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“The City of Light,” “The City of Love,” or the world's fashion capital, endless are the monikers to pinpoint the magic of Paris. An indomitable essence of fine living, romance, and wonder runs through Paris’s veins, with its mere mention evoking far more than its landmarks. Paris's iconic 19th century cityscape criss-crossing city blocks offer a healthy punch of culture and history – from sprawling boulevards, palatial public gardens, and enchanting tree-lined quays along the mighty Seine. Paris's legendary high-end retail and fine dining institutions are tailored to please the most discerning clients. The famed City of Lights offers no shortage of ways to Illuminate your travels. To get its full regalia, Paris has to be experienced, and preferably more than once – even often!
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Paris is designed like an escargot, with its 20 neighborhoods, called arrondissements, spiraling out from the city’s center point like the shell of a snail. The arrondissements of Paris divide and, in a sense, define the city. These urban administrative districts each have a distinct character. Nonetheless, in each of them, you find those iconic Parisian elements — shops, history, food, and the quartiers (neighborhoods) where Parisians live. It's for good reason that the Paris arrondissements are referred to as the "twenty little cities,” and each has a unique draw. From the historic ground zero of the 1st arrondissement to the 20th’s fantastically calm 20th or “Paris countryside”, these streets unravel fascinating stories found at the crux of history and modernism.
As well as being the oldest and most central, the 1st and 2nd Arrondissements were the two smallest districts in Paris. For centuries, the seat of royal power in France was here, centered on the Louvre palace. Primarily set on the Right Bank, Paris's elegant 1st Arrondissement (premier)_ _has the fewest residents but a huge number of sights, including the Musée du Louvre, stately gardens Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Palais Royal, contemporary art museum Collection Pinault – Paris, and plenty more.
The 2nd Arrondissement has long been underrated by travelers, meaning it's not a hot spot for tourists but rather a calm, chic neighborhood popular with locals. The relatively quiet streets are within walking distance from major attractions, including Notre Dame, the museums along the Seine, and Le Marais: the historic aristocratic district that's now synonymous with Parisian cool. We would be remiss if we did not mention landmark attractions like the nearby Centre George Pompidou and charming covered walkways design
Built over marshlands ("marais"), it was the favored neighborhood of the aristocracy from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Nowadays, you’ll find trendy shops and thousands of Parisians out for Sunday brunch. It's also where you go for a bit of a stroll down the grassy path at the equilateral Place de Vosges, the first royal park in Paris open to the public. The 3rd Arrondissement, known as the Haut Marais (Upper Marais), is the best neighborhood for cafes and museums._ _It underwent a mid-2000s metamorphosis and today bursts with design ateliers and stylish cafe \
As opposed to the more suave Upper Marais, the Le Marais' more lively southern part contains the 4th Arrondissement. As for the 4th Arrondissement (quatrième), the district received a facelift of its own in the 1960s and '70s and remains one of Paris' most fashionable addresses. The multifaceted 4th Arrondissement is also home to thriving Jewish and LGBTQI+ communities and the iconic Centre Pompidou cultural center showcasing modern and contemporary art.
LATIN QUARTER (THE 5TH ARRONDISSEMENT)
Traditionally inhabited by students, the Latin Quarter takes its name from the Latin language, used in classrooms of all surrounding universities and schools, following the example of the famous Sorbonne. There are numerous walks: stroll around, and take time to lose yourself in the little streets between the Gardens of Luxembourg and the Pantheon. The student-filled 5th Arrondissement (cinquième) abounds with second hand bookstores and record shops, art-deco cinemas, jazz clubs, and late-night bars. The Musée National du Moyen Âge incorporates medieval and Roman-era architecture, while natural history museums are in the botanic gardens of Jardin des Plantes.
Probably one of the prettiest areas in Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés was, in the 19th century and the earlier part of the 20th century, the haunt of both the French existentialists (Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre). Plaques are hung on the walls of houses, former homes of all the big names of culture and French literary geniuses. Besides, it is a jewel box of exquisite boutiques and restaurants and home to the chestnut-shaded park Jardin du Luxembourg, where children sail wooden toy boats on the octagonal pond.
EIFFEL TOWER - 7TH ARRONDISSEMENT
The 7th Arrondissement is home to some of the grand symbols of the city – Musée d'Orsay, the Musée Rodin's sculpture-filled mansion and rose garden, and the indigenous and folk-art museum, Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Manicured lawns front the central Hôtel des Invalides military complex containing Napoléon's tomb. To the west is Paris's emblematic Eiffel Tower. But if you look beyond those glittering facades, you'll find narrow, yet wealthy residential streets, tree-lined parks, the banks of the Seine, and the services Parisians need for their daily lives. Experience a totally unique riverfront experience upstream from ‘La dame de fer” at the fantastic Townhouse Amanda. Claiming the serene Islet of Ile Saint Germain, this gorgeous riverfront property curates an oasis of discretion and tranquility, a romantic boat ride from the city's historic core.
One of the most beautiful avenues in the world, Champs-Elysées Avenue, is the beating heart of Paris and is appreciated by everyone - Parisians and tourists alike. Its name comes from Greek mythology, in which the Champs-Elysées was the final resting place for warriors. The avenue, more than two kilometers long, links Place de la Concorde with Place de L’Etoile, offering pedestrians a clear view of the city’s chic districts. Let yourself be seduced by the most prestigious boutiques where Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Guerlain have their doors open. The 8th Arrondissement is the home of the good things in life – excellent museums, elite shopping and of course the legendary Hotel de Pourtales. This cultural monument houses one of our finest LVH selections, Penthouse Spencer. This Paris luxury Penthouse rental is sure to dazzle guests with its elite amenities, striking postmodern design, romantic urban vistas and incomparable location.
The 9th Arrondissement runs north of the famous 19th century Paris opera house. It’s home to the Haussmann Saint-Lazare district with its imposing avenues and wide boulevards. A shopping temple, the arrondissement has all the biggest art nouveau department stores, starting with the legendary Galeries Lafayette and its vast dome. A few steps away, you have the possibility of browsing in the aisles of another emblematic department store, Printemps. Its departments offer you the chance to have a snack and taste the famous Ladurée macaroons.
The and the New Opera are found here. The 11th Arrondissement is a primarily residential district popular among artists. Home to traditional furniture makers, a new wave of graphic designers, and multimedia artists, Paris’s most densely populated arrondissement, the 11th (onzième), is a hotbed of creativity, with a foundry-housed digital museum, L'Atelier des Lumières, craft breweries, collaborative coffee roasteries, and sizzling new restaurant openings.
