Paris - Chicago: Winter City Guide

Paris - Chicago: Winter City Guide

Paris Splendors City Guide

Bienvenue à Paris! In this guide, ALMASIKA unveil the splendors of the City of Lights. From the historic allure of Samaritaine to the panoramic views at Cheval Blanc, each recommendation is a carefully chosen gem. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of the art, beauty, and hidden treasures that make Paris truly magical. 

1. SAMARITAINE

A Historic Shopping Haven by the Seine.

 

Explore the iconic Samaritaine, a historic department store nestled near the Seine River. Immerse yourself in the allure of luxury shopping, relish exceptional dining, and take in stunning views from its rooftop terrace. Be sure not to miss the exclusive selection of jewelry by ALMASIKA.

Adress: 9 rue de la Monnaie, 75001 Paris, France 

Website: https://www.dfs.com/en/samaritaine  

2. LE TOUT-PARIS

At Cheval Blanc Paris hotel.

 

Rise seven floors above the Pont-Neuf and be captivated by Le Tout-Paris, revealing panoramic views over the city and its vibrant life. This contemporary brasserie, bathed in Parisian light, draws inspiration from traditional Art Deco bistros. Amidst a deliciously exciting cosmopolitan parade, rediscover Paris from its rooftops.

Adress: 8 Quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France

Website: https://www.letoutparis.fr/ 

3. PHARMACIE DUFOUR-BONAPARTE

Saint-Germain’s Health and Beauty Wonderland.

 

Delve into the beauty haven of Pharmacie Dufour, a renowned pharmacy in Saint- Germain-des-Prés. Uncover a wide range of French skincare and beauty products at unbeatable prices.

Address: 26 Rue du Four, 75006 Paris, France

4. PALAIS DE TOKYO

Contemporary art exploration in Paris.

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of contemporary art at Palais de Tokyo. This cutting-edge museum showcases the latest trends in modern art, offering a unique and vibrant cultural experience.

Address: 13 Av. du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France

Website: https://palaisdetokyo.com/

5. SOPHIE CARBONARI

At Palais Royal.

 

Discover the sought-after “super-facialist” in Paris, Sophie Carbonari. Her technique, a blend of Japanese kobido, “cosmo facial” rituals, Ayurvedic techniques, and lymphatic drainage, has earned her a dedicated following. Visit her light-filled studio overlooking the Jardin du Palais Royal, one of Paris most beautiful gardens.

Website: https://sophiecarbonari.com/fr/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophie_carbonari/?hl=fr

6. SAINT JAMES HOTEL

A luxurious stay near Champs-Elysées.

 

Indulge in a stylish stay at the Saint James Hotel, a luxury establishment near the Champs-Élysées. With its exquisite décor and impeccable service, it promises an unforgettable Parisian experience.

Address: 5 Pl. du Chancelier Adenauer, 75116 Paris, France

Website: https://www.saint-james-paris.com/

7. AUX TROIS MAILLETZ

Paris best kept secret: medieval charms and musical delights.

 

In the Latin Quarter immerse yourself in the medieval charm of Aux Trois Mailletz, a unique venue in the Latin Quarter. This restaurant, piano bar, and cabaret, nestled in a XIIIth-century vault, offer live music and a captivating atmosphere for a night to remember.

Address: 56 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France

Website: https://auxtroismailletz.com/

 

Next stop: Chicago! Discover our Holiday City Guide below...

Illustration : Floriane Roussel

Chicago Holiday City Guide

Welcome to the vibrant city of Chicago, where every corner tells a story and every experience leaves a lasting impression. Let ALMASIKA guide you this holiday season.

1. EMBARK ON A CULTURAL JOURNEY

Start your day at The Rendez-Vous French Pop-Up. Immerse yourself in vibrant displays of French culture. Enjoy free events and immersive shopping experiences. Explore the ALMASIKA shop for the perfect diamond gift. Book an appointment to get premium advice from our team. 

Book an appointment: https://calendly.com/almasika 

Address: 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Website: https://therendezvouschicago.com/

2. DELIGHTFUL LUNCH WITH FRIENDS

Head to The Lunchroom at Space 519 in Gold Coast. Discover this hidden gem offering a delightful, vegetarian-friendly menu catering to diverse tastes.

Address: 200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

Website: https://www.space519.com/

3. DRINKS WITH A BREATHTAKING VIEW

As the day progresses, visit Cindy’s at Chicago Athletic Association. Located on the rooftop, savor exquisite cocktails while taking in the best views of Millennium Park.

Address: 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Website: https://www.cindysrooftop.com/

4. ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS TOUR

Escape the cold temperatures with a building tour from the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC). Expert docents will share fascinating facts and behind-the-scenes secrets about Chicago architectural wonders.

Address: 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Website: https://architecture.org/

5. CULTURAL EXPLORATION

Explore contemporary art at the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in West Town. Immerse yourself in art and community engagement at The Stony Island Arts Bank, founded by Theaster Gates. Join a guided tour every Thursday at The Art Institute of Chicago. Discover museum icons and hidden treasures.

Address: 437 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60622

Website: https://marianeibrahim.com/

6. BEST FRENCH BAKERY EXPERIENCE

Indulge your taste buds at La Boulangerie: Chicago best French bakery with three addresses. Visit any day or enjoy catering services for your favorite breads and pastries.

Addresses: W Wilson Avenue, W Logan Boulevard or N California Avenue

Website: https://www.laboulangerieandco.com/

7. SOULFUL INDULGENCE IN HYDE PARK

Conclude your day at Virtue in Hyde Park. Led by James Beard Award winner Chef Erick Williams, this soul food haven offers a mix of comfort and innovation. Don’t miss their caramel apple cheesecake for a perfect ending to your meal.

Address: 1462 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

Website: https://www.virtuerestaurant.com/