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Maison Souquet
Paris, France

Maison Souquet , Paris, France
Maison Souquet
Though the Pigalle neighborhood has mostly shaken off its red-light reputation, the bon vivant spirit of the area’s past has been elegantly revived at Maison Souquet.The owners gave carte blanche to Jacques Garcia, the venerated French designer with a passion for Belle Epoque interiors, who masterfully reworked the early 1900s design codes to bring to life the space, itself a former pleasure house. As during the heyday of these maison closes, which brought together artists and socialites, Garcia created an intimate, multi-room layout, meant to take guests from one stage of the experience to the next. It begins in the entrance lounge bedecked in Moorish tiles and Cordovan leather, leads into the Salon des Petits Bonheurs (Little Delights), where you’ll find the bar, and ends under the glass canopy of the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), which also doubles as the breakfast lounge. Bedrooms, each named after a famous courtesan, vary in style (oriental, Napoleon III velveteen, Empire, Indian), but most are done up in plush drapery, and original artwork. It’s the cunning details, from antique furnishings and heart-shaped lamps designed by Garcia exclusively for each room, that transport guests to an era of boundless joie de vivre. Rooms feel pocket-sized by American standards, but make the most of the stunning public spaces.
Maison Souquet
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Le Relais Saint-Germain
Paris, France

Le Relais Saint-Germain , Paris, France
Le Relais Saint-Germain
Husband-wife duo Claudine and Yves Camdeborde got their start as industry pioneers with their restaurant La Régélade, the city’s first “neo-bistro” (a trend marked by high-quality cooking at an accessible price point), which they managed for 13 years. Since 2005, their acclaim has come from their Relais Saint-Germain hotel-restaurant combo located in the beating heart of Saint-Germain. The hotel blends quaint Parisian style with a just-like-home atmosphere. The design goal was to preserve the 17th-century soul of the building, keeping its original, exposed beams and stones and blending antique furnishings and old parquet floors with avant-garde decorative elements and rococo textiles hand-picked by Mme. Camdeborde. The result is an urban inn that guests would want to return to year after year. Each of the 22 rooms bears the name of a celebrated writer inspired by Paris—from Madame de Sévigné to Marcel Proust—and a unique aesthetic theme (Asian, African, Louis III) in a nod to the neighborhood’s literary past. What unites them is an intimate vibe that instantly makes guests feel at home.
Le Relais Saint-Germain
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Hilton Paris Opéra
Paris, France

Hilton Paris Opéra , Paris, France
Hilton Paris Opéra
Hilton’s reentry into the heart of Paris is nothing short of majestic. After a $50 million design overhaul, the 125-year-old hotel, made for the 1889 World’s Fair, has been revived to its 19th-century splendor with a contemporary twist. Formerly the Grand Hotel Terminus and the Concorde Opéra Paris, the property’s landmark status—with its Haussmannian facade and elegant public spaces—demanded it be painstakingly preserved. Among the restored, original elements, the most awe-inspiring are the Corinthian columns, chandeliers, balustrades, hand-painted frescoes, and marble and mosaic tiling. Fortunately, the bar takes pride of place among them, making it the ideal spot to start your stay with a cocktail or glass of wine. The style in each of the rooms breaks with the traditional stark-white modern codes of most business hotels. Here it incorporates warm accent colors and textiles. With few heritage elements left to preserve, the sense of place is woven in with custom etchings of iconic Paris scenes hung behind each bed. But you won’t be spending much time here, as the action happens in the grand salon. 
Hilton Paris Opéra
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La Réserve
Paris, France

