This week, PLUME VOYAGE invites you at Gallery S. Bensimon for « Things that make your heart beat », « Panor’almas, take 2 » an insight into the Brazilian scene at La Vitrine, at the musée du Quai Branly for « Tattooers tattooed » and at the DS World Paris for « Yves Saint Laurent ; the designer’s intimate world ». Also checks out the haute cuisine at the Bristol restaurant, L’Epicure, voted “best culinary experience” in 2015, unless you would rather drink in the view from the top floor of the Terrass” Hotel. And for those rainy days, why not colour in a slab of dark chocolate. We also suggests that you discover the Buddha-Bar brunch, an italian taste at Ober Mamma, a bistro in a reinvented district at La Maison bleue and the interactive bar Le 153. Try the lightness and refined dishes of the Bulles hotel, which takes inspiration from champagne in offering a sophisticated sojourn. Try cuisine by Yariv Berreby at Lagardère Racing Club, even if you aren’t a member, by Christophe Moret at l’Abeille, which is open at lunchtime and even one of Guy Martin’s dishes at Roissy before your next flight. Happy Paris!
The title of this exhibition, taken from The Pillow Book by a 10th century Japanese writer, invites visitors to take time to look and feel. In one part an undisguised homage to Japan, a land brimming with tradition, Serge Bensimon has entrusted Dan Yeffet with the design of emblematic stone pieces from the Sendai region, revealing its inner beauty. This exceptional work highlights the actions of individuals and a true ode to nature’s beauty. He also presents a collection of wooden furniture by Sugi and Keyaki, made by top local artisans, having worked for major names in Japanese design.
From 3rd September to 31st October. B.D. www.gallerybensimon.com
For its 13th edition, La Vitrine am welcomes an exceptional exhibition dedicated to the contemporary Brazilian artistic scene. Between conceptual and aesthetic art, more that thirty plasterers have created a immerse journey that takes you right to the heart of modern Brazil. Collaborative solutions, new agents and the use of digital contribute to the circulation of productions, the international recognition of these artists and the development of a new economy in the art market. For its second edition, a conversation and exceptional sales will close the exhibition.
From 3rd to 20th September. B.D. www.lavitrine-am.com
If the history of tattooing is rich both technically and aesthetically, as an already widely studied and represented art, tattoo artists and tattooed are the daily spokespeople. For the first time, the crux of this major exhibition is dedicated to tattooing as an artistic movement, paying tribute to contemporary pioneers and these artists who have helped to evolve tattoo art but whose contribution has never been fully recognised. Thus Tin-Tin, Horiyoshi III, Filip Leu, Jack Rudy, Xed LeHead and Chimé present some of their creations on prototypes/volunteers, reinventing parts of the human body in a hyperrealist way.
Until 18th October. B.D. www.quaibranly.fr
Photoreporter Pierre Boulait has worked for every major publication: Life, Paris-Match, Elle…he has followed the career of Yves Saint Lauren since his early beginnings at Christian Dior. His daughter, Alexandra, also a photographer, was able to assist in preparations for the couturier’s last fashion show, on 22nd January 2002 at the Centre Pompidou. As well as images that tell of the avant-garde spirit and creative genius of Saint Laurent in a double-voiced vintage parenthesis.
Until 10th September. B.D. www.dsworld.paris
Following in the footsteps of Brasserie 114 in 2011, the Epicure restaurant has been recognised as the “best culinary experience” at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards 2015. This prize is dedicated both to the briliance and the creativity of triple-starred chef Eric Frechon and also to the Bristol Paris as an international destination of exceptional culinary excellence. This new distinction mirrors the “Best Hotel Restaurant in the World” prize, which was recently bestowed upon the Epicure by Saveur magazine.
Still flying under the radar, the Terrass’’ Hotel in Montmartre offers one of the best views of the capital. Having been entirely renovated, while still respecting the original plans from 1911, everything has been reinvented to offer a new contemporary spot with 92 bedrooms and suites, but especially a dining area on the 7th floor with a terrace and a panoramic view overlooking Paris and its monuments. Here, guests can indulge in breakfast, a glass of wine, lunch or a romantic dinner. Dotted with trees, vines, flowers and deckchairs, you can lounge on the terrace while losing your gaze looking out over “the most beautiful city in the world”. B.D. www.terrass-hotel.com
Fancy colouring in a chocolate bar wrapping while munching on a few squares? This is the clever idea dreamed up by young brand Le chocolate des Français. For the former, this activity pays homage to Brooklyn, which materialises in two different graphic styles. Two solutions: offer colourful chocolate bars…and eat as you draw. In any case, colourers will be able to taste handmade 70% dark chocolate. Available exclusively at Bon Marché. B.D.
