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After launching iconic Parisian nightclubs Le Bus Palladium, Raspoutine and L’Arc, Parisian entrepreneur Benjamin Patou will soon open Manko, an exciting Peruvian cabaret restaurant, this October in Paris. Back in the 1990s, Benjamin Patou DJed for the first time when he was at secondary school. What followed is the story of a vocation, of a self-made man driven by a specific vision of what the perfect night out represents. “I wanted to give Parisians something new,” he explains. Just after graduating from school, he threw himself wholeheartedly into events by setting up the agency that he still runs 18 years on, the Moma Group. It all began in 2008 with Le Globo nightclub, where he first tested the recipe that would become such a success for him over the years to follow: reviving a struggling venue with a strong identity. Today, Benjamin Patou has turned his Moma Group into an empire of the Parisian entertainment world, one that’s fizzing with glamour. Raspoutine and Le Bus Palladium, he was behind them both, along with L’Arc, Elysées Biarritz, and the Opéras de Plein Air. “My talent is to have been tenacious and to take risks,” the night owl confesses. He draws inspiration from the innovative template of the Moma Group, which combines events, high-end catering and showmanship. The man, shaped by his years of hard graft, remains humble in spite of his success and isn’t afraid to name the people who supported and inspired him along the way. “My mentor, Jean-François Rial, boss of Voyageurs du Monde, helped me a lot, offering me advice and support”, he explains. “And French film director and cinematographer Claude Lelouch is my spiritual father. I admire his genius, his vision of the world, and his relationship with other people.” Benjamin Patou has always known how to surround himself with the right people. “I was lucky enough to work with some really talented people, such as Francis Huster, Arielle Dombasle, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah Lavoine and Yannick Alléno. I learnt a great deal from them,” he explains, before rushing off to check on the work at Manko, the new restaurant and cabaret he's opening with chef Gaston Acurio. The energetic young forty-something who is fuelled by his instinct is already thinking about his next project: setting up a new venue of private boats on the Seine.

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Meet the actor who is one of the most iconic faces of the French auteur film scene who reflects on his rich and diverse film career and why Paris runs through his veins. PHOTOGRAPHY • PHILIPPE LEVY

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Discovered at the age of 10 years old by film director Raúl Ruiz, celebrated French actor Melvil Poupaud is one of the hottest actors in France and has worked with generations of filmmakers. With an impressive list of film credits to his name, you will see him on the big screen this autumn in his role as a murderous priest in Mad Love (Fou d'amour), wheeling and dealing with the Bulgarian mafia in Face Down (Tête baissée), and appearing with Mélanie Laurent this December in the autobiographical film, By The Sea, directed by Angelina Jolie and starring her husband Brad Pitt. We catch up with the limit-pushing actor, who is an eternal traveller yet ultimately a Parisian at heart.

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You first started acting when you were a child, where you worked with director Raúl Ruiz. At what point did you realise that you wanted to be an actor, or that you had actually become one? MP: I was always a bit scared to admit that I was an actor when I was a child, because I used to be convinced that it was all going to come to an end – that I was going to grow up and Ruiz wasn’t going to cast me any more because I was going to change physically. So I was always holding back, even though I loved filming and really enjoyed it because it was always such an amazing adventure. When I made The 15 Year Old Girl (La fille de quinze ans) by Doillon, everything changed. First of all, because he had a way of working that was

totally different from Ruiz, with lots of takes, lots of work on the script and with the actors. Ruiz was more about the staging, he didn’t direct as much. With Doillon, I managed to find all of these emotions I hadn’t realised that I was capable of. I could see that he was pleased with me. I was 15, so that gave me some confidence. Then I was nominated for a César for that film, so it all became real. I also carried on working with Ruiz. How did you meet Ruiz? MP: My mother was a press agent and only dealt with independent films. She had worked with him on his previous film. Raúl said that he’d seen me at a conference my mother had taken me to, and that everybody had fallen asleep apart from me, and that I was still listening to him. Then he asked me if I wanted to “go off in a boat to make a film about pirates?” Of course, I said yes! It feels as though you haven’t stopped making films over the last two years... MP: I’ve always had periods of intense work followed by long breaks. After Xavier Dolan’s film, Laurence Anyways, I didn’t work for two years. Then all of a sudden, it all kicked off: a film in China with Charles de Meaux, Fidelio with Lucie Borleteau, and then four films in a row. It’s because I liked these films, they fit

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with my interests, and I’ve always liked making independent films. Now, there's a new generation of filmmakers such as Nicolas Pariser and Justine Triet. I’ve been in cinema for a long time, so now I tend to work with people who are making their first film and who are the same age as me. It’s like I’ve got a second wind. I’ve also become more confident in my abilities as an actor. When did that happen? MP: It was thanks in no small part to Xavier Dolan and Laurence Anyways. Every ten years, I’ve been lucky enough to have had some noteworthy roles. When I was 10, it was with Ruiz; then at 20, it was with Rohmer; at 30, with François Ozon and also Desplechin, but in a secondary role. In Ozon’s film, Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste), I died, so after filming it was a kind of rebirth. Then with Dolan when I was 40 years old, when I went into a whole other dimension by playing a woman. It was really demanding, that experience took a lot out of me. You've also had your fair share of American adventures. You’ve worked with the Wachowskis and more recently with Angelina Jolie... MP: I was actually only on set with the Wachowskis for Speed Racer for a few days. The role was fun, even though the film was a flop. I think it’s a great film for kids. I let myself do things in America that I wouldn’t do here. If I was offered an action film, I’d do it. What’s difficult is that they ask you to film yourself, they call it “putting yourself on tape”, where you say the other person’s lines as well, in your bathroom – it’s crazy. It only worked once, with the Wachowskis actually. For Angelina Jolie’s film, it was Mélanie Laurent who recommended me, because they’re friends, and Mélanie and I have been friends for a long time too. I hadn’t met Angelina previously. She trusted Mélanie and asked her to choose a French actor to play her husband. I didn't have to do any screen tests. She took a risk, although she had seen Laurence Anyways which she liked a lot. How was it working with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt? MP: They’re really nice, and they manage to keep things “simple” with their children buzzing around and all of the security guys. We had to film on a small island near Malta, although the film was set in the south of France, and there were bodyguards keeping an eye on the paparazzi who were dressed up in diving gear. Brad Pitt was also stalking them! You’ve also been making short films since you were a teenager. What’s the latest with your personal projects at the moment? MP: I’m carrying on doing my own thing. I do a fair bit of drawing and photography. I try out lots of things, I put it in a big box and if someone asks me to, I’ll open it. I did an exhibition at the Emmanuel Perrotin gallery in 2003 and we released a DVD. It was at a time when I was meeting all

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of these contemporary artists, such as Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, who I’m really close to now. I’ve realised that film projects can also be showcased in galleries too. Which galleries do you like to go to? MP: The best gallery in Paris is Air de Paris on Rue Louise Weiss, which is managed by Edouard Merino. The gallery has supported the Philippe Parreno and Carsten Höller generation. That’s the most stunning gallery for me. It’s funny, you were born in Paris and for many people you embody the Parisian spirit, yet you hardly ever make films in Paris. Why is that? MP: First of all, I do love travelling. When I was very young, I had a complex about being seen as a Parisian by the film industry, about being what they defined as “germanopratin” [someone from Saint-Germain-des-Prés]. And for personal reasons, I felt like I needed to move away from the 5th arrondissement to have other experiences. Except, when I did that, I got a taste for it, and as soon as I was given the chance to make a film abroad, I jumped at the chance. You make music with your brother too, in a band called Black Minou... MP: We’re doing a gig at the Bus Palladium on the 7th January, 2016. We’ve always made music together when our agendas allow us to – that is, when he’s not playing with Fédération Française de Funk (FFF) or Johnny Hallyday. We get together and make music, because it’s what we’ve always done. I started on the drums, then the guitar. We’re like little kids. Black Minou is all about live gigs, and we’ve been playing in Pigalle every Thursday for the last 3 years, in a bar called Le Lautrec. You now live in the 9th arrondissement in Paris. When did you decide to leave the Left Bank, your childhood home, and move over to the Right Bank? MP: I’ve lived in lots of different places; a lot on the Left Bank, right at the bottom of the 14th. Then in the 18th, at my brother’s home, where I squatted for a long time. I’ve been living in the Right Bank for more than 15 years now. I like my neighbourhood, near the Place d'Anvers, even though it’s changing and gentrifying. The Avenue Trudaine is great, the light there is always fantastic; in winter as well as summer, it’s always changing. I love Montmartre too. I have a friend who has a restaurant there, La Bonne Franquette (18 rue Saint-Rustique, 75018), which I love. It’s really touristy, but that’s what I like about Montmartre; there are the tourists, but then there’s also a real community. Where do you like to go out in Paris? MP: I used to go out a lot, but less so now. It depends if I’m seeing anyone (laughs). At one point, I was going out every night. But since Ruiz passed away, I’ve started reading. It’s like it has liberated me from something, it’s funny.


“I’ve been in cinema for a long time, so now I tend to work with people who are making their first film and who are the same age as me. It’s like I’ve got a second wind.” MELVIL POUPAUD

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Golovanoff Meet the captivating TV presenter and journalist who is deeply entrenched in the fashion world and embodies the elegance of Paris's Left Bank.

Alexandra, can you share with us your background? AG: My father is Franco-Russian and my mother is Franco-Slavic. We have a house in Brittany where I spent my childhood, and my mother before me. I love Brittany, it’s so beautiful. I find it really revitalising. I love sophistication, beauty, fashion, make-up, but then also, more than all of that, I love wearing oversized jumpers and old clogs. I’m relaxed and smiley, but at the same time, I’m very shy. I love to be one thing and then the exact opposite. I grew up in the 16th arrondissement and my parents were quite unusual in the world we lived in. They were antique dealers, slightly bohemian and very open-minded. During the holidays, my family would go away, and my two sisters and I would sit in the back of the car singing Russian songs at the tops of our voices. We’d travel to Munich, Vienna or the English countryside. Our parents taught us about beauty: that objects not only have to be useful, they also have to be beautiful, otherwise there’s no point. My mother, who can do many things with her hands, such as sewing and knitting, made our clothes for years. We’d go to the Marché Saint Pierre and choose our fabrics, and then she’d make our clothes. If there was some material left over, we’d make clothes for our dolls. I spent days on end with my mother cutting patterns, watching her knit and counting the stitches with her. I initially came to learn about the world of fashion and clothing thanks to my mother.

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Did you pursue various avenues before finding your path in media and fashion? AG: Yes, I did, because I was very curious! I was a costume designer for films, I worked a lot in finance, in art, African crafts, on the floor of the stock exchange in Paris – it was very eclectic. I really liked getting into a system and getting to know it intellectually. I worked on the assumption that everything is interesting. Then at a certain point, I said to myself, I need to find a more permanent job, and that’s when I had the idea of becoming a journalist. It meant that I could juggle different subjects, and I loved the fact that people had to answer my questions. I started out at a small production company that produced economic and financial programmes for Paris Première. Then I had my own show, which I loved, called “La Blonde et Moi”, doing economic and political interviews with the top executives of the CAC 40, entrepreneurs and start-ups. For the last decade or so, I’ve presented “La mode, la mode, la mode” on Paris Première, which is about news, trends, designers and fashion shows. How do you think the fashion world has changed over the years, and which designers stand out for you? AG: I’m really grateful to be in the fashion world, if for no other reason that it’s meant that I’ve got to know Karl Lagerfeld. He's incredible! The way his mind works is totally unique. It’s pure intelligence, but there’s also opportunism – he’s able to grasp a trend completely, at exactly the right time, and transform it into a design. He’s also very generous and is fiercely loyal to his team. He’s also grown so much on a human level, as he’s very kind and considerate. Now, it’s the generation of people in their 40s, such as Nicolas Ghesquière, Hedi Slimane and Stella McCartney. Obviously there's also Karl Lagerfeld, who is the only designer left from his generation. There’s also Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier, but they’re taking on slightly different directions now. In general, the people who create fashion are unique; they’ve fought hard, because it’s such a hard world where you have to work day and night. They are people who have this driving force within them, they’re so passionate, and they can’t begin to imagine doing anything else. Who are some of the up-and-coming designers coming to the fore, in your opinion? AG: That’s a difficult question, one that nobody can really answer for fear of getting it wrong. Julie de Libran, who has taken over at Sonia Rykiel, is really talented. She’s worked at Prada and Louis Vuitton, and she’s going to breathe new life into Sonia Rykiel with a really French, very Parisian touch. The Rykiel shop on Boulevard Saint-Germain is really striking, it's decorated with 50,000 books! There’s also J.W. Anderson who’s taken over at LOEWE and he’s also launched his own label. He’s a 25-year-old prodigy who can do everything, and has a similar approach to Burberry’s Christopher Bailey from Britain. This young generation can conceptualise everything: from the design and the marketing, to understanding the digital world.

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Which are some of your favourite French and international labels? AG: I’m both versatile and also really loyal. You don’t always want the same thing, and it’s great to try a new look and not always stay in the same uniform. I’m really impressed by Prada and I’m interested in their world, which I think is beautiful and quite intriguing. Apart from that, when it comes to fashion, I love Isabel Marant. She’s an incredible woman who set up her brand on her own 20 years ago, and she’s been a huge success. I admire women in general. Miuccia Prada and Isabel Marant are both women with a vision, they know what they want, and they do their own thing. They are two totally different worlds, on different scales. As I said before, I also really like Julie de Libran and what she’s doing at Sonia Rykiel. As for men, I’ve always been a huge fan of Nicolas Ghesquière, since his time at Balenciaga. How would you describe the creativity that you see every day? AG: Creativity is a reaction to what you experience and what’s around you. It’s the expression of a different world of possibilities from the one that already exists. Also, there are as many creative talents as there are different ways of creating. But they’re all looking for something new, even if their style is retro. Marc Jacobs has a lot of retro references, while Karl Lagerfeld would never consider to create something that already exists. But they don’t all have the same way of doing things. Some are really intellectual, some travel for inspiration, like John Galliano for example. As for Saint-Laurent, he never used to move from his chair reading books to find inspiration. Others are more intuitive. And so on. Designers can’t explain where it comes from, and they’re not really interested in finding out. They just think “Why not?” They just ask themselves, “Is there a desire for that?” What are your favourite things about Paris? AG: I grew up on the Right Bank and as an adult I’ve lived on the Left Bank. They are two different worlds. In the Left Bank, people are so elegant. It's a village where people know each other and there’s a real relationship with the shopkeepers they say hello to every day. I also love Place Saint Sulpice. Every time I walk past it, I remember how beautiful it is. As soon as I come home after travelling, it really has an effect on me. I think to myself “I’m home”. I’ve also lived all around the square: Rue Bonaparte, Rue du Four, Rue Madame. It feels open and airy, there’s always a breeze, and seagulls, which is surprising. In terms of restaurants, there are a few that I really like, including two Japanese restaurants: BlueBerry (6 rue du Sabot, 75006) which is great, perfect for girls who want to keep an eye on their figure. Then there's Yen (22 rue Saint-Benoît, 75006) which has been there for a long time; it really feels like a corner of Kyoto, they do great soba noodles. L’Oenosteria is a fantastic and charming little Italian place (40 rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006). If I’m going out with friends or have a business meeting, I love Café de Flore (172 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006), it’s a magical place that’s filled with history.

“In the Left Bank, people are so elegant. It's a village where people know each other and there’s a real relationship with the shopkeepers they say hello to every day.” ALEXANDRA GOLOVANOFF

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Mamadou Sakho


Meet the legendary Franco-Senegalese football player who is championing African education through his charity, AMSAK. PHOTOGRAPHY • NICOLAS CAZARD

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ne of the best football defenders in the world, Mamadou Sakho has served as the captain of the French football team and is one of the most respected players of his generation. He played for Paris Saint-Germain from 2006 until 2013 before he joined the legendary Liverpool FC, and is nicknamed “The Wall” and “Sakhominator” for his powerful and efficient playing style. Born in France to Senegalese parents, Mamadou is also involved in a number of charity projects, including AMSAK, which promotes education and diversity. Meet the warm and humble global nomad who is changing the world one step at a time.

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“If everybody helps their neighbour, there will be a positive effect on the whole world. If I manage to change 5, 10, 100, 1,000 or 10,000 lives, I will be a very happy man.” MAMADOU SAkhO 40


Mamadou, when did you first start playing football? MS: I started playing football when I was 7 years old. I enjoyed playing on my own in front of a local metro station where I grew up in Paris. One day, a man walked past me and said “I’ve see you playing a lot, you seem talented”. He sent me to do a trial with his friend, who was the coach of Paris Football Club (FC). I went home so excited! My father gave me some football gear and I slept with it the night before my first trial. It went well, so I started playing at Paris FC. When I was 12 years old, I received some interest from other French clubs (Lens, Le Havre, Lille and PSG). Obviously, I chose Paris. When I went to the training centre, something happened though that made me grow up by 20 years overnight: my father died when I was 13 years old. How did your father’s death impact you? MS: During my last conversation with my father, he told me that he was counting on me to take responsibility for our family. At the age of 13, that’s a hard thing to hear, it’s quite shocking. But you have to accept what life throws at you, and that was the same for me. If I had to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing, because all of these difficulties helped me to become the man that I am today. Who else has had an influence upon your personal and professional development over the years? MS: Certainly various trainers who made a big impact upon me during my youth, such as Christian Mas and Larsen Boukellal, as well as the great trainers that pushed me and helped me to grow. I’m thinking in particular of Paul Le Guen and Antoine Kombouaré at PSG, and also Didier Deschamps for the French team. I was also lucky enough to wear the captain’s armband when I was 13, and that was something I was really proud of. What is one of the moments in your career that really stands out for you? MS: Definitely the moment when I left Paris Saint-Germain FC. I’d lived in Paris for 23 years and had worn the colours of the capital for 13 years. The moment that there was a public ovation, where they were all shouting “Sakho, Sakho” during my last match, my first thought was for my father, because for me, he was the real Sakho. I would have really loved him to be in the stands with my mother, who was there that day. He would have been really proud of me. RV: Has your French-Senegalese heritage been an advantage, being loved in both countries? MS: Yes, it’s true that people are quite proud of me in Senegal. Even though I grew up in France, I have never forgotten my Senegalese and African roots. My parents’ history affected me a lot when I was little, so I’m proud to have represented both countries. Diversity is the future, and growing up with the richness of two different cultures, for me, was incredibly lucky. We also have to be grateful for the fact that France welcomed my parents, and gave us a good education. I’m proud to wear the French shirt and embody

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this social diversity. I fight for all the French people that I reflect, whether they’re white, black or immigrants. RV: With Majda, your wife who is originally from Morocco, you now have two little girls who also add to this diversity in their own way... MS: Yes, we embody this diversity perfectly. Aïda, our daughter, who is 2.5 years old, can count to 10 in French, English, Arabic and my Senegalese dialect. We’re proud that she is growing up with these different languages and cultures. As my wife says, “All of these little combinations are who she is, and it’s important that she picks them up from each of us.” Aïda is also my number 1 fan, and she brings me so much happiness! It helps to put things into perspective when you’ve had a bad day and you come home, and with a big smile, she says “Are you ok? Come on daddy, give me a cuddle”. RV. Since you’ve been at Liverpool, you’ve gained a different influence again ... MS: Yes, that’s true. Since 2013, we’ve been living in Liverpool and we really like our new life and the English mentality. I’m growing every day, am learning about English football, which is quite rough and physical, and that suits me. This club has an amazing history, and I’m really proud to play for such a team. Liverpool is legendary in England, thanks in particular to the passion of the fans at Anfield Road. And also, I’ve learnt English, which is no easy feat! RV: Why did you decide to set up your own charity, AMSAK? What are you hoping to achieve with it? MS: The first time I thought about setting up my own charity, I was 8 years old. I come from a very modest family, and I thought to myself: “When I’m a professional footballer, I’ll help people who are struggling, because I know what it’s like to be in need”. We started out 3 years ago now. It’s a real pleasure to bring 20 children from Paris FC to Liverpool for two days to meet children from a Catholic school for whom I am an ambassador, even though I’m a Muslim. But my association doesn’t care about the colour of your skin or your religion. We just want to create this diversity from as young an age as possible. I had the opportunity and honour of presenting my first big project to the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, this summer. It’s a project that will be taking place in Tambacounda, which is where my parents are from when they were farmers. It’s a professional training centre for future carpenters, plumbers, electricians etc. In 10 years, my dream is to be able to open several schools throughout Africa, as well as orphanages and maternity facilities in remote villages, to offer a minimum level of treatment and hygiene. In Ethiopia, for example, a lot of women die during labour, and I find it terrible to imagine a woman dying as she's giving birth. If everybody helps their neighbour, even if it’s only one person, there will be a positive effect on the whole world. If I manage to change 5, 10, 100, 1,000 or 10,000 lives, I will be a very happy man.




