South Pigalle, otherwise known as SoPi, once home to pussy parlours and erotic nightlife, is now the talk of Paris for different reasons with new restaurants, cocktail bars and boutiques opening up every week. Hotel Amour is at the heart of this new activity, bridging the gap between the new and old South Pigalle. Set in a former brothel, its trendy bistro and bar with a large outdoor terrace is the place to be. Upstairs, a black-walled corridor leads to 20 rooms, each designed by a different artist and designer and each with their own nod to the erotic. Ironically however, spending all day in bed isn’t something you’d want to do at the Hotel Amour as the rooms are small and walls are thin – drink downstairs until you don’t care about the noise.
8 Rue de Navarin
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- +33 1 48 78 31 80
To select your room, ring the hotel and request from the pictures online. We love the Alexandre de Betak room painted black with 200 disco balls hanging from the ceiling. Rooms start at £115.
There is a brunch menu downstairs at the bistro. Not included.
Lunch and Dinner?
The restaurant at Hotel Amour is a hot destination in Pigalle. Simplicity rules with hamburgers, croque monsieurs and a selection of salads.
Is there a Bar?
There is a bar in the restaurant and a large terrace to enjoy drinks.
Need to know
Rooms on the lower ground are noisier than the rest.
Within a short walk
An Australian inspired coffee shop. A note to those who can’t leave work behind even on vacation – this is one of the few coffee shops in Paris where you are allowed to pull out a laptop.
Spend your Sunday on the lawns of Sacré-Cœur overlooking the city, while listening to local singers and musicians. Bring wine and good friends and you’re guaranteed a good time.
Place du Tertre
Just steps from Sacré-Cœur is this artist’s square. While it has lost some of its infamous charm due to the overwhelming crowd of tourists, with some sifting through, you can still find unique artwork to commemorate your trip to Paris.