With its intimate, boudoir-like atmosphere where time seems to stand still, 9Confidentiel is so much more than a hotel. Not only is this eclectic and poetic establishment in the heart of the Marais an ideal place to stay, it’s also Philippe Starck’s latest creation. The 29 rooms have a genuine 20s vibe, as do the common areas. The breakfast room becomes a tearoom in the afternoons, where you can enjoy pastry chef Yann Couvreur’s creations and continuing the theme is a cocktail bar, managed by the king of the shaker himself, Nico de Soto. Definitely an address to keep to yourself!
Another Philippe Starck project in a former postal sorting centre in the 16th arrondissement. Hotel group Evok gave the visionary genius carte blanche to do whatever he wanted with the building’s 7000 m2. The resulting palette of warm colours, natural materials and abundant artworks combine to make this glass building all that more warm and welcoming. Entering the hotel is a totally unique, immersive experience, whether you spend the night or not. In fact, in addition to 59 rooms and suites, the hotel has a restaurant, a patisserie, a cocktail bar, a gym, two pools and a rooftop kitchen garden with views over the roofs of Paris to the Eiffel Tower.
The Count of Monte Cristo, the hero of the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas and its author’s exuberant character provide the theme for this establishment. In the lobby, stuffed animals and display cases set the tone and no two rooms – referencing the novelist’s travels and romantic conquests – are the same. Wall hangings and vintage period furnishings add that indefinable special something that whisks guests away to the heart of a 19th century fantasy. On the ground floor, you can immerse yourself even further in the experience with the whimsical rum bar and its collection of exotic concoctions to enjoy neat or in cocktails.
After a colossal four-year renovation project, the mythical Hotel Lutetia brings the spirit of the Left Bank back to life. The hotel, originally built in 1910, has been entirely redesigned by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who has preserved the hotel’s Art Nouveau vibe whilst bringing it into the 21st century with spacious rooms and common areas. Under an extraordinary period fresco, the bar revives the festive spirit of Saint-Germain-des-Prés that brought Pierre Bergé and Sonia Rykiel (who designed parts of the interior in the 80s) to the Lutetia. Every Friday, jazz nights put the hotel back on the music scene map.
The multi-starred chef is always one step ahead and he proves it once more with this crazy project: a restaurant on an electric boat (think clean and silent), which sails up and down the Seine. Every lunchtime and evening, customers embark for a gourmet cruise lasting an hour and a half. On board it’s just like a real restaurant: you make your choice, order and enjoy! The menu features a palette of French culinary specialties (lightly smoked salmon with a sorrel sauce, browned scallops in their jus, farmhouse poultry sauce supreme etc), to eat with relish whilst admiring the view of Paris’ beautiful monuments. In between, the boat moors at the quay and serves afternoon tea with a view of the Eiffel Tower.
After the Gare de Lyon, the Ground Control team has taken over an abandoned shopping arcade on the Champs-Elysées with bistro-style gastronomy pioneer Stéphane Jégo. Its 2,000 m² include an art gallery, a coffee shop/concept store and a restaurant/delicatessen with large tables ideal for eating with friends. Jégo – the chef at Ami Jean (27 rue Malar, in the 7th arondissement) who likes playing with different ways of cooking – has set himself the challenge of serving excellent food at affordable prices. Yet another good reason to go for a stroll along the “most beautiful avenue in the world”.
26, avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris.
The former Café Guitry, the sempiternal restaurant located in the Théâtre Edouard VII, was given a new lease of life last autumn thanks to a group of jolly fellows, aka the Moma Group team. Manko, Noto and Lapérouse etc brought together fashionable young chef Juan Arbelaez and designer Alexis Mabille to imagine a new venue, whose name evokes the light-hearted and frivolous sprit of the Paris of years gone by. In a carefully designed theatre-like interior, relax and enjoy neo nostalgic dishes made for sharing (pasta shells stuffed with ham, confit shoulder of lamb and whole roast monkfish). The basement speakeasy – a well-kept secret of Parisian partygoers – opens its doors from midnight.
10, place Édouard-VII, 75009 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 47 42 92 55 froufrou-paris.com
This new establishment for food lovers, designed by Ora Ito, is the brainchild of two-Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx. It’s original concept – a new generation of organic fast food -showcases a sandwich called the “Marxito”. These buckwheat pancakes inspired by Japanese dorayaki are served with smoked salmon, pastrami, scamorza, guacamole and vegetables. There’s also a sweet version with chocolate or cream and, most surprising of all, a crunchy one made with matcha. Yet another successful idea from the judo black belt chef!
