We at AiSPi stumbled upon Jade Simon’s, editor at Vogue France, top recommendations for her favourite, most exclusive locations in Paris. With her suggestions, you can immerse yourself in the subversive city of lights and love. Paris is known for its exquisite tastes and world-class experiences, and Jade Simon’s guide will delight your senses and make your venture through the city a joyful one.
Gastronomic cuisine prepared by Michelin star Parisian chefs, and signature French dining classics, will bring your senses into sublimation. Parisian balconies and rooftop dining overlooking the city of Paris in iconic haute couture shopping districts will inspire your inner fashionista.
Petrossian Paris is a restaurant and shop with style of delicacy that will acclimate your palette to the flavours of Paris, with caviar. Don’t forget a dry champagne to cleanse the palette, and a mother-of-pearl spoon to eat them with, as pictured above, if you pick some up from the boutique. A silver spoon will damage the caviar! In addition, the restaurant serves foie gras, salmon roe, truffles, and many other exquisite French delicacies.
La Girafe is a stunning restaurant in Paris with an assortment of contemporary seafood and classic dishes. Located within the city, this welcoming restaurant has an enchanting style which opens to a stunning balcony, looking directly towards the Eiffel Tower. The food, plating, menu, decor, and experience is at the height of Parisian elegance, and the view will take your breath away.
Ogata is a unique dining experience in Paris as it is a sabo; a Japanese tea salon, a restaurant, a boutique, and an art gallery. It brings to light the Japanese tradition of tea drinking, the art of slowly enjoying aroma, flavour, life, and harmonising with nature, a custom of subtlety in many Eastern traditions. Like the Japanese embassy in France, Ogata is a contemporary take on the distinct flavors of Japanese cuisine. It is meant to be savoured and enjoyed with the five senses.
Oni San translates to big brother, and is used as a term of respect in Japanese culture. The creators of Oniisanizakaya cherish Japanese culture and have spent many years there, and wanted to bring the Izakayas to Paris. Izakayas are cafes, their French equivalent to bistros. Unlike the rich and somber typical Japanese dining experience typically emulated in French cuisine, the atmosphere is relaxed. The plates are meant to be pecked on; a bite with sake to enjoy. Oniisanizakaya celebrates the controlled, yet various creative approaches in Japonese culture to festive dining and gathering.
Hotel Plaza Athenee
Hotel Plaza Athenee is “your haute couture address in Paris.” Established in 1911 on the fashionable Avenue Montaigne in the most elegant and sought after avenue in the city, this Hotel quickly established itself as the leading Hotel of Paris, capturing the spirit of Paris. In 1946, Christian Dior opened a boutique next door to attract guests at the hotel, cementing Avenue Montaigne as the fashion boulevard of Paris. Not to long after, the restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars. With breath-taking views and unparalleled charm, this hotel remains the heart and spirit of Paris, and will magnetise your fashion compass to true north.
With a terrace that boasts views of Champs-Elysees, to Place Conchord, Mun is situated on one of the most gorgeous avenues of Paris. Their inspiration draws from “the intoxication of opium dens to the heavy, spicy scents of the continent.” With a chic yet deep mystique, the menu of Mun takes you through Asia, balanced with a French comprehension.
Coya is “an immersive experience inspired by Latin American culture.” The menu is inspired by Peruvian dishes, but travels all around the world. Their personal music label plays in the restaurant. With original art on the walls, it is an unforgettable experience.
An extremely decorated award winning hotel and spa in Paris, Shangri-La Paris is located in the 8th arrondissement located next to the Seine. Their restaurant, Shang Palace, is the only Chinese restaurant in Paris with a Michelin star.
Creative work by Chef Pierre Gagnaire, Gaya is a gastronomic feat of freshly prepared dishes, prepared with excellence. Fish is freshly caught and sent from boat to kitchen door. The finest preparation of French cuisine, will immerse you into a delightful world of colour and taste. An incredible indulgence that show you why Paris is a cuisine capital of the world.
To form contrast to much of Paris’s strong religious heritage, Sinner is a luxury hotel that uses mystery and intrigue, to depart from religious doctrines, with a restaurant, bar, spa, and even a crypt, based of the Templar style. Stained glass windows and monastic style décor evoke a sophisticated departure from national beliefs as one plays the role of ‘sinner’.
The Penninsula Paris
Closely keeping with French heritage and savoir-faire, the Peninsula Paris can be found within short walking distance of some of most celebrated monuments, museums, and luxury shopping districts. With a rooftop bar and dining experience, one can view the best views of the city. Their restaurant, L’Oiseau Blanc, is a Michelin star restaurant.
After taking a dip (or even a dive) into Paris, mystique, elegance, creativity and an incredible sense of heritage and style will linger with you. It may perhaps even inspir you to get in touch with your inner artist; drawing from emotion. Whether you choose to enjoy Latin American food, Japanese food, or traditional French cuisine classics, you can rest assured that you will experience the high standards of food, dining, hotels, experiences, culture, and fashion in Paris.