STEP BACK IN TIME TO THE BELLE EPOQUE ERA AT MAISON PROUST: A LUXURIOUS LITERARY HOTEL IN LE MARAIS
Maison Proust, a magnificent five-star hotel with 26 sumptuous suites, invites you to experience the opulence and grandeur of the Belle Epoque era. Designed by renowned decorator Jacques Garcia and inspired by the celebrated French author Marcel Proust, each room is dedicated to a prominent figure from high society and culture who allegedly influenced Proust’s literary masterpiece, “In Search of Lost Time.”
This literary paradise also features a library with thousands of signed or rare books predating the author’s passing in 1922, as well as a Moorish-style spa. Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, composed of seven volumes published between 1913 and 1927, remains a world-renowned masterpiece that continues to captivate readers and scholars alike. The themes of memory, love, death, beauty, and the passage of time explored in his work inspire profound contemplation and emotion, making it a universal book that will always resonate with readers.
LUXURY LEATHER GOODS BRAND GRAF PARIS’S NEW BOUTIQUE AT THE FOUR SEASONS HÔTEL, GEORGE V
As the creative force behind Provence’s charming Hotel La Mirande to the interiors of Pierre Bergé‘s chic Saint Germain-des-Prés apartment, Graf is recognized by many as the maestro behind some of the world’s most gorgeous homes, hotels, restaurants and art exhibitions. This defender of French craftsmanship, considered by many to be a veritable Midas of the arts, has now turned his talents towards creating luxury leather goods.
Inaugurated last December 1, 2022, The landmark Four Seasons hotel is now home to Graf’s eponymous line of carrier bags and pouches. Each bag is unique, and drawn by the designer in his Parisian atelier, after which it is brought to life by devoted artisans — who spend up to thirty hours sewing each model!
GRAF PARIS’s creations can also be found in the windows of Paris’s left bank Hotel Lutetia, and were previously featured in a boutique within Fashion Week-goers’ favorite hotel, Hotel Costes. Bags are also available for purchase on the brand’s website.
CASA EMINENTE, THE PARISIAN POP-UP EXPERIENCE OF EMINENTE RUM
Eminente Rum unveiled its new Havana-style pop-up casa for a unique experience nestled in the heart of Paris. At once an artistic space, a bar, and a restaurant, Casa Eminente welcomes the multiple facets of Cuban culture. Since February 3rd, Paris is swinging to the Cuban rhythms for the next few months.
Inspired by Paladares – typical Cuban restaurants and bars in family homes. Their cocktail menu features unique drinks such as the Pomelo Daïquiri, which is a clarified daiquiri infused with grapefruit juice, and the Eminente Canchánchara, a three-stage Cuban classic made with honey, lime, and Eminente rum, with a twist of coffee.
The gastronomic experience is also a key part of Casa Eminente, with three rotating chefs offering their own unique takes on the best of Cuban cuisine. The first chef, Julien Sebbag, a Jeune Talent Gault & Millau award winner known for his eco-engagement, will showcase his culinary creativity with dishes such as pan-fried shrimp with cashew and miso sauce, red pepper, and Cuban coffee crumble.
Coffee is also a special feature at Casa Eminente and pairs perfectly with Eminente Reserva rum for the El Cafecito Eminente tasting ritual. This nods to the Cuban Carajillo tradition, where a few drops of rum are added to a cup of coffee.
ONOR, THE NEW GASTRONOMIC RESTAURANT BY THIERRY MARX
Renowned chef Thierry Marx has launched a high-level gastronomic experience called Onor, featuring a cutting-edge approach to dining, and interprets his vision of tomorrow’s gastronomy, always more respectful of its social and environmental impact.
Onor’s tasting menu in 4 or 6 sequences gives pride of place to the flagship dishes that make up Thierry Marx’s culinary identity, such as the unmissable “Soy Risotto” and “Onion Soup in trompe l’oeil”. For this address, the chefs have also worked on new versions of the “Raviole bras croisés” which is garnished with fish or shellfish according to the season, or the “Bœuf charbon” which honors the Jersiais beef, an exceptional breed as rare as it is confidential.
DAR MIMA, THE NEW ORIENTAL PARADISE
Dar Mima, a new oriental dining destination, taken home on the rooftop of the Institut du Monde Arabe, is the brainchild of Paris Society‘s founder Laurent de Gourcuff and French-Moroccan actor and comedian Jamel Debouzze.
The oriental paradise pays tribute to Debouzze’s mother, Fatima (also known as Mima), by serving a range of her dishes inspired by the Mediterranean region with creative twists, from man’ouché to fattouche, from pastilla to tajine.
Dar Mima is also a festive meeting place. In the course of the evening, the soft animation of the day is followed by a rhythmic and cheerful oriental atmosphere.
CHARBON KUNITORAYA, PARIS’S NEW YAKITORI RESTAURANT
In Japan, the history of yakitori dates back to the 18th century, during the Edo period. The chicken, cut into small pieces, threaded on a bamboo skewer and grilled, was a dish reserved for the nobility until the early 20th century. It was not until the 1960s that yakitori was democratized and consumed massively in restaurants.
Although yakitori means “cooked chicken” in Japanese, chicken is not the only star here – as chef Masafumi Nomoto so aptly puts it: “France is so rich in products that are so good just grilled, it would have been a shame to limit ourselves to chicken. Kunitoraya‘s tasting menu is composed of small kaiseki-style dishes, including skewers of Bresse, Japanese beef, eel, and seafood, as well as sweetbreads marinated in fried seaweed and grilled crab pages.