1Six ideas to spend a warm and unique Christmas in Paris

If you want to enjoy unforgettable parties in the city of light we give you some “magiques” advice.

2A succulent cooking course, 15 Place Vendôme

École Ritz Escoffier. Text: María Luisa Zotes Ciancas
École Ritz Escoffier. Text: María Luisa Zotes Ciancas

One of the most appetizing plans of Paris during the Christmas holidays is learning to cook delicious French recipes at the wonderful École Ritz Escoffier; thanks to which you will leave your guests stunned. They will welcome you in the majestic halls of the legendary hotel Ritz where they will direct you to the beautiful kitchens of your school; there is no better way to get closer to French customs and savoir faire than through its gastronomy. In this sublime palace you will learn to prepare delicacies, guided by one of their chefs in a unique environment.

3A succulent cooking course, 15 Place Vendôme

Their delicacies change according to the season; among them you can cook an oyster tartar, sea bass, crayfish and caviar with aniseed fennel jelly and livèche coulissteak of lamb in croûte of truffles and vegetable cocotte with sauce périgueux ; scallop risotto with emulsion of cockle juice with saffron or a soft lobster souffle with homardine sauce. If you are a lover of the great classic of Noël, you will follow the guidelines of a tasty foie gras poêlé, with glazed pumpkin cubes and chestnuts with hazelnut butter, which you will tastein situ ; You will also prepare a classic and delicious terrine of foie gras, which you will take home to savor and show off a tout petit peu.

4A succulent cooking course, 15 Place Vendôme

If you prefer the sweet, offer delicious pastry classes such as the traditional Christmas cake, the bêche de Noël roulé a la orange and the Grand Marnier. They also teach courses for children in which they will learn how to make a chocolate bûche or a homemade “Nocilla”; they will have fun while they start their first steps in this five-star school. If you want to improve your French, welcome, if not, all controlled, offer simultaneous translation in English.

5A visit haute couture, 5 Avenue Marceau

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris has recently opened its doors in a palace in the Second Empire. Previously it was his old Maison de Couture, where this precursor of fashion imagined his designs, and later it was dedicated to the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. The long awaited shows the history of the 40 years of creation of one of the greats of French haute couture through 5000 dresses, sketch accessories, photographs and videos that Saint Laurent himself collected for this purpose, since the opening of his Maison.

6A visit haute couture, 5 Avenue Marceau

This genius of fashion was willing to bring culture to everyone, so his foundation has created this temple of fashion for both experts and beginners. Its 450 m² floor immerses the visitor in the process of creating this emblematic twentieth-century sewing box; showing the old salons of haute couture (formerly open exclusively for customers) and their study of creation with their personal objects. We look forward to the temporary exhibitions that the museum will organize from next year. And for those who want to know more, in parallel to that opening have erected another museum in his honor in Marrakech, two steps from the garden of Majorelle.

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7A tasting of luxe wines, 42 Avenue Gabriel

“Les jeudis du vin” organized by La Réserve, is a perfect program to spend the chilly Parisian winter nights in an extremely chic environment, decorated by the well-known Jacques Garcia. On certain Thursdays, this hotel in the golden triangle of the capital organizes exquisite wine tasting dinners, inviting producers from the wine regions of France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace…). The evening begins in the cozy and velvety library of the palace in green tones with 19th century furniture.

8A tasting of luxe wines, 42 Avenue Gabriel

You will begin by leafing through one of his books while you taste an aperitif with live piano music in front of his fireplace. To accentuate the Christmas atmosphere even more, its large windows open onto a beautiful patio decorated in a winter way, recalling the magic of Christmas. Once they have settled in the table of their restaurant La Pagode de Cos, the pairing of dishes and wines begins; After an introduction by the expert, about the history of his winery and the character of the chosen harvests, they serve a tasting menu according to the nuances and notes of the wines. Taste a Chablis first crop Beauroy 2014 with beef and rémoulade of celery, apple and wasabi; a Chambolle-Musigny 2013 with duck of Challans and quince with pomegranate juiceand a Pommard first vintage Arvelets along with a delicious Montd’Or cheese to the truffle. It will be a magnifique auto-gift to live a lovely holiday in Paris.

9Perfume, coffee and flowers, 45 Rue de Saintonge

We already told you about the Officine Universelle Buly 1803 on rue Bonaparte, but we can not stop sharing our crush for its second boutique of the rive droite. This perfumery, rabidly aesthetic, located in the Alto Marais, gives off a very special atmosphere, a mix of nineteenth-century air, with New York’s “retro-futurist” style and Japanese subtlety. Behind its green marble counter and its elaborate oak cabinets, you receive your dependents dressed as apothecaries. Your beautiful vintage allure jarsthey preserve aromatic lotions and beauty treatments, combining the most advanced cosmetic techniques and the virtues of the natural ingredients of the recipes of yesteryear.

