For a drink, lunch or dinner … these upscale establishments stand apart due to the enchanting settings that they offer and their inimitable service.
Close to the Parc Monceau, in the 8th arrondissement, L’Hotel du Collectionneur has one of the largest hotel gardens in Paris. Comfortably seated on its beautiful terrace surrounded by exotic vegetation, this is a peaceful spot to dine, the only noise being the relaxing tinkle of a fountain. Ideal for a Zen break!
Housed in a superb 19th-century hôtel particulier, a few steps from Avenue Foch, the classy Saint James is a 4-star establishment with a 5,000 m² park. Its superb 350 m² terrace decorated with hot air balloons is in itself worth a visit. In terms of events, it organizes a themed cocktail bar event every year; this year it is women who are the focus! Note however, the Saint James is only open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 7pm, and on Sunday for brunch from 12 noon to 4pm.
In the 11th arrondissement, Les Jardins du Marais have one of the largest private paved gardens in Paris. With a surface area of 1,500 m², this atypical space comprises flowerbeds filled with Mediterranean plants, small courtyards and a lounge area surrounded by palm trees. In fine weather, there are outdoor bar and restaurant facilities.
To treat yourself to an exotic ‘getaway’ right in the heart of Paris, head to the Buddha-Bar Hôtel Paris in the Madeleine district. With its neo-Asian decor, this establishment is a true invitation to travel. At its centre is a 200 m² oasis of greenery. This interior courtyard, a haven of tranquillity, is a dream place for a drink or innovative fusion food at its restaurant, Le Vraymonde.
Tucked away in the heart of the chic 7th arrondissement stands a sumptuous 1930s building, a former telephone exchange converted into a luxury hotel by the architect Jean-Philippe Nuel. Le Cinq Codet posseses many charms, including an interior green courtyard that welcomes you for a drink or a meal.
Close to the Champs-Élysées, the Hôtel Lancaster puts tables and chairs on its green patio as soon as the weather is fine. You can have a drink at the bar here, or dine in an impressive setting. Surrounded by tortuous oaks, waterfalls, jasmine in flower, a Japanese-style flowerbed with pebbles and a fountain, you will feel as though you are in another world.
A few steps from the Champs-Élysées is one of the district’s loveliest secret gardens. The Hôtel Atala has a surprising patio garden decorated with unusual sculptures and works of art. A key feature is the comfortable designer yurts – an invitation to relax. There is a choice of brunch, lunch and apero.
In the heart of the ‘golden triangle’, the Maison Champs-Élysées is quite a special kind of hotel, designed by the Belgian designer Martin Margiela. Minimalist and avant-gardist decor with which the plants are perfectly associated, thanks to the interior garden, designed by
René Quendo. Here nature reasserts itself: box shrubs, tree ferns, a 500-year-old olive tree, a 2-metre-high fence with climbing jasmin … A very special setting for a lunch or dinner at La Table du Huit.
On the heights of the Butte Montmartre, L’Hôtel Particulier offers an idyllic and unique setting in Paris with a 900 m² garden of flowers and shrubs. The perfect place to sample delicious cocktails prepared at the hotel bar, the well-named Le Très Particulier.
Below the Sacré-Cœur, the Hôtel Amour has a well-kept secret. Who would guess that behind this ordinary-looking facade lies one of the most delightful little interior terraces in South Pigalle (‘SoPi’ for those in the know). Non-stop pleasure from midday to midnight for lunch, a drink, or dinner …