Jauslin With over 40 years of experience in luxury hospitality, global nomad Michel Jauslin explains why exceeding client expectations is a daily obligation.


hen did start your career working in the hotel industry? MJ: After studying at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and spending a few years in Africa and Hong Kong, I joined the Hyatt Group in 1977. I've been lucky to travel around the world several times due to my roles, and I have worked in places such as Manila, Delhi, Jerusalem and Seoul. Since 2002, I’ve been the General Manager of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and the Vice President of the Group for France. We run seven hotels, including the Hôtel du Louvre, the Hyatt Regency and the Hyatt Hôtel Martinez in Cannes. What are the main challenges that luxury hotels are facing and how do you respond? MJ: The luxury hotel business has been built upon a tradition of luxury, but nowadays, the main challenge is to be constantly adapting to change, where the customer's expectations and technology both move very fast.

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Customer expectations evolve from one year to another; they are more demanding and versatile. Having a great location, dining, amenities and good service is taken for granted now. Innovation is definitely the model for a successful hotel today. You have to constantly be anticipating what's going to be required next. Customers are always expecting more from hoteliers. They travel all over the world and they know what luxury is, so they're more difficult to impress. Whether you are working in the kitchen, or working in the service team of the hotel, you constantly have to wonder, “Okay, what should I be doing next? What does the customer want? How can I exceed his expectations?” This is where we focus, listening to the customer to find out what they want and what is missing.” Whenever we come to the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, we often see famous personalities such as Roger Federer, Marion Cotillard or Martin

Scorsese. What are your customers expecting from a 5-star luxury palace hotel such as yours? MJ: We position the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme as a residence. I think that when you stay here, it becomes your home. Guests will experience sincere hospitality, where our employees genuinely seek to embrace their needs, and want to be available without being intrusive. Discretion is key for our clients and we never mention their names in our communications. However, if you saw these people, then I cannot deny it! When you mention Roger Federer, I remember asking him, "What is the difference between the other hotels that you stay at and the Park Hyatt?" He said, "Look, make no mistake, other hotels are very good and the service is perfect. But when I'm at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, I feel at home." If you know that home for Roger Federer is somewhere that is comfortable, elegant and spacious, then this is the best compliment that a luxury hotelier can receive.

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TheNextGen Meet the talented young entrepreneurs who are taking Paris by storm with their bold & risk-taking creative projects.



Experimental Group This dynamic, ambitious and hedonistic trio of Parisian entrepreneurs has forged a true identity for themselves by launching trendy bars, restaurants and hotels in the hippest capitals on the planet. What’s more, this stylish trio bring a wealth of talent to the table. Their motto? Quality that lasts.





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ince 2007, they have been the darlings of the French and international media. Not a week goes by without an article about them featuring in the New York Times, the Financial Times or GQ. Romée de Goriainoff, Olivier Bon and Pierre-Charles Cros have consolidated the foundations they laid down in 2007 with their very first cocktail bar, the Experimental Cocktail Club, which they opened in the Montorgueil neighbourhood of Paris. They have since flourished, silencing the jealous and the naysayers. “We are here for the long haul, even though we’re opening places that are supposed to be in vogue or perceived as such,” explains Romée de Goriainoff, who is likened to a young André Balazs. “We don’t want to create trendy venues that will go out of fashion in no time.” Friends since they were 11 years old, these best friends know each other as well as they know themselves. Their relationship is the ultimate alchemy. Romée focuses on communications and international development; Pierre-Charles, based in London, the “British Boy”, is in charge of business development; while Olivier concentrates on style, design and customer experience. “We have absolute confidence in each other, and each of us admits it when we get it wrong. That’s our secret to never falling out,” explains Olivier Bon.

In business, this mix is explosive. Super-creative, the thirtysomethings are eager to reinvent the rules, and aren’t afraid to prove it. With serious ambition, the small group have opened a series of venues in Paris (ECC, Prescription, Beef Club, Fish Club, La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels...), as well as in London, Ibiza and New York. So far, around 200 jobs have been created and no fewer than 14 of their addresses have popped up around the globe, including restaurants, cocktail bars and wine bars. The group has also diversified: with the opening of the Grand Pigalle Hôtel at the beginning of 2015, the group breathed new life into the Parisian hotel trade. And they’re also planning their next two projects in Paris and London for 2016. The recipe for this audacious success can be found in the strong identity that the Experimental Group has created for itself over the years, turning their noses up at attempts to imitate concepts. The trio surround themselves with leading talents in different fields: mixologists, wine producers, chefs... “Quality is our trademark, we’re always looking for the best craftsmen and producers, whether they’re winegrowers, farmers or mattress makers for our hotel.” ECC is bound to carry on reinventing the traditions of hospitality, but also of business, tempting others to follow in the footsteps of these ambassadors of the French Touch.


Dorothée Meilichzon The leading light of her generation, talented Parisian designer Dorothée Meilichzon has just been named “Designer of the Year, 2015” at the recent Maison & Objet design fair.

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fter training as an industrial designer, a self-confessed autodidact, Dorothée Meilichzon learned the ropes at the Strate Collège in Sèvres and at the Rhode Island School of Design, before spending six years working for agencies and then setting up her own company in 2009 at the tender age of 27. She was behind the stylish design of the Prescription Cocktail Club in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, along with hip dining and nightlife spots The Beef Club, the Fish Club, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels wine bar and the organic-chic Café Pinson. She built her accomplished portfolio designing many different restaurants and bars, in Paris but also in London and New York, before working on her first hotel project, the Hotel Paradis, in the 10th arrondissement, in 2012. Since then, the venue has become a popular haunt for hipsters, along with the fashionable Grand Pigalle Hotel in the hip SoPi district, and the new Hotel Bachaumont which recently opened in Montorgueil. Far from resting on her laurels, Dorothée Meilichzon confesses that she is “surprised and, of course, very flattered by this recognition from the profession”. This winter, she will be unveiling her latest masterpiece, the Hotel Le Panache, on Rue du Faubourg Montmartre. Passionate about different techniques, she works closely with craftsmen specialising in upholstery, carpentry, marquetry and marble. “I learn so much from them”, she explains. Just like her projects, the designer presents an appealing humility. “I love mixing things up, working on a four-star hotel that needs three years of work, and then a tiny coffee shop that’s just 30m2. That means I never get bored, I’m always doing something new. I’m already working on two new hotels for 2016 with the Experimental Group trio, in Paris and London.” But where does the young night owl, who’s also a mother, find all of this energy? “I go out a fair bit, it’s true. I like friendly venues where you feel at home immediately and everyone fits in. That’s also why I like creating those type of places. I’ve been lucky, I had a really easy pregnancy during which I could carry on working and going out whenever I wanted. The benefit of working for myself is that I can manage my time. I’ve just got back from the Design Junction exhibition in London, and I took the baby along. He seemed to enjoy it!” We can't wait to see where her ample talents will lead her next.


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Jean Moueix While his surname will forever be associated with Petrus, Jean Moueix is a young man who’s ahead of his time, quite the iconoclast, with a generous take on business who’s making his mark on the company and giving it a new lease of life.





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ith his faded designer jeans, long hair, beard and “Bob Sinclar” look, he maintains quite a distinct presence in the conservative world of Bordeaux winemaking. His grandfather, Jean-Pierre Moueix, left his mark on the history of French winemaking. It all began in the 1930s when his family acquired a small estate in Bordeaux which began as 20 hectares of vineyards. The family business has since grown to become one of the most prestigious wine empires in the world. “My grandfather initially started selling the family’s wine by bike, then by car,” the young man explains. A pioneer and visionary, his grandfather never stayed in one place for long, winding his way around France and Europe, to the extent that in the end, even his neighbours were asking him to sell their wines. He became the exclusive distributer for a number of Bordeaux estates, including Petrus, which was unknown at the time. While travelling in New York, he presented Petrus to the sommelier of a local French restaurant, who then introduced it to a young senator and his wife sitting at a table nearby. So it was that Petrus later became the favourite wine of John F. and Jackie Kennedy, and subsequently made its way into the White House. Over the decades, the family business has grown at the hands of three generations of the Moueix family, who have expanded the business by acquiring several Bordeaux wine producers, including Petrus in the late 1960s. Jean joined the family business after finishing business

school and extensively travelling the world (India, Australia, South America...). He then worked with his father, developing the business abroad and in France. Nowadays, in addition to his responsibilities within the family group, which now controls Petrus and the Duclot group, he also enjoys making time for his own innovative projects. “I wanted to get things done, to create new businesses. I met the boys from the Expérimental Group and set up a wine bar with them in Paris, the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. After that, I wanted to express my own personality and get away from the traditions of the Bordeaux world. That’s when I let my hair grow, and the beard, and adopted a look that suited me…” Jean reflects. Moving from one venture to the next, he regularly meets up with a handful of fellow French entrepreneurs called the "Cercle", including Laurent de Gourcuff, Thierry Costes and Ramon Mac-Crohon. With them, he re-launched the exclusive Castel nightclub. With a finger in many pies, the insatiable thirty-year-old is buzzing with new ideas. After setting up his spirits company, “Les Bienheureux”, he created his own cachaça, using winemaking techniques and rum flavoured with cocoa. He’s now getting ready to launch a brand new French whisky. Fair trade and social business are two important philosophies for the entrepreneur. “With my friend, Nicolas Chevalier, we’ve set up a henhouse with 1,000 hens in Burkina Faso, creating new jobs. We’re trying to reinvent capitalism for the future, making it fairer, so that it cares more about the producer, the customer and the employee, while also respecting nature.”


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His captivating portrait photography has immortalised many of the most famous faces in the world. We catch up with the effervescent German photographer Marcel Hartmann to find out more about his illustrious career and why he is a Parisian at heart. PHOTOGRAPHY • MARCEL HARTMANN

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ow did you first get into photography? MH: I was born in 1965 in Cologne, Germany. I come from an artistic family, where my father is a painter and my younger brother too. Through my mother, I had the chance to meet a very good photographer in Cologne, Helmut Claus, so I started my career as his photography assistant. He was the one who actually encouraged me to move to Paris to pursue a career there. He sat down with me and we started going through Vogue magazine and talked about photographers such as Albert Watson, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, all the masters. It was like a school for me in a way, he really opened my mind. He told me, “I heard that there's a studio in Paris called Studio Pin-Up. You should go and assist there”. I worked with him for a year and a half, and then, like in the movies, I said to my parents, “Well, I want to go to Paris for a year or so, to see that studio”. I’d never even spoken with the studio on the phone, I just had their address. That was in 1988 when I was 23 years old. So I showed up in Paris, and said, "Guys, I heard that you're the best studio in Paris," and I was very lucky. I did an internship there for three months, then once I had a foot in the door, I eventually started working there as a full-time assistant. That was the best schooling I ever did. It was like in a dream, I was working with Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Lord Snowdon, even Guy Bourdin just before he died. It was 1988 - 1989 and it was an incredible time. What are some of the most important things you learned from these top photographers? MH: Maybe it's a German thing, but when you’re an

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assistant, you want to learn all about the technical details – how each light works, etc. However, with top photographers you learn very quickly that it's not so much about technique, it’s more about how you are with people. When working with a master such as Peter Lindbergh, he treated everybody the same way – the talent, assistants, everybody – and never showed any sign of stress. It was just beautiful to watch. I loved his attitude and his passion. I remember thinking at the time, “Wow, I would love to be like that if I'm going to be a photographer. I have the best job in the world, and I’m even getting paid for it.” I also learned a great deal from Dominique Issermann, as I was her assistant for two years. That was an amazing experience. What were some of your first assignments as a photographer? MH: My first assignment was a fashion shoot for French women’s magazine, 20 ans. It was a launching pad for the big magazines as it was young and open-minded. I worked with them for several years, which really opened doors everywhere for me as a fashion photographer. I worked for magazines such as W Magazine, Vogue Homme, and Marie Claire, it was a really good experience. However, I had the feeling after a few years that I was already starting to repeat myself. Then I had the chance to get into portrait photography with L’Optimum magazine. I shot my first cover of Bernard-Henri Lévy, then I went on to shoot around 25 covers for the magazine. For years we worked together on many different stories. They’d call and say, “Marcel, can you go to Las Vegas to shoot U2?” It was just incredible. I shot Leonard Cohen, all of the French actors and American actors, lots of people.

Can you tell us more about some of your most memorable assignments? MH: I have shot a lot of French actors such as Romain Duris, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Magimel, Melvil Poupaud, Audrey Tautou. I meet these people very often, so it’s more like, “Okay, guys, what are we doing today? How are you feeling today?” It’s more like shooting friends, in a way. Internationally, I would say a touching moment was shooting some of the legends such as Kirk Douglas. The moments that I share with people as a photographer is an exchange, where each person gives something. This is what interests me. I’m not about bringing people into “my world”. Vincent Cassel is someone who is very electric, so you have to be very quick. He cannot stand still. The key to working with Vincent is that you have to be even quicker than him, to surprise him with that. It’s very easy, in a way, because he always gives you so many options. He’s a joy to shoot. I also did a recent shoot with Léa Seydoux who was still in the middle of shooting the new James Bond movie in Paris, and she was meeting Daniel Craig on the James Bond set the next morning. I said, “You probably only have one chance in your life to be a James Bond girl, so what can we do to mark this chapter?” So I decided that I wanted to shoot her in the water. In the beginning, she was very reluctant to do it because she had to put her head underwater and we didn’t want her to get sick. I said, “Trust me, let’s go for gold.” It took us two-and-a-half minutes. She went in the pool only twice. We had the big screen in black and white, and it looked really great. She was so elegant, and so James Bond. I will never forget it.

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The moments that I share with people as a photographer is an exchange, where each person gives something. This is what interests me.

What is one of the most important skills that a photographer should have? MH: I would say that photography is 90% psychological, where you have to be able to read people in a very short moment. You have to be able to make people trust you, so that in that moment you can shoot something real. If I had maybe one talent, I would say that I can read people pretty well. Even if I have only one or two minutes with someone to shoot them, I take one-and-a-half minutes just to talk to them. To see how their day was – whatever comes to break the ice, to get close to this person, to make them trust you. That is the key. Photography is an exchange. I’m surrounded by people who are talented, who are interesting people. How can I translate this? Once they are in front of the camera, I always say to myself, and I say to them, “This moment, I take it very seriously. I’m responsible for the image that I take of you. A lot of people are going to see these images, all over the world, and I’m responsible. So let’s do this right.” Now that you’ve been living in Paris for many years, what does Paris mean to you? MH: Paris for me is like an elegant lady. It has so much style and elegance. It’s difficult to live here, it’s tougher than New York. If you can make it in Paris, you can make it anywhere. Everything takes its time here, but it’s one of the only places in the world where you can spend your whole day in a café on a terrace looking at people. I don't think you can do this in any other city. I love Paris, and now my life is completely centered around this amazing city.

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Jacques Garcia


Interior designer, architect and global design luminary, Jacques Garcia is one of the world's most celebrated creatives who seeks to make the impossible possible.





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A man that needs no introduction, legendary French designer Jacques Garcia invites us into his magnificent Paris design studio to share just what makes him tick.