La Réserve, Paris, France
La Réserve
In taking over a stately 1854 hôtel particulier (private mansion) in the well-heeled 8th arrondissement, hotelier Michel Reybier sought to revive the high elegance of 19th-century Paris and an era of grand travel. For this Paris outpost of his revered La Réserve property (the brand already has well-established institutions in Geneva and Ramatuelle, near St. Tropez), Reybier enlisted the talents of acclaimed interior designer Jacques Garcia, whose penchant for 19th-century Napoleon III style dovetailed beautifully with Reybier’s vision for a quintessentially Parisian abode befitting the neighborhood. The hotel is complete with a library of antique books and a smoking room that recalls a winter garden—both reserved exclusively for guests. The interiors are done up in gold leaf embellishments and silk taffeta drapery. Rooms feature Toto toilets, and private butlers are on call for late-night cravings. Even the newer design elements, like the black-and-white tiling on the ground level, are distressed to deliver the wonderfully worn-in sheen of an old family home. Guests are welcomed in the luxurious Louis XV reception lounge, with its crimson sofas crafted by Henryot, repurposed pieces of Versailles parquet, and antique wood furnishings. Begin your stay with one of the 450 exceptional wines on the menu in the Belle Epoque–inspired grand salon bar. 
La Réserve
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Grand Pigalle Hotel
Paris, France

Grand Pigalle Hotel , Paris, France
Grand Pigalle Hotel
After achieving tremendous success in Paris, London, New York, and Ibiza with the Experimental Cocktail Club and a handful of other nightlife hangouts, the three bons vivants behind the Experimental Group have expanded the concept into hospitality. Their first hotel is located in Paris’s most coveted neighborhood, South Pigalle, overlooking the Villa Frochot (Toulouse-Lautrec’s former abode). Unsurprisingly, these pioneers of the Paris cocktail movement have integrated their savoir-faire in top-shelf drinks. In fact, they go so far as to bill it a “bed and beverage” boutique hotel, which translates to custom cocktails offered in the ground-floor lounge, delivered straight to rooms, and available in guestroom minibars. To further drive their vision, the trio enlisted the talents of Dorothée Meilichzon, the city’s most in-demand interior designer, who has already directed the look and feel of each of the group’s establishments. Here, she applies her flair for mixing unique patterns and design styles to the cocktail lounge and rooms, kitted out with sumptuous velour sofas, black leather armchairs, and brass light fixtures. The result is a style that feels like understated Hollywood regency meets 1920s Parisian glam. While rooms afford less quiet and privacy than most design hotels, the (tolerable) din feels like a necessary component to the stay-up-late Pigalle experience.
Grand Pigalle Hotel
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Hotel Crayon Rouge
Paris, France

Hotel Crayon Rouge, Paris, France
Hotel Crayon Rouge
"Feels like home" is a qualifier commonly used to describe boutique hotels, but few live up to the promise. Hotel Crayon Rouge, the little sister of five-year-old Hotel Crayon just around the corner, drives the homey atmosphere with a number of clever features: an honesty bar and kitchen with a readily stocked fridge accessible for late-night cravings, an intimate lounge in the entry, used books on bedside tables, and reading lights in bathrooms. Colorful guestrooms are like fantasy bedrooms, with retro-chic style, graphic illustrated wallpaper, antique furnishings, and vintage decorative touches. Though rooms are compact, smart use of mirrors make them feel more spacious. The design of the property has been masterminded by artist Julie Gauthron and is framed subtly around wine, the owners’ passion. You’ll find playful wine-themed wallpaper in the lounge, lamps in cork oak above the reception desk, and wine and whiskey carafes above the Rouge Bar dining table. Complimentary charcuterie is available in the Rouge Bar with the purchase of a glass of wine at apéro hour each evening. 
Hotel Crayon Rouge
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Frame Brasserie
Paris, France

Frame Brasserie, Paris, France
FR/AME: Franco-Californian Dining With a View
Of the many luxuries with which Paris is blessed, space isn't one of them. And this is especially true of Parisian restaurants, many of which struggle to find suitable kitchen space let alone dining rooms that can accommodate a crowd. But on the west side of town, with an unrivaled view of beacon Eiffel, a commodious dining room is a precious and accessible new commodity. That and new Americana cooking. At FR/AME, whose name is a nod to both France and America, the focus is on flavors and recipes inspired by California with a local twist. Part of that French flair involves locally sourced and seasonal produce (some of which are grown on-site in the building's rooftop garden) and a robust wine program helmed by Olivier Poussier, one of the world's most revered sommelier. Presiding over the kitchen is American chef American Wigger who perfected the principles of Franco-Californian cuisine while working under the tutelage of French chef Pascal Olhats in Newport Beach. From fish tacos and gruyère burgers to modern coq au vin and fresh garden salads, chef Wigger places a premium on technique and ingredients all while catering to French tastes (which, in some cases, translates to dialing down the spice). And in the process, does an excellent job of transporting the diner west, palm trees and all.
FR/AME: Franco-Californian Dining With a View
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Bar Demory Paris
Paris, France

