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As the winter season envelops Paris, the city’s skyline is set to be graced with a unique addition: Céleste by Cheval Blanc Paris. This pop-up rooftop bar, perched on the 10th floor of the esteemed Cheval Blanc Paris, offers an exclusive vantage point to experience the city’s nocturnal charm and the serene River Seine, available only until the end of March.
Elevated Elegance in Paris: Céleste, A Rooftop Winter Retreat at Cheval Blanc Paris
Céleste emerges as a gem in the Parisian winter, offering a warm, discreet atmosphere amidst the city’s bustling energy. With just thirty seats, it promises an intimate setting where guests can savour the Parisian night sky’s beauty. The bar’s evening-only opening, from 6 pm to 11:30 pm, aligns perfectly with the city’s transformation as day turns to night, revealing a panorama stretching from the left bank’s twinkling lights to the distant horizon.
The essence of Céleste lies in its meticulously crafted menu, a testament to Cheval Blanc Paris’ sommeliers’ expertise. Rare spirits form the backbone of the offerings, each selection telling its own story of heritage and craftsmanship. Complementing these are Chef Takuya Watanabe’s finger-food creations, blending culinary art with the simplicity of temakis and gunkans, offering a taste of refined indulgence.
Cheval Blanc Paris: A Luxurious Parisian Escape
Nestled in the heart of Paris, a short stroll from iconic landmarks like the Louvre and the Marais, Cheval Blanc Paris is a beacon of urban luxury. The hotel’s 72 rooms, including 46 suites, offer a sanctuary of tranquillity and opulence, each echoing the city’s rich tapestry.
At its core, Cheval Blanc Paris celebrates culinary and artistic excellence. The gastronomic restaurant Plénitude, under the helm of three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Donckele, and the sweet creations of Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric, elevate the hotel to a pinnacle of gourmet delight. The 7th floor, home to Le Tout-Paris and Langosteria opens onto a terrace that offers a panoramic view of Paris, blending culinary art with visual splendour.
Anticipating Paris 2024: A City in Festive Spirit
As Paris prepares to host the 2024 Olympics, the city is poised to showcase its blend of historical grandeur and contemporary dynamism. This global event will spotlight athletic prowess and celebrate Paris’s enduring allure as a cultural and artistic hub. Visitors during this period can expect a city pulsating with excitement, offering a unique opportunity to witness Paris in its full festive glory.
As the city readies itself for the Olympics, these elevated spaces provide a haven of tranquillity and luxury amidst the anticipation. Whether it’s a serene evening at Céleste or exploring the city’s myriad attractions, Paris continues to enchant as a destination for those pursuing extraordinary experiences. ◼
© This article was first published online in Jan 2024 – World Travel Magazine.