The Trocadéro square, atop the hill of Chaillot, is undoubtedly the most spectacular landmark in the neighborhood. It is a well-known and much-visited section of the 16th just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, where some of the best views of that monument are to be had. The areas around rue de Passy and Place Victor Hugo offer upscale shopping, and the Place de Trocadéro offers a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower from its trendy cafes. But you may not realize the 16th is also home to a couple of favorite Michelin-starred restaurants. Top draws include the terraced Jardins du Trocadéro, while the hunting lodge-housed Musée Marmottan Monet is among its lesser-known gems. Capture the essence of the 16th with a stay in Maison Montespan; a luxury vacation home presenting an intoxicating fusion of the fresh and modern with a proud aristocratic heritage.
Although the famous Montmartre covers the 18th Arrondissement neighborhood it is also associated with the cool, off-the-beaten-path Batignolles in the 17th. The 18th Arrondissement is synonymous with Montmartre's steep, ivy-clad streets crowned by the hilltop Sacré-Cœur basilica. Montmartre was formerly a village of the same name, high up on the hill above Paris. This historical and artistic quartier has been home to famous (and not-so-famous) painters and writers, most notably Picasso, Renoir, and van Gogh. It's also home to the Dali Museum. To Montmartre's south is the (tame) red-light district Pigalle, home to the Moulin Rouge cabaret, while to its east, Château Rouge and La Goutte d'Or make up Paris' "Little Africa" neighborhood, with aromatic street markets, colorful fabric shops, and a vibrant music scene.
In this land of unwavering kitchen etiquette, the food landscape in the French capital is an assemblage of quality dining experiences at all levels. Bustling with brilliant restaurants with 134 Michelin stars divided among the most haute cuisine eateries, Paris counts a bevy of establishments that show off its cosmopolitan nonchalance and spirit. The Paris Society Group and Moma Group, key players in the catering and hospitality sector in France, are responsible for bringing together many great chefs, architects and prestigious artistic directors to create unique and varied dining concepts.
Frenchie has been a long-time favorite address for Parisians looking for excellent food in stylish surroundings. After chef Greg Marchand was awarded his first Michelin star at the restaurant in January 2019, the accolade has given diners another reason to visit. The unique menu changes every two weeks and is not listed anywhere on the website, making it a surprise every time you go. Classics such as grilled fish and pork belly, as well as more unusual combinations such as foie gras with carrot, tamarind, and macadamia nut, are well-guarded giving you an idea of what to expect from Marchand’s modern French menu.
Contemporary restaurants at the Park Hyatt, Pur', is a more intimate space for a really enjoyable dinner. The restaurant is in keeping with the spirit of the hotel on the rue de la Paix, where luxury is synonymous with refinement, modernity, and discretion. Ed Tuttle designed the interior, creating an atmosphere that is both comfortable and private, with just 35 covers. Every last detail has been thought out: the color palette, the lighting and the space itself – a vast rotunda with a dome and a colonnade encircling it. Here, Jean-François Rouquette (Taillevent, Le Crillon, La Cantine des Gourmets, Les Muses) has found a place worthy of expressing his talent in all its brilliance. There is finesse in how he marries excellent produce in his creative and inspired cuisine.
Epicure is a culinary institution for French cuisine. The restaurant is situated in the prestigious Le Bristol Paris and is set among a French garden. Indulge in a truly epicurean experience curated by Chef Éric Frechon, who has four Michelin stars to his name, including one star for French brasserie 114 Faubourg. The chef’s finesse in French classics is showcased in his signature dishes like artichoke, duck foie gras, and macaroni stuffed with black truffle. Each exquisite course is paired with a glass of wine selected by their in-house sommelier. This fine dining affair delivers an unprecedented experience.
This restaurant is ensconced in the elegant, luxurious setting of La Réserve, a townhouse dating back to the 19th century amid a relaxed, on-trend atmosphere. Through different menus, chef Jérôme Banctel invites you to take a journey through his culinary exploration in each morsel you take without leaving Paris. “Escales,” “Virée,” “Vegetable Virée” and “Périple” reflect the mood of the moment and Le Gabriel’s deep-rooted identity. The menus are frequently renewed according to availability and the moment's inspiration.
If you’re looking for a transformative dining experience, L’Arpège is the place to savor innovative dishes inspired by nature. Well ahead of the current focus on vegetarian and vegan dining, Alain Passard has made vegetables the star of his cuisine and has been practicing it since the early 2000s at three-Michelin-star restaurant Arpège. His visionary leadership revolutionized the restaurant scene by focusing on plant-based fine dining. His menus are guided by the four seasons and the five senses. The renowned chef favors cooking meat “on the flame” for the best results, and uses similar open-flame cooking methods for his vegetables, creating a range of interesting flavors, textures and colors. The restaurant has also received the Michelin Green Star for its dedication to sustainable practices.
The Alliance restaurant is a striking story celebrating the alliance between Toshitaka Omiya, a Japanese chef from Osaka, and Shawn Joyeux, a virtuoso in hospitality – enthusiastic partners in a culinary adventure. Chef Omiya favors authenticity rather than fancy frills and his cooking is founded on fine seasonal ingredients, which he aims to enhance, both for the eye and the tastebuds. His signature dish has become foie gras with pot-au-feu vegetables in ginger. Show-stopping simplicity, subtle blends, and flawless craftsmanship depict his cooking, flanked by the decadent, almost wicked inspirations of pastry chef Morgane Rimbaud. The restaurant opened its doors In November 2015 in a discreet street in the 5th Arrondissement, a few steps from Boulevard Saint-Germain. Sleek and warm with a touch of originality and poetry, the decoration reflects the simplicity and elegance of the dishes.
If you're looking for an exquisite French dining experience in the heart of Paris, look no further than l'Ambroisie. The restaurant occupies a townhouse on the Place des Vosges, with the interior done in antique mirrors, an immense tapestry, black and white marble flooring brimming with its almost Florentine majesty. On the culinary side, creations of the master chef Bernard Pacaud never cease to amaze with his consistency and that je ne sais quoi that comes from the soul and that he is always able to bring into his work. His dishes may appear to be simple, but each element is placed with absolute conviction, as in a master's painting.
