Dining in France is as much about interior designs as it is about excellent food. The following hot spots set new standards for both.
The 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, one of the tallest structures in the city, offers an extraordinary view of Paris. After a revamp by Paris-based designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, the restaurant Le Ciel de Paris reopened featuring a palette of orange and gray, a ceiling dotted with circular backlit mirrors, and a curvaceous central bar, all of which conspire to give it a sleek, retro-futuristic feel.
In 2008, Le Royal Monceau received a complete two-year renovation by French designer Philippe Starck his third hospitality project in Paris after Hôtel Le Meurice and Mama Shelter.
This same spirit continues to permeate the hotel today thanks to the collection of contemporary art displayed throughout, its Michelin restaurant and the gracious hospitality design offers, as it seeks to form an emotional connection with its guests.
Right in the heart of French capital, there’s a special place waiting to be discovered by luxury and design lovers. We’re talking about Café Français, a once-traditional brasserie on the Place de la Bastille designed by India Mahdavi, one of the best Paris-based interior designers. Those luxurious interiors are totally inspired by neo-seventies style.
Redesigned by the French Bruno Borrione, the spare interiors feature cool white brick walls warmed by the burnished tones of leather chairs and wooden contract furniture tables. Dame de Pic collaborated with the perfumer Philippe Bousseton to develop the restaurant’s complex dishes (pea-puree panna cotta flavored with licorice and galangal, for example), and the three daily prix-fixe menus all come with their own scent strips.
Designed by Paris-based Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, the restaurant, at the Mandarin Oriental, is Marx’s first foray into the Parisian dining scene after having worked at several highly regarded establishments around France. It has proved a quick success: He was rewarded with two Michelin stars last March, less than a year after opening. The innovative and molecular-gastronomy-influenced cuisine—liquid nitrogen is in the kitchen—features such creations as soy-and-oyster risotto and steak with eggplant gnocchi and crushed chickpeas.
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