Bar Demory Paris, Paris, France
Tasting the Craft Beer Movement in Paris
While cocktails have become a fixture of Parisian nightlife in recent years, it's beer that's quickly becoming the drink of choice among locals. The craft beer movement has been slow to sprout but is finally gaining ground thanks to local producers like Demory and Gallia. Beer hounds should get a taste at Demory's new bar in the 1st arrondissement and at La Fine Mousse, a well-stocked local favorite in the 11th arrondissement with a selection of over 150 beers, both French and foreign.
Tasting the Craft Beer Movement in Paris
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Chez Boris St Honoré
Paris, France

Chez Boris St Honoré, Paris, France
A Sustainable Steakhouse in Paris: Chez Boris
With the precipitous rise of gourmet street food and market-fresh neo-bistrots, it's not surprising that Boris Leclercq's eponymous steak joint 'Chez Boris' opened near the Champs-Elysées last year with little fanfare. The conceit of this steakhouse, however, deserves attention particularly for its unique, revivalist approach to steak-frites dining. Boris and his wife Leticia raise grass-fed Aubrac cows on their own farm in the Hérault region, follow a 21-day maturation process in a cold chamber within their own cutting plant (where they employ 2 dedicated butchers), and serve both traditionally superior cuts (filet, sirloin, etc.) and those most often neglected or typically reserved for tartares or hamburgers (flank or spider), accentuating their flavor as a result of their maturation technique and grilling process. What's more, they won't begin preparing cuts from another cow until those from the previous one have been entirely used and served. Each steak is served with a simple green salad and crispy fries cooked in beef fat, not in oil. This 'home made' from farm to plate approach is, effectively, all in an effort to control the provenance of the meat they serve and ensure quality at all times - crucial as the horse-meat controversy and trend in French restaurants toward using industrial ingredients had the public hyper-aware and concerned about what they're consuming. Delicious and sustainable - more than enough reason to book lunch or dinner at Chez Boris.
A Sustainable Steakhouse in Paris: Chez Boris
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Belleville Brûlerie
Paris, France

Belleville Brûlerie , Paris, France
Paris's Gourmet Coffee Roaster
The specialty coffee scene was slow to sprout in Paris but thanks to a brigade of entrepreneurial career baristas, the march toward change in consumption and taste is putting the city on the global bean map. At the vanguard of the movement are David Flynn and Thomas Lehoux, both veritable stars in the milieu. David, formerly of Télescope, and Thomas, currently the co-owner of the Canal St. Martin coffee shop Ten Belles, pooled their talents and brought in Anselme Blayney, owner of Le Bal café, to open a roaster in the 19th arrondissement. In a quick few months, the trio's top-brass beans are popping up all over town in shops like Fondation and Holybelly. The space is reserved for roasting during the week but opens for public cuppings on Saturdays from 11:30am-6:30pm - a prime opportunity to chat with and learn from the city's best.
Paris's Gourmet Coffee Roaster
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Atelier Cologne
paris75, France

Atelier Cologne, paris75, France
The Best Scents of Paris
Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel may have founded L'Atelier Cologne in New York, where the duo met, but their successful fragrance company is 100% French. Their mutual passion for eau de cologne translates beautifully into a sweet edit of floral and fruity fragrances. Snatch a bottle of their bestseller, L'Orange Sanguine, in one of two Paris locations.
The Best Scents of Paris
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Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Paris, France