Chef Marc Veyrat opens his new authentic and convivial restaurant with a capacity of 220 seats. In terms of the décor designed by Lionel Jadot, wood takes precedence: the tables, the facade and the walls with patchwork benches and sheepskins placed here and there will quickly make you forget you are in the Palais des Congrès. For the Rural’s menu, Marc Veyrat brought the essence of the two-starred restaurant La Maison des Bois’ cuisine to recreate a more straightforward menu. Expect lake pike Quenelles, signature verbena juice, free-range chicken and its savoyard matafan and blanquette of veal with almond milk. For dessert, stroll to the presentation table with the buffet of Mémé Caravi: the seasonal shortbread tart, the apple or pear tart, the semolina sabayon with salted butter, praline tart, ice cream, or Savoie cake with wild blueberries.
Named after the Sicilian city Noto, this art deco trattoria sits on the second floor of the Salle Pleyel renowned concert hall. Decorated by designer Laura Gonzalez, the dining room illuminates a joyous mixture of inspirations from traveling all over Sicily, offering a very marked result of converting the syncretic culture of Sicily into the interior design. Chef Patrick Charvet crafts a Sicilian-inspired feast with colorful presentations and bright dressings. For a pleasant meal, try the octopus carpaccio with roasted bell peppers, grapefruit and green mint, and the grilled tuna complemented by caramelized eggplants and squid chips. Finish with a tasty semifreddo with frozen lemon and verbena. Expect an exciting wine list with many Italian labels.
In the heart of the 16th Arrondissement, a few steps from Place Victor Hugo, 59 Avenue Raymond Poincaré houses this new Russian concept. Hidden inside a historic house is a series of lavishly designed spaces – decked out with a timeless style overseen by designer Laleh Amirassefi. The décor is warm and welcoming, with a mix of Russian-themed ornaments (including a life-size Russian doll), Ottoman-style seating, Persian rugs, plenty of sumptuous fabrics, and glamorous baroque touches. There's also a charming hidden patio populated by trees and flowers and wrought iron furniture adorned with rustic materials. Then there's the “Franco-Russian” menu offering an exquisite blend of Russian and French dishes like baked potato topped with caviar, linguine with lemon bottarga and much more.
Forest is the new post-modern refuge installed at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Multidisciplinary collective Uchronia has designed the interior that takes on the air of a brutalist lair combining concrete textures, creeping vegetation and serene décor, developing a narrative that evokes a forest-like conception. The Forest is structured around four spaces reflecting Parisian artistic life — the terrace, the entrance, the agora and the large hall. Different but complementary, the rooms and their atmospheres change during the day as the museum’s doors open and close, making Forest both the restaurant of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris and, in the evening, taking on a life of its own. The food at Forest is quite sophisticated and healthy, with lots of quality vegetables and Middle Eastern ingredients prepared by French virtuoso chef Julien Sebbag, who perfected his mastery in Tel Aviv and is riding the wave of popularity of Israeli restaurants like Miznon.
Miss Ko is a high-concept lounge and restaurant with a transporting quality, inviting a hip, fashionable, very bobo crowd. Inspired by the persona of the mysterious though fictitious Miss Ko, the venue is a Eurasian fusion fantasy world filled with neon and blinking countertops, part Blade Runner, part Alice in Wonderland. A large bar area runs the length of the room and creative drinks showcase ingredients like shochu, lemongrass syrup, and yuzu liqueur. Try the Crazy Mo Fo, an exotic blend of coconut milk, Bahn lot, bourha and cane sugar. The food menu, by chef Fabrice Monot, is full of inventive Japanese-French fare, dishes like rainbow samurai rolls, made from California salmon, avocado and mango, Asian-style ribs, and a black salmon burger. Desserts are similarly inventive and a range of funky bubble teas, including delicious and refreshing lychee and kiwi, are also on offer.
Mun restaurant, pronounced /mɪn/, set at 52 Avenue Champs-Élysées, is an ode to Asia displayed in the interior design by Eve Von Romberg and Charlotte Besson-Oberlin. Precious fabrics, varnished wooden panels, velvet chairs, lanterns, and intimate nooks bring Chinese imperial and upper-crust home décor to mind; visitors simply dive into an authentic Oriental boudoir atmosphere. Discover the savoir-faire of chefs Julien Chicoisne and Roland Puse, accompanied by Aurélien Fleury's cocktails. Leaning toward Japanese cuisine, the sushi bar offers sashimi, California rolls, and tataki. The menu list such specialties like gyozas, wood-fired yakitori, hamachi carpaccio with avocado and dashi miso, and shabu-shabu style shrimp. For dessert, try the rich pastries created by Yann Couvreur.
Peruvian cuisine has been an inspiration for every culture in the world for centuries. Influences from Europe, Japan, China and Africa have blended with the ancient Andean culture and the vitality of the Amazon, giving birth to a unique world of flavors revealed and shared in the present. This is how Peruvian food is celebrated and how Manko arrived in Paris. The architect behind the decor is Laura Gonzales, who created and brought her insights with a hint of authenticity and strong identities, mixing it with Peruvian influences and those that have originated in the Andes. “The idea was to succeed in transcribing the raw refinement,” said the architect.
Gigi is situated above the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and is designed by Hugo Toro. The restaurant offers refined cuisine with an Italian flavor, to be enjoyed while contemplating the spectacular view. Gigi is the latest venue by the Paris Society Group. It gives pride of place to Italian gastronomy and high-end style. Every exceptional address has its mythical bar, and as such Gigi is no exception to the rule with its Bellini Bar (open every evening). This is the meeting point for aperitivo lovers. The playlist, performed by talented live musicians, mixes jazz, iconic songs from the 50s and 60s and other Italian and international favorites.
The Boeuf Sur le Toit is a famous brasserie in an art deco style with wood paneling, paintings, sculptures, engraved mirrors, a large mahogany bar and a marble entrance. Since its creation in 1922, the history of Le Bœuf sur le Toit has been closely linked to a group of artists, musicians, poets and painters who met every week with Jean Cocteau – then the owner of the premises. Artists who frequented the venue include Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Francis Picabia, Picasso, Erik Satie, and later Charles Trenet or Léo Ferré. Faithful to the state of mind of Le Bœuf sur le Toit, the interior designer Alexis Mabille favors a unique decor inspired by the restaurant in its most glorious years, the 1930s and 1940s. Le Boeuf sur le Toit serves excellent, very well-prepared and classic French cuisine, with dishes like sea bream in sesame sauce or duck breast in honey and ginger. The cocktail menu is the result of close collaboration with the iconic Maison Hennessy. Le Bœuf sur le Toit is experienced as an evolving place where you can spend the evening without leaving it – from the restaurant to the bar, to the music hall, smoking room and private lounges.