Can you tell us about your background and the experiences that have shaped the person you are today? JG: Destiny is something that is totally unpredictable in life. I think that I embrace the unpredictable, the idea that “the impossible is possible”. I came from a modest background, but we lived in a lovely home in the eastern suburbs of Paris, in Champigny, not far from a slum where some of my classmates lived. My father was a Spanish immigrant and was quite intellectual, he was very passionate about literature and beauty in the broadest sense of the word. He worked to earn a living and to feed his family. When I was little, I used to love looking for bargains with him at the Montreuil flea market, which you could say gave me a taste for beautiful objects. My

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mother came from a well-to-do family in central France who were very attached to the land; they had vineyards, an amazing vegetable garden and people running the house. I was brought up with the idea that there was no such thing as social hierarchy, that class didn’t exist. I was really affected by an experience that I had with my father. When I was around 10 or 12 years old, he took me to the Ritz for a drink and they refused to let us in. It made quite an impression on me. When I was studying at Penninghen, a college for the arts and interior design, I soon realised that there were two different worlds, and there were codes that I hadn’t learned, including dress codes. The hardest social barrier to overcome was the petite bourgeoisie that close doors,


“I am Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde from a creative point of view. I’ve always had this duality of modernity and history.” JACQUES GARCIA


even though the level above, which I thought was totally inaccessible, is actually accessible if you have intelligence and talent. How did you first get into interior design? JG: I started at my first interior design agency as a junior designer, then a project manager, then as head of the agency. I bought a flat for myself on credit with my bank who were always calling me about my overdraft! One evening, I had Philippe Guibourgé over for dinner – he had taken over at Chanel before Karl Lagerfeld, a brilliant young man, very funny, along with Marc Bohan, who had been a designer at Dior for 20 years. Philippe said to me, “We think that you have a lot of talent, and we’re going to give you some advice: sell your flat and rent somewhere that’s worthy of you, decorate it, and you’ll have the clients that you deserve. You will only be sought after by the best if you are the best yourself”. After that, I had an amazing opportunity, and I was able to buy the Hôtel Mansart de Sagonne, which was built in the late 17th century in the Marais. I decided to rebuild my fantasy, with my own style, without depending on anything material or philosophical. Success helped and some big projects came along. Some important French clients would say to themselves, “it’s incredible that he is capable of doing something like that”. I wanted to be different, not just follow in the footsteps of the style of the day, but rather focus on the eternal culture of this country that adopted my father, who thought that it was the most beautiful country in the world. French people are different because we have 300 years of incredibly intense cultural history, and that can never be taken away from us. Despite your modest beginnings, your name is now associated with trendy and luxurious places such as the Hotel Costes, La Mamounia and the NoMad in New York ... JG: Some people, such as Jean-Louis Costes and Diane Desseigne, managed to persuade me to explore possibilities other than the grand and the beautiful, like the Hôtel Mansart de Sagonne and the Château du Champs de Bataille, which are my two big passions in life. Diane Desseigne was an exceptional woman, really intelligent, humane, and also incredibly beautiful. We had a great relationship, and it was she who drove me to create my first hotel, Le Royal in Deauville. I’d just bought the Champ de Bataille estate, it was all going wrong with the 1992 financial crisis. She said to me, “You’ve got lots of talent, I’m sure you’d be able to do something amazing with my hotel”. That was when I got the

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idea of bringing the whole town into a private hotel, with reception rooms, bars and restaurants that were open to the public. Before that, hotels were just for its hotel guests. Hotel Costes, Le Fouquet’s, La Mamounia in Marrakech and the NoMad in New York are now city hotels. That’s what makes me happy, the fact that they are accessible to everyone. It all goes back to what happened with my father at the Ritz. The idea that a hotel, a palace, can be fun. There’s nothing worse than ghettos, whether they’re for the rich or the poor! In Paris, there is “before Costes” and “after Costes”... JG: When I first met with Jean-Louis Costes, I suggested transforming a filthy old building into a 19th-century townhouse, swapping the architectural space of the courtyard with large windows for a winter garden and a restaurant. I loved the idea of the multicultural aspect of the Empress Eugénie's aesthetic, in other words, that she was able to bring together different eras from the past, including having a Gothic room and a Louis XV room, to a Louis XVI room; that 19th-century trend where everything was mixed up. So the clientele also became multicultural, with trendy showbiz types, black people and artists. A duchess at one table and a rock star at another. I love that, that open-mindedness, it suits me, and I’m proud of it. That’s one of my contributions to the hotel world. There are also more recent projects, like La Réserve or La Maison Souquet, which are more intimate. I’m Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde from a creative point of view. I’ve always had this duality of modernity and history. It’s not worth asking me to do something basic, like everyone else. Ask someone else, I’m not interested. Ask me if you want something a bit extravagant, out of the ordinary, like nothing else! It sounds as though you’re still in love with Paris... JG: I’ve been fascinated by the Marais district since I was 20 years old. At that time I could see all of these houses, these abandoned masterpieces. I love neighbourhoods with different things happening in them. I don’t like ghettos. I like areas where artisans, shopkeepers, the rich and the poor all live together. I absolutely love that combination. Paris is really special, because it’s a city dedicated to pleasure. It is incredibly lucky to be crossed by the Seine. It’s a small city and a big town, it has both sides to it. There is an intimacy in the different areas that creates this rather extraordinary conviviality. I really love the quality of our architecture, a history that runs from the 16th century through to the 19th century, when France really shone throughout the world.

Monica Bellucci


Alluring, glamorous and exquisitely striking, Monica Bellucci lights up the screen in her ground-breaking role in the new James Bond film.

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onica Bellucci runs her lithe fingers through her long, dark hair which cascades over one shoulder. Thinking. In what should be an intimidating encounter with one of cinemas most beautiful women, instead it's relaxed and intimate as she recalls her favourite moments in her career. "There are so many," she purrs in that evocative, seducing Italian accent. "I like to think back towards the beginning. When I first started modelling in Paris. Travelling around on the Metro with my little book, discovering myself, discovering the world around me. It felt very free and liberating and I think back to that time very fondly. I daydream about those days because I had no clue where I would go, what I would do. The options were without limits." Indeed, the sky was the limit for the Italian beauty. After charming the fashion world, in particular the trendsetting sensibilities of Dolce and Gabbana, a partnership that's lasted some 25 years, Monica moved into acting in the mid-Nineties, landing a CĂŠsar nomination for her performance in Gilles Mimouni's L'Apartement, where she also met actor and future husband, Vincent Cassel.

Following a stunning turn in the Oscarnominated Malena, Bellucci earned international fame with roles in Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis, The Matrix and box office flop, The Brothers Grimm with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. Controversy came with movies Irreversible and Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ, where she played Mary Magdalene. In a milestone moment, the actress and model is now enjoying her finest hour as a Bond lady, the oldest in 007 history in the forthcoming epic, Spectre. As the enigmatic Lucia Sciarra, little is known of Bellucci's hotly anticipated turn alongside Daniel Craig, but producers, who admitted she was the one who got away when auditioning for Tomorrow Never Dies, claim her performance is one to remember. Dressed in a structured monochrome D&G suit ensemble, she chats effervescently of her ground-breaking new role in the Bond empire and why she's glad it didn't happen 18 years ago. She also talks ageism in the industry, beauty in wisdom, courting controversy, learning from her children, enjoying the spotlight and having it all.


You were previously up for another Bond movie several years ago? MB: Several? That's funny [laughs], it was eighteen years ago! It was for Tomorrow Never Dies, correct? MB: If you say so [laughs], I really can't remember. I think so. I'm glad I didn't do it then, because to do so at that time would have been more normal. To do it now, it's more interesting. When I think about what I'm doing right now and that I had the chance to work with Sam Mendes, I'm also filming a new movie, On the Milky Way, I just finished a film with director Guy Edoin, and at fifty you think, “Wow, this is great.” And it's luck, because you don't ask directors, “Hey, can you work with me?” You probably could, let's be fair ... MB: Oh no [laughs], I'm an actress not a businesswoman, so it's very difficult to plan a career. I have to be lucky, that

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So much is made of your beauty, does it worry you as you get older, and the effect it will have on your career? MB: The body is about so many emotions. You have to do what you are; through my characters, I try to see different things through myself. Body language is so important for an actor. For a violinist, it's his violin; for an actor, the body is the instrument and through our body, we exist and give life through many emotions. As long as I can emote, that's all that matters. Does ageing concern you, in general? MB: It's difficult to get older if I think about health. I love to be in good health. I think when the times goes by, you lose your biological youth but another power comes such as experience, and it's more interesting. Then you understand why sometimes [children] prefer to stay with their grandmothers. They're calm, they're in touch with life in a different way, and it's very interesting. I also try not to worry about these things. I am more scared about death because I have two children and I want to see them grow up. There is nothing you can do about getting older, you just have to deal with it. Before I had children, I didn't think about death and I didn't really feel that I was ageing. What does it mean for your girls, particularly Deva, that Mom is a Bond lady? MB: Oh for them, they are so young, they see it as a problem. They say, “Mommy, when are you finishing the movie, it's already three weeks and you are not home.” So they don't really know yet. They're eleven and six. I'm very Italian, I do everything very slowly. I had my first child at 40, my second child at 45, James Bond at 50 [laughs], I am so typically Italian. For many women, you are the example of having it all; both a career and a family ... MB: I didn't see it that way. I come from a culture where to be a mother is more important than to have a career. So I wanted to concentrate on my work before I had children. And now, I've learned so much through my children, that's what I love about motherhood. And I'm a better person for it. You don't work as much now, is it because of them? MB: Only twice a year now because I want and need to be with them. That's not to say I don't enjoy work, I do, but I need to prioritise. Though that's not to say, I don't enjoy the spotlight, I do enjoy it but then it's important to retreat to the shadows.


So is there a different attitude in France? MB: I think there's another way of looking at actresses. In Europe, there's a lot of respect for actresses. A woman is still considered beautiful even though she's not young anymore. There's a sense of mature beauty that can be very interesting and sexy. In France, the beauty of youth is called the evil beauty. It's nothing to do with you or anything that you did, but you're born with it. The other kind of beauty is your own work and that takes time.

You've also had some controversial moments in your career, is that something you seek? MB: I need to work with people that have a vision, that have something to say. Sometimes they are special people that are not for everybody, but they have their own way to tell these stories. True controversy brings together true opinions.


Were you surprised when the offer came through? MB: My agent was surprised. He called me and said, “Do you want a laugh?” [laughs] They said, “Sam Mendes wants to meet you in London.” So I went to meet him and I first asked, “Do I have to replace Judi Dench?” And actually, I have so much respect for Judi Dench, she is a wonderful actress with a career I could only dream of. But of course, it's a new thing, that an adult woman can have the chance to play in a James Bond film. It is a beautiful example for women, that you can be fifty and desirable and also, it is a new way to see actresses. I'm not part of Hollywood, I have never lived in Los Angeles. Any Hollywood movies that I've done have been organised through Europe. But in France, where I live, actresses have the chance, even in their forties, fifties and sixties, to play the beautiful roles – Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Kristin Scott Thomas – beautiful, strong characters. There is a new way to look at women, which is great to see.

directors, interesting directors, talented directors come to me with opportunities. It's important that director's come to you with an idea of the role that you can play, and I will listen to that. But you have to have the opportunities. In my career, I've done so much – I've done big blockbuster movies, I've done films that never came out. I've even done a big bomb [laughs], I've done so many things, so it's part of the history.

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How do you feel about the upcoming release of your latest film, the new James Bond epic, Spectre? MB: Of course, a Bond movie is an important moment, and it gave me the chance to work with Sam Mendes who I respect so much. It was such a great experience for me to be a part of this franchise of which I have so much love for, and so much love for the Bond ladies [laughs]. I try to find a name for my character: I can't say “girl”, I prefer to say “lady” or “woman”. But of course, I remember all of the actresses who have been part of it. I think of Rosamund Pike, Halle Berry, Eva Green, Famke Janssen, who were great in James Bond. It's true that through James Bond, we have these images that are iconic and amazing. And it's also amazing because I am now fifty years old.


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1. PROFILES Luxury Watches: Richard Mille Fashion: Courrèges Luggage: Lipault Lifestyle: Inès de la Fressange

2. STYLE Women's Accessories: Object Of Desire Men's Luxury Watches: Lost In Time

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Richard Mille Charismatic and dynamic, Richard Mille is one of the rising stars of the luxury watch world. Meet the man behind the risk-taking watch brand who is daring to be different. PHOTOGR APHY • COURTESY OF RICHARD MILLE

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French watch designer Richard Mille took a personal and professional turn at the age of 50 that changed his life. Leaving a very lucrative job to launch his own high performance luxury watch brand, fifteen years later his incredible record speaks for itself.

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pend only minutes with Richard Mille and you'll be captivated by his electrifying energy, his warm and down-to-earth manner, and his razorsharp views on life. Born in Draguignan and now living in Brittany, Richard Mille spent his early career managing the watch business of Matra, followed by many years working with the luxury jeweller, Mauboussin. However, he always dreamed of pursuing his passion: exploring in intricate detail the technical possibilities of developing watches that break free from traditional restraints. It was a dream that he had been nurturing since, at the age of 12, he had opened his first communion watch,

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and couldn’t wind it up. So without a feasibility study, without a marketing plan, in 2000, he embarked on his adventure, along with two friends, Laurent Picciotto from Chronopassion and Dominique Guénat, from Valgine. “I thought about it, and thought to myself, very realistically, if you sell a few dozen watches a year, you’ll be on top of the world. My adjustment variable was the volume. By only making a few watches, I could test the waters in a sector that didn’t previously exist in luxury watchmaking, without taking too many risks, despite the price of developing the prototype,” explains Richard Mille, looking relaxed in jeans, a polo shirt and trainers during our interview in his Paris office. His bravery paid off, as in 2000, Richard Mille unveiled his first watch, the RM 01, at Baselworld, the international event that brings together the leading watchmakers from around the world. The price was a €170,000 for the watch, but in spite of this, visitors were attracted by its slight quirkiness, the unique look of the watch, and its

technical performance, which made it an instant hit. The “rookie” racked up more than 200 expressions of interest in only one day. Jean Todt, then boss of Scuderia Ferrari, was his first customer, and the pair are now friends thanks to the time they have spent together at the Formula One racetrack. For a pilot product, it was a resounding success, proving wrong all of the naysayers who had predicted a monumental flop. “I was the first to be surprised by this passion, but I also knew that I was introducing a revolutionary watch that was easy to live with, a pure lifestyle product: light, ergonomic, something that you’d want to wear on your wrist, not leave locked up in its box.” Richard Mille may have taken risks, but his customers did too, as they placed their blind trust in a new brand that may have sank without a trace overnight without offering any kind of after-sales service. “I owe them my eternal gratitude, because obviously I never forgot them, and some have even

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to weigh himself down during matches. When I went to the factory and asked my development director to design a watch that weighed less than 20g, he looked worried and said: “You need a holiday boss.” We did it though, and our Nadal models weigh less than 20g. I’ve already made and sold 50 of them”. That’s one of Mille’s strengths: he manages to seek out those niches that his counterparts haven’t filled, to be the first on an empty playing field. “That’s why they call me the “Formula 1” of watches, because like with F1, developing a

THAT'S WHY they call me THE “FORMULA 1” OF WATCHES, BECAUSE developing a watch TAKES MONTHS, EVEN YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT TO PRODUCE only a few MODELS. watch demands months, even years of development to produce only a few models. I often compare myself to car manufacturers like Mercedes, because they have F1 cars, GTs, saloons etc. I’m the same, I cover all segments including sports products, purely orthodox models, lifestyle watches and pieces with an artistic twist to fulfil the desires of as many people as possible.” This strategy has meant that Mille manages to sell around 2,500 watches a year, for between €36,500 and €670,000, some

even passing the million Euro mark, including ladies’ models, which are very popular with actresses and sports women like their male counterparts. Natalie Portman, Michelle Yeoh, Diana Luna and Cristie Kerr are all fans. “The common denominator between all of these famous people who have supported me for years is that they are all good people, they have beautiful souls and strong, extraordinary personalities.” So what about him, the man who lives life at 1,000 miles an hour, always jetting off around the planet? How does he withstand all of the knocks, how does he avoid what he refers to as the luxury headpiece, a big head? He’s wise enough to be able to switch off, to take a step back. To settle down at his Monbouan estate in Ille-etVilaine in Brittany, which he has refurbished meticulously, home to his collectable cars and his watches. And every weekend, to race and take part in car rallies with his friend, Carlos Tavares, chairman of PSA. “I’ve never suffered from insomnia or nightmares, not even when I was setting up the business, because I make sure I take a break, spend time with my family, my children, but also by going out for dinner with my friends when I’m in Paris. I also love going on holidays to places that most celebrities avoid. The Massif Central, the Périgord, Creuse, I love really isolated little spots. I don’t like going where everyone else does; the Côte d’Azur for example, I find it exhausting. Even though that’s where I was born, in Draguignan, 65 years ago.”

become friends.” The buyers of the very first model include sportsmen won over by the watch’s resistance, combined with its incredible lightness. Over time, racing drivers (Richard Mille is a big fan of Formula 1 and has one of the finest collections of racing cars in the world), polo, golf and tennis players approached him to design models that could resist vibrations, impacts and acceleration. Richard Mille is completely committed with his watchmakers, his engineers, his team of ten people dedicated to development – all as passionate as he is – based in his factories and in his design office in Les Breuleux in Switzerland. “I love a challenge, meeting people’s expectations”. Like those of Argentinian Pablo Mac Donough, the best polo player in the world, racing driver Felipe Massa, a Scuderia Ferrari star for many years, and tennis player Rafael Nadal, who have all become the brand’s muses, as well as its friends, flying the flag for the lightness and resistance of its tourbillons and other timepieces developed especially for them, before winning over other buyers too. “For most of my colleagues, a prestigious watch has to have a certain weight, like a precious metal. I went against that, I defied gravity to develop complex yet incredibly lightweight models. When you wear a “Nadal”, which only weighs 18 grams, you’re the happiest man in the world. None of your movements are impeded; on the contrary, your watch becomes a life partner that you can’t live without. That’s how I convinced Rafa, who loved the brand, but refused


The Rebirth of Courrèges Famous in the 1960s for its chic and easy-to-wear fashion collections, iconic French brand Courrèges has been taken over by two dynamic entrepreneurs who are breathing new life into the company. PHOTOGRAPHY • COURTESY OF Courrèges


With the blessing of Coqueline Courrèges to take over the company that she set up with her husband in 1961, Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting have now been at the helm of Courrèges for the last four years and are restoring the company to its former glory. With a focus upon fashion, fragrances and accessories, the two partners have rolled up their sleeves to ensure sure that Courrèges is back with a bang. Born in Metz and Nancy respectively, Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting have relished many challenges over the years, always driven by passion and mutual respect. Their relationship goes far deeper than friendship, an alchemy dating back 30 years which is now turning to gold. “My day-to-day motivation is to impress Frédéric, to make him proud so that we can carry on our relationship of trust,” reveals Jacques Bungert, for whom this synergy and duality have been absolutely key to the revival of the Courrèges brand. The analogy is striking, as Coqueline and André Courrèges formed a close-knit couple from the very beginning of their company in the 1960s, right up until the 1990s when André retired. Young, smiley, elegant, athletic and dressed in white, Coqueline and André Courrèges turned the fashion world upside down at the time. Young pop fans, thirsty for change, loved

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them. When he saw their collection, the one and only Yves Saint-Laurent exclaimed, “it’s like a bomb, nothing will ever be the same again after that”. It is true that André, a graduate of the École Syndicale de la Couture, revolutionised the fashion scene by offering women well structured clothes that were easy to wear: mini-skirts, trapeze dresses, short jumpsuits, ballet shoes and flat boots. When the glamorous couple left Balenciaga, they gave themselves five years to succeed and managed to pull it off in just two. Years later, when her husband was ill, Coqueline managed the label with the financial support of Japanese distributors keen to hijack the company. Thanks to her strength of character, she resisted these investors, who didn’t have the Courrèges philosophy running through their veins. “At the time, we were in charge of Young & Rubicam France and Madame Figaro's editor-in-chief asked us to write about the concept of “no logo, no brand”, explains Jacques Bungert. “We condemned that approach, saying that brands had to be stronger than ever to reassure the consumer. Then Coqueline, who had read the article, invited me to go and see her. When she greeted me, I was quite taken aback by this exceptional woman, in her white dungarees. At the age of 79, she gave off this amazing energy, an unbelievable youth. She asked me point blank to tell her what we really wanted to be and do. The conversation lasted for three hours. Then she invited me for a glass


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of whisky over a number of Friday evenings to carry on our conversation. Since then, every Friday evening, we have a drink and continue our discussion. And that was exactly how Coqueline handed over Courrèges to us.”

the brand’s profile, and resulted in sales of three million Courrèges bottles. Similarly, the range of thirteen cosmetic products designed for Estée Lauder has given the brand a true presence.

In 2011, Coqueline met with all of her teams and announced, “Voilà, I have chosen my successors,” before handing over the keys to the new owners, passing on to them “something that couldn’t be passed on: our imagination, our arguments, our dreams”. “After she left, we found this quote from Gandhi stuck on the desk that she had written: Anybody who chases the past either kills it or is killed by it; and then she had added: be yourselves. A really beautiful legacy,” remembers Jacques Bungert. Once the deal was done, the two accomplices got down to work. The first job was to take stock, to decide whether or not to revive the factory in Pau. “We are working in the spirit of Courrèges, with the desire to make sure production is 100% French. If we manage that, we will be able to congratulate ourselves on a successful handover. In a creative environment, this is quite rare. Without Fred, I would never have embarked on this adventure, and I don’t think he would have either.”

