Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs
Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs

Megan Burns

Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge
Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge

Holly O'Neill

Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween
Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween

Lauren Heskin

This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million
This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million

Megan Burns

Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal stranger to my son’
Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal...

Amanda Cassidy

Cuffing season is upon and singletons need to know what to look out for
Cuffing season is upon and singletons need to know what to look out for

Christina McLoughlin

Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style
Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style

Amanda Cassidy

These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now
These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now

Jennifer McShane

Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?
Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?

Esther O'Moore Donohoe

Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back
Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back

Holly O'Neill

Image / Editorial

Where You Must Visit In Paris


by Lucy White
14th Feb 2017
Where You Must Visit In Paris

Culture at ?

DESIGN Les Arts Decoratifs occupies a few wings of the Louvre but is a museum in its own right, with its own entrance and admission price. Prepare to be dazzled by more than 150,000 objects d?art, from Medieval furniture and Ren? Lalique glassware to the bronze, 19th-century bed donated to the museum by the infamous courtesan Valtesse de la Bigne, who inspired Emile Zola’s novel Nana. (107 Rue de Rivoli, +33 144 555 750; lesartsdecoratifs.fr)

5363

FUNKY Nowhere in Paris is like the extraordinary Le Comptoir G?n?ral (above), a 600sqm multifunctional ?ghetto museum? celebrating Franco-African cultures, housing arts events, a thrift shop, classrooms, a barbershop, its own radio station and also eateries: Le Rade being a thriving bar where it’s survival of the fittest at weekends to get a seat. A true original. (80 Quai de Jemmapes; lecomptoirgeneral.com)

FASHION Palais Galliera (below)?provides a who’s-who of French fashion history. All the leading couturiers are represented here, such as Pierre Balmain, Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli, but they are only displayed to the public in exclusive shows: don’t miss Anatomy of a Collection, which has been extended to February 2017, and boasts some 200 pieces synonymous with the people that wore them, i.e. one of Marie-Antoinette’s corsets, Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Givenchy LBD as seen in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Gala Dali’s Surrealist shoe-hat. (10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, +33 156 528 600; palaisgalliera.paris.fr)

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-18-51-16

 

Sleep at ?

QUIRKY Fashion designer Christian Lacroix continues his second career as an interior designer, with the three-star Hotel l?Antoine being his newest muse. Here, colours and patterns run riot, with each of the hotel’s five floors inspired by the area’s bohemian past – cue a mash-up of Baroque, graffiti, trompe l?oeil and fluoro. The lounge’s honesty bar is a nice touch, while the short stroll to the Bastille Metro makes getting around a cinch. (12 Rue de Charonne, +33 155 283 011; hotelantoinebastilleparis.com)

CHARMING Paris is known for its shoebox-size rooms and the Hotel Henri IV is no exception – but how many single rooms offer a spacious private terrace? Truly lovely, this Left Bank boutique hotel (below) is small but perfectly-formed and just a baguette’s throw from the pretty Saint Severin Church, while Notre Dame Cathedral is within a five-minute stroll. (9-11 Rue Saint Jacques, +33 146 332 020; henri4hotel.com)

hr-paris

HIP A self-proclaimed ?bed and beverage?, Grand Pigalle is the brainchild of cocktail bar and restaurant tastemakers The Experimental Group. This 37-room five-star in buzzy SoPi (South Pigalle) combines old-school elegance – tasselled door keys, monsieur? – with contemporary luxury (unsurprisingly, the cocktails downstairs are tr’s bon). (29 Rue Victor Mass?, +33 185 731 200; grandpigalle.com)

Eat at ?

ART NOUVEAU Pretend you’re hobnobbing with designers Hector Guimard (who designed Bastille’s Metro entrance, a short walk away) at Le Bistrot du Peintre in the 11th arrondissement, a restaurant that dates back to 1902 and still retains many of its original decorative features. Food is classic and seasonal, while all its vin is sourced from independent French wine growers. (116 Avenue Ledru Rollin, +33 147 003 439; bistrotdupeintre.com)

SHARING PLATES Stuffed yourself at lunchtime with a prix fixe menu? Venture off the beaten track to Au Passage (below), a bijou neighbourhood joint where French tapas-style dishes offer simple but sophisticated light bites, from nose-to-table meats to oysters and asparagus with poached egg. Staff are as warm and welcoming as the freshly baked bread. (1 bis Passage Saint-S?bastien, +33 1 43 55 07 52; restaurant-aupassage.fr)

12249755_1068126699898431_8396362521135673467_n

TAKEOUT Riding on the coattails of the runaway success of his restaurant Frenchie (reservations a must) and its across-the-road offshoot Bar a Vins, chef Gregory Marchand launched Frenchie to Go, also on the same street. In spring or summer, grab a lobster roll and homemade ginger beer to go and chow down on a sunny bench in this hip ?hood known as Little Egypt. (9 Rue du Nil, +33 140 262 343; frenchietogo.com)

Drink at ?

ASIAN Open since spring, Hero is from the same hipster stable as Candelaria, Glass and Le Mary Celeste. Korean fried chicken is its USP, although the deviled eggs, dumplings and kimchi mac ‘n’ cheese are also tastebud-pleasers (and check out the inventive use of horse trough ?finger bowls are so pass?). If nothing else, perch at the ground floor cocktail bar for colourful cocktails. (289 Rue Saint-Denis, +33 1 23 45 67 89; heroparis.com)

LEAFY Bistrot des Dames (below) is what Parisian-courtyard dreams are made of, a verdant inner sanctum from the hustle and bustle of Montmartre. Sup on a chilled Sancerre in the garden terrace, and pick on cheese boards and charcuterie. And if you just can’t be bothered to move, check into its own Eldorado Hotel. (18 Rue des Dames, +33 145 221 342; eldoradohotel.fr)

hotel-eldorado-bistrot-des-dames-nuit-1024x682

ROOFTOP Located on the top floor of the historic Printemps department store, bar D?li-Cieux is a tourist trap but don’t let that put you off – the 360-degree panorama of the city is breathtaking. Sure, you won’t be the only one there toasting the sunshine with a glass of champagne, but who cares, when views are this good? (64 Boulevard Haussmann, +33 142 825 000; departmentstoreparis.printemps.com)

Also Read

Where You Must Visit In Paris
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

Where You Must Visit In Paris
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

Where You Must Visit In Paris
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

Where You Must Visit In Paris
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

Where You Must Visit In Paris
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

Where You Must Visit In Paris
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

Where You Must Visit In Paris
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy