint-Augustin – Paris 8ème
Capri Saint Honoré
The Place du Marché-Saint-Honoré in the 1st district of Paris can be your perfect choice for lunch or dinner, especially after a day of shopping. We can guarantee that location just a few steps from the famous Rue St. Honore is a perfect place to take a break while in search for the fashionable pieces. All around the square you will find dozen restaurants with large terraces. We had a dinner at Capri Saint Honoré, the Italian restaurant that boasts a delicious menu with a wide selection of exquisite Italian dishes. The food is served in pans and casseroles. The truffle chips and pasta dishes are the best.
42 place du Marché Saint Honoré
75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 61 48 23
WHERE TO SHOP?
Near the Jardin des Tuileries and the Saint-Honore market, the Rue Saint-Honore 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.
The Avenue Montaigne
The Avenue Montaigne, at the very heart of the Golden Triangle, is the home to quite a few sumptuous international haute couture boutiques like Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Celine, Hermès, and Prada.
Co-founded in 1997 by multitalented Milan Vukmirovic, Colette Rousseau and her daughter Sarah Andelman, Parisian store Colette quickly became a place to go for fashion-forward individuals. This cult place boasts an interesting cultural section, which has a wide range of artists books, indie magazines, photography journals, and publications. Also, alongside latest offerings from the houses like Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, Gareth Pugh, and recently even Dior, Colette is well known for its legendary water bar that serves more than 100 different types of water.
213 rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris – France
Les Trois Marchés de Catherine B
Les Trois Marchés de Catherine B is a dream place for all the lovers of vintage Chanel and Hermès. Catherine B is an expert for Hermès and Chanel and for over two decades she has collected and assembled the best pieces of the biggest French brands. In her museum-like shop you may find an encyclopedic collection of Hermès scarves, selection of Kelly, Birkin, and Mademoiselle bags, as well as some exceptionally rare pieces and true collector items from these prestigious fashion houses, such as an extremely limited edition Chanel bike or a Hermès bag from the turn of the 20th century. Catherine has established relationships with both classic French houses, which helps her to chose pieces with interesting patinas and provenances.
Les Trois Marchés de Catherine B
1 Rue Guisarde,
75006 Paris, France
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann has become a Paris‘ icon since its creation in 1894. This department store is the second most visited monument, after the Eiffel Tower. More than 3,500 brands from around the world, ranging from the affordable to luxury, can be found in the three buildings, along with 25 restaurants. Galeries Lafayette has long enjoyed strong links with the worlds of fashion and contemporary design. The Haussmann department store regularly hosts prestigious events, showcasing key designers of the moment as well as introducing its customers to artists whose work has endured the test of time.
Christmas decoration in the Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
40, Boulevard Haussmann
Created in 1865 by the visionary Jules Jaluzot, the Printemps Haussmann is today one of the major reference stores in Paris. It is divided into three stores: Printemps Style (9 floors), Printemps Home and Beauty (11 floors) and Printemps for Men (7 floors). With its panoramic terrace, its magnificent Art Deco cupola, its facade and spectacular showcases, it presents a chic selection of the best French and international brands.
64 Boulevard Haussmann,
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