Paris Destination Guide

Fashion Week, Design Week and an abundance of international art fairs make Paris a supremely stylish place to be. Add to the mix an exciting programme of major exhibitions by leading modern and contemporary artists, as well as some of Europe’s most prestigious sporting occasions, and you’ll soon discover each season’s special appeal. Here are our favourite Parisian events to uncover.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019

Private music concert

We’re delighted to welcome internationally-renowned pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell, who hosts an intimate concert on a new generation Steinway. After a welcome glass of champagne, Vanessa will dazzle the audience with an enchanting piano performance, before a cocktail reception to finish the evening.

€295 per person

Salon Haute Couture and Salon Organza
Doors open at 8pm
Concert 8.30 – 10pm
Cocktail reception 10 – 11pm

Reservations and information:
[email protected]
+33 1 53 67 65 66 17

23 - 26 NOVEMBER 2019

Sapins des créateurs

This November Hôtel Plaza Athénée hosts the 24th edition of the ‘Sapins des Créateurs’, a stunning exhibition of 20 Christmas trees created by the biggest names in fashion, design and architecture. Each tree will be sold in an auction to raise money for cancer research, under the patronage of Professor David Khayat.

From 11am to 6pm

Hôtel Plaza Athénée 
25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008

Information:
[email protected]
+33 1 53 67 65 66 17

Until February 24, 2020

Leonardo da Vinci

That the Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s best-known works, is no secret. However, this exhibition brings together a wealth of da Vinci’s other paintings to join the iconic portrait. The ambitious curation pays tribute to the Renaissance polymath’s immense skill and marks the fifth centenary of his death in France.

Louvre Museum, 75001 Paris
34 minutes’ walk from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (1.6 miles)
9 minutes’ walk from Le Meurice (Less than a mile)
Louvre.fr | +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
Image ©  RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) René-Gabriel Ojéda

Until November 17, 2019

Dos à la Mode (Back to Fashion)

In collaboration with the currently under-renovation Palais Galliera, Dos à la Mode is all about how clothes look from the back. Trains, cut outs, clasps and patterns collide as the spotlight shines on a varied selection of garments. Haute couture gowns, military uniforms and straightjackets: the exhibition presents a collection of clothes from the 18th century to the present day.

July 5 – November 17, 2019
Musée Bourdelle, 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
bourdelle.paris.fr
+33 (0)1 49 54 73 73
Image © iStock_CoffeeAndMilk

Until November 17, 2019

Les Puces du Design

Since its inception in 1999, Les Puces du Design has carved a name for itself as the city’s premium design fair. Combining vintage and contemporary influences, it’s where to discover rare retro treasures alongside cutting-edge style pieces from a compelling range of furniture and homewares, designer clothes, accessories, and more.

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
24 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (4 miles);
31 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (5.3 miles)
pucesdudesign.com | +33 (0)1 64 03 95 52

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER, 2019

Disney's Enchanted Christmas

Disneyland Paris undergoes a glittering makeover as Disney’s Enchanted Christmas arrives with reams of fairy lights, dazzling festive costumes and a special touch of magic. Expect sparkling street parades, live performances, everyone’s favourite characters dressed to impress, and a traditional festive market at Disney Village providing ample opportunity to tick off the gift list.

Disneyland Paris, Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray
1 hours’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (28.3 miles) ; 56 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (27.2 miles)
disneylandparis.com |+33 1 60 30 60 53

NOVEMBER – January, 2019

Paris Christmas Markets

The French are known for bringing a touch of chic to everything they do, and Christmas markets are no different. Come winter, Paris is peppered with festive villages selling beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan crafts. Follow your nose to roasted chestnuts and seasonal crepes, and wash them down with aromatic spiced wine. Seek out Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Trocadero and the Tuileries Garden for some of Paris’ most sought-after Christmas markets.

Various locations across Paris
Image © Flickr/Jean Pierre Dalbéra 

November 25 – December 26, 2019

Prince Igor

Unfinished at the time of composer Borodin’s death in 1887, but completed by two of his peers and debuted in St Petersburg three years later, Prince Igor receives remarkable contemporary treatment in Barrie Kosky’s production. When Prince Igor cedes power to his tyrannical brother-in-law and goes to war, he and his son are imprisoned. However, all is not lost for the captives.

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille 75012 Paris
34 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (3.6 miles);
32 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (3.2 miles)
operadeparis.fr | +33 (0)1 71 25 24 23
Image © Christian Leiber_OnP

DECEMBER 4 – 8, 2019

Salon du Cheval de Paris

France’s largest equestrian event, the Salon du Cheval de Paris returns with a colourful programme of events that includes jumps, races and dressage, as well as the spectacular Arabian Horse World Championship. Rising above all the attractions, however, the flagship event remains the Paris Longines Masters, where riders’and their steeds compete for a generous cash prize.

Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepint
50 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (16.6 miles); 1 hours’ drive from Le Meurice (15.9 miles)
m-en.salon-cheval.com
+33 1 76 77 11 11
Image © Salon du Cheval de Paris

DECEMBER 24, 2019

Christmas concert at the Eiffel Tower

Few sights are more rousing than the French capital’s iconic landmark glittering with festive illuminations against the wintry sky. Add in a traditional carol concert at the foot of the monument on the night of December 24, and this may just be the most memorable Christmas Eve yet. Well-attended by Parisians and visitors alike, warm up after the show with a Cognac in one of the many brasseries nearby.

Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
21 minutes’ walk from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (1 mile); 17 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (2.5 miles)

DECEMBER 26, 2019 – JANUARY 5, 2020

Festival du Merveilleux

Roll up, roll up! The Festival du Merveilleux brings the circus to town, with spectacular performances from storytellers and aerial silk dancers, magicians and musicians, puppeteers, funambulists and tap dancers. The festival’s 10-day programme sweeps through the grand Pavillons de Bercy with all the giddy thrills and merry enchantment of a vintage fairground.

Musée des Arts Forains, 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris
35 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (5.3 miles); 29 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (4.2 miles)
arts-forains.com | +33 (1) 43 40 16 22
Image ©Festival du Merveilleux/ Pavillons de Bercy

Until December 31, 2019

Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée (The Starry Night)

Van Gogh’s dreamy meadows and star-swirled skies are brought to vivid, colour-saturated life with L’Atelier des Lumières’ immersive digital display, projected onto 15,000m2/161,459ft2 walls. Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée, is a 35-minute journey into the Dutch artist’s life and his most famous works, retracing his steps through Arles, Paris and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

L’Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
31 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (4.2 miles);
23 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (2.9 miles)

atelier-lumieres.com |+33 (0)1 80 98 46 00
Image © Bridgeman Images

Until January 5, 2020

Océan

Although the ocean covers the majority of our planet, it remains largely unknown. Not just due to its vast size, but also because exploring it is a real challenge for human beings. This extraordinary exhibition at the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle takes us to new depths as it uncovers some of the many tools and techniques that have been used since antiquity to rise this challenge.

 Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
28 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (3.5 miles);
21 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (2.4 miles)

mnhn.fr |+33 (0)1 40 79 56 01

September 24, 2019 – January 19, 2020

Degas at the Opera

Grandiose auditoriums, extravagant attire, enthralled audiences, and impassioned performers – esteemed French painter Edgar Degas captured the essence of the Paris Opera in the 19th century. This major new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay makes the Opera its core focus and examines the artist’s passionate relationship with the House.

Musée d’Orsay 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
25 minutes’ walk from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (1.3 miles);
10 minutes’ walk from Le Meurice (0.4 miles)

musee-orsay.fr |+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image © V&A Museum London

 

 

 

Until January 20, 2020

Francis Bacon

Recognising one of the 20th century’s leading painters, this exhibition looks at Francis Bacon’s later works, created between 1971 and 1992 – the year of his death. During this period, Bacon drew on prominent thinkers and writers such as George Bataille, Michel Leiris, and Friedrich Nietzsche, and polarised themes such as life and death, beauty and ugliness, civilisation and barbarism.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
25 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (2.8 miles);
15 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (1.3 miles)

centrepompidou.fr |+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © Centre Pompidou The Estate of Francis Bacon MNAM-CC

 

JANUARY 14-19, 2020

Paris Fashion Week

The biggest names in couture descend on the City of Lights to present their freshest collections for Paris Fashion Week. Heavy weight French design houses such as Chanel, Givenchy and Christian Dior are joined by those from further afield, such as Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli, lending the style capital an extra splash of glamour.

Plusieurs lieux dans Paris
fashionweekonline.com

 

 

 

JANUARY 20-23, 2020

Haute Couture Fashion Week

As official capital of haute couture, Paris’ catwalks are marked out with the most illustrious designs from the world’s leading fashion houses during its dedicated Haute Couture Fashion Week. Each design is unique and made entirely to measure, establishing these among the world’s most coveted outfits. Take a cool perch in the FROW to admire treasures from Dior, Chanel and Alexis Mabille among others.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Various locations
fhcm.paris | +33 (0)1 42 66 64 44
Image © Christopher Macsurak/Wikimedia Commons

 

JANUARY 27, 2020

Grand Prix d’Amérique

Paris’ equestrian calendar bolts to a thrilling start with the highly anticipated harness racing world championship, the Grand Prix d’Amérique. The race’s prestige is sealed with the highest prize money in France, and is well-attended by an illustrious guest list. Secure a table at Le Panoramique to cheer the action from the best seats in the house, while enjoying the Hippodrome’s prime hospitality.

Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris, 2 Route de la Ferme, 75012 Paris
55 minutes en voiture depuis l’Hôtel Plaza Athénée (21km) ;
58 minutes en voiture depuis Le Meurice (14km)
prix-amerique.com | +33 1 49 77 17 17

 

Until March 16, 2020

Boltanski

Paying tribute to Christian Boltanski’s ingenuity when it comes to blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction is this epic retrospective at the Pompidou Centre. The inspired curation comprises photography, paintings, sculpture, and film, and reflects the contemporary French artist’s sharp aptitude in remodelling the world.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
21 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (3 miles);
26 minutes’ walk from Le Meurice (1.2 miles)
centrepompidou.fr | +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © Christian Boltanski/Galerie Marian Goodman/Rebecca Fanuele

March, 2020

Saut Hermès

Witness the world’s elite showjumpers fly over one of the most difficult courses in the world, within the comfort of Paris’s Grand Palais setting. This high-adrenaline spectator event peaks with the Grand Prix Hermès, on the Sunday afternoon, a spectacle not to be missed.

3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
15 minutes’ walk from the Hôtel Plaza Athénée (0.6 miles) ; 19 minutes’ walk from Le Meurice (06 miles)
sauthermes.com/
centrepompidou.fr | +33 (0)1 40 17 47 00
Image © Frédéric Chéhu