Mandarin Oriental, Paris, Paris, France
A Gastronomic Brunch in Paris
Some travelers require lavish, luxe lodging while others would rather invest their budget in unforgettable dining experiences. The Mandarin Oriental caters to both, particularly since launching their brunch offering in October. Brunch as a concept has undergone countless interpretations in Paris, some more worthy of your time than others, but few transform the meal into a near gastronomic experience. With iconic chef Thierry Marx at the helm of the Camélia kitchen, MO's brunch levitates above the masses, featuring a fixed price menu (88€) that includes a robust buffet of cured meats, cheeses, salads, sushi and a variety of breakfast pastries, a hot drink, a main dish (which rotate each Sunday and adapt to the seasons) and one of Pierre Mathieu's deftly crafted sweets from the hotel's cake shop. The meal is a fantastic option both for deep-pocketed travelers and those looking to treat themselves to a gastronomic experience outside the confines of an evening meal. Reservations recommended
A Gastronomic Brunch in Paris
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Europacorp
Saint-Denis, France

Europacorp, Saint-Denis, France
Layover in Paris: Head to the Movies
EuropaCorp's first multiplex cinema, created by director Luc Besson, just opened its doors near the Charles de Gaulle airport in the Aeroville shopping center and makes an ideal hangout for an ultra-short layover. Besson enlisted the help of street-food pioneer Kristen Frederick (of Le Camion Qui Fume and Freddie's Deli) to concoct a more gourmet offering at the theater's concession stand to match the luxury-leaning moviegoing experience he envisioned (plush, selective seating, menus on iPad for seated service, etc.). Inspired by the popularity of cocktail bars, she opted for Le Popcorn Born which features a wide selection of savory and sweet gourmet popcorns using the highest-quality ingredients (truffle, parmesan, goat cheese, etc.). This is guaranteed to become a destination worth a special visit on its own. Until then, consider a night (or afternoon) at the movies during your next layover.
Layover in Paris: Head to the Movies
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La Buvette
Paris, France

La Buvette, Paris, France
Superior Wine and Small Plates at La Buvette
These days, it seems that every new opening is helmed by someone who has spent time working for the lodestars of the culinary scene: James Henry of Bones cut his teeth at Au Passage, Haan Palcu-Chang of Le Mary Celeste honed his skills at Michelin tables in Copenhagen and Katsuaki Okiyama of Abri gained traction at the illustrious tables of Robuchon, Taillevent and l’Agapé Bistrot. The same is true in the burgeoning world of wine bars, where all eyes are on Camille Fremont whose La Buvette has already won lavish praise and an award from Le Fooding. Like a cozy annexe to Camille's own home, the bar benefits from the inherent cool factor that a slightly out-there location in the 11th confers. Despite the compact space, it never seems to be much trouble to pack in throngs of wine fans and curious passersby. Guests must consume a little snack (or casse-croûte in local parlance) to be able to drink but your experience will be better for it. Put your trust in Camille for the wine - mostly natural and only from wine producers she personally appreciates - and choose any of the small plates on offer (aged Gouda, dry sausage from Aubrac, sardines, etc.), each stellar. Bottles are available for purchase.
Superior Wine and Small Plates at La Buvette
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Blend Hamburger Gourmet
Paris, France

Blend Hamburger Gourmet, Paris, France
Gourmet Burgers in Paris at Blend
Launched by a twenty-something business school grad and entrepreneur who was inspired by the flavor combinations available in America, Blend is unique on the undeniably oversaturated burger scene in Paris. Both locations, one in the 2nd behind rue Montorgueil and the other conveniently (or dangerously) located a few doors down from concept-store MERCI, are diminutive in stature, like the burgers - perfect for tamer appetites. The meat is sourced from esteemed Paris butcher Yves-Marie le Bourdonnec and blended with cheese and other ingredients prior to cooking, making modifications almost always impossible. Fortunately, they have two veggie options with equally veggie buns (spinach or tofu) for those aiming for ultra-lite. I also highly recommend the grilled chicken burger to switch things up. Keeping with the homemade ethos, the fries - regular or sweet potato- are hand cut and lightly salted; a necessary component to the meal. Not everyone sees the merits of a Blend burger but in my experience, these are the people who are expecting a greasy stomach bomb - in other words, an authentically American burger. These are decidedly tidier and more refined and absolutely worth a special visit.
Gourmet Burgers in Paris at Blend
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Institut Finlandais
Paris, France

