In case you haven’t noticed, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, who are fresh off their mini wedding in Las Vegas earlier this month, have been in Paris for a week on their honeymoon with their kids. Paparazzi dutifully documented the newlyweds’ every move around the City of Lights for our comic consumption – where they waved to the masses as they left the Hotel de Crillon for a day of more fun-filled adventures, where they looked like toddlers in the park. Bench, there they were on a family cruise on the Seine River, with the new Mrs. Affleck in a warm embrace with new stepdaughter Violet (the eldest of Ben’s three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner).
Knowingly or unknowingly, Benifers have become the best ambassadors for the French capital. Do you hate to admit that you are one of them? A brief guide, below, to dining, shopping and sightseeing in Paris à la the most famous couple in the world right now.
Where to stay
Paris has no shortage of grande dame properties, but the Hotel de Crillon has an enviable perch on the Place de la Concorde, famous not only for being where Marie Antoinette lost her head, but also for its 3,000-person crowd. Ancient Egypt’s Luxor monument shines proudly in the center. This 124-key rosewood hotel is an 18th-century landmark of neoclassical perfection, one half of the twin buildings commissioned by King Louis XV in 1758 (the adjacent building is now the Hotel de la Marine, former French headquarters). it becomes). For a true Hollywood A-list experience, check out one of Crillon’s ten signature suites, all uniquely designed, exquisitely appointed and more than fit for modern royalty.
Where to eat
The week of Mr. and Mrs. Affleck Amor It debuted at Le Matignon, a Jacques Garcia-designed restaurant on the edge of Paris’ glittering Golden Triangle in the 8th arrondissement. After that, there is no mention of him going dancing in the basement club.
LVMH’s seven-year long restoration project of the historic La Samaritain department store by the Seine is finally complete. Now home to the Art Deco landmark Cheval Blanc Hotel, Milan’s favorite Langosteria rooftop and Plenitude, three-Michel-starred chef Arnaud Donkele invited the couple to a pre-birthday dinner for Mrs.
Named in honor of YSL muse Loulou de la Falaise, this restaurant located in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs offers one of the city’s best-seen-and-seen alfresco lunches, set on the banks of the Tuileries. In other words, it is a good place to celebrate the birthday of Lopez with her husband.
Ms Affleck’s birthday celebrations continued later that evening, as the couple sat at a cozy alfresco table in the 16th arrondissement at Giraffe, with the Eiffel Tower twinkling brightly just ahead of them. The evening was so romantic it seemed to bring Mr Affleck to tears.
After a day of separate shopping trips—the Lopez twins accompanied their mother to the Hermès store on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, while Affleck spent the afternoon with daughter Serafina—the whole family met for dinner at Brasserie Lip, a St. Germain institution dating back to 1880. , where they are said to have eaten the house signature dish of fried chicken Steak.
Flora on the island
IYKYK Île Saint-Louis’s Berthillon ice cream is a must on any Paris itinerary. The Afflecks know this too: after dinner at Lipp, the tribe stops at Le Flore en l’Île for dessert. In fact, they were so excited that they came twice during their trip.
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What’s a honeymoon in the city of love without an afternoon of kissing on a park bench? Bennifer sought (or so he thought) the privacy of the relatively modest Jardins des Champs-Élysées for his efforts.
Afflecks make the most of Paris’s abundance of world-class museums. Marvel at the Impressionist masterpieces at the Musé d’Orsay; Brave the crowd at the Louvre (Lopez in platform heels, no less), perhaps where this modern-day Taylor-Burton pair took a little jewelry inspiration from France’s Crown Jewels gallery. Contemplation to Monets at the Musee de l’Orangerie; And he studied more than 5,000 Picassos at his eponymous museum in the Marais.
Grab it now
A private picnic on the beautiful river that divides Paris was another affair of the Affleck family, which included his daughters Violet and Seraphina and her twins Max and Aimee. For an afternoon out, charter the 1953 Petrus III, a 71-foot teak yacht.
Where to buy
Ben and Seraphina Affleck were spotted enjoying an afternoon of father-daughter bonding, where they browsed pastels and colors at Cennelier, an art store in the 7th arrondissement on the edge of the Left Bank. In its 135-year history, the shop, which is still owned by the descendants of the shop’s founder, Gustave Cennelier, has presented masters such as Degas, Gauguin, Vailard and Picasso. pastels.
Through an extensive renovation by Peter Marino, the Dior flagship on Avenue Montaigne has been transformed into a glittering shrine to Maison, a one-stop destination for all things Dior, from perfume to coats, Chantilly cream-topped pastries and 1,500-square-foot overnight stays. Extra points if you’re a loyal customer enough to access the keys.
Lena Kim is the associate editor City and countryWhere she writes about travel, weddings, art and culture.