Not only are brand new flagship stores about to open, but there is a lot more to expect on the most beautiful avenue of the world over the next two to three years. Sidewalks are being redone in 2018 and the work will go on in 2019. The fountains of the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées will be functioning again by 2020. Bike lanes are being created, free wi-fi is available, and the avenue is now reserved for pedestrians one Sunday per month. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect in terms of luxury hotels, food, and entertainment:
144-150 Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Owned by Groupama, the 20,000 m2 Haussmanian Art Déco building will be home to So, a 5-star Sofitel hotel with 100 rooms including 17 suites, a bar, restaurant, a courtyard, a flagship store, and more boutiques at the street level. A 2,000 m2 rooftop with a view on the Arc de Triomphe will be created with a panoramic restaurant, a spa, and an infinity pool with the most astounding view on Paris.
Right next to So, the UGC movie theater will be replaced by a “revolutionary” MK2 with a 1,000 m2 modular “vertical” theater on 5 stories available for private viewings. All this work should be starting in January 2019 and is to be completed by the end of 2021.
MK2 and Groupama also dream of joining forces to create a digital and cultural space with bike lanes, specials light, and virtual shows in the nearby tunnel of the Arc de Triomphe, no longer available to cars…
30 Avenue George V
A couple of blocks from the Champs-Elysées, the Italian jewelry brand Bvlgari has scheduled the opening of its Parisian 5-star hotel in 2020. Can’t wait to swim in their 25-meter pool, which will be “the longest one in a hotel” according to Le Figaro Madame.
26 Avenue des Champs-Elysées
For ten months, starting this November, Ground Control will be operating a new space in Paris, temporarily taking over Galerie 26 which is to be replaced by another project in a year from now. Chef Stéphane Jégo from L’Ami Jean (his restaurant in the 7th arrondissement) will handle the gastronomical side of Ground Control. This eclectic space will include quality and authentic street food, an art gallery slash champagne bar, a café serving cold meals while selling books and vinyl records, a top-quality deli, a bar, and a restaurant with a stage for concerts. Open from 9 am to midnight.
1bis Rue Jean Mermoz (near the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées)
Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx has just opened a new healthy, organic, and fresh fastfood restaurant just a couple of steps from the Champs-Elysées. A smart and elegant alternative to the usual burgers and fries…
Now, how soon will you be among the hundred million visitors to walk up and down the “new” Champs-Elysées?