Institut Finlandais, Paris, France
A Taste of Finnish Culture in Paris
Welcome to Finland! Well, sort of. L'Institut Finlandais, a non-profit organization situated in the heart of the Latin Quarter, gives pride of place to Finnish culture, savoir-faire, creative fiber, language and gastronomy in all its forms. With the recent opening of Instituutti, a boutique-cum-Nordic café, visitors are invited to immerse themselves a little deeper. The luminous, design-forward space was designed by Linda Bergroth, named the 2012 young designer of the year in Finland. Explore the boutique, enjoy a specialty coffee (Coutume) and stick around for one of their regularly rotating exhibits.
A Taste of Finnish Culture in Paris
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Fondation Café
Paris, France

Fondation Café, Paris, France
Paris's First Espresso Bar
When barista Chris Nielson left his job at Ten Belles, the stalwart coffee shop just off the Canal St. Martin, it wasn't to return to his native Australia but to open his own coffee shop less than a mile away. To be more precise, his matchbook-size café is an espresso bar with only a few tables and chairs available inside (a handful of spots are available outside on a semi-heated terrace), all designed by his architect wife. The pared-back design keeps the focus on the coffee (sourced from local roastery Belleville) and, as one instantly remarks upon entering, the aerodynamic equipment. Chris is the first barista in Paris to work with designer Kees Van Der Westen's 'Spirit', a machine known as much for its performance as its ergonomic and decidedly striking design. A small selection of treats from Emperor Norton is on offer as well as artisanal lemonades and fresh juices. Yet another positive point of differentiation: Chris opens shop as of 8am, 7 days a week - a boon for early risers like myself.
Paris's First Espresso Bar
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Restaurant Lazare Paris
Paris, France

Restaurant Lazare Paris, Paris, France
Rarefied Train Station Dining at Lazare
For Michelin-starred chef Eric Frechon, opening a 110-seat restaurant in the heart of Paris's busiest train station (Gare Saint-Lazare) was effectively a way to reconnect with his democratic, bistrot past. The Bristol Hotel chef and former Christian Constant disciple is an avowed proponent of no-fuss, simple food executed to perfection. He jumped at the chance to dedicate a space to his special brand of cooking when he was approached by the SNCF transport company. With the bandages off on the train station after a multimillion-euro refurbishment project, it was missing a dining space worthy of its new image—a destination for transients and locals alike, open morning, noon, and night. Frechon stepped in to offer a wildly accessible, haute casual menu of French comfort classics in a gorgeous, lofty space that is equal parts café/bar and swish restaurant. In addition to the full menu, expect daily specials, a robust wine selection, and a standout dessert that will have you returning time and again: the Paris-Deauville, a sweet homage to Normandy, his birthplace, in the form of a caramelized, cold soufflé. The classic brasserie has experienced considerable decline in recent years, but with Lazare, Frechon revives the iconic 'lieu de vie' with deft style.
Rarefied Train Station Dining at Lazare
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Cazenave
Misson, France

Cazenave, Misson, France
Sipping Basque Hot Chocolate in Bayonne
According to legend, Bayonne was the launchpad for chocolate consumption in France. It arrived in Europe by way of Spain in the 16th century thanks to Hernán Cortés, a Spanish Explorer who brought cocoa beans from Mexico. Jewish artisans, who were skilled at making chocolate (among other things), were expelled from Spain and later Portugal during the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand and settled in Bayonne, where they continued to hone their craft. The chocolate was transformed into a rich, creamy liquid that would go onto become the drink of choice for royalty. Since 1854, the tradition at Cazenave has been the chocolat mousseux -a hot chocolate whipped by hand using cocoa beans roasted on-site. A hint of cinnamon spices up the drink while the rich, homemade whipped cream that it's served with makes it indulgent. Enjoy a cup in their salon de thé but don't leave without picking up several bars of colorfully wrapped chocolate to take home with you.
Sipping Basque Hot Chocolate in Bayonne
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Jardins de Marqueyssac
Vézac, France

