Chalet Fleurier: the mountain in the center of Paris
While the newly-fallen snowflakes lightly cover the streets and monuments of the most beautiful capital of the world, one feels an irresistible urge to cosy up beside a crackling fireplace, in one of those typical mountain resorts chalets.
The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, located at 3-5 rue de la Paix in the 2nd “arrondissement”, is the place to fulfill this dream. Since December 1st and until March 1st, 2017, in collaboration with Maison Chopard, the Palace transforms its terrace into a winter terrace and opens the door of its Chalet “Fleurier”, a small replica of the famous eponymous cottage, located in a small village of the Swiss Jura that goes by the same name. Everything is almost identical and nothing is missing: the smells of wood and fire, dim lights, the shimmering colors of winter, and even the woolly skins that cover the chairs.
To perfect this painting, the Executive Chef of the Palace, Mr. Jean-François Rouquette, proposes each evening his famous Raclette Montagnarde, with the cheese of Saint Nicklaus accompanied by steaming hot Grenaille potatoes.
The most gourmands of you will certainly be tempted by a selection of cured meats from the Alps.
Finally, if you still have a little appetite and to complete this moment of enchantment, Pastry Chef Jimmy Mornet has imagined an icy and acidulous delicacy.
To digest this meal, Paris Art de Vivre recommends you take a short walk to Place de la Concorde and climb into one of the 42 nacelles of the Grande Roue where, perched 70 meters high, you will be dazzled by the idyllic panorama. The breathtaking views include the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the Tuileries and the Louvre to name but a few.
For the latecomers, the last turn of the wheel is at midnight on weekdays and 1am on weekends. For the record, Jacques Chirac was at the origin of this great initiative – the project was proposed to him by Mr Marcel Campion – which has been for 22 years a delight for children and adults.