After relaunching the production of iconic clothing, the company is now embarking on an important new phase: the presentation of the collection dreamt up by two recently recruited designers, Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, in October 2015. “Working with them seemed like the obvious choice,” explained Jacques Bungert. “They’re a pair, like our founders, and also like us, with entrepreneurial experience as they founded their own label. They also have a commercial awareness and a desire to experiment: those are our key values.”

Before getting the fashion world back in shape, Jacques and Fred focused on two key areas: fragrances and accessories, including glasses. This year, the launch of “La Fille de l’air” in partnership with Air France has been a worldwide hit. Thanks to in-flight sales, the fragrance has taken off better than anybody could have hoped for. The glasses collection, designed in collaboration with Alain Mikli, has also been doing well. Other projects, such as a design for an Evian bottle with lifelong friend, Franck Riboud, has raised

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We are working in the spirit of Courrèges, with the desire to make sure production is 100% French.

Although for now, the two partners refuse to talk about numbers, their early results are allowing them to take this daring gamble: to breathe new life into a label that was revolutionary in its day, and is set to become so once again. “Our imaginations embrace the concept of doubt, as extolled by Antoine Riboud, from Danone, who helped us out a lot before his son took over. Doubt forces you to imagine solutions, to explore other possibilities, other directions. Doubt feeds into dreams.” Tomorrow, perhaps Jacques and Frédéric will be able to raise a toast to their future in one of the little Parisian bars that they both love; or maybe they will just continue on their way, savouring the undeniable aesthetics. “What drives us is the idea of making things together, and making them a success. It’s like going down a ski slope covered in powdery snow, then looking back at the marks you’ve left behind and being able to tell yourself how beautiful they are”.


T H E LI G H T W EI G H T LU G G A G E l a b e l

Lipault We catch up with the fashionable French luggage brand known for its colourful and lightweight collections which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. PHOTOGRAPHY • COURTESY OF LIPAULT

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ny woman who is a serious traveller should know this fashionable luggage brand. The look is immediately identifiable, recognised by its a rainbow-like palette of stylish colours, from the handle right through to the wheels. These elements combine to create an affectionate bond between the brand and its early fans, which was acquired by Samsonite in 2014. While Lipault has built its following amongst a mainly female clientele, many businessmen are also turning to the brand for its soft, light and unashamedly and one in Lyon, its ambition is incredibly fashionable pieces. “It’s in Lipault’s DNA,” focused: “By the end of the year, we have explains Aurore Blanc-Jaloux, the brand’s plans to open shops in London and Milan, globe-trotting international director. “It’s the as we want to be present in the world's only luggage brand that invites you to think main fashion capitals.” Building on its of your suitcase as a fashion accessory, like a feminine Parisian identity, Lipault has an pair of shoes or a scarf. You can pick a different established presence in Europe, the USA product depending on your mood.” The brand and South Africa, works with seasonal and is winning colours and has fans further afield S p r i n g /S u m m e r in other countries and Autumn/ LIPAULT IS ONE such as Singapore Winter collections. OF THE ONLY and Korea. “We really focus on trends, thanks to our LUGGAGE BRANDS “Fashion, colour, in-house designers, THAT INVITES YOU design and Paris from the world of TO THINK OF YOUR are all important prêt-à-porter and elements of the accessories. With SUITCASE AS A brand,” explains our wide range of FASHION its international bright colours, it’s director. “For me, really easy to mix ACCESSORY. a French woman and match. If you’re is natural, relaxed wearing a green and stylish, all in dress, you can one. Someone who proudly embraces her choose a khaki or a brown bag, something to imperfections, like Inès de la Fressange. complement your outfit.” Fashion as a central I travel all over the world, and I can assure you theme? Absolutely, because as well as a new that that’s how foreigners imagine Parisian hard suitcase, the brand has just launched women.” its first handbag range. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, a brand new capsule collection An archetypal active, stylish, natural Parisian has also been designed. And while Lipault now woman herself, Aurore Blanc-Jaloux lives life has five outlets in Paris, one in Strasbourg and at a hundred miles an hour. She describes her clients as active city dwellers who also travel often. “They pack in their work, their personal life, sport and looking after the kids. These women don’t want just any old suitcase. They need a lightweight, practical bag. They want something that works, but that is also chic and elegant. With that natural, relaxed style that all the women of the world envy about a Parisian woman.”

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Inès de la Fressange


We catch up with French model and designer Inès de la Fressange who is known around the world for her chic and effortless Parisian style.

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You wear many hats as a model and fashion muse, a perfume designer, a journalist and an entrepreneur. What are some of your current projects and where does your inspiration come from? IDLF: I’m very busy with all of my projects: Uniqlo, Roger Vivier, L'Oréal, my guide “La Parisienne”, my own company Inès de la Fressange, and my weekly newsletter, But there is a synergy between all of them. Concerning my inspiration, it comes from my endless desire of things! Can you tell us more about your project, “Home Inès de la Fressange”? IDLF: I have designed some rugs for the Toulemonde Bochart House, it's exciting to do but hard to display! I’m also delighted to see that the vases I buy from Tinja are a hit in our store. I love to mix all kinds of products in the same place: for example, placing underwear next to bicycles!

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You are considered internationally to be one of the most emblematic Parisian women in the world. Who would you say is the most emblematic Parisian man, and why? IDLF: If I tell you who it could be, my husband will strangle me. So, let's say that it's him! Strong but gentle, cultivated and intelligent, busy yet available, generous and positive. His first name contains the same letters as mine but it has an additional letter which is “D”, as in Darling. Well, I can come back home in peace now! (Inès is married to Denis Olivennes, the boss of Europe 1 and of Lagardère Active). Which girl would you say embodies the younger Parisian generation? IDLF: I love very much Lou Doillon: she looks chic, with her well-tailored tuxedos, has a rock but gentle attitude, and more than anything she is talented. She embodies modernity by being very French and international at the same time. On top of that, she is nice! You are also involved in charity projects related to children. Can you tell us more about this? IDLF: It’s difficult to be unmoved by these causes. I’m an ambassador for Mécenat Chirurgie Cardiaque ( that saves children from all countries suffering from major heart diseases. The volunteers and people working for the organisation are exceptional, including the founder, Professor Francine Leca, who is so charismatic. My role is to promote the organisation and events that are generously hosted by the Grand Hotel next to the Opera. By the way, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak about it!

COURTESY OF Inès de la Fressange

What were some of your most memorable assignments, and who are some of the people that have influenced your career? IDLF: I'd rather say “fashion culture” than “career”. Working with people such as Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, photographers like Guy Bourdin, Paolo Roversi and Gilles Bensimon taught me a lot, and they helped me a great deal. Nowadays, I work with Naoki Takizawa to design clothing collections for Uniqlo and it's really rewarding. I also enjoy working with the young and talented Fleur Demery who designs for my own brand.

Following the publication of your best-selling book, “La Parisienne”, could you share 2 - 3 recommendations as to how women can stay stylish without making their lives too complicated? IDLF: Well, buy my guide and you will know… of course, I'm just kidding! My first piece of advice is to simplify. Secondly, mix and match luxury items with inexpensive items and keep visiting the youth sections of clothing stores. Thirdly, read magazines ‒ even if some are more interesting than others ‒ since it is an essential way to keep up-to-date.



hy did you decide to become a model? IDLF: Being a model is incredibly exciting when and if you are successful. As you can imagine, it's difficult to reject proposals when they are offered to you, but we don't choose to “continue” to be a model, or even begin to be one of them. You have to be chosen. However, when you love fashion and clothing, it is for your entire life! I was lucky to learn my craft with the best teacher and as part of the most beautiful school: Karl Lagerfeld with Chanel. With such an opportunity, it becomes difficult to change direction!

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Object of DESIRE These timeless, highly covetable handbags are the must-have accessory that will never go out of style.

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Chanel Embroidered black leather bag with multicolored PVC. Price Upon Request

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Dior "Miss Dior" large pouch in gold-tone metallic lambskin. €1,650

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Saint Laurent Saint Laurent monogram clutch with YSL signature and tassle. â‚Ź1,190

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Louis Vuitton CAPUCINES ASTRAKAN BB Capucines BB crafted in rare Astrakan and black leather with a uniquely versatile flap closure. €5,700

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Hermès OCTOGONE 23 BAG Octogone 23 bag crafted in calfskin with a rocabar strap. €4,500

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ROLEX The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, 40mm, Everrose Gold €21,700

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CHANEL Chanel J12 Flying Tourbillon, Limited Edition of 50 Pieces Price Upon Request | 117 |


ZENITH Zenith Rolling Stones El Primero 4061 €12,900

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LOUIS VUITTON Louis Vuitton Tambour VVV Chronograph €6,100 | 121 |


BELL & ROSS & BREITLING Bell & Ross: BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph Rose Gold & Ceramic €25,000 Breitling: Bentley GMT Light Body B04 Chronograph, €30,570

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RICHARD MILLE Richard Mille Automatic Chronograph RM032 Diver's Watch €148,500 | 125 |


TAG Heuer & panerai TAG Heuer: Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph (43mm) €4,500 Panerai: Luminor Marina 1950 3 days Automatic Acciaio €7,300

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DIOR & JAEGER-LECOULTRE Dior: Dior Homme Chiffre Rouge C05 Watch, 38mm, Limited Edition of 100 Pieces €6,200 Jaeger-LeCoultre: Master Ultrathin 39 Moonphase Watch €8,600 | 129 |


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Hot Paris Hotels WHERE TO STAY IN 2015:

These Parisian hotels are so glamorous and seductive that you'll never want to leave.

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In the heart of Pigalle, the Maison Souquet represents an invitation to hedonism. Romantic, intimate and sensual, this new haunt is a tribute to the Belle Époque. We owe this unique, cosy and playful visual universe to French master decorator Jacques Garcia, which is reminiscent of a 19th-century bordello. Meticulously sourced from antique shops in Brussels, the hotel's period furniture recreates the highlights of this codified universe where the powerful came to “socialise”. With a backdrop of mystery, elegance and exoticism, the only five-star in SoPi (South Pigalle) houses 20 rooms – 14 Deluxe, 6 Junior Suites – and 2 apartments blending luxury and fantasy. Each boasts its own décor: 18th century, Empire, Napoleon III, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Art Deco… An intimate cocktail bar and private basement swimming pool complete this 1865 mansion with its Arabian Nights-inspired lobby. Discover a place where your wildest dreams are born. 10 rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris +33 1 48 78 55 55 |

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HOTEL BACHAUMONT Set within a beautiful post-Haussmann building in the lively Montorgueil pedestrian district, the historic Grand Hôtel de Bachaumont has been reborn, transformed into a stylish boutique hotel illuminated by skylights and marble embellishments. Designer Dorothée Meilichzon fuses neo-classicism with Art Deco influences, flavoured with a sixties twist. Graphic and multicoloured, the Bachaumont offers 49 cosy rooms, and the hotel's chic restaurant and cocktail bar are run by the Experimental Group, assuring their place as très-cool Parisian hangouts. 18 rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris +33 1 81 66 47 00 |

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Formerly a Parisian jazz club in the 1950s, Le Montana now maintains a reputation as one of Paris's most exclusive nightclubs. The venue’s current owner, Jean-Yves Le Fur (owner of Lui magazine), has recently unveiled a new boutique hotel and restaurant in the seven levels situated above the club. Designer Vincent Darré and architect Elizabeth Lemercier have created a bold and exciting space where each floor boasts its own ultra-spacious suite showcasing wildly different themes inspired by the designers favourite Parisian personalities and artists. Custom-made furnishings feature throughout, such as the Surrealist-style furniture from the designer’s own collection, Maison Darré, along with jet black bathrooms. Start the evening with dinner at the hip in-house restaurant, Gauche Caviar, dance late into the night at Le Montana nightclub, then continue the party in the comfort of your own designer suite ... 28 rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris +33 1 53 63 79 20 |

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LE GRAND PIGALLE “We wanted to create a timeless décor and a true overnight experience”, explains Experimental Groupfounders, Romée de Goriainoff, Olivier Bon and Pierre-Charles Cros of their first boutique hotel project in Paris. The trio has created this upbeat address as a “bed & beverage” venue, featuring a wine bar with 200 references, expertly-crafted cocktails that can be prepared by an in-house mixologist in your room, and wonderful tapas as an added bonus. Situated within the hip South Pigalle (SoPi) neighbourhood, the hotel's entire reception area embodies a welcoming living space, and the same vibe is carried throughout its 37 rooms and suites. Imbued with a distinctly Parisian flair, the décor by Dorothée Meilichzon draws upon the cosmopolitan, hedonistic and mysterious elements of South Pigalle, a bohemian turned ultra-trendy neighbourhood. 29 rue Victor Masse, 75009 Paris +33 1 85 73 12 00 |

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5. la reserve

Only a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées, La Réserve unveils the quintessence of Parisian chic. An opulent Haussmanian manor house on avenue Gabriel has been transformed into an exclusive Belle Époque haven by legendary French designer, Jacques Garcia. Building on the success of its sister properties in Geneva and Ramatuelle, the hotel features a glamorous profusion of Carrara marble, silk-covered walls, Damascus curtains, taffeta, velvet, embossed fabrics, herringbone parquet flooring and one-off antiques – everything oozes exquisite luxury. Home to 26 suites and 14 rooms, this five-star sanctuary also hides a few surprise elements, such as a vast library, an underground indoor swimming pool and spa, and a beautiful paved courtyard. La Réserve’s incredibly refined and unique art of living extends to its restaurant, Le Gabriel, which draws in visiting VIPs in Paris. 42 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris +33 1 58 36 30 30 |

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Hot Paris Dining


Whether you're looking for the ultimate in fine dining or the coolest new casual dining spot, we reveal the hottest new Paris restaurant openings of 2015.

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French Master Chefs





aris is enjoying an unprecedented culinary Renaissance, where young chefs are breaking the traditional gastronomy codes created over the last few decades by the Michelinstarred chefs. In recent months, several French master chefs have also been very active, either moving to expand their restaurants, or opening new restaurants within luxury hotels. Following the opening of his exquisite restaurant in the 7th arrondissement in early 2014, talented young chef David Toutain has also launched an intimate private dining room for 14 diners next to his existing restaurant, called Identi-T. Celebrated chef Yannick Alléno has also recently collaborated with the Sofitel Paris le Faubourg by opening STAY Faubourg in March 2015, where the chef has created a menu inspired by his travels around the world, along with an indugent pastry library. Also in partnership with Sofitel hotels, Michelinstarred chef Christian Constant has opened his fourth restaurant, this time within the Sofitel Paris Arc-de-Triomphe. Les Cocottes, a chic and gourmet bistro, delivers soul-satisfying classic French cuisine prepared in “cocottes” along with some of the chef’s signature dishes. French master chef Pierre Gagnaire, who owns 12 restaurants around the world, will collaborate over the next three years with Le Fouquet's Paris hotel and restaurant, located in the ChampsElysées. He will give the menu a revamp, while maintaining the French brasserie spirit. Chef Guy Savoy recently moved his 3* Michelin restaurant, Guy Savoy, from the 17th arrondissement to the sumptuous building of the Palais de la Monnaie in early May, close to the Pont des Arts. You can also visit his other dining spot, L’Huitrade, which offers the finest oysters in Paris. Following the opening of Clover restaurant in late 2014, Jean-François Piège has left the Thoumieux hotel to open a new gastronomic restaurant of his own in the 8th district, Jean-François Piège / Le grand Restaurant, where diners can discover the chef’s signature dishes.

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2. HEXAGONE MO D E R N F R ENC H Crowned three Michelin stars from his time working alongside his father, the illustrious chef Bernard Pacaud, at the helm of 3 Michelin-starred L’Ambroisie, gifted young chef Mathieu Pacaud continues in his quest for originality and excellence. Seeking to “shake up preconceived ideas of French classicism”, the chef's new playground is an immense 1,000-m2 space boldly decorated by Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. Hexagone offers four different experiences to delight your senses: a stylish bar serving creative seasonal cocktails; an excellent 70-seat restaurant; Histoire, “a culinary research firm”; and since this September, a 20-seat fine dining haven called Restaurant Mathieu Pacaud. The objective? To revisit the great French culinary classics supported by a modern approach and a half-portion format. Not to be missed: the egg blancmange. 85 avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris | +33 1 42 25 98 85 |

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3. EAST MAMMA & OBER MAMMA I T ALIAN At these two energetic trattorias in the 11th arrondissement in Paris – one in Bastille and the other in Oberkampf – Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux are committed to “serving extraordinary Italian products in the name of affordable cuisine”. Offering fresh products straight from Italy, the menu offers delights such as Salvatore Corso buffalo mozzarella, bresaola courtesy of the Triglia brothers and authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza. The menu is an invitation to enjoy the dolce vita, and the décor is somewhere between traditional and trendy. This is all topped off with warm, Italian-style service which is both efficient and friendly. Ober Mamma is home to a trendy aperitivo cocktail bar, a treat to the full flavours of Italy. Expect a short wait due to the success of both addresses. East Mamma: 133 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris | +33 1 43 41 32 15 Ober Mamma: 107 boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris | +33 1 58 30 62 78

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4. BACHAUMONT MO D E R N F R ENC H Fine taste and Art Deco elegance sets the scene on the ground floor of the eponymous new Bachaumont hotel. The restaurant is run by the Experimental Group (ECC, Prescription, Beef Club, Grand Pigalle Hôtel etc.); interiors are designed by talented French designer, Dorothée Meilichzon; the culinary inspiration comes from celebrated French chef, Grégory Marchand (Frenchie) and Laetitia Visse (ex-Beef Club and Fish Club). In short, a winning team serving traditional fare tinged with authenticity. Settle comfortably under the skylight and enjoy a direct view of the kitchen where gourmet dishes simmer away, revisiting some essential bistro classics with a fresh perspective. Leek vinaigrette, egg mimosa with smoked mackerel, chicken liver mousse, line-caught shade fish in verbena-infused white butter, shoulder of lamb or rib of beef cooked in a charcoal oven. Bachaumont remains subtle in its neo-classical trend, in perfect harmony with the hotel’s image. 18 rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris | +33 1 81 66 47 00 |

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Adeline Grattard has reopened on 121 rue SaintHonoré, home to her sophisticated foodie dining spot, Yam’Tcha. Chic and discreet, this revamped, elegant restaurant features a long and narrow setting with hand-crafted Oriental décor and an intimate feel. The atmosphere is as Zen as blue semi-oxidised oolong tea. The cuisine is described as creative and “Unusual Asian”, where diners can expect delicacies such as royal Breton lobster sautéed in salted duck egg yolk, sea spider and Macvin emulsion; whelks in sabayon curry, shiitakes, shallot confit and bottarga; poached foie gras with verjuice; plates of morels powdered with dahlia petals, fuyu acid drops; pork fillet mignon with rosé Perigord and bok choy, black rice vinegar sauce… The dishes are dainty and invite you on a journey to explore delicate and surprising refined flavours. Chi Wah Chan, Adeline Grattard’s husband, is in charge of the accompanying tea degustation, completing this almost dreamlike culinary journey enhanced with exquisitely named elixirs. 121 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris | +33 1 40 26 08 07 |

