2018 sees the notably vanguard Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris-CDG) reinforce its stance as a global lifestyle hub with avant-garde developments in the Airport together with a rich calendar of events. Tailored to appeal to Hong Kong’s jetsetting stylemakers, Paris-CDG continues to enhance its facilities and reinforce its dazzling image as a hub for all the best things Paris has to offer – gastronomy, fashion, French lifestyle and art.
Over the past five years, Paris Aéroport is dedicated to promote the French heritage and continuously support French creations. It has heavily invested in bringing Francophone fine art to the global stage through exhibitions at the iconic Charles de Gaulle airport. A place of French heritage and creations, Paris-CDG promotes and support French artists through showcasing their art works at the terminal. The French heritage has a dedicated art space at Escape Musees, which houses original works from Paris’ leading museums. Permanently exhibitions at Paris-CDG include “Carte Blanche, the Parisianer” at Terminal 2E and “Paris, Peinture & Photo“ at Terminal 1, Satellite 4, in partnership with RMN-Grand Palais.
To inaugurate Paris-CDG’s global promotional campaign, airport authority Paris Aéroport will partner with Le French May in Hong Kong, a cornucopia of French culture, in a tour de force collaboration for the third year in a row brandishing the iconic art of French sculptor, Nathalie Decoster, at the Atrium of Pacific Place from 10 – 27 May 2018.
Exhibited all over the world, Nathalie Decoster is renowned for making sculptures in her way of expression with huge and small human figures, like “messengers”, placing in unstable positions inside large hoops, cubes and other geometric shapes.
Specially commissioned by Paris Aéroport, Nathalie Decoster’s new unique masterpiece “The Consciousness” will be unveiled for the first time on the occasion of the 2018 edition of Le French May in Hong Kong, ahead of exhibiting permanently at Paris-CDG’s dedicated museum space, Espace Musees from September.
The physical installation in Hong Kong and in France symbolises Paris-CDG as a transit hub between the two continents.
To satisfying each passenger’s desires and the time of the day in a friendly Parisian lifestyle, a wide range of dining options is also offered, highlighting 6 different categories in diversified price range, including Fast Casual (Exki, Naked, Prêt à Manger), French Bakeru (Paul, Kayser, Brioche orée), Restaurants (Ladurée, Caviar House, Yo Sushi), Fast Foods (McDonald’s), Coffee Shops (Starbucks, Illy Coffee) and Restaurants de chefs (Café Eiffel, I Love Paris, Frenchy’s).
Three highly anticipated restaurants helmed by Michelin-star chefs are slated to open their doors in the first half of 2018, adding to the existing repertoire of three Michelin-star restaurants in Paris-CDG.
On 22 March, Michelin three-star chef Guy Martin opens the doors to The French Taste. Featuring the finest quality and freshest ingredients available, seasonal French gastronomic fare and international favorites by Chef Martin will treat travellers to delicious delights, just in time for their flights. Designed by renowned architect, Charles Zana, Chef Martin invites guests to discover its neo French brewery concept in a modern, elegant, and warm space located in Terminal 2F2. The French Taste marks Chef Martin’s second foray into bring culinary excellence into Paris CDG, following the 2016 opening of BFA award-winning I Love Paris.
Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx, one of the most prestigious chefs in France and a judge on France’s edition of Top Chef opens TEPPAN on 29 March at Terminal 1. Trained by culinary greats such as Claude Deligne, Joël Robuchon and Alain Chapel, Chef Marx sets aside his molecular gastronomy reputation to reveal his penchant and talent in international cuisine inspired by the hot plate used for Japanese Teppanyaki. TEPPAN will offer modern takes on French delights such as Toasted Brioche with Tatin Apples, Blue Lobster Tempura, Croque Monsieur made with traditional French bread from Chef Marx’s very own boulangerie.
Summer sees the arrival of Café Eiffel at Terminal T2EZP, an ultimate dining destination created by Chef Michel Rostang and frequent collaborator, Chef Nicolas Beaumann with author Philippe Coupérie-Eiffel. The men behind wanted to combine their know-how and their respective legacies to create a place that pays tribute to the France of inventors and creative minds.
In the dining room, Philippe Coupérie-Eiffel exhibits memories of his illustrious grandfather, making the place a true journey through the aspirations, ambitions, and dreams of Gustave Eiffel. While in the kitchen, Michel Rostang infuses the spirit of a bistronomy happy, gourmet and almost Proustian with traditional dishes such as soup au gratin with onion, farm poultry, or the tart Crispy tatin.
Naked, a 70-seat ethical and organic restaurant serving exceptional fare catering to all tastes in a relaxed and Zen setting, is located at Instant Paris (Public Airport Transport Lounge), Hall L of Terminal 2, a breath of French art of living in an authentic area of 4,500m2.
In 2018, Paris Aéroport continues to refresh its stellar lineup of facilities to better serve wanderlusts travelling to the City of Lights from Hong Kong. A new and complimentary transit lounge “Instant Paris” located in Terminal 2E, Hall L provides a sleek and elegant space filled to the brim with activities for adults and juniors to enjoy. Parisian design and hospitality can be experienced at the 80-room Yotelair hotel operated by Yotel, while a library boasting reminiscent of a home salon boasts a collection of 300 French, English, German, and Spanish books from literature and lifestyle, providing the perfect escape while travelers wait for their onward adventure to commence.
Technophiles and landmark enthusiasts can relive their experience of Paris through a “Virtual Window” that frames the epochal Eiffel Tower or visit quintessential Parisian landmarks through the lounge’s 3D Timescope Machine; while sports aficionados can catch live matches of the most sensational games at the “Live Arena” where major sports fixtures from UEFA to the Olympic games are screened in a home cinema setting. An impressive Kapla game area for children ensures that junior travelers are invited into a world unto their own.
Complimenting Paris-CDG’s facility refinement is an enhancement of its a-la-carte tailor-made My Consiergerie services (www.myconciergerieorlycdg.fr/en), treating each guest with customised support to ease the stress of traveling. This bespoke service starts at the beginning of each traveller’s journey, from the contentment of one’s couch to the comfort of one’s seat on the plane. Transferring passengers are treated to an unrivalled airport experience, replacing the hassle of a layover with the enjoyment and relaxation of what Paris offers.
For more information on Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, please visit http://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/