The Relais & Châteaux hotels and restaurants of Paris are an open invitation to enjoy the most delicious times of the day. Guided tour.
BRUNCH AT THE SAINT JAMES
It's a brunch straight out of wonderland; a feast in dreamlike surroundings. In nice weather, the landscaped terrace of the English garden guides our steps along the length of this neoclassical building. Large gazebos styled as hot air balloons converse intimately with the wrought iron furniture, and the menu invites you to carry on strolling until teatime. Waking from this beautiful dream requires at least one relaxing Guerlain spa session, or perhaps a visit to the masterpieces on show at the Fondation Louis Vuitton - it’s not far.
LUNCH AT ALLÉNO PARIS IN THE PAVILLON LEDOYEN
Lunching in this top venue for chic receptions is a bit like walking into the A-list world. The sea of white tablecloths spreads beneath a high pediment that looks towards the Champs and turns its back on the Élysée. Dining room service is punctuated by the ceremony that is the French art of chicken jointing. After lunch, the outstanding caryatids seem to invite you in to explore the Musée Galliera, where the great names of fashion showcase their divine creations.
HIGH TEA AT THE HÔTEL DANIEL
The hotel has a demonstrable culture of high tea in the English style. Scones and delicious jams are offered alongside the creations of the famous Pâtisserie des Rêves in a salon that elegantly combines genres: a little shabby chic here, a few ethnic finds there, all united by a distinctly oriental style. So the discerning Parisian takes tea at 4, before climbing the steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and marveling at its superb views of the capital.
DINNER FOR TWO AT PIERRE GAGNAIRE
At your table, you hear a little music and realize that it’s coming from the kitchens of Pierre Gagnaire, one of today’s greatest chefs. On the plate, the performance tastes exactly how it has been composed... by instinct. But the evening has only just begun, so continue with another French legend: the dancers of the Lido and their 23-hour show. Then stroll along the banks of the Seine by the light of the moon, or take the last riverboat home.
A WEEKEND AT THE AUBERGE DU JEU DE PAUME
Just 50 kilometers from Paris, the Chantilly estate is a sublime oasis of green: the arcaded windows of your room look out over the infinity of gardens designed by Lenôtre… Two days seem hardly extravagant for discovering the château and its buildings, the Royal Stables and the mirror pools; everything that gives a distinct soul to this 7,800-hectare estate; one of the most beautiful and best conserved in France.