Follow us to the new Parisian temple of gastronomy

“As beautiful as it is good” – that could be the Beaupassage motto. This new foodie hotspot, which opened its doors on 25th August in Paris, delights both the taste buds and the pupils, offering a jewel of choice to the artisans of the taste that are Thierry Marx, Yannick Alléno, Pierre Hermé or Anne-Sophie Pic. Take a tour with us.
Beaupassage

Occupying a spot between Boulevard Raspail and Rues de Grenelle and Bac, Beaupassage brings to life the tradition of the Parisian ‘passageways’, covered or open-air galleries lined with businesses that linked districts together. There were 240 of these in the 19th century; today there are around 20 in the capital.

Pierre Hermé has opened his first Parisian café at Beaupassage, a place where you can enjoy sweet and savoury treats, as well as the brand’s iconic creations: the Ispahan, the Infiniment Vanille and the famous macaroons in original flavours. A brunch menu and a selection of drinks are also on offer, including coffee from L’Arbre à Café.

Architecture

Beaupassage focuses on four centuries of construction, from 18th-century Couvent des Récollette buildings to resolutely modern 20th-century buildings. It encompasses as many styles and materials as the architects of the project, Franklin Azzi and Frédéric Bourstin, were able to weave together, making Beaupassage a must-see for architecture enthusiasts.

Cow’s-milk or sheep’s-milk?

Cheese lovers will be sure to visit Nicole Barthélémy, whose dairy on Rue de Grenelle, on the edge of Beaupassage, supplies the grandest address – including the Élysée Palace.

A baked escape at Thierry Marx

Where are all the sweet scents coming from? From Thierry Marx, whose Beaupassage bakery is the second of his to open in Paris. The chef reveals his love of bread but also of travel, a theme heavily influencing the décor of this modern but cosy bakery.

A baked escape at Thierry Marx

Where are all the sweet scents coming from? From Thierry Marx, whose Beaupassage bakery is the second of his to open in Paris. The chef reveals his love of bread but also of travel, a theme heavily influencing the décor of this modern but cosy bakery.

Artistic licence

Beaupassage gave a carte blanche to four artists, to decorate corners of shops or planted areas. Look out for "The Two Oaks" by Fabrice Hyber, "The Crossing" by Eva Jospin, "The Mongooses of Beauvais" by Stefan Rinck and "The Neuronal Tree" by Marc Vellay (photo opposite).

Walking along the wall of the passage on Boulevard Raspail, you’d think for a moment that you were in the Brocéliande forest. Eva Jospin’s “La Traversée” is a clever, dreamlike work composed of a tangle of woods, branches, twigs, roots and other cardboard trunks.

A miniature forest

Nature is at the heart of this new passage, with no less than 60 species of trees, plants and flowers including Scots pines, Japanese maples and Himalayan birches.

3 in 1

Restaurant, wine cellar and art gallery in one – the Allénothèque of Yannick Alléno is friendly, chic and open. An ideal place for meeting friends, learning from a sommelier or immersing yourself in the works on display at the Galerie Scène Ouvert, on the first floor of the restaurant.

Food for sport

Yannick Alléno, Anne-Sophie Pic, Alexandre Polmard, Nicole Barthélémy, Thierry Marx, Pierre Hermé, Olivier Bellin... here’s a list of names to truly tickle the tastebuds. But Beaupassage has also spared a thought for the fitness of foodies, by opening the third sports club from Thai boxing world champion, Abdoulaye Fadiga.