Grand Pi­galle

A fash­ion­ista favourite in Paris’s coolest neigh­bour­hood could be your new go-to



If you con­sider “bou­tique ho­tel and wine bar” five of the hap­pi­est words, you will love Grand Pi­galle. It is in­ti­mate, el­e­gant and in­ef­fa­bly Parisian, with an ex­cel­lent yet low-key bar and restau­rant so you can have a great night out with­out even leav­ing the premises. It makes sense when you learn that Grand Pi­galle is the first ho­tel from the peo­ple be­hind Paris and Lon­don hotspots, the Ex­per­i­men­tal Cock­tail Clubs.


There are just 37 rooms, and for a Parisian ho­tel they are sur­pris­ingly roomy. Some even have bath­tubs – nor­mally a rar­ity here in any­thing but a five-star. The satin-sheeted beds are among the best we’ve slept on, and the mini­bar is In­sta­gram-wor­thy, with a lineup of the Ex­per­i­men­tal Cock­tail Club’s own pre-mixed num­bers. The in­te­ri­ors were over­seen by ‘It’ de­signer Dorothée Meilich­zon, whose tal­ent in com­bin­ing tex­tures and pat­terns can be seen in the mix of blues, greens, brass, mar­ble and geo­met­ric wall­pa­per. The ef­fect is calm but mem­o­rable. For an even more Parisian ex­pe­ri­ence, ask for one of the eaves rooms, which look out over the rooftops of the city.


The wine list is enor­mous to the point of over­whelm­ing, with a fo­cus on Ital­ian quaffs – nowhere in Paris can ri­val here for Ital­ian wines – and the menu leans that way too, hav­ing been cre­ated by ac­claimed Ro­man chef Gio­vanni Passerini. Can you eat pro­sciutto, bur­rata and pizza in Paris? You can when they’re this good.


Pi­galle has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with artists, bo­hemi­ans, bur­lesque and the seed­ier side of life. While these days it’s on the up, there’s still enough ‘at­mos­phere’ to lend char­ac­ter, but not enough to scare you. The Grand Pi­galle sits at the epi­cen­tre of Pi­galle’s nightlife, di­rectly across from av­enue Fro­chot, a gated com­mu­nity that was once home to artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, best known for paint­ing the girls at the nearby Moulin Rouge. Dur­ing the day, wan­der amid the fash­ion and jew­ellery bou­tiques, vin­tage shops (you haven’t re­ally shopped vin­tage un­til you’ve shopped it in Paris), cafés and delis.

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