Jardins de Marqueyssac, Vézac, France
A View of the Dordogne from the Gardens of Marqueyssac
The Marqueyssac Gardens in the Périgord region of France are not only the most visited in the region but among the most reminiscent of a fairytale landscape. Perched on a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley, Julien de Cerval's topiary masterpiece from 1866 features some 150,000 boxwood trees pruned to resemble the rolling hills below, and 6 kilometers of shaded trails divided into 3 circuits, each leading visitors to a Belvedere lookout for an awe-inspiring view of the river 130 meters below. Not-to-be-missed: Thursday evenings at sunset when over a thousand candles are placed throughout the gardens for what can only be described as a magical experience.
A View of the Dordogne from the Gardens of Marqueyssac
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Pizza Chic
Paris, France

Pizza Chic, Paris, France
The Chicest Pizza in Paris
Owned by Julien Cohen, son of Marie-France Cohen, founder of iconic upscale shops Bonpoint, Merci and Bonton, Pizza Chic oozes cool minimalism: large accordion windows that give the impression of a terrace in the warmer months, black and white tiled floors, polished silverware, dangling bulbs, tall water glasses, tin ceiling tiles along the bar and an open kitchen with a view of the wood-burning oven. It's a little bit New York-hipster-meets-Parisian bobo without the pomp and circumstance. Not to mention the Italian servers who take your order with zeal and a wide smile. As the name indicates, the menu is dominated by pizzas ranging from the classic (margherita or vegetarian) to the more original (artichoke, parmesan and arugula), with gargantuan desserts you'll want to save room for. Finish off the meal with a strong, Italian coffee and pocket the praline chocolate for later - you'll be glad to have a remnant of the experience before you can return again.
The Chicest Pizza in Paris
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Ten Belles
Paris, France

Ten Belles, Paris, France
Coffee and Cake at Ten Belles
If the coffee scene in Paris is as robust as it is today it's in large part thanks to the talents and commitment of Thomas Lehoux, one of the city's star Baristas and co-owner of Ten Belles just off the Canal St. Martin. He collaborated with English gals Anna Trattles and Alice Quillet from Le Bal Café to open this intimate espresso bar in the fall of 2012 and the success was immediate: Lehoux and his team turn out some of the finest, if time consuming, drip coffees in the city while Trattles & Quillet serve up a small but careful edit of comforting lunchtime food, from soups to a couple of sandwiches and salads which rotate daily. The desserts are largely Anglo - scones, peanut-butter brownies, cookies and raspberry crumb bars - and go down beautifully with a host of coffee drinks, now made from Belleville, a local roastery that Lehoux co-founded this summer*. Go for breakfast, lunch or for an afternoon coffee and expect a crowd - escape to the mezzanine for extra seats and a view of the bar from above. But if the weather permits, grab one of their stools and take your coffee outside or snag a spot along the Canal and make it an al fresco coffee break. *Belleville roastery: closed to the public during the week during torrefaction; open the weekends as a coffee shop (as of mid-November).
Coffee and Cake at Ten Belles
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BEAUBIEN
Paris, France

BEAUBIEN, Paris, France
BEAUBIEN- Casual Menswear in Paris
Named after a Montreal subway station, the new men's boutique BEAUBIEN is situated in an emerging section of the Haut-Marais (or ''NoMa'' in local parlance)- the rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth has been an extension of the garment district (the ''Sentier'') dedicated to menswear for many years – the area's golden age dates to the 80s-90s, when people from all over the world came to source the latest trends. Many of the Sentier's wholesalers are leaving and being supplanted by a cool mix of art galleries, restaurants and independent boutiques. In other words, excellent timing for a male-focused shop. The boutique features a careful edit of casual menswear by up-and-coming designers from the U.S, Denmark and Japan - an easy-to-wear selection unlike any other in Paris. This style is also reflected squarely in the shop's name: in French, ''beau'' meaning ''beautiful'' and ''bien'' meaning ''good'', the name carries a naive simplicity, referring to the idea of just sourcing, selecting and selling high quality products – Parisian retail at its best.
BEAUBIEN- Casual Menswear in Paris
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Hotel Eden Paris
Paris, France

