Our recommendations for February

Written by chris, the 03 February in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

The Orsay Museum is presenting Frédéric Bazille – La Jeunesse de l’impressionnisme (The youth of impressionism). This young painter from the 19th century, gone too soon, has left behind him a print of his great talent. His work of art is composed with as many blurred moves as portraits and the artist has nothing to envy from his friends Monet or Renoir. The exhibition is also putting forward some of their incredible work of art. Until March 5th.

Very last days to admire the creations of the Bauhaus German School. The museum of Decorative Arts has decided to expose more than 900 furnitures, paintings, and sculptures, a mix between art and craft. During this exhibition you will be able to find famous work of art from Marcel Brauer, Wassily Kandinsky or even Paul Klee. Bauhaus pieces reflect modernism, functionalism and simplicity. Until February 26th

From February 3rd until the 23rd the Palais Garnier is hosting the Wayne McGregor’s ballet company. They will perform, together with the Opera of Paris, his new work of art Tree of Codes. A mix of modern dance, at the pace of electronic music beats, and classical dance set in an original decor mainly with huge mirrors. Intense, fast and elegant are the watchwords for this magnificent show.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience with Alain Ducasse at the Meurice: sublime meal in a beautiful restaurant, perfectly served. An outstanding dinner for a two stars restaurant which should be honored with a third one! An overview of the menu: sea scallops from Seine bay, Jerusalem artichokes and tuber melanosporum; lobster from Brittany, potatoes with truffle; saddle of lamb from Lacaune, lightly spiced bulgur; citrus contemporary vacherin. Lunch menu from 85 Euro. Count 350 Euro à la carte. Closed on weekends. 228 rue de Rivoli, 1st.

The Japanese Chef Ken Kawasaki mixes the French cuisine and his country’s gastronomy.. In a refined ambiance, the fourteen seats and the open kitchen will make you feel in your own appartment! You should taste their mackerel pickled with mirin, sweet squash with carrot flowers; arctic char with chanterelles mushrooms, eggplant and white butter, and for dessert, a chestnut mousse, caramelized buckwheat and pear. Lunch menu from 30 Euro. Around 70 Euro “à la carte”. Closed on Sundays, and for lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays.15 Rue Caulaincourt, 18th.




Roger la Grenouille is back ! The frog legs specialist since the 1930s, at a 2-minute-walk from the Relais Christine, has been taken over by François Pagot (Ex Costes Maitre d’hôtel) and Marc Lourme (former chef at Churchill, famous bistro in Limoges). The time of tasteless frozen food which damaged the reputation of this iconic local restaurant is finally over: fresh products and meats of French breed are back. There weren’t anything else needed for Saint-Germain-Des-Prés people to urgently get a table there to rediscover the froggy pleasures with the shared dish of meunière frog legs with garlic and parsley and, to match the actual trend, a frog burger with homemade buns, tartar sauce, rocket salad and onion confit. The short menu is completed by bistro classics such as a meurette poached egg with red wine sauce or the beef tartar by Polmard, a guarantee of quality for any 6th district-beef-amateur.

Deserts are also worth it with reworked childhood memories: chestnut millefeuille and Paris-Brest with praline mascarpone.

The décor hasn’t changed a lot to keep this old school charm loved as much by tourists as by the locals, delighted to see Roger la Grenouille getting back his panache of yesteryear.

Lunch set menu at 19€, 30-50€ a la carte, reservations mandatory for dinner.


Contact our Concierge to book your table!


Our January recommendations

Written by chris, the 01 January in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment



The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is presenting a new exhibition Jean Nouvel, my architect furnitures.  (Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte. Sens et Essence) entirely dedicated to the works of art of the famous contemporary architect. The pathway will lead you through the middle age and Renaissance galleries to a unique space furnished by Nouvel himself in 1998. Until February 12th.

While there, make sure to visit the exhibition Tenue correcte exigée, quand le vêtement fait scandale dedicated to the scandals that marked turning points in the history of fashion, from the 14th century to the present days. Until April 23rd.

The Musée d’Art moderne pays tribute to Carl Andre, a major American artist of the 20th century. The exhibition Carl Andre – Sculpture as place, 1958-2010 highlights iconic pieces, displayed for the first time, such as sculptures, poems, photography, paper works of art and unclassifiable objects. Until February 12th.