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IN T E R NA T IONAL This is the New York-inspired address that Paris was missing. Revamped by talented young designer Rodolphe Parente, Yeeels is an ultra-chic hybrid restaurant and bar. The food follows hot on the heels of current culinary trends – detox salads, roasted octopus and Spanish white beans, truffled burrata, Chilean sea bass, green asparagus tips and shiitake or wagyu steak a la plancha – enjoyed in a décor oscillating between the New York of the 1920s and the Parisian salons where one went to chat under the marble, gold, neon and ostentatiously placed mirrors. Revellers can indulge in desserts by Pierre Hermé or Carl Marletti to the sounds of DJ music sessions at the central yet cosy bar, managed by cocktail master, Benjamin Chiche. If you’re into smoking rooms, don’t miss the pop art oxygen bubble by Alec Monopoly. Deliciously glamorous! 24 avenue George V, 75008 | +33 1 42 88 75 75 |

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The 5-star Four Seasons Hotel George V has a lot to shout about, and La Galerie is one of its exceptionally presented restaurants where dining is a must. After 15 years spent at the hotel's 2 Michelin star restaurant Le Cinq, where he assisted chefs Eric Briffard and more recently, Christian Le Squer, chef David Bizet is at the helm of La Galerie, where you can savour refined cuisine based upon 100% regional products such as crab, Saint-Pierre, foie gras, organic vegetables and meat roasted on demand. This Normandy chef, a discrete virtuoso, reaches perfection through complete simplicity. His Loire Valley white asparagus with black truffles are exquisite, as is the smoked chicken egg and caviar, watercress and samphire. David Bizet also delights with his roasted langoustines on combawa leaf, mango, coconut lime or the gingerbread-coated Saint-Pierre. Expect surprising and delicate creations from entrĂŠe to dessert, and discover one of Paris's most spectacular outdoor dining terraces. 31 avenue George V, 75008 Paris | +33 1 49 52 70 00 |

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8. LE GABRIEL G A S T R ONOM Y Jérôme Banctel presides over the destiny of Le Gabriel, the exquisite restaurant of La Réserve, the latest in chic Parisian hotels. With an impressive culinary résumé, including 3 Michelin-starred L’Ambroisie, this renowned young chef has a sense of adventure. He transcends and magnifies the classics in an exquisite dining setting courtesy of designer Jacques Garcia, embellished with Cordoba leather. A master of culinary techniques and inventive flavour combinations, the chef at Le Gabriel adds a note of exoticism, as a way to leave behind the connotations of the “great French tradition”. Racan pigeon is marinated in cocoa, organic salmon is topped with ravioli stuffed with daikon and smoked eggplant, and duck foie gras is sandwiched between green apple slices with verjuice and yuzu jelly. Creative cuisine with a dynamic energy and impeccable service make Le Gabriel a new firm favourite of the Parisian culinary scene. 42 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris | +33 1 58 36 60 50 |

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LE GRAND COEUR M e d i t e rr a n e a n Step within a magnificent courtyard off the bustling Rue du Temple and the Grand CĹ“ur restaurant will be revealed. Its alfresco terrace is surrounded by the Marais dance centre, and its immense interior dining room featuring arches, stonework and beams is where the heart of this foodie brasserie beats. At the throttle is chef Mauro Colagreco, part French, part Italian, part Argentinian, supported by Rafael Gomes and Nino la Spina. Here, the two-star chef of the award-winning Mirazur restaurant in Menton devises a cuisine that is fresh, its vegetables delicate, and which is tinged with exoticism. The vegetable spring rolls in salted butter, lardo di colonnata charcuterie and coriander compete in flavour with pan-fried wild sea bass, fennel and citrus. The white chocolate crĂŠmeux, yoghurt and passion fruit ice cream for dessert brings a unique journey for the tastebuds to its perfect conclusion. 85 avenue KlĂŠber, 75116 Paris | +33 1 42 25 98 85 |


10. OPENING SOON ... Exclusive gourmet restaurant, lounge and bar, Le Clarence will be opening this autumn under the leadership of Christophe Pelé, the former two-starred chef of La Bigarrade, and Antoine Petrus heading up management and the wine cellar. Behind the name is the Clarence Dillon wine estate which brings together HautBrion, Mission Haut-Brion and Quintus. This autumn is also rich in promise with the reopening in October of the magnificent Café de l’Homme, the restaurant at the Musée de l’Homme. For the décor, Coco Coupérie Eiffel and Christophe Bonnat have given carte blanche to Gilles & Boissier. This new “contemporary brasserie” will be favouring farm produce in a global-style menu and what is certainly one of Paris’s finest views. We find the famous chef Gaston Acurio at the heart of the long-awaited Manko restaurant which is opening its doors in Paris in mid-October. Note to followers of Peruvian cuisine, Manko is heralded as a restaurant, bar and… a "phantasmagorical cabaret". Opening this October, the Fulgurances restaurant will serve as a springboard for young chefs who will come to the restaurant to showcase their cuisine over the course of an evening or for several months before opening their own restaurants. Chloé Charles, former sous-chef at Septime, will be running the restaurant until March 2016. Le Clarence: 31 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris Café de l’Homme: 17 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris Manko: 15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris Fulgurances: 10 rue Alexandre Dumas, 75011 Paris

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NEW PARIS NIGHTLIFE 2015: We reveal the hottest new nightlife addresses to open in Paris in 2015.




With the Arc de Triomphe serving as its dramatic backdrop, L’Arc has been turning heads since re-opening its doors. This iconic Parisian club never stops reviving, restored to a contemporary style by legendary musician Lenny Kravitz’s design studio, Kravitz Design. The artist and his team have envisaged a setting that is both rock ’n’ roll and chic, combining white and black marble with leather and velvet, accented by imitation snakeskin. It’s décor flirts with extravagance yet remains within the ideals of elegance and good taste. Not only a fashionable nightclub, you’ll also find a breathtaking 100 square metre garden patio and a chic in-house restaurant, Victoria 1836. The venue can also be reserved for previews, after shows, private functions and other exclusive gatherings. Incidentally, after its reopening, so long awaited by the jetset crowd, the stars have not stopped pouring in: from Mick Jagger to Justin Bieber and Karlie Kloss. In this particular building with a view over the Arc de Triomphe, nights à la Lenny Kravitz never stop sparkling. Especially as the most beautiful girls of Paris and elsewhere dazzle there every Thursday when it’s the “House of Dolls” weekly theme night. 12 rue de Presbourg, 75116 Paris | +33 6 59 21 32 44 |

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2. LES BAINS NI G H T CLUB The mythical Parisian nightclub which attracted la creme de la creme of the celebrity world in the 1980s is back following a two year renovation. The designer space is now home to a 39-room boutique hotel, a stylish bar and a neo-brasserie designed in a psychedelic style. The exclusive nightclub maintains its former cachet with its black and white checkerboard dance floor designed by Philippe Starck, a tiny swimming pool for late-night frolicking and an ultra-selective gatekeeper at the door. 7 rue du Bourg l'AbbĂŠ, 75003 Paris | + 33 1 42 77 07 07 |


3. LE SYNDICAT COC K T AIL BA R It’s entrance is concealed by posters and its frontage could be mistaken for a construction site. However, step within its doors and you’ll discover a seductive cocktail bar which plays at secretiveness on the outside and inside, and an amazing space created by Sullivan Doh and Romain Le Mouellic. The place is cosy, inspired by New York speakeasies. Behind the bar, Sullivan Doh (ex-Experimental and the Sherry Butt) experiments with French liquors somewhat neglected elsewhere, such as cognac, armagnac and brandy. Rediscover Quintinye vermouth with its pineau base or blanche d’Armagnac. Against a background of American rap, Le Syndicat remains chic, cool and transgresses the norms to create a unique identity for itself within Paris's cocktail bar scene. 51 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris | +33 6 66 63 57 60

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4. GRAVITY COC K T AIL b a r Having just opened its doors in August 2015, this lively and welcoming Parisian cocktail bar is already turning heads with its fabulous creative cocktail creations featuring rare spirits, and its delicious sharing plates menu which draws upon premium ingredients. Situated in the hip Canal Saint-Martin district, the bar is run by three talented young friends who transport their passion for surfing, skating and the outdoors to this beautifully-designed bar. Not to be missed. 44 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris | +33 611 842 176

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5. CHEZ CASTEL NI G H T CLUB Once upon a time, at 15 Rue Christine in Saint-Germaindes-Près, there was a club for stars and princesses, a legendary nightclub for legends, worthy of the greatest sagas. Castel has seen life. And Castel has played the Allegory of the Cave in its own way, between wild dreams and phantasmagoria, distorted reality and lost visions. In short, Castel needed a renaissance worthy of the Left Bank. With an annual membership card valued at 500 euros and carefully selected clientele, it's difficult to enter the world of Castel. And as in the past, Castel is a nightclub for VIPs enthusiastic about select basement venues. It is also home to a restaurant where its chef, Erwan Gestin, throws himself body and soul into creating an indispensable place to eat. The 16 entrepreneurs who revived the iconic club, including Thierry Costes, Frédéric Beigbeder, Jean Moueix, Guillaume and Nicolas Houzé, are well on their way to continuing the Castel legend. 15 rue Princesse, 75006 Paris | + 33 1 40 51 52 80 |

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PA R I S A RT S C E N E : AU T U M N/ W I N T E R 2 015/2 016

Must-See Exhibitions Discover the best of Paris's arts and cultural scene by visiting these must-see exhibitions.


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Jeu de Paume, Paris 20.10.15 - 24.01.16 The Musée du Jeu de Paume sheds light on the genius and the personality that is Philippe Halsman, the great friend of artist Salvador Dali. One of the finest portrait photography stars of his era, Philippe Halsman pushed the boundaries of photography and was the creator of “jumpology”, where he photographed stars whilst they were jumping. Make sure to see this humourous and touching exhibition. 1 place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris +33 1 47 03 12 50 |



COURTESY OF THE Musée du Jeu de Paume & Philippe Halsman


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Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 02.10.15 - 07.02.16 Andy Warhol loved series and transgression, and to be convinced of this you only have to visit the exhibition curated by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, showcasing more than 200 works to be (re)discovered which optimise the serial aspect of the artist’s work. Make sure to visit his art piece “Shadows”, comprising 102 silkscreen paintings in 17 different colours which are spread over a canvas 130 metres long – the largest installation ever created by Andy Warhol. This series, “Shadows”, unveils a less “pop art” side of this global genius. Discover a more serious Andy Warhol, where subjects such as death are uncovered, and works such as “Electric Chairs” (1964-1971), the “Jackies” (1964), the “Flowers” (1964-1965) and the “Maos” (1972-1973) remind us of Warhol’s ability to shake up artistic conventions. 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris +33 1 53 67 40 00 |





PHOTO COURTESY OF THE Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris


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MARC CHAGALL "The Triumph of Music"

Cité, 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris +33 1 44 84 44 84 |

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The Philharmonie de Paris, a bold architectural development conceived by Jean Nouvel and opened at the start of 2015, has already become iconic. Now, it's unveiling the relationships between visual art and music thanks to a sublime exhibition of the work of Marc Chagall. “The triumph of music”, such is its name, reveals the painter’s passion for music and brings to light his creations for the stage and his decorative and architectural commissions. Some 300 works – paintings, drawings, costumes, sculptures and ceramics – tell of Chagall’s work around music and dance. The exhibition also houses multimedia installations which facilitate understanding of the artist’s work for the benefit of the stage, including a device developed by Google Labs exploring the ceiling of the Paris Opera. This exhibition brings an unprecedented perspective to the work of this legendary artist.

COURTESY OF THE Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris 13.10.15 - 31.01.16

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3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris +33 1 44 13 17 17 |

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The Grand Palais and Picasso have joined forces to celebrate this monumental exhibition. Opening this October, “Picasso Mania” brings together 100 of Picasso's masterpieces, some of which have never been exhibited before, with the greatest masters of contemporary art: David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibition at the Grand Palais is both chronological and thematic, illustrating the different moments of critical and artistic reception of Picasso's works and the stages of development of the myth connected with his name. In plain language, the contemporary works of Kippenberger or Jeff Koons respond to the great stylistic phases and to certain iconic works of Pablo Picasso, such as “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and “Guernica”. Enjoy this spectacular dialectic in an iconic setting.


Grand Palais, Paris 07.10.15 - 29.02.16

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Beauté CONGO




Fondation Cartier, Paris 07.10.15 - 10.01.16

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The Congo has produced many excellent artists since the start of the 20th Century. From precursors of the 1920s, Albert and Antoinette Lubaki or Djilatendo, to the new generation of contemporary artists, Congo’s artistic history, little known to the general public, abounds with talent. The Fondation Cartier pays homage to them in full colour. “Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko” explores 90 years of indigenous art. Not only paintings, but also music, sculpture, photography and cartoon strips, ensuring the continued liveliness of Congo’s art scene. The Fondation Cartier offers a fascinating journey among figurative or abstract works which poetically handle themes connected with nature, daily life, local tales and dreams. This novel exhibition reveals the amazing inventiveness of Congolese artists, with the painter Chéri Samba from Kinshasa in the vanguard. 261 boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris +33 1 42 18 56 50 |

Paris Address Book ... THE ULTIMATE INSIDER'S GUIDE From the ultimate hip dining spots to the coolest late-night cocktail bars, we reveal the hottest addresses in Paris right now.


This insider’s guide has been a long time in the making. We've eaten in countless Paris restaurants, sipped cocktails in the city's best bars, and visited the latest local hot spots. We've also asked the most discerning Parisians we know to share their favourite local hangouts – whether brand new or classic institutions. We bring you our hand-picked selection of the best places in Paris right now.

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Life is too short to stay at a bad hotel ... so we've compiled a shortlist of our favourite Parisian hotels and apartment rental sites to ensure you're staying at the best addresses in town. | 189 |


Four Seasons George V

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Hotels PARIS boasts some of the most beautiful and exclusive luxury hotels in the world, where you’ll be treated like royalty.

1. PARK HYATT CONTEMPORARY Park Hyatt hotels set the benchmark for sophisticated, understated luxury throughout the world and their stunning 5-star sanctuary in the heart of central Paris is no exception. Renowned for its discreetly attentive service, the hotel is located in the exclusive Place Vendôme luxury shopping district and is surrounded by many of the city's best landmarks. €€€€

Frequently listed as one of the leading hotels in the world, the George V delivers classical French grandeur, exquisite decor and exceptional serviceand don’t be surprised if you see French maids with white aprons and lacy caps. Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed in the style of Louis XVI, many with private terraces overlooking the Eiffel Tower. €€€

5. La Réserve INTIMATE Offering ultra-exclusive luxury accommodation only a stone's throw from the Grand Palais and the Champs-Elysées, the alluring La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa is housed within a grand 19thcentury classic Haussmanian building. Meticulously designed by French designer Jacques Garcia, the hotel is home to 40 Napoleon-esque rooms and suites. €€€€

5 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris +33 1 58 71 12 34 |

31 avenue George V, 75008 Paris +33 1 49 52 70 00 |

42 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris +33 1 58 36 60 60 |


Redesigned by French designer Philippe Starck, the historic Le Royal Monceau contrasts surrealist chic with elegant restraint. The glamorous rooms feature eclectic touches such as in-room guitars and secret mirrors that transform into futuristic plasma screens. Make sure to visit the Spa My Blend by Clarins, the in-house cinema and Michelin-starred restaurants. €€€

4. THE PENINSULA OPULENT Set within a beautifully restored 19th-century Haussmanian palace, The Peninsula Paris offers the ultimate in 21st-century luxuries and boasts a prime location close to the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées and Paris's luxury shopping district. You'll also be spoiled with fantastic in-house dining, an indoor pool and an opulent spa. €€€

6. Hôtel Plaza Athénée HISTORIC Following a major renovation, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée is now more glamorous than ever. Known as the Haute Couture hotel due to its prime location on Avenue Montaigne, the hotel has been welcoming guests since 1913. Make sure to visit the charming alfresco courtyard, Alain Ducasse's fine dining restaurant and its excellent cocktail bar. €€€€

37 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris +33 1 42 99 88 00 |

19 avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris +33 1 58 12 28 88 |

25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris +33 1 53 67 66 65 |


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French designer Jacques Garcia transports guests back to the turn of the century with his seductive blend of Arabian style and Napoleon III grandeur. Set within a building that served as a pleasure house during the Belle Époque, Maison Souquet brings to life a time when Paris was bursting with bohemian glamour and bustling with aristocrats and socialites. €€€

EXTRAVAGANT For those in search of a country chateau in Paris, the idyllic Saint James Paris offers storybook architecture. landscaped gardens and bold designer interiors by Bambi Sloan. Flamboyant, forward, yet full of original features, expect daring wallpapers, a library with leopard print carpets, and a grand terrace with huge tented domes. €€€€

10 rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris +33 1 48 78 55 55 |

43 avenue Bugeaud, 75116 Paris +33 1 44 05 81 81 |


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4. Pavillon De La Reine



Jacques Garcia’s imagination ran wild when he was commissioned to create the Hotel Costes. A glamorous sanctuary situated in the chic SaintHonoré district, it retains a sort of secret society atmosphere where you’re just as likely to be sitting next to Monica Bellucci over lunch or eyeing Kate Moss across the bar later in the evening. €€€


With an illustrious address overlooking Place des Vosges, this cosy gem is nestled within an ivy-clad, 18thcentury mansion. Oozing with Parisian charm, this 55-room haven features elegant interiors furnished with exquisite antiques, tapestries and oil paintings. Make sure to explore the Marais district's chic boutiques and animated cafes. €€€


239 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 44 50 00 |

28 place des Vosges, 75003 Paris +33 1 40 29 19 19 |

29 rue Victor Masse, 75009 Paris +33 1 85 73 12 00 |

Expanding their talents into the hotel arena, the young Parisian entrepreneurs, ECC, have opened their first hotel project. This cool, urban hangout offers affordable boutique accommodations, hip dining and nightlife spaces, and thoughtful services such on-demand mixologists who will craft bespoke cocktails in your room. €€€€

Sofitel Paris le Faubourg

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With origins dating back to the early 20th century, the Bachaumont Hotel has been brought back to life and is one of the city's hottest new openings. We love the ultra-stylish interiors designed by award-winning French designer, Dorothee Meilichzon, the trendy ground floor bar and restaurant, and the central location in Paris's hip Rue Montorgueil district. €€


18 rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris +33 1 81 66 47 00 |

5 rue Louis Codet, 75007 Paris +33 1 53 85 15 60 |

2. Sofitel Paris le Faubourg



There's many things to love about the stylish 5-star Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, including its prime location next to the haute couture boutiques of Rue Saint-Honoré, the sumptuous interiors by celebrated designer Didier Gomez and the exquisite in-house restaurant by chef Yannick Alleno. Enjoy all of the modern luxuries that you could wish for. €€€

CUTTING-EDGE Nestled on the edge of the verdant Bois de Boulogne, Paris's historic Art Deco swimming baths have been given a new lease of life as the Hôtel Molitor. You'll find 124 modern rooms and suites by MGallery Collection, two heated swimming pools, a Spa by Clarins, a restaurant and rooftop lounge bar, and a state-of-the-art health and fitness centre.