Hotel Eden Paris, Paris, France
Spend a few nights in Hotel Eden
Situated far afield in a residential enclave of the 15th arrondissement, this intimate boutique hotel might just be the boost the neighborhood needed. The design was the vision of Vincent Bastie, the resident expert in concept hotels in Paris (he's behind the Seven hotel among others) and inspired largely by mythic (and biblical) ideas of paradise - botanical wallpaper, rattan furnishings and mini terraces brimming with flowers. Each of the 40 rooms sport a different nature-focused theme and support the hotel's image as an urban hamlet - certainly worth the left bank zip code.
Spend a few nights in Hotel Eden
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Come A Casa
Paris, France

Come A Casa, Paris, France
Tastes of Tuscany at Come A Casa
From New York to Tokyo, the world’s food scene is heavily informed by outside influences. In Paris, this translates to cuisine that isn’t narrowly French but rather brimming with ethnic flavors. That includes the unequivocally popular and omnipresent tastes from Italy, though they tend to vary drastically in price and quality. When I learned about Come A Casa (literally, like at home), which is located just off of the Place Léon Blum near Voltaire in the 11th, I knew I needed to see whether it ranked among the city's few worthy Italian joints. This 15-cover jewel box of a restaurant fits the bill perfectly. The menu is compact, dominated largely by fresh antipasti and a lasagna and pasta dish that changes daily. The wines are Italian and should absolutely be paired with the meal. But what’s on the plate is only part of the charm of this Tuscan trattoria. Owner Flavia Federici is not only credited with turning out flavorful dishes capable of transporting each diner straight to Tuscany but as the mastermind behind the standout design. Trained as an architect, Flavia left no detail unconsidered when laying out the small space. The elevated, open kitchen lords over the tiny dining room, appointed with vintage furnishings (including school desks), serving dishes and shelving to house wine, pasta, sauces and other goods that guests can purchase to take home. Come A Casa is warm, welcoming and guaranteed to delight. Just don’t forget to order the stracciatella.
Tastes of Tuscany at Come A Casa
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Hotel D'Angleterre
Copenhagen, Denmark

Hotel D'Angleterre, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Finest Hotel in Copenhagen
After closing its doors for two years, the 250-year-old D'Angleterre hotel reopened in the spring of 2013, unveiling the first phase of a massive makeover. Every inch of the landmark hotel was in some way touched by the redesign, from the famed Marchal restaurant to its iconic façade. Each detail was considered to elevate the d’Angleterre back to its former status as Scandinavia's most exclusive hotel. The updated hotel features Space Nordic spa (the indoor pool and hammam open in December 2013), Denmark's first champagne bar, the Balthazar, and a revived experience in the Marchal restaurant, now helmed by Michelin-starred former chef-to-the-Queen Ronny Emborg. While the design touches are decidedly Danish, the hotel's grand Franco-Danish history is still very much present. Click through their website to read more of the backstory!
The Finest Hotel in Copenhagen
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DILETTANTES Cave à Champagne
Paris, France

DILETTANTES Cave à Champagne, Paris, France
Champagne Tastings in Paris
In France, champagne isn't just for special occasions, it's an everyday luxury. At least that's what you'll learn after a sampling of some 130 vintages at Dilettantes, a wine shop/bar specialized in bubbly. The tastings are hosted by one of 25 winemakers and take place in a gorgeous, 17th century vaulted cellar. For a more in-depth course on pairing champagne at different moments of the meal, Dilettantes also offers a private oenology workshop (minimum 8 people) that will leave you well-versed in taste.
Champagne Tastings in Paris
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