Paris hotel rates on the rise

The average price of a double room in Paris hotels has surged above 200 euros per night, making the city of light more expensive than London. The return of business travellers has fuelled a 26 percent rise in the average price of a Paris hotel room over the past year to 204 euros per night. … Continued

18kt Cartier Paris Sunglasses

Having a nice pair of eyewear, is like wearing your favorite pair of shoes. And if a pair of custom made sunglasses is high on your wishlist, then Cartier, Paris should be your first choice. Exclusively adorned with an exquisite array of 188 collet diamonds, this pair of Cartier sunglasses is boasting in retro style … Continued

Christian Louboutin Men’s Paris Store Opening

Christian Louboutin has been selling 25 pairs, costing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars, in his first-ever men’s store in Paris that opened in August. Apparently, the more lavish models are most popular, with Louboutin saying that his male customers “come in and they say, ‘What do you have with studs?’” And that his studded … Continued

Chinese haute cuisine comes to Paris

The opening this week of Shang Palace restaurant will at long last answer an unresolved question: Is Paris ready for truly gourmet Chinese cuisine and the prices that come with it? That the capital of fine dining might give an ambitious Asian eatery the cold shoulder is not unimaginable. For most French people, Chinese eats … Continued

Louis Vuitton Now Makes Honey

In April 2009, Louis Vuitton installed a trio of beehives on the roof of its Parisian headquarters. Since then the hives have welcomed as many as 200,000 bees. Hives installed in the middle of a city can actually yield up to four times the amount of honey those in the country produce according to French … Continued

Haute couture meets haute cuisine in Paris

Paris will be hosting the first combined culinary and couture show next week in which some iconic fashion and pastry houses collaborate for an outdoor, sensory exhibit. In the grandeur of the city’s Palais Royal, fashion houses like Christian Dior and French celebrity chefs like Jean-Francois Piège and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will exhibit their interpretations of … Continued

Mandarin Oriental opens in Paris

The Mandarin Oriental opened its doors in Paris on Tuesday, becoming the third top-end Asian hotel brand in less than a year to put out its shingle and woo rich visitors to the French capital. Newly built behind a 1930s facade, the eight-story property on fashionable Rue Saint Honore boasts 99 rooms and 39 suites … Continued

Mandarin Oriental to open Paris hotel June 28

Hotel chain Mandarin Oriental will open its first Paris branch on June 28, the latest of several Asian firms to enter the competitive French luxury hospitality market. The 138-room hotel is in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in central Paris, not far from traditional French rivals such as the Meurice and the Ritz. French tourism … Continued

London tops ranking of destination cities

London will lead the world in terms of international tourist arrivals this year, according to new research released June 1 by MasterCard. The new index of Global Destination Cities predicts London will receive 20.1 million inbound passengers in 2011, slightly more than Paris’s 18.1 million. Bangkok is expected to welcome the third-highest number of visitors, … Continued

Giambattista Valli to show couture in Paris

Giambattista Valli has just been elected as guest of the French Chambre Syndicale, the organization in charge of the haute couture shows. In what is an unusual move for the notoriously exclusive committee consisting of design houses such as Armani, Valentino and Elie Saab, a young and independent designer has been granted a spot on … Continued

Paris names best baguette maker in the city

After smelling, crackling, tasting, and scrupulously examining an interminably long row of baguettes, a panel of judges whittled down a list of 174 contenders, all vying for the Grand Prize for best baguette in Paris, to just one. Tuesday’s competition crowned Pascal Barillon the best baguette maker in Paris this year, a competition that turns … Continued

Inside the Orient Express

The legendary Orient Express train was on display at the Gare de l’Est railway station in Paris on Tuesday 26th April. France’s state-owned rail company SNCF opened the train, the set of the famous Agatha Christie’s novel, to the public for an unprecedented tour. The event marks the SNCF Thriller Prize finals, consisting in readers’ … Continued

Ralph Lauren car collection goes on display in Paris

A selection of cars owned by fashion legend Ralph Lauren will go on display in Paris this week, in a unique exhibition of one of the world’s most distinctive collections. Ralph Lauren, who famously described cars as “moving art” in his 2004 book Speed, Style and Beauty, owns an extensive collection of vehicles which is … Continued

Perrier-Jouët Celebrates its 200th Anniversary

March 21st, the first day of spring, saw Champagne House Perrier-Jouët celebrate its bicentenary in Paris with the unveiling of Bi-Centenaire—the very first Living Legacy champagne designed to be passed on to future generations. Just 200 guests from 10 countries attended the private launch, set in the stunning glass courtyard of the iconic Ecole des … Continued

“Hotel Louis Vuitton”

Marc Jacobs spends a lot of time on the road, so what better theme for his fall-winter collection for Louis Vuitton than the goings-on inside a grand old hotel? To the sound of elevators arriving, uniformed bellboys opened wrought-iron doors for models stepping out in tongue-and-cheek outfits inspired by, among other things, porn films from … Continued

Dior suspends chief designer John Galliano

Dior suspends chief designer John Galliano following his arrest for alleged assault French police briefly detained British fashion designer John Galliano in Paris on Thursday evening for alleged assault and making anti-Semitic remarks The detention in Paris’ fashionable Marais district came after Dior’s chief designer allegedly verbally accosted a couple seated on a cafe terrace. … Continued

Le Bristol to Unveil One of World’s Most Expensive Suites

Paris’s Hotel Le Bristol is about to unveil a $33 million revamp that includes an ultra-luxe penthouse occupying the top floor of the hotel. The 2,583-square-foot, two bedroom suite encompassing the entire eighth floor is set to become one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world. It will feature incredible views of the … Continued

The 2010 Christmas log by Jérôme Chaucesse

In 2010, Hôtel de Crillon reaffirms its love for fashion and tailoring with this unique piece ‘‘Hand Stitched” created by their pastry Chef Jérôme Chaucesse. The unique Christmas log combines the legendary flavor of crème de marrons and the tart nature of tangerines with the creamy texture of vanilla panacotta in a perfect harmony of … Continued

Shangri-La Paris Opens

Next week see the opening of the Shangri-La Paris, adding 81 guest rooms with 27 suites to the center of the French capital. Boasting a private suite that used to be the home of Napoleon’s grand-nephew Prince Roland, it is set to be a high-profile addition to Paris’ luxury hotel scene. The building, which offers … Continued