A few steps away from the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and the exclusive Avenue Montaigne shopping district, the Philippe Starck-designed Le Royal Monceau encompases everything that luxury now means in Paris.
Starck has renovated it to be a place where even the most mundane detail is extraordinary and where celebrities such as Mike Tyson and Celine Dion can be seen right alongside average Parisians and tourists, comfortably. There are more than enough corners to hide yet just enough places to also be seen.
I visited for their legendary brunch and it lives up to the hype I had heard in every way. ‘A Garden in Paris’, by French artist Stéphane Calais, graces the ceiling when you walk into La Cuisine and a colorful glass wall frames an open kitchen that serves up elegance in brunch form. From exquisite pastries, macarons and chocolates by Pierre Hermé to salmon, pasta, omelettes, artisan salads and the freshest fruits -- there are more than enough tempting bites to perfectly accompany a sparkling glass of champagne. Could just be the best brunch I've ever had outside my beloved NYC.
Arrive early when you do visit. Brunch is served on Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm (74€ per person) and Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm (115€ per person).