Friedrich Nietzsche used to say that an artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. This is, in fact, the city of light, the city of love, of everything elegant, sophisticated and luxurious. Home to many artists, designers and creatives the world is thankful for. The reason they chose Paris may be because the city itself is like a stage, an endless showroom. Pure entertainment and beauty, scattered around and ready to be picked up, piece after piece, by locals, affectionate and occasional visitors. Different people, different fates and dreams, but one thing in common: the love and wonder for Paris.
A city that has stolen many hearts without ever giving them back, like a first love. It’s a city that for me will always be full of melancholy and romanticism. Of an inexplicable beauty that has somehow always stayed with me. A hometown that was never my home but that I could never leave behind. And for that reason, I decided to make a guide. I decided to put in words all my love for this ‘little’ paradise and the places that have hosted me and where I have left a piece of my heart. A complete and personal luxury guide for Paris.
The Ultimate Luxury Guide for Paris
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LUXURY HOTELS IN PARIS
Four Seasons George V
This five stars hotel in Paris seems like my second home. Nestled in the Golden Triangle of Paris, just off the historic Champs-Elysees my suit with an Eiffel Tower view welcomes me after a day of wandering the quaint, Parisian streets, Maison et Objet and the best restaurants. The Four Season George V has a decadent new spa, an elegant swimming pool and a courtyard for whiling away the afternoons with a glass of wine from their cellar. From 1.300€ per night until what you desire to spend, this is one of my top choices for Paris hotels.
The Peninsula Hotel is perfectly situated at 19 Avenue Kléber, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe. It sits in the heart of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts. The Peninsula houses 200 luxurious rooms, including 86 suites. Inspired by Haute Couture, the theme suites at The Peninsula Paris hotel – some of the French capital’s most spacious and the world’s most highly customised – are veritable showcases of French heritage and savoir-faire. From 1.000€ per night, you can experience the ultimate luxury at this incredible hotel.
Plaza Athénée Hotel
Fresh, iconic, inspiring, original and utterly magnificent. At Hôtel Plaza Athénée a unique and delightful experience awaits you. Sleep peacefully in beautiful rooms, surrounded by Parisian splendour and our famous art of hospitality. Amongst the best of everything. Hôtel Plaza Athénée stands proudly on the most sophisticated avenue of Haute Couture, with a view of the Eiffel Tower at one end, and the Champs-Elysées at the other. For 11.000€ you can get the Eiffel Suit and make the best of your trip.
The refinement of the French art de Vivre meets the elegance of Belle Époque décor: the hotel’s rooms and suites bear the names of Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Marcel Proust — all of whom considered the Ritz “like a second home”. Each room at the Ritz Paris is as glorious as ever, offering an incomparable ambience and the most generous spaces in the French capital. Fine woodwork and delicate pastel hues compose an intimate décor where ultimate luxury resides in every detail, accompanied by antique objects and art. It’s not easy to get a room here, but you can call them and try your best luck.
Hotel Le Royal Monceau Paris
This hotel is a showcase for contemporary art, with a multidisciplinary, multimedia art programme appealing to all ages: La Librairie des Arts bookshop, a private cinema, a contemporary art gallery, a private art collection of over 300 works, an Art Concierge, and Les Ateliers de Macha cultural workshops for kids during La Cuisine’s Sunday Brunch. With an incredible spa designed by Philippe Starck for total wellbeing and relaxation. The pure simplicity of this 1,500-m2 sanctuary imbues it with timeless elegance. For me, the Hotel Le Royal Monceau is the full Parisian experience for just 1.000€ per night.
LUXURY RESTAURANTS IN PARIS
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee
This luxury restaurant is located in the magical space that is the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris. With a deconstructed, modern crystal chandelier at its heart, this restaurant gets its fantastic atmosphere from the dispersed crystal pieces. Magically suspended on an invisible wire. Clean and futuristic, its designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku wanted to mark the new era that would be that of Chef Alain Ducasse.
This Michelin starred restaurants presents the best of fine dining by Chef Matheiu Pacaud and the modern interiors designed by Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boisser. Combining the best of cooking and décor, the Hexagone displays stunning lighting pieces and graphics inspired by the tale of Alice in Wonderland… Making its visit an unforgettable adventure.
Café de l’Homme
Dreaming of drinking coffee while admiring the stunning view that is the Eiffel Tower? Then this design restaurant might be the one from your dreams. Designed by the same Gilles and Boissier that are behind another of our outstanding restaurants in Paris, Cafe de l’Homme is one of the most stylish luxury restaurants in Paris. The architects were attentive enough to leave the original Art Deco style untouched, but added warmer, sand-colored tones and details as well as the magical lighting pieces of designer Alain Guilhot… for a majestic and dreamlike result.
The creation of one of the world’s favourite and most talented designers, Joseph Dirand, Monsieur Bleu is one of the most outstanding restaurants in Paris, if not in France. Brilliant, minimal and sensual at the same time, as only Joseph Dirant can imagine, this luxury restaurant is located in the busy Palais de Tokyo. An unmissable stop in the City of Lights.
Last but not least on our list of outstanding restaurants in Paris, the Cafe Mollien design restaurant is one of the treasures kept inside The Louvre’s. Designed by Interior Designer Mathieu Lehanneur, this jewel offers us an impressive, stunning ambiance of pale pinks, marble and brass.
