9 Hottest Spots in Paris Now
Paris. The leader of Michelin-starred restaurants, world-renowned museums and romantic, palatial hotels. Now, a new performing arts center, three-level Korean dining venue and legendary nightclub pave the way for the city's next chapter.
Les Bains Paris
The 19th-century Marais bathhouse Les Bains Guerbois turned into the legendary nightclub Les Bains Douches, and it has now been relaunched as a luxury hotel with the help of French architect Vincent Bastie. The interiors were designed by Tristan Auer and Denis Montel, who filled the airy guestrooms with contemporary artworks, distressed gray carpeting and vintage-style orange sofas. The seasonally inspired restaurant, with its red lacquer ceilings and walls, is already one of the hottest tables in town, and in the basement the nightclub features a pool and a hammam.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
The French fashion house recently opened this cloudlike curved glass contemporary arts center designed by Frank Gehry in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne (a great green space for summer strolling). The foundation has been unveiling its permanent collection in a series of exhibits throughout the year, alongside special shows (such as “Keys to a Passion,” which features seminal modern artworks by Matisse, Mondrian and Malevich, among others) and multidisciplinary events.
Restaurant Guy Savoy at Monnaie de Paris
The famed French chef has just moved his three-Michelin–starred restaurant to the top of Paris’s historic Monnaie de Paris (Royal Mint), which is undergoing an extensive transformation. Savoy is also set to unveil a more casual brasserie in one of the courtyards next year, when the complex — which will also include exhibition spaces, luxury boutiques and a 10,800-square-foot garden — is slated for completion.
Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop
The founder/editor of Steel (a French and English-language lifestyle magazine focused on urban cycling) has opened one of the city’s coolest new concept shops. Think of it as a hub for Paris bikers as well as a meet-up point for group rides, with specialty coffee, health-conscious sandwiches and stylish gear from around the globe.
La 8 Iéna at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
The East-meets-West hotel (formerly the residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte and recently awarded France’s prestigious “palace” distinction) has turned its gated, landscaped terrace into a restaurant and bar exclusively for the summer, offering seasonal dishes (green pea cappuccino with fresh goat cheese; wok-fried vegetables with grilled tofu) and a special cocktail menu inspired by the Chinese concept of chi.
Philharmonie de Paris
With its angular aluminum façade designed by Jean Nouvel, this highly anticipated concert hall and performing arts center just opened within the Parc de la Villette. Expect everything from concerts by the Paris Orchestra, to film screenings with live musical accompaniment, to special exhibits on, say, Serge Gainsbourg in the Music Museum. Coming late summer: a rooftop walkway and restaurant with sweeping Paris views.
The latest from the team behind the wildly popular Le Mary Celeste and La Candelaria, Hero serves contemporary Korean food washed down with natural champagne, soju and bubble tea cocktails. The three-level Sweden-meets-South-Korea space is decorated with natural wood tables and hand-crafted lanterns. The kitchen is known for its yangnyeom (crispy fried chicken), but don’t miss the kimchi macaroni and cheese.
This newly opened B&B (that’s “Bed and Beverage”), in nightlife mecca Pigalle, comes from the owners of Paris’s Experimental Cocktail Club, so expect to be served some killer drinks. The 37 guestrooms, designed by chic up-and-comer Dorothée Meilichzon, are low-lit and sexy (aged, textured wallpaper, martini motif carpeting, bar carts), but the real winner is the lounge, which has a moody, clubby vibe and inventive craft cocktails. Bonus: A Citroën DS will drive guests to the brand’s other Paris nightspots.
Calling all hipsters: The colorful hostel brand Generator has just opened its largest property (920 beds!) near Canal St. Martin. The rooms are stylishly spare, with pine floors and white-on-white bedding. (You can share your room or have one all to yourself; some of the latter have terraces with hammocks.) The low-key restaurant has a menu that features ingredients from the on-site garden, and the rooftop bar has gorgeous views of Sacré-Coeur.