Bones takes its name from its stripped-back interior; exposed brick walls, wood and tiles create a stark, industrial vibe. This focus on the bare essentials continues into the cuisine; Au Passage alumnus James Henry produces a fixed four-course menu each evening with the emphasis on high-quality ingredients sourced from respected producers. Homemade bread, butter and charcuterie products add to the rustic feel, while the atmosphere is further enhanced by a conscientiously hipster soundtrack and riotous open bar serving craft beers and oysters – a very Parisian take on the archetypal dive bar.
Bones, 43 rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris, +33 (0)9 8075 3208
Befitting its status as a former royal residence, the Shangri-La is the embodiment of opulence. Its elegant façade makes an immediate impression, while the interior is equally spectacular with décor designed to enhance the building’s period features and a refined colour scheme of blue, white and écru. Each room has an especially luxurious bathroom boasting marble fittings, heated flooring, a rainfall shower and flat-screen televisions inside mirrors. The rest of the hotel’s facilities are of a similarly high standard; three gourmet restaurants offer everything from Chinese to classically French cuisine, while the gym, swimming pool and spa provide additional pampering.
Shangri-La, 10 avenue d’léna, 75116 Paris, +33 (0)1 5367 1998
A Passion for France: the Marlene and Spencer Hays Collection at the Musée d’Orsay
It’s not unusual for visitors to Paris to fall in love with the city at first sight, but Texan couple Marlene and Spencer Hays took their passion for French culture a step further than most by accumulating one of the world’s finest collections of French Impressionism. This exhibition brings a number of their paintings back to France for the first time and features pieces from throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Works by Bonnard, Ranson, Roussal and Vuillard take pride of place, alongside fine pieces by Matisse, Derain and Tissot, at the Musée d’Orsay until August.
Musée d’Orsay, 62 rue de Lille, 75343 Paris, +33 (0)1 4049 4814