It seems as though the city of Paris was created to serve the needs of artists. Drawn to the city based on their own creative endeavors, the Elysian Collective founders recently visited France’s capital on a design buying and sourcing expenditure. Between the deliberate splendor of the architecture to the cafe-lined cobblestone streets, there is an overwhelming air of beauty everywhere: in exquisite galleries, energetic flea markets, and enchanting rooftops. Continue reading to gather some of Elysian Collective’s favorite Paris gems, from our travel journal to yours.
Best Gallery: Galerie Alexandre Guillemain
Galerie Alexandre Guillemain in the 6th arrondissement is a paradise for art lovers in one of Paris’ most awe-inspiring districts. This St. Germain gallery caught the founders’ attention most potently as it housed a diverse set of luxurious works from numerous artists and designers from the 20th century to now. Mid-century furniture and antiques, handmade ceramics, and expertly crafted sculptures are only a few of the marvels the gallery has on display.
Where To Find It?
18 Rue Guénégaud, 75006 Paris, France
Best Flea Market: Serpette at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is globally known for being one of Paris’ best treasure troves. Inside the sprawling indoor and outdoor flea market, you can discover unexpectedly magical finds, whether it be freshly designed décor or one-of-a-kind vintage furniture. A standout in Saint-Ouen is the Paul Bert-Serpette market – the largest antique market in the world. Meandering through the magical halls is a dream for any Interior Designer looking for inspiration or the rare and beautiful, around each corner is another era to discover.
Each piece has traveled from other places and holds rich stories of their lives, the spaces they’ve lived in, and the people who have passed them down. Exploring Serpette was the highlight of their Paris sourcing trip where Jamie and Michael continued their journey of hand-selecting pieces to build their Vintage Collection, debuting next year! To be the first to know about our new product launches, including our vintage line coming soon, join our mailing list to get notified!
Best Boutique Hotel: Monsieur George
The Monsieur George hotel, located in the Champs-Elysées, is one of the most unique in a sea of accommodations in Paris. Conceptualized by female designer Anouska Hempel, the Art Deco-style hotel features her modernist perspective in ultra-moody, yet elegant rooms that capture the timeless elegance and soul of the city. For those who wish to dwell and indulge within the hotel walls, the fine dining restaurant, Galanga, is a gastronomic sensation, while the dramatically designed bar remains a favorite of our founders’ who recommend sinking into the cozy corners of emerald green velvet. For those who wish to indulge in relaxation, the cave-inspired spa, Le Tigre, is a delicately designed hub of peace to help tend to your self-care needs.
Where To Find It?
17 Rue Washington, 75008 Paris, France
Best Dining: Robert Restaurant
Out of all the grandiose dining destinations Paris has to offer, the perfect quality of Robert Restaurant in the 11th holds our fondest food memories. The Michelin star-rated vegetarian dishes encapsulate the finest aspects of Parisian dining: the highest ingredient quality, culinary know-how, immaculate presentation, and heavenly flavor. Straight from the garden, to your plate. The modern, charming interior of Robert serves as the backdrop for an exalted dining experience that is remarkable for its simplicity.
Where To Find It?
32 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011 Paris, France
Best Rooftop: Restaurant Mun
For every Paris traveler, it is imperative to experience a breathtaking rooftop with ravishing views overlooking the city’s Hausmann buildings, monuments, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. Mun is the Champs-Elyseés’ premiere rooftop destination, featuring a refined interior of luscious velvets and high-gloss black lacquer, Asian fusion food & drink, and a plant-laden outdoor space with ravishing views.
Where To Find It:
52 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France Mun
Best Bar: La Coquille d'or at Chateau Voltaire
The Chateau Voltaire is situated in one of the most historical sections of Paris' 1st arrondissement and is a beautiful place to find yourself – and most importantly, drink. The hotel bar, La Coquille d’Or (The Golden Shell), offers a world-class mixology menu. A golden shell ornamented door beckons Saint-Honoré wanderers to stop in for a drink, whether it be a signature cocktail or classy aperitif. The dimly lit interior space features ornate upholstery and aureate shell motifs, making it an ideal setting for brooding, lounging, and intimacy.
Where To Find It:
55 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris, France
For fellow travelers in search of wondrous exploration and elysian experiences, our best spots were unforgettable experiences for the founders in a city overwrought with beauty. Paris will forever be a source of inspiration for Elysian, and we hope that other pleasure seekers, as we have, can create their own love story there.