All The New Openings In Paris To Visit This Season
Hôtel Dame Des Arts
The 360° views from Hôtel Dame Des Arts make it worth a visit – you can see the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, the dome of Les Invalides and Notre Dame cathedral from the rooftop. It occupies a restored 1950s building in Saint-Germain, with local designer Raphael Navot behind the interiors: 109 rooms and suites have bespoke furniture and terraces with city views. Guests can dine at the restaurant and in the adjacent garden courtyard, as well as taking in the views at the rooftop bar.
Rooms from €330 per night.
This art-deco hotel in Pigalle was originally The Charleston over a century ago – a glamorous spot to see and be seen in during the Roaring 20s. Orso Hotels group has brought it into the 21st century with a destination restaurant serving French classics, a late-night rooftop bar with beautiful city views, an oyster bar and a nightclub with a speakeasy vibe. Several of the building’s original features over its eight floors have been carefully restored, including a grand art-deco staircase and a glass elevator, while the 106 rooms are modern and elegant, with warm tones, plush furniture and vintage lighting – some even have views of Sacré-Coeur. On Thursdays to Saturdays, DJs and musicians set the tone by playing disco, funk and house music until the early hours.
Rooms from €200 per night.
Le Grand Mazarin
Maisons Pariente – the luxe hotel group behind Lou Pinet in Saint Tropez and The Coucou in Meribel – is set to open the doors of Le Grand Mazarin at the end of April. The hotel is in Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement, a lively district lined with private mansions and home to the famous Picasso Museum. Inside, there are 50 rooms and 11 suites with glamorous interiors by Martin Brudnizki – think rich colours, plush materials and OTT prints – as well as a fine-dining restaurant and bar. It’s also one of the few hotels in Paris with a swimming pool.
Rooms from £610 per night.
If you want excellent views without the crowds, put TOO Hotel at the top of your list. Having opened a few months ago, it’s already popular with tourists and locals who queue outside to get into its buzzy rooftop restaurant and bar. Opened by Laurent Taïeb (also behind the Madame Rêve hotel) and with interiors by Philippe Starck, the hotel occupies the top eight floors of one of the tallest buildings in Paris. Up there, you’ll find 139 rooms and suites – some with views of the Eiffel Tower – and a chic restaurant for lunch and dinner. Nearly every room in the hotel has spectacular views, but the very best are reserved for the TacTac Sky Bar where DJs play house and jazz in the evenings while waiters deliver pan-Asian sharing plates and cocktails. There’s also a spa and an outdoor jacuzzi.
Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain
Also in Saint-Germain, this grown-up hotel oozed glamour and sophistication. One of the most luxury options on this list, Pavillon Faubourg is a great option for those who want to explore the city by day, then sink into a plush bed or enjoy a spa treatment at night. The building itself dates back to the 17th century, so original features have been restored while contemporary interiors make it feel ultra-modern, particularly in the 47 rooms and suites which are light and bright. Elsewhere, there’s a spa with a hammam, pool and two ‘massage cabins’, as well as a bar and the destination restaurant Les Parisiens, headed up by chef Michelin-starred by Thibault Sombardier who’s brought his fine dining French classics to the hotel.
Rooms from £290 per night.
La Fantaisie will open its doors this spring in Faubourg-Montmartre in the 9th arrondissement. Guests can look forward to Martin Brudnizki’s flamboyant interiors, from the bedrooms and garden to the glass-ceilinged restaurant. Each of the 73 rooms and suites will have beautiful headboards on each bed, as well as ornate walls and ceilings and plush furniture for maximum glamour. There will also be a spa in partnership with French brand Holidermie, offering natural and organic treatments.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
For a causal lunch, Tawlet is a Lebanese restaurant on Rue de la Fontaine in the 11th arrondissement. Led by Lebanese chef Kamal Mouzawak, it celebrates traditions and flavours from each of the country’s regions – on Tuesdays for example, the menu focuses on the south, while on Wednesdays, diners can expect dishes from the mountains of Lebanon. We recommend ordering the dish of the day alongside salads drizzled with tahini and topped with pomegranate seeds.
Mondaine de Pariso
Mondaine de Pariso is a new experience in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Claiming to be free of rules and conventions, the venue is set up like an opulent private party straight out of the 70s. Created by Daphné Desjeux, the huge ‘apartment’ has been imagined as a luxurious Parisian bachelor pad. Spread out over two floors, the rooms – including the Smokeroom and the Library – unfold with different experiences laid on throughout the night. Menus feature indulgent ingredients such as caviar and lobster, and the cocktails are some of the best in the city.
Café de Paris
The Pacha Group is bringing its Ibiza parties to the French capital. Taking inspiration from Lío Ibiza, where waiters serve dinner and drinks while DJs and high-octane entertainers create a fun party atmosphere, Café de Paris will open later this month. Taking over the site of legendary nightclub Café de Paris, which closed during the pandemic, the Grade II-listed building is getting a glamourous makeover with a rotating DJ booth, OTT interiors and a 200-seat restaurant on the original dancefloor. Chef Adam Rawson (of The Standard fame) has created a menu of Mediterranean sharing dishes, and we’re expecting good things.
For French brasserie classics, head to Alfred, which has been getting a lot of attention on TikTok thanks to its simple food and interiors inspired by glamorous holiday homes in the south of France. Chef Alexia Duchêne – probably most famous for her time in the kitchen at Allard brasserie – has created a crowd-pleasing menu of bistro favourites like steak with pepper and whisky sauce, lobster salad with fennel, and chocolate and pistachio mousse.
Boubalé at Le Grand Mazarin
Israeli chef Assaf Granit already owns the Michelin-starred Shabour. His latest opening is a more relaxed affair within Le Grand Mazarin hotel. The details are being kept under wraps until the hotel opens in April, but we do know the restaurant will showcase Ashkenazi cuisine inspired by Jewish dishes from central and eastern Europe.
ART & CULTURE
Basquiat x Warhol. Painting 4 Hands at Fondation Louis Vuitton
This exhibition will examine the close working relationship between two of the 20th century’s most important American artists. Jean-Michel Basquiat admired Andy Warhol as an elder, a key art world personality and the pioneer of pop art. Warhol, in turn, renewed his interest in painting thanks to Basquiat. The exhibition explores their artistic relationship and the extraordinary work they produced together and alongside Italian artist Francesco Clemente.
4th April-28th August
Matisse: Cahiers d'Art at Musée de l'Orangerie
There have been countless exhibitions in Paris over the decades dedicated to Henri Matisse, but few have focused on the artist’s career during the 1930s. Next month, Musée de l'Orangerie will dedicate an exhibition to this period, when Matisse left France for a trip to Tahiti, marking a break in his creation and initiating a turning point in his work. The exhibition brings together a collection of works from the interwar period, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and film fragments.
1st March-29th May
1,001 Orchids Show at Jardin des Plantes
The beautiful orchid show has returned to Jardin des Plantes. The Botanical Garden has over 1,000 unique orchids on show, arranged in natural settings throughout its greenhouses. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the show will include 700 new plants, including 400 on a three-metre structure, as well as home-grown orchids from five renowned French growers.
Until Monday 6th March
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