15 rue Boissy d'Anglas, 75008 Paris +33 1 44 94 14 14 |

13 rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016 Paris +33 1 56 07 08 50 |

Designer Jean-Philippe Nuel has transformed a 1930s building in Paris's 7th arrondissement into a haven of modern design. The hotel's 67 rooms and suites evoke a unique artistic loft experience, showcasing colourful art works and furnishings, and signature floor-to-ceiling bay windows. Upgrade to the spacious suites for the ultimate treat.

Budget-Chic Hotels


With a quaint location in the charming Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, the Art Deco-chic Hotel Baume offers cosy, tranquil and affordable accommodation in one of our favourite areas in Paris. Lounge in the stylish ground level lobby or the pretty leafy interior courtyard, then enjoy a stroll around the nearby Jardin du L u xemb ou r g. €€

3. LE CRAYON ARTISTIC Artist Julie Gauthron has gone all-out creating two bold, witty and highly unusual boutique guest houses, oozing with her interpretation of artistic life in Paris. Rooms are furnished with eccentric flea market finds and an explosion of colour and textures. Both hotels are located only 5 minutes walk from major landmarks such as the Louvre. €

7 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris +33 1 53 10 28 50 |

25 rue du Bouloi, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 36 54 19 |


Inspired by the famous French couple who launched the Paris OperaComique in the 18th-century, La Maison Favart boutique hotel is a jewel-box, rich in detail yet discreet, with a playful touch of theatricality. Bold textiles, wallpaper prints and period furnishings accent the interiors, and the intimate swimming pool with mirrored walls is an added bonus. €€

4. HOTEL EKTA FUNKY Close to Paris's Avenue Montaigne luxury shopping district is this fun and funky haven, the Hotel Ekta, which boasts a bold 1970s-inspired design courtesy of designers Jean-Philippe Nuel and Natasha Stojkovic. Life-sized black and white portraits of 70s models adorn the walls, and a black, white and bright yellow colour scheme features throughout the rooms. €€

5 rue de Marivaux, 75002 Paris +33 1 42 97 59 83 |

52 rue Galilée, 75008 Paris +33 1 53 76 09 05 |



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With a chic portfolio of glamorous apartments, One Fine Stay is a great apartment rental site for visitors looking for ultra-stylish accommodation in Paris. Thoughtfully stocked with fluffy towels, luxury toiletries and fine linens, guests can also enjoy a daily maid service upon request. Offering the comforts of a boutique hotel, their enviable portfolio of well-located Parisian properties are sure to impress.


Offering a beautiful portfolio of upscale short-term rental properties in Paris (and also Tuscany and Provence), Haven in Paris also goes the extra mile to organise whatever services you need in Paris - be it a private massage in your apartment, a French chef to prepare dinner for you at home, language lessons, wine tastings or a private driver to take you wherever you need to go.


Live in your own grand Parisian home with Paris Luxury Apartments, whose selective portfolio of opulent Paris homes includes stylish lightfilled lofts, classic apartments with antique furnishings and ceiling frescoes, and funky designer spaces filled with original artworks. Apartments may also feature private rooftop gardens, or sweeping views overlooking the Eiffel Tower.


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1. LE MEURICE OPULENT Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse delivers one of Paris’s most opulent 3 Michelin-starred dining experiences, set within a Philippe Starck-designed grand salon inspired by the Château de Versailles. Expect a whirlwind of culinary romance and spectacular views overlooking the Tuileries Gardens. €€€€

3. Alléno Paris-LEDOYEN BUSINESS With a breathtaking setting within the historical Pavillon Ledoyen mansion originally built by Sieur Desmazure in 1779 on the ChampsElysées, celebrated 3 Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno creates refined and modern French cuisine with his signature inspired flavour combinations. €€€€

5. L'Arpège FOODIES Chef Alain Passard’s 3 Michelinstarred restaurant presents “la cuisine légumière”, where his seasonal tasting menu showcases exquisite fresh vegetables grown within his organic garden, along with seafood and game. This is fine dining haven is a favourite of the new generation of top chefs and international foodies. €€€€

Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris +33 1 44 58 10 55 |

1 avenue Dutuit, 75008 Paris +33 1 53 05 10 00 |

84 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris +33 1 47 05 09 06 |

2. LE CINQ REFINED Celebrated chef Christian Le Squer delivers a fabulous 2 Michelin star fine dining experience at the legendary Hotel Four Seasons George V. The menu draws upon classic French culinary techniques fused with newer, lighter cooking styles, and showcases the freshest regional ingredients. Enjoy beautiful views of the hotel's verdant courtyard. €€€

4. PIERRE GAGNAIRE CREATIVE Prepare to be taken on a bold and experimental culinary journey at this multi-award winning 3 Michelin-starred restaurant. Considered as fine dining’s “Picasso of the Palate”, chef Pierre Gagnaire’s inventive cuisine will challenge your taste buds with a spectrum of contrasting flavours, textures and colours showcased throughout his multi-course seasonal tasting menu. €€€€

6. Le Jules Verne AERIAL VIEWS With the most spectacular panoramic views in Paris, Le Jules Verne is nestled high above the city within the Eiffel Tower. With 3 Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse and his Head Chef, Pascal Féraud at the kitchen’s helm, Le Jules Verne offers one of Paris’s most sophisticated contemporary French dining experiences with breathtaking views to match. €€€€

31 avenue George V, 75008 Paris +33 1 49 52 70 00 |

6 rue Balzac, 75008 Paris +33 1 58 36 12 50 |

Tour Eiffel, avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris +33 1 45 55 61 44 |



One of Paris's hottest recent openings, this fashionable dining spot in the Hotel Bachaumont and has quickly established itself as one of the coolest dining spots in town. Run by the talented ECC team and with stylish interiors by French designer Dorothée Meilichzon, the restaurant delivers delicious and affordable cuisine and a superb drinks list. €€

4. HOTEL COSTES STAR-SPOTTING Where the cool people play and the international jet-set dash to upon arrival in Paris, Hotel Costes is a chic and seductive adults playground. Dine in the open courtyard in summer, and during the cooler months, head indoors and settle into the sultry red velvet lounges perfect for intimate dining. Don’t be surprised if you see a famous face or two there. €€

18 rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris +33 1 81 66 47 00 |

239 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 44 50 00 |

2. L'avenue

Attracting the international fashion and celebrity crowd with its glamorous, see-and-be-seen outdoor dining terrace overlooking the luxurious Avenue Montaigne shopping district, L'Avenue is one of Paris's most star-studded dining addresses. Don’t be surprised if you see a Hollywood star or two dining with their agents while visiting Paris. €€€

5. hotel amour RELaxed Set within a building that was formerly a red-light brothel, the Hotel Amour is a romance-themed “love hotel” with an animated courtyard terrace. Sip potent cocktails, French wine or a glass of champagne with the SoPi (South of Pigalle) cool crowd, then settle in for an evening of French comfort cuisine such as tasty hamburgers and croque-monsieur. €€

41 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris +33 1 40 70 14 91 |

8 rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris +33 1 48 78 31 80 |

3. BEEF CLUB FASHIONABLE Owned by Paris’s talented ECC team, The Beef Club combines a fashionable street-level restaurant with a sultry, late-night basement cocktail bar. This stylish steakhouse serves beef from rare breed longhorns raised in Yorkshire, as well as choice cuts selected by top French butcher, Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec. Dinner daily. €€

6. LE DERRIERE FUNKY Dining at Derriere is like being invited over to your seriously cool friend’s house for a night of fun, adventure and a little naughtiness. Soak up the buzzing atmosphere of the ground floor dining room, hide away in the more intimate upstairs salons, or disappear through the secret cupboard to find the hidden fumoir. Expect simple and affordable French cuisine. €€

58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris +33 9 54 37 13 65 |

69 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris +33 1 44 61 91 95 |

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INTERIORS EXPECT cuttingedge interiors by world-famous designers such as Philippe Starck.

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Housed within the breathtaking Grand Palais museum and exhibition space, Mini Palais delivers an irresistible fusion of contemporary interiors, professional service and a delectable menu by chef Eric Frechon. Boasting one of the grandest terraces in the city, dine al fresco in summertime overlooking the picturesque Pont d’Alexandre III then enjoy an exhibition next door. Open until 2am. €€


3 avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris +33 1 42 56 42 42 |

20 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris +33 1 47 20 90 47 |

Set within the cuttingedge Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum, Monsieur Bleu offers refined globally-inspired cuisine by chef Benjamin Masson and sleek interiors by international design star, Joseph Dirand. Amidst the backdrop of live DJ sets, enjoy an after-dinner cocktail on the glamorous terrace which showcases spectacular views of the sparkling Eiffel Tower. €€€




With a prime location in Paris's luxury shopping district on Avenue Georve V, Yeeels is the city's newcomer with a stunning modern design by talented young designer, Rodolphe Parente. Dine on the outdoor terrace, the chic street level restaurant or descend to the ultra-cool basement lounge bar and dining space. €€


24 avenue George V, 75008 Paris +33 1 42 88 75 75 |

106 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen +33 1 49 51 70 00 |

Celebrated French designer Philippe Starck transports his signature sense of fun and creativity to Ma Cocotte, a lively casual bistro set within Paris's Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. Feast upon soul-satisfying French cuisine while dining in one of the city's funkiest dining spaces decorated with bold furnishings. €€



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3. La Régalade


Gourmet foodies and dedicated locals sit elbow-to-elbow at this intimate, old-world Latin Quarter bistro. Opt for the no-bookings classic French menu at lunchtime, or wait up to several months to experience chef Yves Camdeborde’s gourmet tasting menu served during weekday evenings. Don't miss their lively tapas bar next door. €€


Oh, what fun you’re going to have here. As one of the city’s top foodie haunts, L’Ami Jean offers a riotously exciting gourmand dining experience in the 7th district. Chef Stephane Jego is the master of inventive, highly conceptual yet sumptuously delicious classic French cuisine with a fresh and modern twist. Don't miss the heavenly riz au lait. €€€

One of the pioneers of bistronomy dining, La Régalade draws the discerning foodie crowd with chef Bruno Doucet's soul-satisfying cuisine. With three Paris locations—the original La Régalade, La Régalade Saint-Honoré and La Régalade Conservatoire—each delivers a refined menu of French flavours and an expertlycurated wine list. €€€

9 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris +33 1 44 27 07 97 |

27 rue Malar, 75007 Paris +33 1 47 05 86 89 |

7-9 rue du Conservatoire, 75009 Paris +33 1 44 83 83 60 |



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6. Josephine “Chez Dumonet”


Located close to the Eiffel Tower, this modern bistro by chef Christian Constant offers a flavoursome menu served in authentic French “cocottes” (hot pots). Fresh ingredients and southwestern French influences are the signature traits of Constant’s tasty and affordable menu. His other popular bistro, Café Constant, is located close by. €€


With the atmosphere of a cosy and intimate private club, Le Voltaire restaurant’s classic red banquettes seating, gleaming brass accents and elegant riverside setting attracts a mix of loyal locals and visiting celebrities. Feast upon steak au poivre, succulent lobster omelette, towering salads or the hearty rabbit stew while soaking in the tres Parisian setting. €€

You'll step back in time when entering this beautiful art-nouveau bistro on a chic street in Saint Germain. Renowned for its classic French bistro cuisine, Josephine "Chez Dumonet" serves hearty portions of dishes such as bœuf bourguignon and morel mushrooms stuffed with foie gras and truffles. Settle into the 1880 vintage dining room and indulge. €€

135 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris +33 1 47 53 73 34 |

27 quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris +33 1 42 61 17 49 | No website

117 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006 +33 1 45 48 52 40 | No website




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As one of the leaders of France’s gifted young chefs, chef Bertrand Grébaut delivers his own fresh and creative take on the modern French bistro, i.e. highly sophisticated cuisine served with seriously democratic prices. Offering a 3-course lunch menu and a 5-course carte blanche evening menu, this is simply one of Paris’s best dining experiences. Advance bookings essential. Closed weekends & Monday lunch. €€€

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With the highly talented and disruptive young French chef, Iñaki Aizpitarte, at the kitchen’s helm, Le Chateaubriand restaurant offers a cutting-edge 5-course evening menu in a 1930s neo-bistro setting. Voted as France’s best chef at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, prepare to be taken on a surprising culinary journey of delicate yet intense flavours inspired by the chefs regular travels around the globe. €€€

Offering one of the best value 3-course fixe prix menus in Paris, this highly acclaimed 20-seat restaurant is also one of the city’s most difficult tables to book. Expect superb seasonal modern French cuisine by talented French chef, Grégory Marchand, who showcases the season’s best produce. Frenchie’s chic and cosy Brooklyn-style interiors add to its charm. Open for dinner from Monday to Friday. €€€

80 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris +33 1 43 67 38 29 |

129 avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris +33 1 43 57 45 95 |

5-6 rue de Nil, 75002 Paris +33 1 40 39 96 19 |




One of the shining stars of Paris’s gastronomy scene, chef David Toutaine is renowned for his meticulously executed gastronomic creations. Seeking to challenge and intrigue his diners, Toutain has structured his menu into several multi-course carte blanche options of exquisite, work-of-art tasting plates. €€€


29 rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris +33 1 45 50 11 10 | 5. aBRI AMAZING VALUE This award-winning foodie jewel box delivers perfectlycrafted tasting menu creations by Japanese chef Katsuaki Okiyama, along with gourmand sandwiches on Mondays and Saturdays. With only 20 tables, book ahead for Okiyama’s inspired FrenchJapanese fusion cuisine, where diners can watch the chef at work in his tiny open kitchen. Book well in advance. €€

92 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, 75010 Paris +33 1 83 97 00 00 | No website 6. LE SERVAN

Le Servan is the exciting foodie gem run by the talented young Franco-Filipino sisters, Katia and Tatiana Levha (ex-L’Arpège and L’Astrance). Transforming an old French café in SaintMaur into a chic, yet casual dining space, expect a highly creative and affordable menu with culinary influences that traverse the globe. €€


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REFINED Set within a beautiful dining space featuring exposed stone walls, elegant wood and an open kitchen, this foodie favourite restaurant is sure to impress with its inventive and artistically-presented modern French menu created at the hands of talented Japanese chef, Ryuji Teshima. €€€

4 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75116 Paris +33 1 47 20 74 94 | No website


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Part of a trio of dining ventures by talented French chef, Grégory Marchand, the no-reservations Frenchie Wine Bar offers the chance to enjoy the chef’s superb sharing plates and expertlycurated wines without the lengthy waiting list of his sister restaurant, Frenchie. Savour the soul-satisfying menu of homemade charcuteries, pasta, seafood and meat-based dishes, and don’t miss the decadent chocolate pot to finish. €

FOODIE Located only a few doors from his celebrated eatery, Bistro Paul Bert, chef Bertrand Auboyneau adds another string to his culinary bow with his cosy tapas and wine bar, 6 Paul Bert. Serving beautifully presented small plates, chef Kosuke Tada gives bistro classics a contemporary twist, and changes his menu regularly for his avid foodie fan base. In a hurry? Stop by the in-house deli and pick up some gourmet treats. €€

5-6 rue du Nil, 75002 Paris +33 1 40 39 96 19 |

6 rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris +33 1 43 79 14 32 | No website




Feast upon the inspired small plates of acclaimed French chef, Iñaki Aizpitarte and his team, sample an excellent selection of natural wines, and admire the cutting-edge Carrera marble and mirrored interiors by Rem Koolhaas at Le Dauphin, a favourite of the hip and discerning Parisian foodie crowd. €€


131 avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris +33 1 5528 7888 |

80 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris +33 1 43 72 74 53 | septime-charonne.fr5.

Following the success of their smash-hit modern bistro, Septime, Michelin-starred French chef Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat opened Clamato, an animated dining spot offering delicious seafood-inspired sharing plates (no reservations); and the nearby Septime La Cave wine bar and bottle shop. €

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You'll be seduced by the superb authentic Cantonese cuisine and the lowlit, romantic interiors of Lili Peninsula, set within the opulent The Peninsula hotel. Award-winning Hong Kong chefs craft a sophisticated menu of delicate dim sum and seasonal Chinese dishes. €€€


Following a recent facelift by architect Maud Bury, this candle-lit, jewel-box dining space boasts tile covered walls and brass-accented chairs. Feast upon Argentinian classics such as flamegrilled meats, empanadas and ceviche with Paris's hip local crowd. €€


19 avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris +33 1 58 12 28 88 |

49 rue Volta, 75003 Paris +33 1 48 87 88 24 |

91 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 78 11 96 |



8. yam'tcha


Serving the best authentic udon noodles in Paris, this popular Japanese dining spot offers two nearby locations in the 2nd district. The menu features a variety of hot udon (served in a broth) and cold udon (served on a bamboo mat). Closed Wednesdays. €€


These fun and funky sister Italian restaurant recently arrived on the Paris scene and have been turning heads ever since with their delicious and affordable Italian cuisine, funky interiors and reasonable prices. We especially love the wood-fired pizzas at East Mamma. €€€

With a chic dining setting on rue Saint Honoré, Yam’tcha (“to drink tea”) is a Paris foodie haven. French chef Adeline Grattard draws upon French and Chinese influences within her delicate and inventive fusion cuisine, which can also be served with a special tea pairing. €€€

1 & 5 rue Villedo, 75001 Paris +33 1 47 03 33 65 |

133 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 +33 1 43 41 32 15 |

121 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 40 26 08 07 |





Savour contemporary Japanese fare at this fashionable dining spot located close to the Tuileries. A favourite of the high-fashion crowd, don’t be surprised if you spot Gwyneth Paltrow enjoying a seaweed salad, sushi and fresh sashimi during Paris Fashion Week. €€€


You’re likely to find photographers’ bulbs flashing outside La Stresa, the favourite discreet dining spot of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The refined classic Italian menu varies according to the freshest market produce. A smart dress code is strictly enforced. €€€

AFRICAN As the trendiest address for African fare in Paris, Waly-Fay features cosy, candle-lit interiors decorated with batik fabrics, beamed ceilings and stone walls. Start the evening with a Rhum Bissap then feast upon fried pecan chicken with sweet potatoes fries. €€

9 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 60 65 07 |

7 rue Chambiges, 75008 Paris +33 1 47 23 51 62 |

6 rue de Godefroy-Cavaignac, 75011 Paris +33 1 40 24 17 79 |

Grazie exudes a sultry sense of Italian cool with low-lit interiors, reclaimed woods, industrial concrete walls and hanging strip lights. Start the evening with a well-crafted cocktail, followed by a generously-sized wood-fired pizza or a plate of freshly-shaved prosciutto. €€



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A haven for vegetarian and organic-loving foodies due to its funky vintage vibe and wholesome, healthy menu, Café Pinson is an airy sanctuary of cosy sofas, funky fabrics and vintage tiles. The daily-changing menu features delicious gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and dairy-free delights. €€


6 rue du Forez, 75003 Paris +33 9 83 82 53 53 |

30 rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris +33 1 49 96 54 01 | No website




Owned by the same people behind the hip Parisian nightclub, Le Baron, Nanashi is a fun and funky chain of Japanese-inspired organic canteens. Enjoy healthy bentos, freshly squeezed juices, soups and salads at lunchtimes, along with inventive Japanese-inspired tapas in the evenings. Dessert-wise, don’t miss the soul-satisfying carrot cake to finish. Open daily. €€

AFFORDABLE Former New Yorker Marc Grossman brought healthy eating to Paris in 2006 when he opened Bob’s Juice Bar in Canal Saint Martin, followed by a second address in the 2nd district, Bob’s Kitchen and a third called Bob's Bake Shop in the 18th district. Start with a freshly squeezed juice or a smoothie, accompanied by a vegetarian meal or homebaked dessert served at the communal shared tables. €€

57 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris +33 9 60 00 25 59 |

15 rue lucien sampaix, 75010 Paris +33 9 50 06 36 18 |

With multiple locations in Paris, this trendy cafe & deli is a welcome sanctuary of delicious salads, delectable quiches and a daily-changing menu of tasty creations (think anything from seasonal vegetable risottos to healthy burgers). It’s worth braving the crowds to sample their daily-changing menu. €€



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This outdoor independent speciality cafe is one of our favourite dedicated coffee spots in Paris. The lovely Australian-British owners will welcome you with consistently amazing coffee, delicious cakes and light meals. €

FRIENDLY With two locations in the Marais and the Latin Quarter, Strada Cafe is one of our favourite all-day cafes where you can drop by for coffee, or stay for their tasty breakfast, light meals and freshly squeezed juices throughout the day. €

54 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris +33 7 82 52 93 63 |

24 rue Monge, 75005 Paris +33 9 72 45 12 87 |




This cosy and intimate Marais cafe one of the favourite spots of discerning coffee aficionados. Run by one of Paris's most influential coffee experts, Fragment also serves an excellent brunch menu. €


76 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 88 75 75 |

121 rue du Château, 75014 Paris No phone |

The south of Paris now has its own dedicated speciality coffee shop where you can enjoy excellent coffee crafted by friendly Parisian barista, Chung-Leng and roasted by coffee expert, Stéphane Cataldi.

