An icon of French elegance and art de vivre, Le Bristol Paris is located at one of the city’s most prestigious addresses on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The first to receive France’s “Palace” distinction, the hotel boasts 190 rooms and suites— among the largest in Paris — that are now completely renovated.
A deeply rooted devotion to Christmas cheer is sweeping the pastry kitchen at Le Bristol Paris this festive season. For Pastry Chef Pascal Hainigue, who grew up in Alsace where the Christmas season is elevated to a culture all its own, the end-of-year period inspires a strong spirit of enchantment and a particular affection for the bûche de Noël — a Christmas ritual at Le Bristol Paris.
For his 2022 creation, Pascal Hainigue has eschewed the usual dominance of dark or milk chocolate for a dessert elaborated in pure white. Sculpted with the help of moulds handmade by the chef himself for the occasion, the yule log cake depicts seven individually shaped icebergs and a polar bear gingerly traversing them.
Each large iceberg segment is developed in 3 delicate dacquoise layers featuring hazelnut and chestnut meringue, a sweet chestnut cream filling and calamansi jelly for a delicious hint of tangy citrus. The miniature icebergs are crafted from a smooth base of hazelnut praline
This exquisitely imaginative, North Pole inspired bûche de Noël by chef Pascal Hainigue serves 6–8 people and is available for purchase at L’Épicerie du Bristol Paris at the price of 130 euros.
This Christmas, Le Bristol Paris, will reach peak cosiness with festivities hosted by the hotel’s resident feline, Socrate.
The experience begins with Christmas trees lining the exterior entryway and leading indoors to a potted pine forest — all consciously lit with eco-friendly candles or LED string lights. The lobby, Socrate’s customary domain, is illuminated by a cascade of 500 crystal pendants to be draped from the ceiling, casting its infinite reflection on the surface of a mirror topped central table. The surrounding pines, decorated in gold baubles and white tassel ornaments, feature beautifully wrapped gifts at their base.
A series of handmade Socrate sculptures play hide-and-seek throughout the scene like Christmas elves in a charming tribute to this festive season’s gracious host.
Le Bristol’s courtyard garden, for its part, is dressed for the occasion in pine trees and an original ‘Amour toujours’ neon light feature, custom created for Le Bristol Paris by calligraphy sculptor Valentine Herrenschmidt.