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Beautifully simple bistrot food, with signature artisanal cocktails holding a literary inspiration.
17, rue Jean de la Fontaine 75016
GRAND AMOUR HOTEL
This stylish boutique hotel is the sister-site to the already established (and revered) Hotel Amour. Rooms are colourful and adorned with risqué art that instils a definitively playful atmosphere, whilst the buzzing restaurant is open all day and offers the same fun vibes alongside delicious French food.
18 rue de la Fidélité 75010
Hotel Amour is the quirky and affordable, hipper than hip hotel of the 9eme (Paris’s Red Light District – hence the name). Each room was decorated by a different artist, including the owner himself, Andre the graffiti artist. The downstairs restaurant serves affordable comfort food in a great space for people watching.
8 rue Navarin 75009
VASARELY AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU
Known as the father of Op-Art and one of the biggest artists of the 70s, this is the first French retrospective dedicated to Victor Vasarely, who was born in Hungary but worked in Paris. Visitors will see how his work progressed from his days as a graphic designer to the trippy optical illusions for which he is best known.
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
COURTAULD COLLECTION AT LOUIS VUITTON FOUNDATION
his exhibition in collaboration with London’s Courtauld Gallery brings together over 100 works that belonged to Samuel Courtauld, a great collector of Impressionist art. The show features works by Renoir, Manet and Van Gogh, whose Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear appears in France for the first time since it was purchased by Courtauld in the early 20th Century.
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France
To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Baccarat will launch exclusive products and organise events all through 2014. The new collection of crystal accessories and lighting will be presented at Maison et Objet while an exceptional limited-edition piece by Japanese designer Nendo will be unveiled at Maison Baccarat, and displayed from January 24-27 as a kick off to the celebrations.
11 place des Etats-Unis 75016
Designed by French practice Archiee, the newly opened boutique and spa for Japanese cosmetics brand En takes cues from the brand name, which not only means ‘beauty’ in Japanese, but also ‘connection’ and ‘circle’. White and brass cylindrical fixtures and partitions soften the space, while providing private areas for consultations, treatments and massages. This is the brand’s first physical store, and customers can create customised skincare products by mixing a choice of 100 “essences”, which include plant extracts, rock salts and tea-leaf powders.
7 rue de Condé, 75006
Foster + Partners’ latest Apple Store, which has opened on the Champs-Élysées, has been built within what the studio calls a “quintessential Parisian apartment”. The store is designed to carefully blend the existing original building with new contemporary interiors. Entered via a 19th-century passage with retail space on either side, the store opens out onto a newly revived courtyard dotted with trees. A kaleidoscopic solar roof-light made up of mirrored pyramids reflects light onto the open space below, which plays host to Apple’s wide roster of events.
114 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008
MAISON KOSÉMAISON KOSÉ
J-beauty giant Kosé has opened a boutique selling three of its best-known brands – Decorté, Sekkisei and Kosé Cell Radiance – on rue Marbeuf, just off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The area is becoming known as a beauty hotspot, with Hermetica and Le Labo opening on the same street. The 500 sq ft boutique, called Maison Kosé, brings together the three Japanese brands for the first time under one roof. Customers can discover the products first-hand by trying out a 30-minute facial, which is free of charge, in the treatment room on-site.
24 rue Marbeuf, 75008