At the Philharmonie de Paris it’s all about Beethoven with the exhibition Ludwig van, le mythe Beethoven that assembles numerous testimonies and over 250 visual and sound pieces in eight rooms, to better understand this major artist. Until January 29th.


Starting January 18th, one of Richard Wagner’s masterpieces, Lohengrin, will be played at l’Opéra Bastille. In three acts, it raises the question of genius in society, through the story of Elsa who is accused of murdering her brother. With a staging by Claus Guth emphasizing the fragility of the key character to which Wagner identified himself, the production brings together Jonas Kaufmann, Martina Serafin and René Pape under the direction of Philippe Jordan.


 Guy Savoy best restaurant in the world! A unique setting and a marvelous cuisine, with for instance this 12-course menu: chopped oysters, seaweed and lemon; grilled prawn, pepper/turnip/caviar; fillets of red mullet, the sea as a dressing; salmon « fixed » in ice, hot consommé; roasted lobster, red lentils; artichoke soup with black truffle, puff brioche; sadle & rack of lamb « land & sea »; cheeses; crème anglaise; fruits from the orchard; pure chocolate; chariot of ices, sorbets, jars and fruits of yesteryear. From 200€ without drinks. 11 quai de Conti, 6th. Closed on Saturdays for lunch, Sundays and Mondays. 

Tomy & Co.: Tomy Gousset (formerly at chez Pirouette) trained at Taillevent, and with Boulud in New York, has opened his restaurant where he offers a revisited traditional cuisine: ox tongue tartlet, Gribiche sauce & turnips; lobster, chickpeas, chorizo, carrots and galingale; glazed duck façon Apicius, beetroot and fennel as a tribute to Alain Senderens; lovely chocolate tart, fig ice-cream, sugar of Cambodia palm.

22 Rue Surcouf, 7th. 75 to 100€. Lunch menus. Closed Saturdays & Sundays.


To do in Paris in December

Written by chris, the 01 December in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment



The Grand Palais is showcasing the largest exhibition dedicated to the Mexican art since 1953. Mexico 1900 to 1950 – Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo. Or how after its independence, the country built its identity through paintings, sculptures, architectures, literature and cinema. Until January 23rd.
While there, make sure to visit the other major exhibition of the Grand Palais dedicated to the father of the comic strips character Tintin, Hergé !

The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme highlights one the main creators of the 20th century: Arnold Schönberg, with the exhibition Peindre l’âme. Composer, theoretician but also teacher, poet and painter, he is viewed as the leader of the Second Viennese School and the inventor of the dodecaphony (twelve-tone serialism). Until January 29th.


From December 5th to 31st, the mythic Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky will run at the the Opéra Bastille. This nostalgic masterpiece where dream love proves impossible has been transcended by Rudolf Noureev’s choreography: he brought a new psychological dimension to the characters and imagined a tragic ending more in accordance with the score.


If in Paris between the 7th and the 11th, make sure to see Varekaï, the latest, and as usual fabulous, show of Cirque du Soleil. The story takes place in a mysterious and enchanted forest full of fantastic creatures. It pays a tribute to the arts of the circus with breathtaking performances and artists who have brilliantly transcended themselves.


Forth address in Saint Germain des Prés for the Chef Yves Camdeborde, with the Comptoir du Marché, located in the center of the Saint-Germain market. In this tapas restaurant, you will enjoy his specialties such as: pig’s trotter and buckwheat beetroot and for desert a coffee blacked Alaska. Open every day from 12:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Count between 25€ and 40€ per person. 14 rue Lobineau, 6th.

Daniel Rose (Spring) now oversees a true institution of the ancient Halles of Paris: Chez La Vieille (“at the Old Woman’s”). The American Chef is elaborating a traditional French cuisine such as: veal kidney with mustard from Brive or veal stew in white sauce with basmati rice and almonds. For desert, savor a vanilla cream pot. Lovely wine menu, with bottles starting at 30€. Count between 45€ and 70€ for a generous meal. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 1 rue Bailleul, Paris 1st.