LE PIAF | FRENCH
Nestled in the heart of the 8th Arrondissement, a stone's throw from the Champs-Élysées is le Piaf – a restaurant, a bar, and nightclub.A welcoming atmosphere, red velvet benches and subdued lighting enhanced by candlelight guarantee mellow evenings. You can enjoy traditional French cuisine in the restaurant, while in the basement, the cocktail bar transforms into a night nest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tailor-made cocktails, specially created for Le Piaf, are the ideal elixir to delight patrons with the sounds of a piano playing French chansons and English pop.
RAN | JAPANESE
Ran – named after the last film by the great Akira Kurosawa – presents the world of today's enigmatic Tokyo enhanced by notes of French gastronomy. RAN is not simply a restaurant, it is a feeling and a space suspended between two times: a contemporary Japan and an atmosphere of a mythical former private mansion of the Marquis de Lafayette, dating back to 1728. Moma Group and Blackcode took over the house, entrusting the décor to the interior design alchemist Tristan Auer who combined tradition and modernity, refinement and elegance, creating sensual and singular beauty. In the kitchen, chef Shuhei Yamashita, from Kinugawa Vendôme, signs the menu of Japanese gastronomy with modern twists. Dried bonito broth - dashi style - with mushrooms, salmon carpaccio, chicken gyozas, and vegetables are some of the specialties. \
The open-space bar facing all of Paris welcomes Parisiens and globetrotters from morning to night. It becomes one of the most craved spots in the capital on sunny days. It is set in a unique space allowing guests to start, continue or accompany the culinary experience. This is the most beautiful rooftop in the capital at the top of the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. Creatures_ _stands out as the essential spot during the summer in Paris. For lunch and dinner, discover the vegetarian cuisine of chef Julien Sebbag.
The restaurant at the Hôtel Costes is a new-generation gastronomic venue. The atmosphere is electric, the déco set of velvets, brocades, and lots and lots of tassels making it sumptuous. As for the menu, it is full of decadent hits, and the air smells like roses and musk. The entire ground floor is lit almost exclusively with candles. At Hotel Costes, meals are served all hours of the day and night. Jean-Louis Costes has created a menu including his favorite dishes with an eclectic range of “signature” dishes made using seasonal ingredients: delectable asparagus for a light lunch, "foie gras" that may be shared by two guests as a delightful snack.
Laperouse is a quayside landmark established in 1766, renowned for upscale gastronomy in richly decorated lounges. Zola, Maupassant, Baudelaire, Proust. These famous lounges/salons saw Victor Hugo-Colette, who wrote "Chatte" there, Serge Gainsbourg, who met Jane there. Marcel Proust referenced it in his 1913 novel In Search of Lost Time. It has always been the meeting point of the worldly crowd and well-heeled literary and artistic types. The former mansion at the edge of the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés boasts a downstairs area complete with a zinc-topped bar, comfortable armchairs and grand piano. Upstairs, intimate private booths create a “boudoir” vibe. Couples or small groups of friends dine on red-velvet divans bathed in candlelight.
Le Petit Lutetia is an elegant brasserie with a vintage feel and sidewalk seating, serving French fare and homemade desserts. It was taken over and revamped by Jean-Louis Costes, the man behind Paris institutions like Hôtel Costes and La Société. The décor is still that of a classic Paris bistro, with charming mirrored walls, stamped ceiling, monogrammed dishes, and haphazard stacks of newspapers. You might encounter dishes such as a beef tartare, rustic andouillette, duck confit and roasted chicken for two. While the food is certainly good, you're here for the people-watching – an endless parade of beautifully outfitted Parisians.
For centuries, Paris was the undisputed art capital of the Western world. Many pioneering, perspective-altering artists and novelists lived in Paris over the years – van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Dalí, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and countless others – and much of their work can be found within the city’s many museums, galleries, attractions, salons, foundations, art houses, and other art spaces. There are several established contemporary art galleries in Paris, such as Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Galerie Montmartre, or Camel Mennour, contemporary art, avangard, street art ... there is something for everyone. With such a wealth of creative events and white spaces, no selection of top venues can be comprehensive. Here are some choices covering all aspects of art, from fine art, sculpture, architecture, literature, film, and forward-thinking fashion.
This is the largest private collection of Salvador Dali art and in the heart of Paris at that. The Dali museum and gallery in a quiet side street off of Montmartre’s Place du Tertre. The Dali Universe Sculpture Collection comprises 29 museum-sized sculptures, 15 monumental-sized sculptures, and ten jeweled sculptures. These Dali sculptures represent the great Catalan genius’s iconographic images in three-dimensional form. All sculptures were cast at famous international foundries in Europe using the lost wax method, a traditional method of casting bronze with the roots in ancient times. Along with the sculptures, the exhibition space also includes a collection of photographs, glass works, prints, etchings, drawings, and paintings, all intriguing and so indubitably Dali.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation, housed in the shiny Frank Gehry building on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, is a place to spend the day immersed in art and architecture. Once you arrive, take a few minutes to walk around the exterior of the building before stepping in. Truly, it’s worth the visit just for the architecture. Once inside, you can pick up a map to guide you around because nothing in this building is straightforward. There’s barely a straight line to be found and exhibitions generally stretch across several floors.
The Palais de Tokyo, Europe's largest center for contemporary creation, is effervescent, audacious and pioneering. It is the living place of today's artists. Having become Europe’s largest contemporary art center in 2012 following the renovation of its entire space, the Palais de Tokyo invites visitors to explore and meet the creators in the very place where some of the greatest artists of the past century were exhibited. Anchored in the present and looking to the future, the Palais de Tokyo is also rich in fascinating history, inviting you to take a journey through artistic creation.
“It had to be 30, avenue Montaigne,” wrote Christian Dior in his memoir, published in 1956. In this small hôtel particulier, “as modest in scale as my dream was ambitious,” as he said, his couture house opened in 1946. At the time, it only had three workshops and employed 85 people. But within a few years it had expanded to neighboring buildings. La Galerie Dior is a venue you do not want to miss if you love fashion. This exhibition area takes you to the very heart of the Maison Christian Dior universe. Discover his inspirations and history through a series of magnificent stagings in this uncommon museum.
