8th Arrondissement

Establishment neighborhood
La Réserve
42 Av. Gabriel, 8th
At La Réserve, in a building once occupied by Napoleon’s stepbrother, references to the Belle Époque would be hard to miss: Expect gilded columns, heavy drapes, and velvet tufting…everywhere. The bedrooms and suites—there are only 40—are very fin de siècle French, but more restrained in style than the common spaces. Swiss anti-aging clinic Nescens runs the spa. Executive chef Jérôme Banctel oversees the two restaurants within the hotel. Le Gabriel, the superior of the two, earned a third Michelin star in 2024.
Pierre Hermé
86 Champs-Elysées, 8th
A good part of the local population is of the opinion that Pierre Hermé makes the best macarons in the city. As for the éclairs, croissants, and cakes? You'll just have to do the taste-testing for yourself. This particular outpost is massive, with a sumptuous Art Deco interior to match the contents of the pastry cases. A pretty box of Hermé’s delicately-flavored macarons veloutés (essentially meringue-like macaroons stuffed with a creamy filling) never fails to impress and makes for the perfect, easily-packed gift to bring back home.
Hôtel du Rond Point des Champs-Élysées
10 Rue de Ponthieu, 8th
This elegantly restored hotel is a mere five minutes from Paris’s center of gravity, the Champs-Élysées, which really means it’s five minutes from everything. The first thing to note is that there is an actual hammam in the basement. After a long day of sightseeing, a few laps in the pool followed by a steam is a healing balm for exhausted feet and sore muscles. Aesthetically, the Art Deco influence is quietly done and hidden in the details, like the lamps, the restrained use of marble (and the not-so-restrained use of stripes to beautiful results), pretty velvet upholstery, even the occasional in-room porthole. Unbeatable location aside, the attentive staff and excellent service catapult this new hotel to the top of the short list of excellent places to stay. The adorably small hotel bar and the sexy dining room make leaving that much harder.
Le Belleval
16 Rue de la Pépinière, 8th
At Hotel Le Belleval, the floral theme is obvious (the hallways are done in contrasting floral carpeting and wallpaper) but not overwhelming (the occasional petal-patterned cushion or upholstered armchair, the odd framed print of a rose or lily), just enough to pay homage to the botanist the hotel is dedicated to. All fifty-two guest rooms feel like a breath of fresh air with their elegant navy walls, floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the rooftops of Paris, and beautifully outfitted bathrooms. The hotel restaurant is refreshingly low-key with a natural, mostly organic menu that is the perfect antidote to too many plates of steak-frites. Additional perks are the interior courtyard which feels like a secret garden in the middle of the city and the library—a godsend for the traveler who needs to mix work with play.
Les Bains de Léa
62 Rue Pierre Charron, 8th
This is Paris’s largest day spa—and the ultimate place to spend an entire day resting and relaxing. Booking two treatments gets you all-day access to the indoor pool, sauna, hammam, juice bar, and the especially deluxe sushi bar, along with the coziest robe and slippers ever. The treatments focus on traditional Balinese beauty rituals, and the Five Flowers Ritual, which combines the essences of five tropical flowers to nurture skin, is especially delightful.  
Christophe Robin Salon
16 Rue Bachaumont, 8th
World-famous hair-color guru Christophe Robin’s salon in the up-and-coming 2nd arrondissement has got to be one of the most quintessentially Parisian places on earth. Not only will you walk out with your best hair ever, you’ll have spent a few hours swanning around in a brightly colored silk kimono, cosseted in the Tony Duquette-inspired interiors that feel more like a home than a salon, watching fabulous Parisians in their natural habitat. Even if you don’t color your hair, go for a cut, blowout, or even a manicure. And, if you don’t have the time, stop in to have your hair shampooed for free in an amazing, Venus-on-the-half-shell basin.
55 Rue Pierre Charron, 8th
If a little bit of kitsch is what you're after, then look no further—this nonetheless elegant gem of a restaurant is decked out in Chinese patterns and fine china. Plus, this is one of the finest dim sum experiences in Paris, offering all the Chinese classics plus a wealth of Thai dishes, too, all made with fresh ingredients and done to Michelin standard. The menu is extensive and boasts all the classics, though those who would rather not wade through can go for set menus for two or four, making this a great spot for groups, too.