Le Gabriel is located in the Hotel La Reserve, just a step away from the Champs Élysée. The decor is very rich with dark wood and gold accents. The dining room is intimate, with a small number of tables that create a very calm and pleasant atmosphere. Perfect also the table set up with elegant porcelain and cutlery, Le Gabriel is the personification of elegant. Formal as one would expect, but the well trained and sophisticated servers ensure your comfort without feeling like they were even in the room. Having rather limited French I was glad to find a very international team fluent in English.
Le Gabriel is a two Michelin star restaurant with a chef who is not afraid to blend various styles and cultures into his dishes. We opted for the seven course menu and we were blown away: caviar, scallops, mackerel, salmon, artichokes, every plate was thoroughly thought bold and delicious. The seven-course menu is more like an eleven courses as they bring out a “welcome” course (amuse bouche) and few extra treats at the end of the dinner.
This is a formal high-end place and jackets are required for gentlemen even for lunch, however if you forgot yours, they have jackets that can be borrowed. 42 avenue Gabriel – Hôtel La Réserve, Paris – France
The Nolinski is moments away from the Louvre and the shopping district, just above the Pyramides metro station. Although on a main road, it is super quiet and private windows are soundproofed so you’re able to sleep peacefully. The interior design of the hotel is fabulous, from the Carrara marble in the lobby to Art Deco inspired pieces and plush velvet curtains, guests move through an elegant environment.
The staff is on point, every step of the way; they all went out of their way to ensure my stay was perfect. In the room was a handwritten note from the general manager along with a bottle of wine and opera cakes. The hotel and the rooms have so many little touches and nuances that make your stay special. Nolinski also has a great spa & pool area opened to guests 24 hours a day. The spa environment itself is wonderful; it has a warm swimming pool, comfortable seating areas, sauna, and steam room. 16 Avenue de l’Opéra, Paris – France
Every year the window displays in Paris’s major department stores are transformed for the Christmas season. The following department stores often feature creations of top designers and remain all throughout the festive season until the beginning of January. If you want to experience the best of French luxury check out:
1- Au printemps opened its doors in 1865 in a luxurious building on Boulevard Haussmann. During Christmas season the front windows are decorated by gifted artists and designers who create enchanting universes. Printemp’s light displays are a joy for both children and grown-ups. 64 Boulevard Haussmann – Paris, France
2- Galerie Lafayette is a true Paris institution. The decorations of this hundred-year-old department store are a work of art and the Christmas tree situated under the majestic 42-meter-high cupola is an absolute must-see. If you need to warm up check out the ice cube bar – a dome that looks like an igloo from the North Pole. From there you can enjoy a breathtaking view on the city while having some tapas. 40 Boulevard Haussmann – Paris, France
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