Paris is the most visited city in the world with thousands of chic and glamorous experiences to indulge in. It isn’t easy choosing, but here are Home Hunts’ top five luxurious things to do in Paris.
Stay at the Ritz and savour cocktails at Bar Hemingway
“When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz,” wrote Ernest Hemingway to a friend. Hemingway felt that the Ritz defined luxury and after its reopening last year it is difficult to find five-star facilities finer than this.
If you can spend the night, reserve a Prestige Suite. Coco Chanel lived at the Ritz for 34 years and she personally decorated the suite named after her. Charlie Chaplin’s is a nod to the actor who stayed here while promoting his film Limelight. For late night drinks head to Bar Hemingway. Cole Porter, F Scott Fitzgerald and Gary Cooper all loved spending time here, where the cocktails are almost as legendary as the guests.
Make a savvy investment in a second home
Paris is bursting with cultural events, historic landmarks and some of the finest shopping, dining and entertainment venues in the world. Buying a second home means you can both visit regularly and financially support those trips with rental income when you’re not there.
Properties such as this immaculate three-bedroom apartment (HH-9996735), in the 16th arrondissement, are in demand and highly rentable. Located in an attractive Haussmannian building, this modern property is ready to live in and is an ideal “lock-up-and-go” residence. With spacious interiors, a garage in the building and a beautiful view over the Eiffel Tower, this is an exceptional Parisian home and a perfect base from which to explore the city.
Buy a rare work of French art at Sotheby’s
At the end of last year, Sotheby’s final contemporary art sale totalled €30 million, way over the original maximum estimation which ranged from €16-€23 million. With sales at the top of the contemporary art scene, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art, Stefano Moreni, said it “established French art on the international scene”.
Most of the sale was for abstract art with highest bid was for a painting by Pierre Soulages, but those from Jean Dubuffet and Yves Klein also went for high prices. Keep an eye on Sotheby’s auction diary online for forthcoming contemporary art sales and invest in a beautiful masterpiece that will benefit your home and your asset portfolio.
Book a premium experience at Paris Fashion Week
If you are planning to attend Paris Fashion Week, there are many ways to make your time here as exclusive and luxurious as possible. From chauffeur-driven vehicles to and from events, to rare front-row catwalk seats and access to private after-show parties, there are several lifestyle concierge and hospitality services offering these kinds of opportunities.
For anyone wishing to immerse themselves in fashion’s most glamorous event, such VIP treatment makes it an unforgettable experience.
Dine out at L’Ambroisie
Chef Bernard Pacaud opened L’Ambroisie with his wife Danièle in 1986. Two years later its exceptional gastronomic menu earned three Michelin stars and it has had them ever since. Located on the Place des Vosges, a meal here comes with a premium price tag – and there is no tasting menu, you can only order “à la carte”. But the combination of flawless cooking from the finest luxury ingredients, with such exquisite presentation, makes dining here an incomparable experience. Pacaud says his goal is to “Simply offer the best,” which is exactly what L’Ambroisie does, making it one of the most coveted restaurant experiences in the world.
If you are looking to buy property in Paris, you can search Home Hunts’ impressive online portfolio at www.home-hunts.com. To discover the best places to live in Paris and more unique luxury experiences, you can speak directly to a consultant on +33 (0)970 44 66 43.