From 5th to 12th September, Design Week hits Paris to present the true spirit of salon Maison&Objet. This year, materials are the centre of attention, especially linen and leather, which come to life on a journey that is original and rich in creations. For his part, architect and designer Jean Nouvel is an unmissable part of this 2015 edition with a presentation of pieces of furniture devised by Bespoke Edition and Y’s Yohji Yamamoto. Furthermore, sustainable development presents itself in the equally exciting Upcycling display both on the Galeries Lafayette terrace as well as the Beaugrenelle Paris centre and the Stalingrad rotunda. In Saint-Germain des Près, the Marais, Bastille, Opéra, Concorde and l’Etoile…during this week Paris will become the world capital of design. So prepare your schedule. B.D.
Are you water, earth, air or fire? To find out, head to brunch at the Buddha-Bar Hotel. The Vraymonde chef has concocted dishes that relate to principle elements: cod miso sauce (water brunch), a cheeseburger for the earth brunch, asparagus risotto for air brunch and even hot sweet and sour rooster for fire fanatics. These French-Asian fusion flavours change every Sunday. And completing this chemistry, a wine bar offers up a summery selection of fresh and fruity wines. B.D. www.bbbparis.com
Have you already got back or yet to go away? There is nothing like reliving the holiday dolce vita than with an Italian-style aperitif. Every evening, Ober Mamma offers free tastings of cheese and minutely cut ham in an equally relaxed and dynamic atmosphere thanks to the “al dente” service. All products come directly from little Italian producers – and all are handpicked. And if your aperitif overruns, stay and taste the best of popular Italian cuisine: authentic crusty napolitain pizzas, which creates an excellent blend of mozzarella and buffalo. And then – because why not? – head to the bar for a nightcap, skilfully concocted by Nicola Battafarano’s and her team. B.D. www.bigmammagroup.com/obermamma
It may not be stuck up on a hill in San Francisco, but on a mini-hill at the Place Franz Liszt in the 10th arrondissement. At the project’s origins are David, Lionel and Marjorie. Three friends with a simple and efficient belief: a taste for fine things, a chic and relaxed ambiance, décor by Michaël Malapert. On the cooking side are market products cooked over embers in a carbon wood oven, and accompanying these dishes, a selection of wines created by passionate makers, handcrafted beers and fresh fruit juices. It’s like being at home – but better! B.D. www.lamaisonbleue.paris
Want to try a cocktail but also enjoy yourself at the same time? Le 153 is the one for you. This new address on Rue Saint-Martin offers interactive activities for clients, following a tale favouring communication and sharing using the senses with perfume workshops, photos, oenology, themed tastings, exhibitions and even mixology. There is something to everyone’s taste. And for cocktail lovers, the modern speakeasy twist of the place will entice them, as does the cocktail menu, which includes creations by the head barman or any classic, all this while snacking on a few tapas treats. B.D. www.le153.com
An ode to champagne, the Hôtel les Bulles presents a backdrop where the elegance of regal wines shines, plus moments of pleasure. Various themes decorate the 37 bedrooms where champagne dominates, as are the seven suites, which are dedicated to the most beautiful champagne makers. Plus, sparkling celebrity Amelie Nothomb was greatly inspired by the world of one of them. Of course, a wine tasting allows you to move onto more practical activities, with a champagne bar open to all, as well as a caved room dedicated to oenological tastings. B.D. www.lesbullesdeparis.com
Until now an address exclusively reserved to members passionate about sport and former champions, the Lagardère Paris Racing restaurant now opens to non-members for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday. In the kitchen, chef Yariv Berreby designs an evolutionary and seasonal menu, working with a range of exceptional products. His cooking takes you on an enigmatic voyage through his refined, inventive and contemporary gastronomic vision. Make the most of this legendary place at the heart of Bois de Boulogne, and its sublime terrace. B.D. www.lmpr-groupe.fr
The award-winning restaurant at the Shangri-La in Paris, l’Abeille was only open for dinner until recently. From now on, you can also taste the culinary delights of Christophe Moret at lunchtime on Thursdays and Fridays. Bathed in sunlight, the room changes tone and opens up the garden. On your plate, the main classics from the evening menu reappear through the chef’s desires to marry exceptional products and seasons in order to image dishes full of sophistication and gourmet expertise. Depending on how much time you have, you can discover these across three or four courses, accompanied by a very lovely – and very large, selection of wines by the glass, lovingly chosen by the sommelier. B.D. www.shangri-la.com
Dare to go gourmet at the airport…at the wager made by starred-chef Guy Martin. A global ambassador for French gastronomy, he has chosen to devise a place that offers a lasting snapshot of Parisian cuisine that he knows so well, before your final call. And it is Inia Mahdavi who creates the backdrop to this declaration: arcades are dotted around a monumental bar, overlooked by two chandeliers. The whole thing opens up over a majestic bay window giving a view of the pistes. Chic snacking, gastronomic meals and top-quality sandwich bar, I Love Paris satisfies all appetites, how ever much time you have. B.D. www.aeroportsdeparis.fr