To do in Paris in November

Written by chris, the 02 November in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment



Until January 15th, the Grand Palais pays tribute to the outstanding comic strips, Belgian author, Georges Remi, also known as Hergé. The exhibition retraces the life story of this 9th art key figure throughout his main character, Tintin, and by exposing some pieces of his contemporary work of art. To the great delight of visitors, paintings of his personal collection are displayed.

The Orangerie museum invites you to explore the American art in the 1930’s throughout fifty outstanding canvases. Organized in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, this retrospective, entitled American Painting in the 1930’s – The Age of Anxiety demonstrates the preoccupation of the population facing the biggest crisis of the 20th century. Until January 30th.


Until November 27th, l’Opéra Bastille invites you to assist to the majestic opera of the Hoffmann Tales. The ultimate master piece of Offenbach is an adaptation of the three famous tales of Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann which portrays the German poet as both narrator and hero recounting his love affairs with Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta.


Former Chef  at « Le Sergent Recruteur », the Chef Antonin Bonnet has just opened his own restaurant, Le Quinsou. The Chef will delight you with his specialities: mackerel covered with pear vinegar, almond praline and eggplant cream and for dessert roasted apple with spices, granola and ice cream. Lovely wine menu. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Menu starting from 28 € for lunch and 48 € for dinner. 33 rue de l’Abbé Grégoire, 6th.

To enjoy a fine dining experience for a reasonable price, encounter the Restaurant Boutary, a house founded in 1888 specialised in caviar and in wine making. In the kitchen of this new « bistro chic », the Chef Jay Wook Hur is transforming seasonal products in a French and Asian fusion outstanding cuisine. You will discover: potatoes with Boutary caviar, seaweed butter and for dessert a chocolate praline pudding. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Menu starting from 27 € for lunch and 69 € for dinner. 25 rue Mazarine, 6th.


The FIAC your own way!

Written by chris, the 12 October in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment



To all the contemporary art lovers staying at the Relais Christine, here is a new partner that will make your FIAC 2016 an even more unforgettable edition than the last ones!

With Curagenda, live an extraordinary experience with exclusive visits of the 3 major art fairs that will take place at the same time in Paris from October 20th to 23rd (FIAC at the Grand Palais, Paris Internationale and Asia Now Paris) but also expert-guided tours of famous Parisian art galleries in Le Marais and Belleville, VIP previews and events, behind the scenes and meetings with artists and gallerists… This year, the program is rich with citywide events at the Petit Palais, Musée de l’Orangerie, Palais de la Découverte, Musée du Louvre. Many exciting festivities that you will have the possibility to visit with a privileged status!

Contact our Concierges Clefs d’Or to build your tailored experience with Curagenda.
[email protected]

From 1 000 Euro per person. Upon availability. 48-hour advance booking necessary.


Going out in Paris in October

Written by chris, the 30 September in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment



At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a retrospective is dedicated to one of the great pioneers of French industrial design: Roger Tallon – Le design en mouvement. Through his 60-year career, he had a truly new approach to design, rooted in the world of industry but also inspired by the contemporary creation. Among his big successes, the Corail train, the TGV Duplex, the graphics of the Art Press magazine and the the Téléavia P111 portable television. Until January 8th.

The Centre Pompidou highlights one of the masters of modern art with Magritte – La trahison des images. The exhibition offers an unseen interpretation of his creation, with about 100 pieces, famous or not, which show how the painter was interested by philosophy (his painting Ceci n’est pas une pipe is the best example). Until January 23rd.


At the beautiful – and listed! – Salle Gaveau, famous for its incredible acoustics, the musical Oliver Twist revisits Charles Dickens’ masterpiece beautifully. On stage, 15 comedians and 7 musicians will demonstrate their talent by transporting you straight into London’s 19th century where the little boy faces the ordeal and the darkness of life. In French, until February 2017.


After loosing its “Le”, Divellec has just reopened in a new decor with a new menu. After Histoire (1*) and Hexagone (2*), Mathieu Pacaud, Bernard’son (L’Ambroisie), takes over the marine cuisine of this Parisian institution with: poached oyster and watercress and caviar grains zabaione; gilt-head bream and sweets of green apple as well as, for meat lovers, supreme of Bresse poultry with crayfish. For dessert, the pineapple and coconut cake will delight you. Menus at 90 and 50 Euro, or 100 to 200 Euro à la carte. Closed on Sundays. 107 Rue de l’Université, 7th.

