The Best New Openings In Paris

/

A slew of recent openings has made Paris more enticing than ever for a romantic break. From luxury hotels to exciting restaurants, here are the new places to know before you go – plus, a few of our favourite bars to bookmark…
Photography BAR HEMMINGWAY; NIGHT FLIGHT; CANDELARIA

HOTELS

Hôtel Madame Rêve

Hôtel Madame Rêve opened at the end of last year and has already established itself as the place to see and be seen. Housed in a 19th-century post office building on Rue du Louvre, there are 82 rooms and suites offering views of the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame, as well as two restaurants and a rooftop terrace. The interiors are seriously slick – expect warm décor with oak furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and modern decorative accents. 

Rooms from £330 per night.

Visit MrAndMrsSmith.com

Cheval Blanc Paris

In the La Samaritaine building, overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, this hotel is in a great location. The listed property has been remodelled by architect Edouard François – think Parisian-inspired sculptures and marble flooring throughout. There are 72 rooms and suites, four restaurants (Plénitude is headed up by Michelin starred chef Arnaud Donckele) and a rooftop bar with views of the city skyline. The best part? The wellness floor with a Dior spa where you can book bespoke treatments using some of the brand’s best products. 

Rooms from £950 per night.

Visit ChevalBlanc.com

Hotel du Sentier

Hotel du Sentier is a mixture of old and new. In the stylish Sentier area, known for its cool bars and art-deco buildings, this one gives you options – including spacious rooms filled with light from beautiful original arched windows, and larger suites with small living areas and outdoor terraces. The interiors are simple yet chic, with dashes of pink and green throughout, while the relaxed bistro has an elegant feel. The original Frenchie restaurant is just a short walk away, as is Gros, another good bistro. 

Rooms from £200 per night.

Visit HotelDuSentier.com 

Cheval Blanc
ALEXANDRE TABASTE
Airelles Château De Versailles
RENÉE KEMPS

Airelles Château de Versailles

For something a little further afield, this opulent hotel is within the grounds of Versailles, offering an experience like no other. Four years in the making, the ultra-luxe boutique hotel features 14 rooms and suites, an Alain Ducasse restaurant, Valmont spa and 15m indoor pool. It’s spread across a trio of buildings all designed in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, with rooms featuring original wood panelling, 18th-century chandeliers and flooring restored by some of France’s most talented artisans. To keep the Versailles vibe intact, all technology has been carefully tucked away (telephones are hidden and rooms don’t have TVs). Guests also have exclusive access to the palace itself and its sprawling gardens.

Rooms from £1,450 per night.

Visit Airelles.com

Soho House Paris

Soho House recently opened its first Paris outpost. Only open to members for now, the 19th-century apartment building in Pigalle has been carefully restored with a mixture of traditional French design and Soho House’s signature flair. There are 36 rooms – we have our eye on the Attic rooms with their great city views – and you’ll also find a cabaret room for live music, a courtyard, a Club Room and a heated outdoor pool on site. 

Prices available on request.

Visit SohoHouse.com

Bulgari Hôtel Paris

On Avenue George V, in the middle of Paris’s golden triangle, this hotel is the seventh addition to Bulgari’s collection of properties around the world. Renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre (who also redesigned Gare du Nord) have designed an impressive 76-room hotel with views of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel also has a fine dining Italian restaurant, as well as a luxury spa with a 25m pool, and a spacious courtyard garden where you can enjoy coffees and pastries in the morning. For very special occasions, book the penthouse suite with a private rooftop terrace and beautiful city views. 

Rooms from £1,110 per night.

Visit BulgariHotels.com

Hôtel Madame Rêve

RESTAURANTS

Granite

Tom Mayer was Anne-Sophie Pic’s sous chef at her three Michelin-starred restaurant – until he opened his own restaurant last month. The zero-waste and zero-plastic Granite has already received rave reviews thanks to its elegant five and seven-course tasting menus which showcase the very best of French produce. Menu highlights include squash and acacia seed mousse; charcoal-cooked scallop with smoked turnips and beurre blanc dill; and pigeon green curry with kaffir lime.

Visit Granite.Paris

La Plage Parisienne by Les Costes

With some of the most stylish interiors on this list, La Plage Parisienne is a product of the Beaumarly group, which owns famous Paris spots like Café Beaubourg, Hôtel Amour and Brasserie Thoumieux. Martin Brudnizki is behind the interiors – the striking red and pink dining room overlooks the beautiful Mirabeau bridge. Here, diners can choose from dishes like red tuna carpaccio with sesame seeds, sea bream ceviche with yuzu, and crab linguine. 

Visit LaPlageParisienne.com

Bibo by Dani García at Maison Delano Paris

Three Michelin-starred Spanish chef Dani García will open Bibo at the new Maison Delano Paris hotel in the coming months. In the prestigious 8th arrondissement, occupying an 18th-century mansion on Rue d’Anjou, the restaurant will serve elegant and modern Andalusian dishes like pulled oxtail ravioli with mashed potatoes and mushrooms, deep-fried marinated seabass, and whole lobster paella. 

Visit SBE.com

Jean Imbert au Plaza Athénée at Le Relais Plaza

Le Relais Plaza has been one of Paris’s most lavish spots for nearly a century. Now, celebrity chef Jean Imbert has opened an ambitious eatery overlooking the courtyard garden, once home to Alain Ducasse’s celebrated restaurant. The new dining room revolves around a grand marble table, where diners are treated to classic French dishes. 

