Christmas in Paris is certainly a magical time. Shops glow with colorful Christmas displays, patisserie shelves groan with seasonal delights. Restaurants create special Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve menus that are filled with the bounty of the season — fresh oysters from Brittany, foie gras, truffles, pastries and champagne. We have selected 3 unforgettable places that you can spend magical moments in the French capital. Take note!
Having a tea at the “Palace of the Palaces” in Paris is a unique experience. And the Ritz is the quintessence of the French style.
Location where Mademoiselle Chanel lived for 40 years, the Ritz Hotel reopens its doors after the 4th renewal, more glamorous than ever.
Among the novelties is the afternoon tea “à la française”.
Orchestrated by Chef Pâtissier François Perret at the Proust Library (favorite place of the writer Marcel Prost) among old books, soft lights, velvet-upholstered armchairs and emblematic porcelains, the magic of a steaming fireplace seems to have been suspended for a while – and a ritual Begins, the one of savoring French specialties that now gain audacious versions. The open part, dominated by the portrait of the writer, faces the beautiful terrace that separates the Vendôme bar from the L’Espadon restaurant.
A perfect place to watch the comings and goings of the guests with all the discretion as a period ballet. The place was created inspired by the habits of the writer who spent afternoons at the Ritz, accompanied by his cup of tea, watching the customers, taking notes and inspiring themselves for their characters …
For those who want to continue the evening in style, always in style, the Hemingway Bar that serves the best cocktails in Paris signed by Colin Field!
- Hotel Ritz
- 15, place Vendôme, 75001
- Tel.: 01 43 16 30 30
- Metro: Concorde
At the end of the day, do you want to buy some bottles of wine and have an aperitif in a nice place before heading to a restaurant? Well, Lavinia is the perfect location.
The journey begins in the cellar, in the largest basement of Paris, where there is an incredible selection: there are more than 6,500 references of the noblest and famous French and foreign wines arriving at beautiful bottles at reasonable prices. You will surely find the right wine or champagne in your pocket and your taste buds …
Your only difficulty will be to decide between so many possibilities. In doubt, ask for help, the house has a team perfectly trained to give good advice. Once your “elixir” is chosen, simply climb up to the second floor and sit on one of the restaurant tables to enjoy. Even better, the price of the chosen bottle has no extra and the place is open until 9pm …Cheers!
- Lavinia Restaurant- Bar
- 3-5 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 75001
- Tel.: +33 1 42 97 20 20
- Metro: Madeleine
La Grande Epicerie de Paris
If you do not know what to propose to your guests on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, do not hesitate to go to La Grande Epicerie, the gourmands will rush to your table.
It is one of the temples of the French Gastronomy, everything is sublime – presentation, cleanliness, welcome, advice from a staff.
Located in La Bonne Marche Department store, features a mind-blowing array of food and drink, from a to Z, even it contains products that were thought to have disappeared!
Expensive, but incredible. There are many places to snack in the various departments but also a fantastic restaurant on the second floor.
It is more than ever a really pleasant and warm place to go while strolling. But also a great place to get gifts tot take home.
#exceptional opening Sundays 11 and 18 December from 10 am to 8 pm.
- La Grande Epicerie de Paris
- 38, rue de Sèvres
- 75007 Paris
- Metro: Rue du Bac or Sèvres