4 Up-and-Coming Paris Hot Spots
Adrian Moore, Four Seasons Hotel George V concierge by day and food blogger by night, keeps close tabs on what’s up-and-coming in the City of Light (adrianmoore.blogspot.com). Below, what’s on his radar.
1. Drink It
The Florida Tarragon—a sublime mix of tarragon-infused vodka and house-made passion-fruit syrup—at Prescription Cocktail Club, preferred among Paris’s hip entrepreneurial set. Drinks for two $35.
2. Eat It
Japanese chef Shinichi Sato’s veal tartare with Guillardeau oysters is a cult favorite at Passage 53, located under the city’s oldest covered walkway. Dinner for two $170.
3. Buy It
A Misericordia jacket made with organic Peruvian cotton, available at the Matali Crasset–designed boutique Lieu Commun.$170.
4. See It
Pérez Simón’s “Great Spanish Masters,” with works by El Greco and Dalí, at the Jacquemart-André Museum, a former private mansion. Tickets from $15.
Prescription Cocktail Club
The Prescription Cocktail Club is a Left Bank lounge and drinking den from nightlife entrepreneurs Romee de Goriainoff and Pierre-Charles Cros, who are responsible for bringing the city other speakeasy type establishments like the Experimental Cocktail Club and Curio Parlor. A spiral staircase anchors the dimly lit, two-level neo-Baroque space. Just a dozen or so cocktails, which change often and average 12 Euros, make up the menu. The bar's signature drink is rouge George made with Rittenhouse whisky, Santa Teresa rum, vermouth, and a dash of orange zest.
Japanese chef Shinichi Sato’s Asian-inspired contemporary French cuisine has been persistently difficult to taste since being awarded a second Michelin star in April 2011. Located in Paris’ oldest covered passageway just off Boulevard Montmartre, the tiny restaurant boasts low ceilings and ornate floor tiles, but the emphasis is clearly on the plate. Sato carefully and creatively executes the ever-evolving market-driven menus, of which diners have a choice between a degustation and a lighter menu, déjeuner. The veal tartare, which the chef serves with Guillardeau oysters, has become a diner favorite.
Located in Le Marais, Lieu Commun offers hipster clothing basics, such as track jackets from Misericordia, jackets made from organic Peruvian cotton, and sneakers from Veja. The neighborhood favorite also sells homeware gadgets and furnishings. Modular furniture from matali crasset comes in bright colors like fuchsia, lime green, and teal, and items are made with everything from pleather to plastic. Other quirky décor includes table lamps shaped like balloons, Animali Domesticki sculptures, and chrome wire magazine racks, but the store also sells books, stationary, and CDs from Blonde Music.
This public museum, just a 15-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe, was once the home of art collector Édouard André and his wife, painter Nélie Jacquemart. The 19th-century mansion, which features marble staircases, private apartments, and landscaped grounds, opened as a museum in 1913, displaying the couple’s collection of more than 6,000 artworks. The exhibits include pieces by Italian Renaissance artists Bellini and Botticelli, Dutch masters Rembrant and Van Dyck, and 18th-century French painters Boucher and Fragonard. Not as big or as busy as other local museums, the Jacquemart-Andrè offers an unrushed experience complete with free audio guides.