Visit DorchesterCollection.com

Akira Back At Prince de Galles Hotel

Akira Back will open his namesake restaurant in Paris this spring. Back’s first European outpost will see his signature pan-Asian fusion dishes served inside the Prince de Galles hotel, a beautiful art-deco building. The interiors aim to transport diners to a stylish Japanese home, with dim lighting and contemporary design. Signature dishes include ‘Show Me The Roll’ featuring shrimp tempura, salmon belly aburi, spicy tuna and chipotle mayo; octopus crudo with onion salsa and olive oil; and marinated beef tacos. 

Visit AkiraBackParis.com

Akira Back
Jean Imbert Au Plaza Athénée

ART & CULTURE

Paris Art Fair

From 7th to 10th April, Paris Art Fair will bring together 150 galleries at the Grand Palais Ephémère (the pop-up version of The Grand Palais). This year, the themes are ‘Natural Histories’ and ‘Art & Environment’, with modern and contemporary art from established and up-and-coming artists and designers on display. Head down whether you want to discover new names or source unique pieces for your home.

Visit ParisInfo.com

Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition Takeover

From now until Sunday 15th May, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation is showing exhibitions at several museums and galleries across Paris, including the Louvre, Pompidou Centre, Museum of Modern Art, Musée d’Orsay, Picasso Museum and Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Celebrating YLS’s life and works, each museum is focusing on a different theme to pay tribute to the designer. For example, the Louvre will highlight his love of gold, while The Picasso Museum will look at the artist’s influence on the designer. Don’t miss the exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art which documents YSL’s use of colour.

Plus, Here Are Eight Of Our Favourite Bars In The City…

Le Comptoir Général

On the banks of Canal Saint Martin, Le Comptoir Général is a wild oasis in the middle of the city. Walls are lined with indoor plants and sprawling trees, while dim lighting transports guests to a stylish Moroccan tea house filled with an eclectic selection of curios. Other rooms look like something out of a Hollywood movie set. Cocktails have a North African twist – think tropical fruit and spices – and there’s a decent selection of IPAs, organic beers and world rum you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the city. You can also choose from sharing menus – look out for Atlantic-inspired plates of lobster rolls, scallops and prawn pancakes.

Visit LeComptoirGeneral.com

Candelaria

If tequila is your thing, Candelaria is an authentic Mexican taqueria in the stylish district of Le Marais. One of the World’s 50 Best Bars, it’s entered via a small door at the back. Sit by the window to watch Parisians outside or find a secluded nook and order drinks like the ‘Copacabana’ made with Tequila Vanille, Grenade and soda. There’s also a 17-page agave drinks menu, plus a taqueria menu featuring meat, fish and veggie tacos. During the day, Candelaria is also a popular brunch spot with locals.

Visit Candelaria-Paris.com

Candelaria

Bar Hemingway At The Ritz

With leather armchairs, oak furniture and antiques that nod to the Ritz’s rich history, this bar feels particularly grown up. The wider hotel recently underwent a big renovation but retains the old-world charm that made Ernest Hemingway a regular in the 20s. Today, homage is paid to him with drinks like ‘The Sorrento’ (limoncello, prosecco and orange bitters) and ‘Kate 76’ (vodka, sugar, grapefruit juice and champagne). Waiters will refill bowls of olives and warm almonds, or there are mini hotdogs or hamburgers for something for substantial.

Visit RitzParis.com

Night Flight

For a civilised evening, book a table at Night Flight on the ground floor of Hotel Bachaumont in the Montorgueil district. Created by the Experimental Group (a collective of legendary Parisian mixologists who are modernising the city’s bar scene), this bar is all about laidback, unpretentious elegance. Mixologists use rare spirits to create classic cocktails and there’s an everchanging menu of fresh concoctions like the ‘Nuit Blanche’ made with three types of rum, chai tea, spices and coconut water. Make like the locals and order fois gras and a cheese plate alongside drinks.

Visit HotelBachaumont.com

Le Syndicat

You could easily miss this bar, but once inside you’ll be rewarded with excellent cocktails made with French liqueurs. Hidden behind posters on a wall and a draping curtain, the bar itself looks like a retro recording studio with exposed brick walls, low ceilings and dim lighting. If you’re quick enough to secure a table (they go fast) you can enjoy drinks made from world-class mixologists. The weekly changing menu includes unique options like ‘La Vrille’ made with calvados, syrup and porcini mushrooms.

Visit SyndicatCocktailClub.com

Le Mary Celeste

This oyster bar is just a short walk from its sister property Candelaria in Le Marais. Refreshing cocktails and excellent small plates make this the ideal pitstop for an evening out, but everything’s so simple and unfussy the danger is you end up spending hours here. Named for history’s most famous ghost ship, the bar’s interiors are blue and white throughout. If you don’t fancy oysters and champagne, there are impressive wine and cocktail lists, plus small seafood plates to share. 

Visit LeMaryCeleste.com

Night Flight
National On Top
@PAULBOWYER

National On The Top

For impressive views, make a beeline for the rooftop bar at Hôtel National des Arts et Metiers on Rue Saint-Martin. Open during the summer months, you don’t need a reservation to secure a table – just turn up and grab a bar stool or relax on a sofa to enjoy classic cocktails, fizz and spirits served on the rocks. You won’t find any food here, but head to nearby restaurant Carbon for classic Parisian fare in a romantic dining room. 

Visit HotelNational.Paris

Septime La Cave

This small wine shop is the sister to Septime, an award-winning French restaurant in Charonne. Its walls are lined with bottles of wine available to buy; there’s a small bar and a few seating areas where you can try local wines by the carafe or bottle. There are ten rotating wines to choose from each day, mostly biodynamic varieties and natural world wines. Once you’ve had a stroll around Charonne, a great afternoon is best spent here with a cheese and/or charcuterie board. 

Visit Septime-LaCave.fr

DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at [email protected].

The SLMAN Edit: Your Guide To A More Stylish Life.