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The Best New Paris Sleeps and Eats

From a multiyear revamp of the Museé Picasso to a hip-hop karaoke joint in neon-lit Pigalle, Paris resident Hannah Westley explores the hottest new openings in the City of Light

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Lockwood, 73 Rue d'Aboukir, 75002

The hip and hairy Lehoux brothers, who were responsible such Parisian hot spots as le Silencio and le Ten Belles, are the creative brains behind the Lockwood, in the city's Sentier neighborhood. It's a coffee shop, cocktail bar or restaurant depending on the time of day, and the simple decor brings together wooden tables, bookshelves, liquor bottles on bungee cords above the bar, and a vaulted stone-walled basement.


Molitor Paris MGallery‎

Paris is buzzing that the Molitor, the city’s mythical Art Deco municipal pool complex, where the city's beautiful people used to bathe, has been reborn and transformed into a palatial private resort. Long abandoned and forgotten (and a site for raves and graffiti artists following its closure in 1989), the owners have created a carbon copy of the original Molitor with sleek guestrooms encircling the iconic summer pool.


L’Isolé, 14 Rue Frochot 75009

In a onetime hostess bar in lurid Pigalle, L’Isolé is a new cocktail bar and hip-hop karaoke joint. Designed by Le Creative Sweatshop, a studio at the crossroads of fashion, contemporary art, design and architecture, the club is divided into two distinct areas: a main room with a long bar, DJ booth and dance floor, and a smaller space designed for soulful singalongs.


Floyd’s Bar and Grill, 11 Rue d'Enghien, 75010

In a bold culinary move, Jamie Young is serving traditional English cuisine to French diners, and his signature Sunday roast dinners are now being booked out days in advance. But it’s not just the meat that is attracting Parisian foodies to this new eatery. The dining room opens out onto a courtyard (a rarity in Paris), and the decor is fashionably sparse.


Bleu de Paname, 68 Rue St. Honoré, 75001

This menswear label has opened a new flagship store not far from Les Halles. The store stocks contemporary staples based on the French proletarian uniform of a blue work jacket and trousers. Already a firm favorite with such sartorial stars as Comme des Garçons, the clothes are manufactured in France, and the brand has made its name through quality, innovation and design.


Museé Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003

Following a five-year closure, a €52 million refurbishment and much controversy, including the departure of the museum’s director, who oversaw much of the renovation work, the Musée Picasso opens its doors on October 25. Housed in a 17th-century mansion, the Hôtel Salé, the museum holds nearly 300 of Picasso’s paintings, as well as sculptures and other pieces. The new space will showcase the works in an exhibition space that has tripled in size, to 41,000 square feet over five floors.


La Cave de Septime, 3 Rue Basfroi, 75011

With its discreet façade and minimalist decor, this new wine bar/wine shop is the little brother to the super-successful Septime restaurant just down the road. The chef and owner of Septime, Bertrand Grébaut, claims he decided to open this new venture after he ran out of room to stock his wine. The bar is tiny but it serves a great array of organic wines, cold meats and cheeses.


Le Mary Celeste, 1 Rue Commines, 75003

From the crew behind Candelaria and Glass, this new bar and restaurant pairs great cocktails with wild oysters. But that’s not all: Chef Haan Palcu-Chang, a Canadian of Romanian and Chinese descent, also lures in the punters with inventive dishes such as Chinese BBQ pancakes, veal tartare with chili mayonnaise, and guinea fowl with tare sauce and ginger.


Concrete, 69 Port de la Rapée, 75012

Following the enormous success of its all-day Sunday parties (from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday morning), the Surprize collective has opened a nightclub on the biggest boat in Paris on Friday and Saturday nights. The fantastic lineup of DJs, often shipped in from overseas, testifies to the group's irreproachable sense of all things cool.


Bones, 43 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011

Young Australian chef James Henry is responsible for the success of this new split-level bar and restaurant. Head to the wine bar to tuck into simple dishes like cold meats, oysters and sashimi, or indulge in a mouthwatering no-choice tasting menu in the intimate 25-seat restaurant. With its brick walls, concrete floors and marble-topped tables, the atmosphere is intimate, laid-back and, above all, focused on the food.



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