This is a floating urban art gallery on the seine. Moored alongside the Quai d’Orsay, opposite the Grand Palais the world’s first floating urban art center welcomes you. Street art on the river, if you so wish. Named as an homage to and a play on words with the Parisian motto (“Fluctuat nec mergitur,” tossed by the waves but does not sink), the art gallery has a superb, if small, permanent collection featuring works by the likes of world-famous street artist Banksy and Paris’s very own Invader.
The Orangerie (Musée de l'Orangerie) is home to Monet's famous Nymphéas. Claude Monet donated his water lilies murals to the people of France as a symbol of peace the day after the Armistice of November 11, 1918. That same year, Monet's close friend, Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, invited him to display his nymphéas at the Orangerie. The eight monumental, curved panels were installed at the Orangerie following Monet's instructions in 1927, just months after his death. It's simply one of the greatest artistic achievements of early 20th century painting. The panels surround and encompass the viewer with a watery landscape dotted with water lilies, willow branches, trees and the reflections of clouds. Monet said, "It gives the illusion of an endless whole, of a wave with no horizon and no shore.”
This one is an unusual Parisian art space. Nothing quite prepares you for what awaits behind the doors of 59 Rivoli. This place is home to an enormous artistic space serving as a squat, workshop, and gallery for 30 different artists, so there’s a bit of everything. Politically-charged collages cover walls, plants break through cement blocks, and bright paintings adorn easels. The building at 59 Rue de Rivoli is unlike the others on this famous Paris shopping street. Often decorated with posters, banners, and some sort of multimedia artwork dangling from the balconies, this place is home to an enormous artistic space.
It's Europe's largest museum of modern art. Centre Pompidou_ opened its doors in 1977 and today it _holds more than 60,000 works by surrealists, cubists, pop artists, and other artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum is noted for leading-edge exhibits featuring some of the masters of modern art and for presenting the works of lesser-known artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Centre Pompidou is the place to see the works of David Hockney, Picasso, Klee, Philippe Starck, Andy Warhol, and other great modern artists and designers. The museum is located in the middle of the medieval neighborhood of Marais, and it still somehow feels like an alien in the quartier. In busy Place Georges Pompidou just outside the museum, you find street artists, mimes, jugglers, budding artists, and musicians. Don't miss the famous Stravinsky fountain, a whimsical water-spraying sculpture inspired by the musical works of Igor Stravinsky.
David Zwirner Gallery is a contemporary art gallery owned by David Zwirner. It has gallery spaces Paris, London, New York City and Hong Kong. Son of an art dealer from Cologne, Zwirner has been in the business for more than a quarter-century. Parisians are able to enjoy shows by some of the greatest figures of our time, such as Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, and Kerry James Marshall, not to mention the artworks from the estates of Paul Klee, Donald Judd, and Diane Arbus. \
Emmanuel Perrotin is the cherished child of the Parisian contemporary art scene. Starting with his first “gallery” in his own tiny apartment in 1990, he now has 18 monumental spaces around the world. Known for his taste for pop and provocative artists, Perrotin represents international superstars like JR, Takashi Murakami, and Maurizio Cattelan, as well as artists with a more conceptual approach including Elmgreen & Dragset and Laurent Grasso.
Opened in April 2018, the Atelier des Lumieres is the first digital and immersive art space in Paris. Following up, the wildly successful inaugural exhibition focused on Klimt and Schiele. The Atelier des Lumieres takes a different approach, introducing you to artists and their life’s work in an invention way through digital and video presentation, where the venue’s large, open space its walls, staircases, and industrial elements making for an unusual canvas. A former foundry, dating from 1835 that supplied iron for the French navy and railroads, is filled with light, art, and music,. Visitors stand, sit, or roam around in the space, becoming immersed in the art on display as the digital projectors shine on them.
The Villa La Roche and its neighbor, the Maison Jeanneret, are must-visit sites for architecture buffs, in particular, appreciators of the work of Modernist master Le Corbusier. These residential properties were the Swiss architect’s third Parisian commission. Along with the Immeuble Molitor in the 16th Arrondissement and the Villa Savoye in the suburb of Poissy, they were recently included in a new transnational UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, the Villa La Roche houses a museum dedicated to Le Corbusier, containing more than 8,000 drawings, photographs, and notes.
Kamel Mennour is a fascinating and powerful figure in the contemporary art scene. Born in Algeria and raised in the suburbs of Paris, he developed a passion for photography during his studies in economics. In 1999, he decided to open a tiny gallery in Saint Germain des Prés, where he dreamt of exhibiting his favorite artists, including Annie Leibovitz, Larry Clark, Gregg Araki, and other photography superstars who – strangely enough – were not represented in Paris yet. The story of how he pursued these famous artists and got them on board is now legendary. In less than five years, the gallery became the must-go place for contemporary photography in Paris.
The Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, known simply as the Fondation Cartier, is a contemporary art museum. The Foundation Cartier opens its doors to themes rarely dealt with in museums. It asserts an eclectic and multidisciplinary dimension crossing all areas of contemporary creation and spurring unexpected meetings between artists, scientists, philosophers, musicians, and architects.
Opened in June 2018, more than 50 years after Alberto Giacometti’s death, this small museum is dedicated to the work of the creator of one of the most iconic sculptures in the history of art:_ Walking Man. _It took a long time for the Fondation Giacometti to find the ideal space to exhibit its impressive collection (350 sculptures, 90 paintings, and more than 5,000 drawings, lithographs, and notebooks). They wanted a place true to Giacometti’s spirit, located in the 14th Arrondissement, where he lived for more than 40 years, with an atelier feeling.
A cinephile’s dream lies inside the Frank Gehry-designed Cinematheque Francaise, with a permanent collection of some of the most iconic props and costumes were ever seen on screen. This includes costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh, alongside props like the head of Mrs. Bates from Psycho. The cinema also hosts retrospectives and showings of cult classics.
