To see or to be seen: that is the question

Whether it is Kate Moss, Jacques Chirac, Beyonce, Steve McQueen or Lana del Rey, to name but a few, L’Avenue is Paris’ hottest spot to eat or have a cocktail where you can play at spotting the high-wattage clientèle for hours.

Conveniently situated on the boutique-strewn Avenue Montaigne and opposite Christian Dior, the chi-chi brasserie has become one of the 8th arrondissement‘s mainstays where the models waitresses strut their stuff to serve their celebrity guests simple food from breakfast till very late at night when L’Avenue turns into a moody DJ-ed cocktail lounge.

Keen to see by himself what the fuss was all about and what the decor was like, A-Gent of Style put his best Trench coat on and…followed the Birkins.

If you are a fan or even a guest of Hôtel Costes (which will help to get a table), this latest eatery by the Costes brothers won’t disappoint. They called upon le grand maître of French Interior Decoration, Jacques Garcia, to work his magic. And I must say, it works.

Situated at the corner of Avenue Montaigne and Rue de Marignan, white awnings and curtains trimmed in black hang over the white-linen tables and white-cushioned iron chairs of the starred terrace to give way inside to an opulent, dark and sexy 2nd Empire-style boudoir layered in plush garnet-coloured velvet furniture with either gold edging, long fringes or studs, Murano chandeliers, gold-paint washed walls and a diamond-patterned bar reminiscent of the French Art Deco genius, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann.

 A-Gent of Style did spot Lee (Bouvier-sister of Jackie O/Kennedy) Radziwill there who also happens to have an apartment next door – just saying.

“…To Heaven and back…”

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