1bis, rue Jean Mermoz, 75008 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 47 20 92 02 marxito.com
Like so many other luxury hotels whose pastry chefs are celebrating their success by opening an in-house boutique (Ritz, Meurice, Georges V), it’s now the turn of the Hôtel de Crillon and Pablo Gicquel to receive the acclaim of sweet-toothed gourmets who can’t get enough of his precious, and ethereal creations. His Hématite, Chou d’amour, Mont Blanc, Tarte au chocolat, Fleur de jasmin and chocolates are proudly displayed in the window like works of art: perhaps the hardest is choosing one of the chef’s signature creations to eat in or take away. Who said that only guests could cross the threshold of the Crillon?
Paris has given into temptation and jumped on the food court train – and Beaupassage is certainly one of the best. In a narrow street just a stone’s throw from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a beautiful venue meets delicious flavours for an amazing urban experience guaranteed. Just imagine: 10,000 m2 where a selection of celebrity chefs – including three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, Thierry Marx and Anne-Sophie Pic – showcase their talents in more accessible formats. Not forgetting Pierre Hermé’s café and patisserie and the meat meets restaurant concept of young farmer-butcher Alexandre Polmard. And with its plant-inspired sculptures by Fabrice Hyber, Eva Jospin, Stefan Rinck and Marc Vellay, gastronomy meets contemporary art at Beaupassage. Food for thought!
Groupe Galeries Lafayette has just moved its corporate foundation, Lafayette Anticipations, into a building designed by Rem Koolhaas and opened its very own boutique (with an interior by design studio Ciguë). In addition to the foundation’s tantalising events programme, À Rebours showcases the work of emerging designers with objects made by craftsmen. You’ll also find curiosities such as Keef Palas’ ephemeral jewellery collection and a cutting edge selection of books chosen by gallerist Yvon Lambert. This is the place to shop for sustainable and responsible avant-garde creations.
46, rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris. www.lafayetteanticipations.com
The Parisian interior designer has transformed a former locksmith’s shop into a new showroom. So much more than a store, the loft-like space with an industrial vibe (think metal girders, red brick walls and a glass roof) is full of inspirational ideas for every room in the house, with on one side the bedroom and on the other the dining room and the bathroom. Wander through the multitude of creations on show in this 140 m2 space and discover a clever mix of furniture and accessories, now joined by a range of ready-to-wear garments in incomparable colours. Welcome to the ideal home!
The jewel in the minimalist crown, now in the capable hands of Frauke Meyer, has set up shop for the very first time on the Right Bank, opposite Le Bristol. The new, 800 m2 flagship showroom is situated in a former private mansion and, in keeping with the building’s former function, the design house’s treasures are spread over four levels, with each floor designed as if part of a private home. On the top floor, bathed in the light of a large glass roof, the artist’s studio features themed exhibitions highlighting the many inspirations and references of interior designer Christian Liaigre.
77, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 70 64 14 84 www.liaigre.com
One year after the death of Azzedine Alaïa, a bookshop situated in his former home in the centre of Paris’ Marais district pays tribute to his life and legacy. It is soberly furnished with pieces from the couturier’s own collection (a bookshelf and table by Jean Prouvé, suspensions by Serge Mouille, various other pieces of furniture and his portrait by Julian Schnabel). Whether you come to browse or to buy, the cutting edge selection of fashion and art books and magazines bears witness to the late designer’s love for the written word.
18, rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris. www.maison-alaia.com
It’s all happening at the MAD as it unveils the mad, mad story of design in a totally new exhibition design by Normal Studio, as well as a tribute to Gio Ponti (1891-1979). This is the 20th century Italian maestro of architecture and design’s first major retrospective in France. Hundreds of pieces illustrate the sheer scope of the body of work of the founder of architectural journal Domus, from apartment buildings and cathedrals, to lighting fixtures and even the interior of a transatlantic liner. To complete the visit, why not visit RBC Mobilier, which takes a closer look at his production for the home and office.
Until February 10th 2019 at the MAD, 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50 madparis.fr
A reference on the international contemporary design scene, Galerie Kreo has invited Jaime Hayon to show ChromaticO, his new collection that explores colour through materials such as marble and glass. Gentle curving tables rub shoulders with handblown glass lighting fixtures, which fill the space with a constellation of light. Contrasting with minimalist trends, the Spanish designer fills his work with a spirit of freedom and joie de vivre.
31, rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 53 10 23 00 www.galeriekreo.com
Already renowned for the amazing, colourful creations of its architects, the Fondation Cartier has decided to present a superb overview of the geometric art of Latin America. The exhibition looks across different periods in time, nationalities and cultures, bringing together 250 artworks on various supports from the Pre-Columbian period to the present day. It is a perfect opportunity to discover the work of Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani, whose ballroom is inspired by the geometric motifs characteristic of Tiwanaku culture and a monumental work by Paraguayan duo Solano Benitez et Gloria Cabral, which runs the length of the facade of the Fondation Cartier building.
Until February 24th 2019 at the Fondation Cartier, 261, bd Raspail, 75014 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 18 56 50 www.fondationcartier.com
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
40, boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Open from Monday to Saturday 9.30 am to 8.30 pm. Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm.
For more information, click here.