The performing arts scene in Paris runs the gamut from highbrow to lowbrow. Regardless of the performance you choose, it's probably unlike anything you've seen before. Parisians have an audacious sense of artistic adventure and a stunning eye for scene and staging. Additionally, many of the venues in the city of classic beauty astound with opulent interiors, like the Opéra Garnier and the Opéra Royal de Versailles to the Art Deco splendor of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
The three venues here are sure to give vacationers a terrific night out:
Palais Garnier_, _thanks to a starring role in Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, it’s the most famous opera house in the world. Most ballet and opera performances in Paris are held at Palais Garnier since The Paris Opera Ballet, the oldest national ballet company, to which any European and international ballet companies can trace their origins, and Paris Opera are housed and perform at Palais Garnier. The architecture and décor of Palais Garnier are at least as dramatic as the performances it hosts. Built by Charles Garnier in the late 1800s during Haussmann’s renovation of Paris, the opera house stands out as a superb example of the Napoleon III style. Drawing on an eclectic and extravagant mix of architectural influences, every inch of the Opéra is covered with elegant textures, one-of-a-kind artworks, and gold. The sight of the opéra’s sublime ceiling created by Chagall will be one of the magical moments of your evening. Walking into this exquisite opera house, you’ll quickly get swept up in the luxury of it all, especially if you attend an opera or ballet.
Nestled in one of the prettiest parts of Paris, on the corner of the Palais-Royal and the famous terrace of the restaurant Le Nemours, this beautiful theater dates back to 1790, and since 1799, it’s been home to the oldest active theater company in the world, La Comédie Française. This prestigious company, created by Louis XIV back in 1680, is the only French state theater to have a permanent acting troupe. Pieces performed also undergo a rigorous screening process, so needless to say, the performances here are of the highest level. Roughly 12 different pieces are performed each season, with daily performances from September to July.
The ultimate social and dining experience, La Sala is the place to be seen in Marbella. The venue has many different areas where guests can congregate to eat, drink and reconnect with friends. There is live music and DJs throughout the week to get the party started. It might be best to book ahead since La Sala is a very popular place.
Bars and nightclubs exist everywhere in all shapes and sizes, but only in Paris can you find such a staggering array of quality cabarets. Indeed, the heart of the French capital beats even faster at night. Its cabarets, that have sprung at the beginning of the 19th century and used to promise nights of revelry, are known and renowned throughout. These venues provide the creme de la creme of the musical comedy crop and guarantee an unforgettable night out.
Moulin Rouge is renowned worldwide and reminiscent of pleasure. The Moulin Rouge quickly became a symbol of Belle Epoque Paris, the birthplace of the can-can and immortalized by the artworks of Toulouse-Lautrec. Originally built in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia, it became strongly associated with the French can-can, the lascivious, provocative dance that was born right there, at the intersection of bohemian Montmartre and sinful Pigalle. The iconic red windmill still stands tall over the neighborhood of Pigalle, delighting visitors with two spectacular shows every night of the year. The days of the traditional can-can are long gone, but the attraction remains, thanks to a century-long metamorphosis that took the old cabaret through various stages but never lost its charm and joie de vivre. The can-can is not entirely forgotten. You will be treated to a modern version of it, every bit as exciting and energetic as the original, with free-flowing champagne and a gourmet dinner, you are in for an unforgettable evening.
The Folies Bergere is a mythical place, one of the most renowned cabarets in the world. One of Paris’s original music halls, the very first revues were performed in the late 1880s. Ever since, Les Folies Bergere has hosted performances by true legends, including Charlie Chaplin, Josephine Baker, Charles Trénet, and French writer Colette, to name a few. It also inspired many artists, writers, and countless film directors. For Parisians, the name Folies Bergère inevitably evokes the Belle Epoque, images of dancers sketched by Toulouse-Lautrec, the exuberant and saucy acts of Josephine Baker, whatever the case it is a legendary venue that has since welcomed the international diva of burlesque Dita Von Teese in The Art of the Teese - the most successful burlesque tour of all time and embraced her return with a new variety show, Glamonatrix!
For an elegant evening at the cabaret, look no further than the Lido on the Champs Elysées. The moment you walk into the luxurious golden lobby, you know you’re in for a treat. The glitzy and glamorous Bluebell Girls have been thrilling audiences for more than 70 years, welcoming some of the world’s biggest stars onstage with them, such as Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, and Elton John. Remaining true to its heritage while changing with the times, today, the Lido uses innovative technology and impressive stage machinery to put on a stunning modern cabaret show.
Known for its sensual stage performances, Crazy Horse dazzles with every twist and turn of its classically trained dancers. Subtle lighting and sensuous dancing make for an alluring visual display. With every steamy act, you become more mesmerized by these sultry performers. Crazy Horse’s latest cabaret show, Totally Crazy, combines the best of its more than 65 years of acts under the artistic direction of Andrée Deissenberg and directed by Stéphane Jarny of Saturday Night Fever fame. You can also book a VIP tour and one of the exquisite Crazy Girls will guide you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the world-famous cabaret and its legendary dance troupe. Unexpected and immersive, this experience has many surprises. Opened in 1951, this legendary venue_ _has welcomed and inspired artists like Dita Von Teese, The Rolling Stones, and Beyoncé, who filmed part of her music video “Partition” here.
The romantic Hausmannian streets of Paris come alive at sundown, with a staggering roster of elite speakeasies and late night haunts promising nocturnal debauchery and spontaneity. See where the night takes you with an impressive roster of establishments sure to please every type of connoisseur, aficionado and nocturnal adventurer. Discover the City of Love’s most well kept secrets with six of Paris’ most hidden speakeasy bars.
Set in one of Paris’s 18th century luxury hotels, the Hôtel de Crillon, Les Ambassadeurs is perhaps the ideal place to have a truly exceptional champagne experience. It was created with the intention of drawing in fashionable Parisians, and, as the name implies, ambassadors and other dignitaries. Most of the room’s original fixtures remain intact: the soaring slabs of marble walls, the fresco painted ceiling, the gilded moldings, the pane-glass windows draped with curtains that face Place de la Concorde. But the furniture and overall ambiance has received a contemporary makeover thanks to designer Chahan Minassian. The incredibly elegant, and arguably the most beautiful bar boasts more than 100 different champagnes. Les Ambassadeurs also offers impeccable service and the five-star atmosphere in the evenings with live music – either from the grand piano, a singing duo, or even Mike D of the Beastie Boys who perform as late-night DJs are reasons to visit!
The red leather booths and wooden bar at Harry's Bar New York date back to the early 20th century. Hemingway and Sartre drank here; George Gershwin composed "An American in Paris" on the piano upstairs – the history and connection to the US makes this bar an institution for both expats and visitors. The menu consists of classics like the Side Car, Dry Martini, Stinger, and, of course, the Bloody Mary.
