Essential places to add to your next itinerary! Following a difficult year of closures due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to put together a full list of all the must-visit openings (and reopenings!) around France for our July/August 2021 issue.
Below, take a peek at just a few of these brand new and recently renovated hot spots we can’t wait to visit!
Soho House Paris
International members-only institution Soho House, which has boasted chic and coveted social spaces for creatives for over two decades, is opening its first Paris-based location this summer. A private mansion in the trendy Pigalle district, the House will offer 35 bedrooms, a gym, a courtyard garden and a pool with a terrace.
45 rue la Bruyère, 75009 Paris
Le Grand Contrôle
Fit for a king. This grandiose building on the grounds of Château Versailles has been reimagined into a luxury hotel by hospitality group Airelles. A stay in one of the 14 decadent, 18th-century-style rooms or suites will include exclusive benefits like a personal butler, golf cart, breakfast by famed chef Alain Ducasse and privileged access to never-before-shown areas of the royal property. Guests are free to enjoy the palace’s opulent interiors and gardens just as the monarchs would – with modern amenities.
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Behind a graffiti-covered façade in Saint Germain, dive into the life – and actual home – of Serge Gainsbourg. This fall, his daughter Charlotte will officially open the mysterious Maison Gainsbourg to the public, and visitors will be able to admire where the French singer lived from 1969 up until his death in 1991. A capsule of treasures and memories frozen in time.
5 bis rue Verneuil, 75006 Paris
Hôtel du Palais Biarritz
The legendary 5-star hotel in Biarritz overlooking the Atlantic coast has reopened its doors after a two-year restoration. Built by Napoleon III for his wife in 1854, there has been a major refresh to the décor of all its 86 luxurious rooms and 56 suites, spa, restaurants and bar (whose chandelier alone required over 250 hours of work!).
30 avenue de la Milady, 64200 Biarritz
Housed inside two exquisitely preserved mansions in the Marais, Musée Carnavalet is one of Paris’s oldest museums. Opened in 1880, its expansive works paint a picture of the capital’s history, passing through the Renaissance and Revolution to today. This four-year renovation restored its façades, bays and parquet floors, as well as updated its architecture with a new monumental staircase.
23, rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris