Behind an unassuming boulangerie storefront in the heart of the Marais lies the Hôtel du Petit Moulin, a boutique hideaway filled with charm and intrigue. With interior design by Christian Lacroix, each of the 17 rooms has its own eccentric flair. Bold patterns and colors on every surface combine motifs from each design, from Baroque to midcentury modern. A bonus: Guests have access to the Spa de la Reine, located in Petit Moulin’s neighboring sister hotel, Pavillon de la Reine.
Hôtel du Petit Moulin, 29/31 rue de Poitou, hotelpetitmoulinparis.com.
Tucked away in a picturesque corner of the Place Saint-Sulpice, the six-story, 24-room Hôtel Récamier is the paragon of quiet elegance. Jean-Louis Deniot’s glamorous interiors show off the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood at its finest, with wrought-iron balconies, canopied beds, and staircases accented by oval niches with artful busts.
3 Bis, Place Saint-Sulpice, hotelrecamier.com.
At the three-story Les Chouettes, designed by Spanish architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán, each art deco–inspired level has a unique vibe: The main dining room on the first floor is strictly see-and-be-seen, but climb the spiral staircase, and you’ll find cozy leather armchairs and private nooks where you can sip your wine or cocktail incognito. The menu changes every two weeks, so you’ll discover a new dish each time you visit.
Les Chouettes, 32 rue de Picardie, restaurant-les-chouettes-paris.fr.
This year, the American duo behind 2012’s immensely popular Verjus restaurant and wine bar opened Ellsworth, a friendly little bistro in the upscale Palais Royal neighborhood. Small plates emphasize seasonal ingredients, keeping the menu fresh. For the homesick, a few staples skew toward stateside comfort food, like fermented-milk fried chicken and malt ice cream with chocolate sorbet.
34 Rue de Richelieu, ellsworthparis.com.
You’ll have to book months in advance to score a spot at chef Bertrand Grébaut’s celebrated restaurant Septime. Lucky for the last-minute traveler, his latest buzzed-about seafood spot, Clamato, doesn’t take reservations—and it’s right next door. The menu, venturing from scallops with brown butter and cauliflower purée to octopus carpaccio with grapefruit pulp and anchovy, changes daily. Go early or late in the evening to snag a romantic high-top table for two.
80 Rue de Charonne, septime-charonne.fr.
“Who’s Afraid of Women Photographers” highlights the often-overlooked contributions females have made to the medium—both technologically and artistically. More than a century of work is a lot to cover—that’s why this first-of-its-kind exhibit is being shared between two museums. Part one, from 1839 through 1919, can be seen at the Musée de l’Orangerie; the Musée d’Orsay explores part two, covering works from 1918 through 1945.
For the first time in Europe, all 102 canvases of Andy Warhol’s “Shadows” series will be shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. To celebrate, the museum will also display dozens of the artist’s other works, all with his trademark emphasis on serial images.
Runs until 2/7, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, mam.paris.fr.