This cozy cocktail bar in the elegant and modern Bachaumont boutique hotel is a den for Parisian bobos and trendy travelers alike. Set in the hip Montorgueil area, on the ground floor of the beautiful Hotel Bachaumont, the Night Flight bar takes its name from the title of a novel by French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Night Flight bar is part of the Experimental Group, a collective of passionate Parisian mixologists who have revolutionized the cocktail scene in the capital. Since opening their first bar, the Experimental Cocktail Club, 10 years ago, the cocktail connoisseurs opened a series of similarly hip speakeasy-style bars all around Paris.
When it opened in 2007, Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC) became the benchmark for all other Parisian cocktail bars that followed. Today, its reputation precedes it. The place remains packed night after night with a mix of Parisians and tourists and serves cocktails you've never had before. Bartenders and servers are happy to help you navigate the options and will gladly make suggestions based on your preferences
CopperBay stands out from the rest in the cocktail scene, where hidden speakeasies and cramped, dimly-lit hideouts have become the norm. For starters, you won’t have any problem finding it. Its large windows glow like a lighthouse beacon. Settled in a small, quiet, and a rather dark street just off the Grands Boulevards, CopperBay has a subtle but noticeable nautical theme. Behind the long and beautiful bar, the CopperBay crew carefully prepares cocktails, distilling their mixology art and putting loving attention into the presentation as well. Results are spectacular, both to the eye and the taste buds.
Tiger is a cool tropical retreat in the heart of Paris, serving seasonal and fun gin cocktails alongside a wide range of expertly shaken sunny classics. Lurking in the shade of lush tropical vegetation, Tiger hides in plain sight in the heart of the busy Marché Saint Germain area. Tucked away on Rue Princesse, Tiger impresses from the moment you spot its blue buzzing neon sign with its name emblazoned in elegant cursive script. Once inside the bar, you are enveloped by walls layered in lush green palm prints and dangling light bulbs, establishing right from the start that Tiger is not your ordinary cocktail bar and it’s certainly worth tracking down – especially if you love gin.
The cavernous club’s history stretches all the way back to the 1500s when it was said to be a meeting place for the Templars and Freemasons. In 1949, the club became an important part of transcontinental jazz history. Legendary American musicians like Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Sidney Bechet, and Bill Coleman all performed here, as well as leading French jazz musicians like Claude Luter and Claude Bolling. More recently, Le Caveau has found itself back in the spotlight thanks to the Oscar-winning film La La Land, in which actor Ryan Gosling performs a tender piano solo on the club’s stage. Tourists and locals alike can enjoy lively performances from a roster of big bands and jazz acts that pass through.
A few meters from the Eiffel Tower, In the heart of the 7th Arrondissement, the Fitzgerald reveals its charms. This refined and festive joint, has a gourmet menu on the restaurant side; on the bar side, a private speakeasy with a unique atmosphere. An intimate setting with art deco airs, awakened by touches of modernity. It’s the perfect balance between refinement and indulgence. Hidden behind large padded doors, the Fitzgerald's prohibition-style boudoir bar needs no introduction. You’ll find dim lights, a cozy atmosphere, festive nectars, and frenzied notes in this art deco setting, and unique cocktails designed by the team of mixologists.
Unlike in other major European cities, the nightlife areas in Paris are scattered across the city instead of being concentrated around the city center. Whether you yearn to mingle with the fashion set or experience a younger, edgier nocturnal scene, a memorable evening out is virtually guaranteed. To adapt your dress and faire la fête (party) Parisian style, here are some of the hottest spots to head out for a fantastic night out in the French capital.
The history of this spot is extraordinary. Dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, before becoming ‘Le Bus,’ the space was originally a café-concert open all night, then a jazz club where international talents, including Louis Armstrong, would come to jam. But it was in the 1960s the place really made its mark on the nightlife scene, when the venue’s new owner decided to create a shuttle bus system so those in the city’s suburbs could easily come into Paris and party the night away. The “Bus” was born. While many famous painters, authors, and their entourage passed through the doors, some of the biggest musicians of all time took the stage, including The Beatles and French stars Johnny Halliday and Téléphone. The place was such a huge part of the Paris music scene that Serge Gainsbourg even mentioned the Bus Palladium in one of his songs.
At L'Arc Nightclub in Paris, you can expect a truly VIP treatment in a highly elite atmosphere. This isn't a venue that will let just anyone in and only a select few are classy enough for this exclusive venue at the Arch. The décor is somewhere between a traditional nightclub and a fairyland fantasy. Beautiful and shimmering in gold by day, with neon rainbow lighting by night, the mirrored ceiling and metallic tones bounce back every color, providing a wonderfully enveloping atmosphere. Comfortable booths are just intimate enough without accidentally eavesdropping on someone’s conversations, but just open enough to enjoy the party.
Boum Boum is a skilfully orchestrated sound and visual production combining the energy and fervor of a concert with the electrifying atmosphere of a chic club. The place was imagined by architect Charles Tassin in a neo-70s decor. Designed like an extravagant Parisian flat, the lounge bar and its terrace are the ideal space to drink a cocktail to the sound of tribal electro rhythms.
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Monsieur Cirque Paris, a one-of-a-kind circus-themed club, is where you will immerse yourself in the new world. Filled with extravagant stars and brilliantly wrought design, you can't help but feel joy as you enter this wonderland. Colorful walls are brought to life by an artfully crafted décor featuring elaborate designs of circus acts across the stage while feathers of every color fill the room with awe. The entire club is designed with your enjoyment and comfort in mind. There's never a dull moment at this venue, as all facets of entertainment are incorporated into one captivating space.
Club Raspoutine is a Russian cabaret with Baroque-style architecture and classy red décor. It feels and is exclusive! Set in a former Russian cabaret created in 1965, Raspoutine immediately shot to fame, becoming one of the most desirable clubs in Paris. Its red velvet alcoves have been spectators of countless stories since its creation. Raspoutine is the felted representation of a cabaret. Behind its carefully guarded doors are a set of intimate and mysterious rooms with a chic and festive atmosphere, only known by a handful of insiders. This is the place that promotes privacy and welcomes those who seek a pulsating sound without moderation.
Situated in the very chic 8th Arrondissement, at the bottom of Avenue Marceau, this upscale, private club opened in November 2018. Open every night, Medellin is dedicated to the South American culture. The place includes numerous references to Colombia, through the decoration and cocktail menu. On the music side, the night starts with a live concert and Latino sounds, followed by great beats from resident DJs and guest DJs. This unique “Casa de Noche” alludes to the TV series, Narcos, with a festive and transgressive atmosphere and caters to an elite clientele. The dress code is classy and elegant and reservations are highly recommended.