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Epiceries you'll be spoiled with the finest gourmet produce, cheese and wine at these world-class epiceries.

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1. La Grande Épicerie de Paris

2. Lafayette Gourmet

3. LA maison plisson


One of our favourite gourmet food halls in the world, this famous épicerie in the luxurious Le Bon Marché department store has recently been renovated, and is now more impressive than ever. You’ll be spoiled for choice at this world famous épicerie.


This animated, vibrant food hall within the iconic Galeries Lafayette department store is one of the most actionpacked épiceries in Paris. You’ll find an astounding choice of sweet and savoury produce guaranteed to satisfy your every foodie whim, along with casual eateries.


24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris +33 1 44 39 80 00 |

48 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris +33 1 42 82 34 56 |

93 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris +33 1 71 18 19 09 |

This gorgeous gourmet cafe and épicerie recently arrived in Paris and has been a smash-hit since opening due to its glamorous interiors, its selection of premium French products and delicious in-house boulangerie and patisserie. Don't miss the divine homemade croissants. €€

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1. Pierre Hermé

3. Ladurée

5. La Pâtisserie des Rêves


With several upscale addresses in Paris, Pierre Hermé has been rightfully crowned the “Picasso of Pastry.” His creative macarons and éclairs au chocolat are legendary, and his chocolate cake and has been heralded as one of the “50 Best Things to Eat in the World”. €€


A Paris institution, Ladurée first opened in 1862 and today, boasts glamorous outlets all over the world. Famous for its elegant boxes of colourful macarons, Ladurée boasts seven salon de thes throughout Paris which are ideal for an afternoon of sweet indulgence. €€


72 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris +33 1 43 54 47 77 |

16 - 18 rue Royale, 75008 Paris +33 1 42 60 21 79 |

93 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris +33 1 42 84 00 82 |





With the air of a luxury boutique, the sweet creations of Jacques Genin await behind tempting glass cases, and his famous mille-feuilles are custom made for each customer. Visit his cosy inhouse cafe or takeaway an exquisite box of chocolates from his divine boutique. €€


Chef Alain Ducasse is one of the only chocolatiers in Paris to create his own luxurious chocolates onsite within his industrial-chic, boutique version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Discover his exquisite range made from beans sourced from around the globe. €€


133 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris +33 1 45 77 29 01 |

40 rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris +33 1 48 05 82 86 |

76 rue de Seine, 75006 Pari +33 1 43 26 85 77 |

True to its name “The Patisserie of Dreams”, this luxurious boutique by Philippe Conticini celebrates the best of French pâtisseries—such as the Saint-Honoré and the Paris-Brest—where each creation is revealed within its own spectacular cone-shaped glass display. €€

With three Parisian boutiques in the Saint Germain and Marais districts, Gerard Mulot’s divine pâtisserie offers a mouthwatering selection of sweet and savoury treats, including his delicate macarons in a rainbow of colours and artistic pastries wrapped in pink boxes. €€


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The Paris nightlife scene is enjoying a Renaissance ... so we've compiled a shortlist of our favourite Parisian bars to ensure that you're sipping drinks at the best addresses in town. | 223 |

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Terraces discover the city's most iconic terrace cafes where you can enjoy an aperitif & people watch like a parisian.

One of the oldest and most prestigious cafés in the world, Café de Flore boasts a picturesque setting in Paris’s chic Left Bank and has played host to many of history’s greatest minds, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Picasso. Today, Café de Flore’s animated street side terrace is still “the” fashionable place to see-and-be-seen. Open daily. €

3. Café CHARLOT TRENDY Set within a former boulangerie with original wrought iron fixtures and golden lettering above the door, the bustling Café Charlot is a people-watching hotspot in Paris's trendy Marais district. Whether you’re meeting friends for coffee, an aperitif or a light meal, this bustling terrace cafe is a buzzing hangout at all hours of the day and night. €€

5. ROSA BONHEUR CHILLED Styled as a bohemian-chic guinguette (cafe/ bar), Rosa Bonheur boasts two Paris locations: a leafy setting within the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and a fun-filled riverside setting on a péniche overlooking the Scene. Serving inexpensive drinks and a simple, homestyle menu, it’s all about the eclectic party vibe and the great music. €

172 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris +33 1 45 48 55 26 |

38 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris +33 1 44 54 03 30 |

2 allée de la Cascade, 75019 Paris +33 1 42 00 00 45 |

2. Café MARLY

With a spectacular setting beneath the arcades of the Louvre’s Richelieu Wing, Café Marly boasts a grand terrace with stunning views of the Louvre museum and its iconic glass Pyramid. Showcasing the Costes brothers’ signature sense of glamour, enjoy a front row seat on the terrace alongside famous journalists, models and designers. €€

4. THE Raphael TERRACE ROOFTOP SCENE Showcasing panoramic views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, The Raphael Terrace is perched high above the city on the rooftop of the Hotel Raphael. This is one of the city's most stunning rooftop lounge bars, where you can play chess on the giant chessboard or simply settle into a lounge chair, sip champagne and soak in the stunning views. €€

6. LE PERCHOIR ROOFTOP SCENE With several locations spread throughout Paris, Le Perchoir is known for its cool rooftop terrace bars, Le Perchoir and Le Perchoir Marais which boast panoramic, 360° views of the city. With funky wooden palettes covered with cushions and an outdoor bar illuminated by endless strings of lights, arrive early to avoid the crowds in the summer months. €

93 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris +33 1 49 26 06 60 |

17 avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris +33 1 53 64 32 00 |

14 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris +33 1 48 06 18 48 |

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Step within the doors of this hidden cocktail bar and you’ll discover a seductive space inspired by the New York speakeasy scene. Le Syndicat's cutting-edge cocktail menu experiments with rare French liquors, the sound track features cool American rap, and the trendy Parisian crowd tends to stay late savouring the inventive cocktail creations. €€


Expect delicious sharing plates and an expertly-curated drinks list featuring French wines, craft beers and an innovative cocktail program. With an easily-missed entrance and a simple neon sign, this unpretentious bar offers the perfect place to hang out with Paris's trendy north-Marais crowd. Don't miss the excellent house cocktails. €€


51 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris +33 1 66 63 57 60 | No website

1 rue Commines, 75003 Paris +33 9 80 72 98 83 |

23 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris +33 9 50 35 72 87 |

Situated in the heart of the charming Saint Germain district, Prescription is an elegant, warm and dimly-lit sanctuary of finely crafted cocktails. Prescription’s exotic specialty cocktails are limited to a short, yet sharp list creations. Settle in and slowly work your way through their new 'Winter' cocktail menu filled with sumptuously good cocktail creations. €€



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Settle in for an evening of expertlycrafted cocktails and delicious sharing plates at this fun and vibrant cocktailwine-dining bar located in Paris's edgy Pigalle area. The loft-style setting features soaring high ceilings, exposed brick walls and a friendly crowd of Parisian locals and expats. Make sure to try the excellent Chicharito house speciality cocktail. €€


Hidden away behind an unmarked door at the back of a Mexican taqueria is this sultry, prohibition-style cocktail bar. This clandestine bar is headed up by mixologist Carina Soto Velasquez, her husband Adam and their partner Joshua, who serve an enticing list of creations along with ‘guest’ cocktails contributed by some of the best bartenders in the world. €€

Global cocktail specialists Thierry Daniel and Eric Fossard bring their cutting-edge mixology skills to this late-night, underground cocktail spot close to Canal St. Martin. The duo have created an innovative cocktail list emphasising long-forgotten French spirits and old-school recipes. Jet black walls, retro tunes and lowlighting add to its mystique. €€

30-32 rue Victor Massé, 75009 Paris +33 1 45 23 11 93 |

52 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 74 41 28 |

12 rue du Château d’Eau, 75010 Paris +33 1 42 40 85 68 |


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Bars ENJOY great FRENCH wine & A vibrant scene AT THESE charming PARISIAN WINE BARS.

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1. Frenchie Bar à Vins



Known for its delicious gourmand sharing plates and expertly-curated wine list, this cosy and fun-filled wine bar is part of a trio of neighbouring venues owned by acclaimed French chef, Gregory Marchand. Make sure to try their soulsatisfying menu of sharing plates such as the homemade charcuterie, fresh pasta, seafood and meat-based dishes. €


6 rue du Nil, 75002 Paris +33 1 40 39 96 19 |

41 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris +33 1 49 26 90 60 | No website

2. Verjus Bar à Vins

4. Le Baron Rouge


This charming wine bar next to the Palais Royal is known for its great wine list of French and international varietals and its flavoursome sharing plates. The tiny, cavern-like setting fills quickly–especially with English-speaking expats–so it's best to arrive early in the evening to secure a seat. If you're still feeling hungry, head upstairs to Verjus restaurant. €€

RUSTIC This quintessentially Parisian neighbourhood wine bar serves French wines straight from the barrels lining the walls and hearty plates of French cheese and charcuterie (and fresh oysters when they're in season from September to April). Stand around the wooden barrels and sample your way through their extensive selection of wines. €

47 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 97 54 40 |

1 rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris +33 1 43 43 14 32 | No website

Enjoy a wide selection of natural wines at this charming local wine bar, situated only a short walking distance from the Louvre. This tiny space exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where guests can either stand at the bar and mingle, sit at a table in the back room or relax out on the terrace. The friendly staff will be happy to share their suggestions. €€



Costes bar is a sultry, brooding playhouse for the world’s fashionable crowd, hidden within the legendary Hotel Costes. Where the cool people play and the international jet-set dash to upon arrival in Paris, enjoy drinks in the exquisite open courtyard during summer or settle into the cosy interior blue velvet lounges for drinks during winter. €€€

4. Le BAR DU BRISTOL REFINED With the refined atmosphere of a classic lounge blended with a touch of cool exuberance, the celebrated Le Bar du Bristol is the perfect place to savour the complex flavours of an excellent cocktail. Just let award-winning mixologist Maxime Hoerth known what type of spirits or flavours you like and he will craft the perfect cocktail concoction for you. €€€

239 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 44 50 00 |

112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 +33 1 53 43 43 00 |

2. Le Bar du Plaza Athénée

The opulent Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris is home to one of the city's most sophisticated cocktail bars, which recently received a lavish facelist by celebrated design studio, Jouin Manku. Award-winning mixologist Thierry Hernandez injects fresh energy into the cocktail menu which features cutting-edge creations alongside the classics. €€€

5. PERSHING HALL LOUNGE STYLISH With a breathtaking design by Andrée Putman, step inside the fantasy world of the Pershing Hall Lounge, showcasing a lush vertical garden in the central courtyard of an elegant townhouse. Climb the grand staircase to the lounge bar with low-slung sofas, pink-hued lighting and Murano chandeliers, and sip Martinis to the sounds of live DJs. €€€

25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris +33 1 53 67 66 65 |

49 rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris +33 1 58 36 58 00 |

3. BAR 8 AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL SOPHISTICATED Step within the glamorous confines of the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel and discover the chic Bar 8. Surrounded by a verdant garden terrace, the bar is designed with a dramatic Spanish marble bar, curvaceous golden lounges and Lalique crystals which glint from the walls. Enjoy a glass of champagne or a cocktail in the romantic garden terrace. €€€

6. L'HOTEL ROMANTIC Situated in the picturesque Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, you’ll step back in time at this intimate and discreet luxury boutique hotel which was the final home of Oscar Wilde and is now the secret haven of celebrities such as Johnny Depp. Sit beneath the medieval arches of L’Hotel’s intimate bar and enjoy an expertly-crafted cocktail. €€€

251 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 70 98 78 88 |

13 rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris +33 1 44 41 99 00 |



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Start the evening with dinner at Beef Club, a New York-style steakhouse, then descend to the basement and party at The Ballroom, a fashionable cocktail bar and nightclub oozing with dimly-lit nooks and cosy velvet sofas. Enjoy expertly-mixed cocktails while dancing the night away. €€


This legendary nightclub has been one of Paris's hottest night spots since the 1970s, and was recently relaunched by a collective of well-known Parisian personalities. Make sure you dress to impress at this exclusive member’s-only supper club and late-night dance den. €€€

With interiors inspired by its previous life as a bordello, Chez Raspoutine’s sultry red interiors offer the perfect setting for its saucy Russianinspired cabaret shows. Book a table to guarantee entry and stay for the live DJs which start spinning from midnight. €€€

58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris +33 9 54 37 13 65 |

15 rue Princesse, 75006 Paris +33 1 40 51 52 80 |

58 rue de Bassano, 75008 Paris +33 1 47 20 02 90 |



8. L'ARC


Le Montana is the nocturnal hangout for the capital’s models and celebrities looking to party late into the night. Following its recent facelift and expansion into a restaurant & hotel, Le Montana is now hotter than ever. €€


A late-night club with boudoir-style interiors, well-crafted cocktails and a cutting-edge events program, this sophisticated Pigalle night spot is set within famous French composer, George Bizet’s former residence. €€

With a glamorous, retro-chic design by Lenny Kravitz and a startstudded celebrity guest list, L'Arc boasts a dramatic indoor-outdoor setting overlooking the Arc de Triomphe. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

28 rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris +33 1 44 39 71 00 | No website

34 rue Duperré, 75009 Paris +33 1 45 26 50 00 |

12 rue de Presbourg, 75016 Paris +33 6 59 21 32 44 |





Since internationally renowned graffiti artist and nightlife baron, André Saraiva opened Le Baron in 2004, this private club invites Paris’s ultra-cool crowd within its glamorous, dimlylit interiors decorated with vintage photographs and shabby-chic retro furnishing. Expect to party late. €€


Descend into this clandestine private members club designed by Hollywood director, David Lynch, and you’ll discover a cutting-edge labyrinth of creative spaces: a screening room, a live performance stage, an art library and a cocktail bar. From midnight until 6am, doors open to non-members. €€

EVENTS This cutting-edge, multidisciplinary nightlife space is set within the Cité de la Mode et du Design. Launched by the owners of the Social Club and Silencio, Wanderlust features a 1600-square-meter terrace with sweeping Seine river views, an outdoor bar, and a club with a regular lineup of DJs. €€

6 avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris +33 1 47 20 04 01 |

142 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris +33 1 40 28 05 05 |

32 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris +33 1 70 74 41 74 |





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Musée du Louvre

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As the former residence of the kings of France, this is one of the most visited museums in the world with over 8.5 million visitors per year. The museum’s extensive collection spans from the antiquity period to 1848, and covers a geographical area stretching from Western Europe to Iran, Greece, Egypt and the Middle East. Make sure to visit the world-famous 'Mona Lisa'.

3. Musée du Quai Branly ANTHROPOLOGY Situated close to the Eiffel Tower in the former Ministry of Foreign Trade, this museum features a breathtaking modern design by Jean Nouvel. Housing a collection of over 300,000 ancient civilisations objects from Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas, the museum showcases a regularly changing selection of 3,500 artefacts.

5. Musée des Arts Decoratifs INTERIORS Home to a fascinating collection of over 150,000 decorative art objects dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs celebrates the French art-de-vivre and history of refined craftsmanship. You'll find a wide variety of artistic techniques and materials on display throughout its extensive decorative arts collection.

Place du Louvre, 75001 Paris +33 1 40 20 50 50 |

37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris +33 1 56 61 70 00 |

107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris +33 1 44 55 57 50 |

2. Musée d’Orsay

Opened in 1986 within a former railway station, this museum hosts the finest collection of French impressionist art in the world, with paintings dating from 1848 to 1914. Some of the museum’s masterpieces include ‘The Luncheon on the Grass’ by Edouard Manet, ‘The Fourteen Year Old Dancer’ by Edgar Degas and ‘The Basin Water Lilies’ by Claude Monet.

4. The Centre Pompidou CUTTING-EDGE Set within the visually impressive ‘inside out’ Centre Georges Pompidou, this museum displays over 1,400 permanent artworks from the 20th century until the present day, showcasing artists such as Matisse, Kandinsky, Picasso, Dali and Miro. This striking museum boasts the second largest collection of modern art in the world.

6. Musée Rodin SCULPTURE Showcasing the world’s largest collection of works by the famous French sculptor, Rodin, this monographic museum is spread across two locations: one at Paris’s Hôtel Biron, and the other in Meudon which was the site of his former atelier and home. Make sure to visit the breathtaking garden filled with Rodin's elegant sculptures.

62 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris +33 1 40 49 48 14 |

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris +33 1 44 78 12 33 |

79 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris +33 1 44 18 61 10 |

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With a dramatic setting in Paris’s 16th district, this museum’s vast, futuristic concrete exhibition space is dedicated to cutting-edge modern and contemporary art. Having reopened in spring 2012 following a major refurbishment, it features innovative new talent and established international artists.


Set within a spectacular light-filled building designed by Jean Nouvel, this foundation was initiated in 1984 by French luxury brand, Cartier. Dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of contemporary art across all creative genres, it features an innovative program of exhibitions.

Set within a daring and futuristic building designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton was founded by the LVMH group in 2006 to promote and support contemporary artistic creation. The museum opened in 2014 and showcases a fascinating program of exhibitions.