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10Perfume, coffee and flowers, 45 Rue de Saintonge

Opposite, the red stone bar of his Grand Café Tortoni stands out; order an espresso or an ice cream delicately served in silver trays or oniguiris prepared by the Japanese chef Nani Koré (tuna with mayonnaise, others more daring like kefta and curry or chocolate, caramel and coconut sweets). Miyoko, your delicate florist will receive you discreet and smiling in a poetic cabinet of curiosités or charmant atelier of sculpture, in which she prepares ethereal bouquets of dried flowers; made from ferns, graceful damascene nigellas, beards of Jupiter, daisies or wheat.

Crossing the small door of the bottom, you will find yourself under the glass of an adjoining patio that offers a changing space; currently present the fashion collection created by Ramdame Touhami for the Korean brand Hazzys in which stand out its thick woolen fabrics, pleated tartan skirts, the honeycomb, or the mohair.

11One night at a hotel in a Palace, 251 Rue Saint Honoré

As soon as you enter the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, a suspended cloud of Swarovski crystal butterflies welcomes you, welcoming your guests to the Asian luxury of this hotel. This palace of the 21st century, located in a building of the 30s, of art deco inspiration, offers modern comfort, perfect to take refuge during Christmas. It is also ideally located in the luxurious rue Saint Honoré; one of the most famous arteries for fashionistas, a few minutes from the elegant Place Vendôme and the Tuileries Garden.

12One night at a hotel in a Palace, 251 Rue Saint Honoré

Choose one of its 40 refined suites such as the Mandarin Royale of 350m², from its terrace you will contemplate the monuments of Paris (from the Garnier Opera to the Montmartre hill). You can organize your private party in its impressive alabaster bar and take a bubble bath in its huge jacuzzi tub overlooking the skyline of the city of light, Eiffel Tower included. Sur Mesure, its gastronomic restaurant awarded with two Michelin stars, elaborates exquisite recipes in an original decoration by Patrick Jouin in which the white tone of its walls stands out with folded and gathered fabrics, with haute couture making a nod. The dishes of its chef, chef Thierry Marx they mix with tradition and innovation subtlety such as soy risotto with oysters and black truffle; the onion soup in trompe l’oeil; the mackerel in camouflage or the scallops with pistachios and lemon juice confit.

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13One night at a hotel in a Palace, 251 Rue Saint Honoré

For those who think to celebrate the year’s entrance to the grade, the night of San Silvestre offer a special tasting menu of seven dishes accompanied by the same number of great cuvées de Champagne. To end the evening, Bar 8 welcomes you with a spectacular marble bar where you can enjoy a cocktail and oysters. The sweet tooth will be tempted by the chocolat chaud and the sweets of the winter tea time ( scones of spices, carotte cake , ball of coconut and cassis snow…) of its new chef pâtissier Adrien Bozzolo in his restaurant Camelia. Christmas spirit lovers will enjoy their Marché de Noël for which they have imagined a story forest in which presides a 13-meter cake surrounded by Morvan pines, snow, goblins, mushrooms…

14A very special cinema, 15 Avenue Hoche / 76 rue des Saint Pères

The iconic Club 13 has reopened its doors with the touch of the decorator Sarah Lavoine, but retaining the boiseries and sifting the lights, to maintain an atmosphere that recalls the spirit of Claude Lelouch, its creator. Founded in 1968 during the success of his film Un homme et une femme; Today, the French film master keeps his office and his editing rooms here. It is a privilege to be able to attend this cult movie theater, and settle into the large and comfortable leather seats of its two screening rooms; that in these 50 years they have seen great movie artists parade like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Kubrick, Coppola or Scorsese.

15A very special cinema, 15 Avenue Hoche / 76 rue des Saint Pères

In addition to Thursday through Saturday you can enjoy a cocktail in your bar and sing in your new and exclusive Karaoke dedicated to the chanson française (humming the songs of Joe Dassin, Michel Delpech, Barbara, Niagara…); the confirmed music lovers will be able to show their talent with the piano and the electric guitar. And if you love jewelry, until December 24 at the ephemeral boutique Cartier de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, “Un Cartier de Paris” you can settle into your mini-cinema to see a film made by the well-known documentary maker Loïc Prigent about the jeweler’s story Have a drink in your bar; taste a cake of the pâtissier Cyril Lignac; relax in your library, or tempt your luck in your calendar or in the Advent roulette; you will feel like a star, guided by its grooms and elevator attendants dressed as before.

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