The Eiffel Tower is the second most Instagrammed tourist attraction in the world, according to research released earlier this year – so how to make your snap stand out from the crowd? Framing those famous wrought-iron arches with a couple of glasses of cool, fizzing Krug champagne, from a vantage spot on the terrace of the Shangri-La Paris ought to drive ‘likes’ in their droves. And even for those not so social-media savvy, the hotel’s newly opened “Le Bar à ciel ouvert by Krug” is a beautifully serene spot for refreshment this summer.
Set within a repurposed suite on the hotel’s fourth floor, the intimate space (there are just 16 seats on the 30-sq m terrace, and a further 14 inside), overlooks the landmark and the Champ de Mars beyond from the hotel’s enviable location adjacent to the Trocadéro Gardens. Open every evening until 26th August, the bar offers a variety of Krug Champagne vintages – from the Krug Grande Cuvée to the 2002 Vintage and a rosé – to be enjoyed alongside a selection of appetizers (think caviar, salmon and Bellota ham), as the sun sets over the magnificent skyline.
It’s an elegant experience in keeping with the hotel’s royal past: it was originally built in 1896 as the private home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s great-nephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. And another new offering also pays homage to this illustrious history: the Shangri-La Paris now offers groups of 12 or more diners the chance to relive an early 20th century banquet with its Bonaparte Dinner.
The banquets are staged within sumptuous lounges on the hotel’s first floor, which are decorated with historical touches such as gold-leaf bees (one of the emblems of the French Empire) on the cornices and the prince’s initials, RB, on the chandeliers.
Within this majestic setting, diners can enjoy a traditional banquet à la française, with a host and butler presiding over a four-course meal designed by two Michelin starred Chef, Christophe Moret, to reflect the traditions of the era. And what better way to whet your appetite for a feast of coq en pâte, duck foie gras and Aveyron farmhouse veal chop than an aperitif on the open-air Krug terrace?
Le Bar à ciel ouvert by Krug is open everyday, 6-11pm, until 26th August; call +33 (0)1 53 67 19 98 to make a reservation. The Bonaparte Dinner is available for private and corporate guests, from €380 per person. Rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris start from €795 (approx. £705). 10, avenue d’Iéna, Paris, 75116