13 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris +33 1 81 97 35 88 |

261 boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris +33 1 42 18 56 50 |

8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris +33 1 40 69 96 00 |



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1. Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

3. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac


With galleries in Paris, Hong Kong and New York, dynamic art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin is a champion of international contemporary artists. His elegant 18th-century gallery in the trendy Marais district showcases bold, avant-garde exhibitions of artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Takashi Murakami and Xavier Veilhan.


76 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 16 79 79 |

7 rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 72 99 00 |


4. Galerie Marian Goodman


Lovers of photography will be in their element at the Polka Galerie, opened in 2007 by brother and sister, Adélie de Ipanema and Edouard Genestar. Dark wooden floors and jet black ceilings create a mellow canvas for Polka’s vibrant exhibition program. Discover this temple to visual cultural commentary and photojournalism.


Cour de Venise, 12 rue Saint-Gilles, 75003 Paris +33 1 76 21 41 30 |

79 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris +33 1 48 04 70 52 |

Though based in Salzburg, Thaddaeus Ropac represents and exhibits over 60 emerging and established contemporary artists. With two galleries in Paris, one is set within a former ironware factory in the outskirts of Paris, while his trendy 3-level Marais gallery features American Pop and Neo Pop artists such as Andy Warhol.

Established in New York in 1977, the Marian Goodman Gallery has introduced leading European contemporary artists to the American audience for over 30 years. A second gallery was opened in 1995 in Paris’s historic Marais neighbourhood, showcasing some of the biggest names in contemporary art.

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1. Galeries Lafayette

2. Le Bon Marché



Heralded as the second most visited tourist attraction in Paris after the Eiffel Tower, Galeries Lafayette is a must-visit landmark for serious shoppers. Showcasing the biggest names in fashion such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Cartier, this iconic store combines luxury with accessibility. Spread across three separate buildings (each dedicated to Womenswear, Menswear & Homewares) in the heart of central Paris, this shopping haven also offers personal shopping services. When you’re in need of coffee break, visit the panoramic rooftop terrace cafe or the vibrant gourmet food hall.


As the oldest department store in Paris, Le Bon Marché opened in 1852 and introduced French people to a new era of shopping. Curating one of the most pointue fashion, beauty and homewares collections in the world, this sophisticated department store showcases a wide selection of luxury fashion and beauty brands, as well as a unique selection of design objects and furniture. Attracting Paris’s fashionable crowd, Le Bon Marché is situated on the Left Bank, and is also home to La Grande Épicerie; a gastronomic haven stocking over 30,000 gourmet products from around the world.


40 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris +33 1 42 82 34 56 |

24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris +33 1 44 39 80 00 |

64 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris +33 1 42 82 50 00 |

With its flagship Paris store spread over three neighbouring buildings, Printemps is known for its timeless Art Nouveau pavilion and its spectacular window displays. Browse the latest collections of luxury and independent designers ranging from Christian Dior, Hermès and Balenciaga, to edgier fashion labels such as Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant. Printemps also showcases a wide range of the latest fashion accessories, beauty products and designer homewares. Devoted to quality and opulence, Printemps offers a glamorous shopping experience in the heart of Paris.



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Power couple Armand and Martine Hadida have been curating an ultra-exclusive selection of new and innovative fashion and design objects for over 30 years at their seven Parisian boutiques, L’Éclaireur. Collaborating with top designers to create their breathtaking store designs, this risk-taking duo are responsible for introducing edgy labels such as Dries Van Noten to Paris.


Edgy, fashion-forward and meticulously curated, Colette continues to hold its place as “the” trend-setting haven for anyone interested in design, art and fashion. Bringing together cult brands, up-and-coming designers, gadgets and limited edition artworks, this is the go-to store for design objects, books, music and accessories. If it’s exclusive and it’s cool, you’ll find it here.

Enter through Merci’s cobblestoned courtyard or its cosy used book cafe and a visually impressive lifestyle and concept store will be revealed, unfolding over 1,500 m2 in a former 19th-century wallpaper factory. You’ll find cool vintage and contemporary furniture, homewares, fashion and accessories in Paris's trendy Marais district. Stay for lunch at their delicious organic restaurant.

10 rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris +33 1 53 43 03 70 |

213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 55 35 33 90 |

111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 77 00 33 |




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Chanel’s flagship Rue Cambon boutique is where the world’s most coveted, luxury fashion label was created at the hands of Coco Chanel. Over 100 years on, the brand continues to revamp old classics and introduce timeless pieces under the creative direction of Karl Lagerfeld.


Propelled into stardom in 1947 with its revolutionary and ultrafeminine “New Look”, the Dior of today is famous for its glamorous clothing, shoes and fragrances. Dior’s 1,200 square metre flagship store showcases the fashion house’s latest daring creations.

As the pioneer of adapting men’s fashion for the female form, Yves Saint Laurent has been a prominent fixture of the luxury fashion world since 1961. The highly acclaimed collections now created under Hedi Slimane deliver an enticing mix of elegance and rock chic.

31 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris +33 1 44 50 66 00 |

30 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris +33 1 40 73 73 73 |

53 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris +33 1 53 83 84 53 |

2. Hermès




Famous for its craftsmanship, Hermès iconic pieces include its Birkin and Kelly bags, and its silk scarves. Originally established as a harness workshop, the brand continues to feature equestrian goods alongside its luxurious fashion, beauty and home lines.


Launching its debut collection in 1952, this renowned French fashion house has been under the creative direction of Riccardo Tisci—a young Italian with a Gothic sensibility—since 2005, who injects a sense of romanticism and sensuality throughout his designs.


24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris +33 1 40 17 46 00 |

28 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 68 31 00 |

44 rue François, 75001 Paris +33 1 47 20 35 34 |


6. Chloé



Established in 1854 as a Parisian luggage manufacturer, Louis Vuitton has developed into the ultimate apparel and accessories brand. Renowned for their highly imitated canvas-covered suitcases and handbags, the label appointed Nicolas Ghesquière as its new creative director in late 2013, much to the excitement of fashion critics.


Oozing in femininity, Chloé is the label of choice for women seeking to add a sultry softness to their wardrobe. Haute bohemian with a modern tinge, the French label captures the effortless beauty that Parisians are envied for. Renowned for its flowing dresses, delicate fabrics and signature handbags, Chloé is the romantic poet of fashion.


101 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris +33 1 53 57 52 00 |

253 rue Saint-Honoré,75001 Paris +33 1 55 04 03 30 |

336 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 76 77 37 00 |


Characterised by its decadent fashion for the ultimate cool girl, tough cocktail dresses, distressed jackets and spray-on jeans epitomise Balmain’s signature look. Under Olivier Rousteing, Balmain has once again found its place at the forefront of the fashion world.

Spanish-born label Balenciaga has garnered praise from royals to rival designers, and can be attributed with redefining the female silhouette and introducing the world to tunics and baby doll dresses. Taking the reigns as director in 2012, designer Alexander Wang holds true to Balenciaga’s heritage, producing structured pieces with a cool, urban slant.


BOUTIQUES no-one captures effortless cool quite like these stylish french labels.

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2. vanessa bruno

3. AMI


French designer, Isabel Marant is the queen of “effortlessly cool” fashion collections. Perfecting the thrown together Parisan look, this is where fashion editors turn to for inspiration about the latest bohemian chic style. Also known for her signature accessories, jewellery and ankle boots, this is where you’ll find fashion savvy Parisian girls shopping on the weekends.


Sophisticated tailoring, beautiful draping and intricate details are the signatures of Vanessa Bruno’s eponymous fashion brand. Exuding easy elegance and femininity, Vanessa Bruno designs pieces that are multi-generational and can be worn from one season to the next. Her more affordable, casual diffusion line, Athé, is also a firm staple in the closets of stylish Parisians.

AMI, meaning "friend" in French, was founded by French artistic director, Alexandre Mattiusi. Founded in 2011, this hip Parisian label offers a smart and comprehensive wardrobe of stylish men's casual clothing – although Parisian women also love the the labels tailored silhouettes. With 300 points of sales around the world, the brand has established three boutiques in Paris.

47 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 78 19 24 |

100 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 77 19 41 |

14 rue d'Alger, Paris 75001 +33 9 82 44 40 20 |



4. DE FURSAC TAILORED Established in 1973, De Fursac is a stylish men's French fashion label known for its razor-sharp silhouettes, high quality Italian fabrics, and its ultra-sharp suits and tuxedos. De Fursac blends yesterday's elegance with contemporary chic and its seasonal collections cater to the tempo of modern life.

34 avenue de l'Opéra, 75002 Paris +33 1 53 43 05 00 | 5. A.P.C.

Coveted for its timeless style and pared-down aesthetic, A.P.C. has established itself as the go-to label for an effortlessly chic wardrobe. Collaborating with major names such as Kanye West, founder Jean Touitou succeeds at recreating classic staples and ignoring outlandish trends, and is the epitome of Parisian-cool for the fashionable crowd. MINIMALIST

38 rue Madame, 75006 Paris +33 1 42 22 12 77 | 6. SANDRO

Sandro masters the art of everyday fashionable yet affordable clothing and accessories, with stylish staples to suit any occasion. Following Sandro’s women’s ready-to-wear launch in 1984, Evelyne’s son Ilan Chétrite introduced a menswear collection in 2008. With stores in every chic corner of Paris, don’t miss a visit to this French fashion mainstay.


269 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 58 62 28 75 | 7. MAJE

Relaxed tailoring and sharp details have propelled Maje onto the global fashion stage. Moroccan-born designer Judith Milgrom aims to create feminine garments that tell a story and empower women. Bohemian with a touch of glamour, classic yet original, Maje is synomous with Parisian chic. DISCREET

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22 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004 Paris +33 1 42 71 01 88 |


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Established in 1996, Acne Studios is a multi-disciplined label hailing from Stockholm. Entering into fashion as the king of denim, its collection has grown to include pret-a-porter for men and women. With a focus on tailoring, Acne delivers tough, urban looks with a stylish and refined edge.


3 rue Froissart, 75003 Paris +33 1 49 96 96 91 |

56 rue Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris +33 1 72 07 00 21 |





Designer Alexander Wang is known for his aesthetic that embodies downtown cool. Studded bags and deconstructed separates have gained a cult-like following of "It" girls for their high-end grunge look. All eyes are on this young brand with its super sleek aesthetic with a slouchy edge.


Young and daring, Miu Miu was never going to be one to stand in the shadows of its old sister, Prada. Blending avant-garde details and elements of whimsy with ideas that challenge the norm, Miu Miu’s muse is the twenty-something woman who wear edginess with confidence.

Fusing glamour, impeccable tailoring and high quality fabrics, iconic American label Ralph Lauren is synonymous with timeless sophistication. The labels luxury men's, women's and children's clothing collections, and homeware line are renowned worldwide.

Le Bon Marché, 24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris +33 1 44 39 80 00 |

219 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 58 62 53 20 |

173 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris +33 1 44 77 77 00 |





Founded in Milan in 1913, Prada is a luxury Italian label which is synonymous with sophistication and elegance. This fashion-forward brand is renowned for its highly covetable clothing, leather goods, footwear, eyewear and fragrance collections.


Known for her elegant collections and ethical stance, Stella McCartney designs pieces for chic, modern women. Sharp tailoring and luxurious fabrics are used to create clothing that exudes an effortless elegance. She also has a delicate lingerie line and adorable childrenswear.


6 rue Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris +33 1 58 18 63 30 |

114-121 Galerie de Valois, Jardins du Palais Royal, 75001 Paris | +33 1 47 03 03 80

19 place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 40 20 11 30 |

Styling the most glamorous men and women for over 90 years, Gucci is the epitome of Italian high fashion. With a history steeped in opulence and fine craftsmanship, this iconic Italian brand is known for its sultry fashion, stylish handbags and sleek sunglasses.


23 rue Royale, 75008 Paris +33 1 44 94 14 70 |

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Known for its luxurious trench coats and its refined fabrics, this iconic British label was founded in 1856 and creates mens and womens fashion, accessories and fragrance collections. The brand has soared to new heights under the creative direction of Christopher Bailey.


Knowing what people want before they want it is a trait that has made Marc Jacobs one of the most influential designers of his time. An arbiter of trends, the eponymous label has a flair for quirky detailing and creating structured pieces that never appear too polished.

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As the world’s most coveted luxury fashion label, Chanel was the first couture house to expand beyond fashion and fine jewellery into watches in 1987. Chanel's exquisite time pieces blend a signature elegance, sportiness yet undeniably chic aesthetic. Also revered for its glamorous fine jewellery, Chanel is renowned for its meticulously crafted and timeless collections.


Launched in 1998, Dior Joaillerie blends fine craftsmanship with a sense of fantasy. Former Chanel jewellery designer Victoire de Castellane brings playful and innovative ideas to the brand’s designs, creating exquisite pieces that also stay true to Dior’s principles of luxury and elegance. Dior’s highly covetable fine jewellery and watch collections are as precious as they are stylish.

ICONIC Cartier needs little introduction. The French jewellery house encapsulates true Parisian style and has long been a favourite of royalty, celebrities and glamorous socialites. Located on the most elite streets across Paris, the brand’s new flagship store on boulevard des Capucines is an impressive sanctuary showcasing Cartier’s finest pieces, such as their iconic diamond encrusted watches.

18 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris +33 1 55 35 50 00 |

8 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 96 30 84 |

12 boulevard des Capucines, 75009 Paris +33 1 44 51 46 01 |


4. ROLEX ICONIC Since its inception, Rolex has been a visionary brand, introducing the first waterproof wristwatch in 1926. The ‘Oyster’ as it was named, continues to be produced in several models and can be attributed as the design that propelled Rolex into its position as one of the leaders in luxury wristwatches. The brand is renowned for its elegant, timeless and most importantly, reliable fine watches.

9 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris +33 1 40 20 21 00 | 5. bell & ROSS TIMELESS Durable and showing the highest level of design, Bell & Ross timepieces are favoured by astronauts, pilots and scuba divers for their optimal performance in extreme situations. Designed to last a lifetime, the brand's product range features optimal water resistance, highly accurate Swiss mechanical movements and clear visual indicators.

25 rue Royale, 75008 Paris +33 1 40 07 98 52 | 6. DUBAIL

Synonymous across the globe with prestige and service, Dubail has been one of the leading Paris luxury watch retailers for the past thirty years. Discover the latest collections of exclusive brands such as Rolex, Cartier and Chopard, as well as limited edition, rare and collector's timepieces in their Paris boutiques.


21 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris +33 1 42 61 11 17 | 7. AUDEMARS PIGUET SOPHISTICATED Founded in 1875 by watchmakers Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet, Swiss ultraluxury watch brand Audemars Piguet is known for its self-winding automatic chronograph and classic pocket watches designed for men and women as rare, precious and consistently unique creations.

Place de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris +33 1 40 20 45 45 |

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Christian Louboutin is known the world over for creating striking footwear, such as his sexy sky-high stilettos and sneakers covered in glitter. This French mainstay label, distinguished by its glossy red sole, has found a place in wardrobes and on runways for over 20 years.


Founded by three friends in Paris, Diptyque has been a world leader in fragrance since 1961. Creators of luxury candles, personal fragrances and beauty products, Diptyque uses of all-natural ingredients and has an extensive range of divine scented products to choose from.

Established in 1987, Aesop creates superlative skin, beauty and hair products for men and women. As renowned for its scented beauty range as it is for its minimalist signature packaging, this Australian brand features several stunning boutiques located in Paris’s chicest districts.

68 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris +33 1 42 68 37 65 |

34 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris +33 1 43 26 77 44 |

256 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris +33 1 40 20 96 14 |


5. maison guerlain



Scent-lovers will be in heaven at this 1,880-square-foot perfumery concept store, dedicated to avant-garde fragrances such as L’Artisan Parfumeur. An in-store diagnosis will help you to narrow your search for the perfect fragrance from among the fifty brands on offer.


Escape from everyday worries at this beauty boutique and luxury spa. Discover this historic French brand signature product range by sampling their wonderful fragrance range. While you're there, reserve a personalised facial treatment at their in-house spa.

CHILDREN French label Bonpoint is an institution for fashion-loving parents worldwide. Soft fabrics, detailed craftsmanship and poetic designs place Bonpoint at the forefront of luxury children’s fashion. Make sure to visit its divine Saint Germain flagship store.

20 rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris +33 1 40 26 46 03 |

68 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris +33 1 45 62 11 21 |

6 rue de Tournon, 75006 Paris +33 1 40 51 98 20 |



9. WH Smith


Established in 1643, Cire Trudon is the oldest and most prestigious candle manufacturer in France. Their most sought-after candles are encased in hand-blown Italian glass, ensuring no two candles are the same.


Known for its fashionable, durable yet remarkably lightweight luggage, Lipault's collection of brightlycoloured bags, wheeled duffels and trolleys in a rainbow of colours are the Parisian must-have accessory and statement piece.


78 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris +33 1 43 26 46 50 |

8, boulevard de la Madeleine, 75009 Paris +33 1 40 17 97 92 |

248 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris +33 1 44 77 88 99 |


For the widest range of English magazines, newspapers and books in Paris, W.H.Smith is a two-storey haven stocking over 70,000 English titles, the biggest retailer of its kind in Paris. It's located across from Jardin des Tuileries.


Xavier Louyot Meet the Parisian executive who is one of the most discerning global travellers that we know, who shares his insider's guide to The City of Light.


avier Louyot is the Director of Marketing for EMEA for the luxury and upscale brands of Accor Hotels Group (Sofitel, MGallery, Pullman). Electic in both his career and his tastes, he enjoys travelling to cosmopolitan cities such as New York, where he lived for two years, as well as to exotic destinations such as Beirut and the Greek islands. We find out his Paris insider's guide. What are some of your favourite areas and addresses in Paris? XL: Paris is both a modern and a “postcard” city, and I really like this contrast. I live near Belleville, which has the same kind of tempo that I enjoyed while living in New York and Philadelphia. I like to walk around Paris, especially in parks and gardens such as Les Jardins de Bagatelle, in Boulogne, or around the Palais Royal. I never miss the event “Jardins, Jardin” which takes place in early June at the Tuileries. In the Galerie Vivienne, I like to stop

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by artist Christian Astuguevieille's studio, whose work really speaks to me. I am also a fan of Parisian libraries, such as Galignani, and going to local movie theaters. Accor's Hotel Scribe actually hosted the first screening of the Cinematograph; as culture is one of the values of the Sofitel brand. In terms of my favourite restaurants, Anahi is an Argentinian restaurant which was run by Carmina who I have shared very happy memories there with. Le Grand Cœur, which recently opened in Paris, in set within a beautiful courtyard. I also like Hero cocktail bar for its cool crowd and Korean potions and cocktails. I also like typical French brasseries such as Le Select in the Montparnasse district. The Pastry Library of Stay-Yannick Alléno restaurant at the Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg literally hypnotizes me, and I recently discovered Les Cocottes by chef Christian Constant at the Sofitel Paris Arc-de-Triomphe where the eggs mimosa are to die for!

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VuTheara Capturing the romance and nostalgia of Paris through his lens, the phenomenally talented young Parisian photographer, VuTheara Kham, is one of France's hottest Instagram sensations. Follow him on Instagram and you'll be transported to The City of Lights when discovering his exquisite portfolio of travel, fashion and lifestyle images. To read our full interview with VuTheara, visit | @vutheara

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