LUXURY BARS IN PARIS
I came to this bar the first time because I wanted to feel the inspiration. The inspiration. The same inspiration that overcame Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gary Cooper, who used to come to this bar on a regular basis and would sit here for hours. Begin the Beguine is said to have been written here, while Cole Porter would come here and spend most of his day writing. The Hemingway Bar truly a must-see for the creative hearts.
Le Baron Paris
This is the nightclub in Paris. With its dark-coloured lights and the modern atmosphere, you will find this place irresistible. Le Baron is the best place for a cocktail and for a sophisticated night out. Could not be missed on this luxury guide for Paris.
Le Bar Kleber
Back to a more classical style, Le Bar Kleber is one of the finest bars in Paris. Located in The Peninsula, it made and is part of Paris History. Here were signed the famous Paris Peace Accords in 1973 that would end the Vietnam War. But its relevance is not only historical. The interior design of this bar is what brings it to this luxury guide for Paris. The perfect place to enjoy Champagne, while admiring the soaring ceilings and the giant mirrors.
L’entrée des Artistes
This stunning bar truly is a home for the creative soul. The plates composition really tops fine dining, and the interior design gives out an elegant but relaxed feeling. The bar L’entrée des Artistes is a true reflection of the sophisticated but effortless Parisian soul.
LUXURY ACTIVITIES IN PARIS
Design Galleries in Paris
Galerie du Passage
The first thing to notice about this gallery is its location. The skylit arcade was built in 1826 and now hosts Pierre Passebon’s store Galerie du Passage, that usually tops the list of connoisseurs of modern design, and I couldn’t, therefore, let alone mentioning it on my luxury guide for Paris. If you are on the lookout for rare 20th-century furniture and pieces, this is the place to go to. Its client lists features personalities such as Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Located in the heart of Saint-Germain des Pres, Galerie Kreo focuses on producing new pieces in collaboration with the most renowned designers in the world, as well as on dealing with vintage lighting and furniture pieces. As mentioned, it includes pieces both vintage and contemporary designed by some of the biggest names in the fields, making it one of the most influential galleries today.
Galerie Patrick Seguin
This gallery is located in the Bastille district and has been designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. And since day one, the Galerie Patrick Seguin has displayed and collaborated with some among the biggest French designers known internationally.
Founded by Philippe Jousse, this gallery maintains the 20th-century aesthetic and has done so for about 35 years. Jousse Enterprise has featured names of French Architecture and Design such as Jean Prouve, Pierre Jeanneret and Mathieu Mategot.
Galerie BSL by Beatrice Saint-Laurent
Founded by the woman who gives the gallery its name, Galerie BSL displays and produces works that usually sit on the fine edge between design and art. One of the principal galleries and centres in Paris, it is the place for people with a powerful fantasy and with a strong avant-garde vision.
Museums in Paris
First on my luxury guide for Paris is the Musee d’Orsay, located on the left bank of the river Seine. Its location is a former railway station, making this museum all the more an interesting and inspiring destination for French art lovers.
Musee Marmottan Monet
The Marmottan used to be the hunting lodge of the Duke of Valmy in 1882 when it was bought by Jules Marmottan. Now it’s one of the richest museums in terms of fine arts, including the works of Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Henri Rouart.
‘The’ museum, ‘the’ one thing never to miss when in this stunning city and therefore another point on my luxury guide for Paris. Its vast collection is divided into eight departments, which gives an idea of the greatness of the Louvre museum.
Musee de l’Orangerie
Le Musee de l’Orangerie is an art gallery for the lovers of impressionism and post-impressionism and its’ located near La Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Among other things, it is currently home to the eight large painting by Claude Monet called ‘Water Lilies’, as well as featuring collections by Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and many others.
Sacre Coeur, Montmartre
Designed by Paul Abadie, the Sacre Coeur is not a museum but a Basilica, and one of the most stunning and characteristic landmarks in Paris. As well as the second most visited monument in Paris. It lies at the heart and peak of Montmartre, one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the French capital.
Luxury Fashion Stores in Paris
L’Eclaireur is a concept store in Paris founded by Armand and Martine Hadida in the 80s and opened first in the renowned street Avenue des Champs-Elysees, and therefore a necessary stop on my luxury guide for Paris. It has been awarded as the best concept-store by the WeAr magazine.
Hermes (Flagship store in Paris)
This Hermes store is one of the busiest fashion stores in Paris, and home to the iconic bag inspired by the just-as-iconic figure of Jane Birkin. A mandatory stop for all fashion lovers visiting the city, it should also be on the list of connoisseurs of interior design, as this modern concept store always leaves me speechless.
Created at the end of the 19th century, The Galeries Lafayette (belonging to the Galeries Lafayette Group) is a major player in the world of fashion and a symbol of the “art de vivre à la Française”. With a network of 62 stores, 59 of which are in France, and situated in the largest cities of the country, the Galeries Lafayette are now present internationally with the opening of the Berlin store in 1996, Dubai in 2009 and Jakarta in 2013. A must see for shopping lovers!
Isabel Marant is a French fashion designer known for her bohemian aesthetic and fervently coveted creations. Embodying a casual, perfectly tousled but never over-thought look, her clothes are worn by some of the world’s most fashionable stars including Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Weisz and Alexa Chung. It has an amazing store in Paris where you can buy her last collections.
Le Bon Marché
Throughout the year, Le Bon Marché is at your disposal to offer you a unique moment. Privileged services, appointed advisors and personalised accompaniments are offered to you like so many marks of attention. Take advantage of the tailor-made advice of our stylists, relax with a treatment at the Beauty Center or have a gourmet break! Everything you can wish while shopping.