Discover Alliance, a new gastronomic bistro in the Latin quarter with the Frenchest Japanese Chef, Toshitaka Omiya. On the menu, his signature dish: potato preserved in duck grease, crumble of onion and shallot, mushrooms, but also duck foie gras, vegetables from Monsieur Rigault, duck consommé; fish from the coast of Noirmoutier, cucumber and mint. As a dessert, enjoy a tart of gariguette strawberries with a timut pepper ice-cream. Super products and excellent service, for 70 to 80 Euro à la carte (lunch menus at 29 and 34 Euro). Closed on week-ends. 5 Rue de Poissy, 5th.


A gourmet market on September 25th!

Written by chris, the 20 September in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment


To celebrate the Fête de la Gastronomie, a special market will take place on September 25th in the 9th district, on Place Lino Ventura with 10 Relais & Châteaux Chefs and their market gardeners. The occasion to raise awareness of a healthy food, good for us and the environment alike!

The message will be clear: flavors and the environment must be protected! Discovery of unknown vegetables, cutting workshop, tastings, cooking classes… With Frédéric Anton, Hélène Darroze among others, Slow Food producers will also highlight the know-how and the endangered local dietary traditions.

Save the date and don’t forget your basket this coming Sunday to celebrate the wealth of our terroir!


Allons au Marché
Sunday, September 25th, from 8.30 am to 2 pm
Place Lino Ventura, Paris 9th.


Michalak finally on the Left Bank!

Written by chris, the 09 September in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

Michalak boutique Saint Germain des Prés


This is the kind of news that brings comfort and sweetness after a hard and speedy return to work. Christophe Michalak, the famous Pastry Chef, has just opened a new shop in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, a few steps away from the Relais Christine.

First thing to know: you will have a hard job! How to resist, and how to choose among these cakes, all as delicious as beautiful!

You will first succumb to the Kosmiks, these delicious creations to enjoy with a spoon (Kosmik as a strawberry cake, Kosmik peanut and lemon, Kosmik vanilla and manguo…) but then the Klassiks will use their charms to make you fall for them (millefeuille vanilla tonka and caramel, yuzu and green lemon tart with meringue, pavlova raspberry and litchi…)! Not forgetting the Miss K (cream puff – for example the one with caramel and salted butter) and the cakes in XXL size.

By now you are probably drooling over this list of delicacies so we won’t take more of your time. Run! Or are you on the way already?
Michalak Paris Saint Germain des Prés
8, rue du Vieux Colombier
75006 Paris
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7.30 pm


Going out in September

Written by chris, the 01 September in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

The exhibition Anatomie d’une collection at the Musée de la Mode du Palais Galliera tries to answer the question “Who wears what ?”. A hundred of pieces from the Galliera foundation are highlighted and their stories uncovered through the characters who wore them: the dress of the heir to the throne, a WW1 nurse’s uniform, or even Maris-Antoinette’s corset. Until October 23rd.


To the photography lovers: the Maison Européenne de la Photographie devotes an exhibition to the famous American photographer Herb Ritts, known for his black and white portraits inspired by Greek sculptures. Everything seems to be perfect in his pictures, the sky, the bodies, the faces… An artist who deeply moved commercial photography by adding an artistic dimension to it. Until October 30th.


From September 17th, Puccini’s music will resonate at the Bastille Opera with Tosca. This drama, symbol of the lyric art, tells a very realistic story mixing love and politics. The staging by Pierre Audi is as splendid as the music, and the singers, directed by Dan Ettinger, are very impressive.


Great marine address still on top in Saint Germain des Prés: Gaya Rive Gauche by Pierre Gagnaire, with one Michelin star. A counter on the ground floor and another room on the first floor for exceptional dishes: red tuna tartare; oysters with salsify; bass with a Thaï consommé with watercress; cuttlefish with a spinach brandade… To finish on a high note, desserts just lightly sweet: crisp dessert with Dulcey chocolate and pistachio from Sicilia and the famous “simone” to be discovered. Count 70 to 130 Euro. Lunch formulas. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 44 rue du Bac, 7th.