If you like a cozy, intimate space akin to a house party, then you might like the atmosphere at the prestigious clubbing venue, Le Matignon. Le Matignon lives in the 8th Arrondissement, opposite the Gardens of the Théâtre Marigny, in the heart of the Golden Triangle. The place is a temple of Parisian nightlife whose décor was designed by Charles Tassin. Refined and modern, the place lends itself perfectly to breakfast on the terrace, lunch under the veranda, or dinner in a golden and subdued light. From 11 p.m. onwards, the Matignon club and bar open their doors for cult evenings that get the capital dancing, immersed in a world of luxury and class, surrounded by the affluent crowd of Paris and discerning world travelers.
At 39 rue des Petites Écuries in the once-scruffy 10th Arrondissement, the velvet-curtained hideaway bills itself as a “hotel for insomniacs.” It’s in fact a nightclub created by the Savoir Vivre lifestyle group. Originally a synagogue, today’s Bourbon contains much of its ancient woodwork. It fast became the destination of choice among media, film, music and fashion crowd. Since its inception, Hôtel Bourbon has welcomed the likes of Emily Ratajkowski, The Weeknd, Georgia May Jagger, Kid Cudi while hosting company events for Prada, Miu Miu, Nike, and many more. Since there’s no entrance fee, and a maximum capacity of 200, getting in might be difficult, so dress to impress!
Silencio is one of the most exclusive clubs in the City of Lights. Capable of giving anyone the stamp of It-girl (or boy) approval, the subterranean labyrinth was designed by filmmaker David Lynch. Flora and fauna- covered walls with golden highlights surround the subdued bar, 50s-style fumoir (an indoor smoking room), cinema and dance floor. Taking up the mantle of The Factory, the club isn’t all it appears to be, hosting creative endeavors of every incarnation, including experimental film projections, DJ sets from the likes of Cerone or Cassius, and even concerts.
Whether you encounter an exhilarating landscape of pristine nature or you stand witness to symbols of human genius and endeavor, be prepared to turn your wildest imagination into exquisite reality. Distinctive and remarkably singular experiences bathed in luxury provide ingredients for joie de vivre and create everlasting memories. You will discover the sheer joy of appreciating a destination via adventures extraordinaire that transcend the mundane and accentuate opulent experiences, extravagant tastes, and objects of singular beauty. A stunner at every time of year, here is a list of six eminent events during the high season of May and June.
The glamorous, sprawling Château de Versailles is matchless in many ways. Transformed from a hunting lodge to a palace by Louis XIV in 1682 is quite simply one of the most impressive royal residences in Europe, unbeatable in both physical grandeur and brilliance of its décor. Aiming to recreate the decadent luxury of one of Louis XIV’s lavish banquets, the Versailles Masquerade Ball is truly unforgettable! Held on the palace grounds in late July, the ball’s dress code is a full baroque costume – including masks. If you happen to be in Paris in June plan to attend this exuberant masquerade. Marie Antoinette-style dresses and 18th century gentleman's attire are available for rent or purchase from specialist outlets throughout Versailles.
Maison Prunier, founded in 1872 by Alfred Prunier, is the only shop in the world that produces and sells its own caviar! Prunier Victor Hugo and Prunier Madeleine, in the heart of Paris, facing the Madeleine Church, invites caviar lovers to learn all about tasting the subtleties of this delicate product. During the tasting, led by a French caviar specialist, you will be welcomed into the world of Prunier caviar and discover three carefully selected specialties of the house. Each one reveals unique tastings notes and flavors, results of different maturity levels and methods of preparation used by the Prunier producers in the Aquitaine region. The art deco atmosphere of Prunier Victor Hugo – the iconic destination for Parisian gastronomy, whose interior has been registered as an historical monument, promotes Yannick Alléno, Michelin-starred culinary virtuoso, as the new ambassador of the caviar house and welcomes aficionados, connoisseurs and enthusiasts.
Stunning, grandiose, French chateau and garden design didn't start with Versailles. The tragic inspiration for Versailles was Vaux-le-Vicomte. It was Louis XIV's finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, who had the inspiration to build a magnificent palace surrounded by stunning gardens. He purchased a small chateau when he was only 26 in 1641. As he rose in the ranks of the royal ministry, he expanded it and the resulting building and grounds were lavish, refined, and dazzling to all who saw them. It became a center for arts and artists, writers and literature, and lavish celebrations. It was, for a period, the very center of French cultural life, that is, until the Sun King saw it!
Two hundred years later, the great stables finally returned to their original purpose and since 2003, they have been the home to the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles, under the management of Bartabas, the famous artistic director of equestrian theater. The stables were renovated by Patrick Bouchain, an acclaimed French architect, in a contemporary style while preserving Mansart’s original features. The Royal Stables, commissioned by King Louis XIV, was the greatest royal construction project ever undertaken for housing horses. Enjoy a privately guided tour and discover this extraordinary venue in an intimate setting, away from the palace crowds.
Cruise aboard genuine and legendary vintage luxury classic boats in the heart of Paris. Genuine luxury myth of the 60s involving the famous runabout boats such as the Riva collection for the Italians and Chris Craft for Americans was created and launched in Paris with a discerning traveler in mind. That amazing and incredible experience has been enriched. Gentleman Private Motor Yacht from Como Lake, once the property of Sophia Loren, famous Italian actress, was added to the collection. These vintage classic boats from the 60s have elevated the distinctive experience of customized private luxury cruises down the Seine and created a new lifestyle in the art of discovering the city. Embark on the finest runabouts: Runabout Vintage Collection Kim Capri Super Deluxe or SHIVA'S Super Riviera, an Italian mythical and legendary lux motor yacht built by the Italian shipyard, Chiavari.
Claude Monet's contribution to Impressionism is unparalleled! He was called The Master by his fellow artists and is one of the only Impressionist painters to find success and recognition during his lifetime. To visit his house, garden, and lily pad pond is to step back in time. There's something truly special about visiting his estate nearby Giverny, strolling through the splendid gardens, and walking across the famous Japanese bridge. Monet created the perfect palette for himself with his grand pink house, lush gardens, and pond where lily pads flourish. The best season to visit is during the flower season – from April to October.