Where To Eat, Drink, & Play

The City of Love, or shall we say Louvre, kicked off its busiest week of the year on September 26th, with a star-studded lineup of acclaimed designers – all ready to unveil their latest collections for Paris Fashion Week. As fashion lovers flock to this city each year for the occasion, the impressive array of galleries, museums and one-of-a-kind artworks serve as an endless source of inspiration (not to mention the perfect Paris travel guide to fashion -next), whether you’re one To have an invitation to an exclusive fashion show or not. There’s a certain undeniability Je ne sais quoi The atmosphere during this fashion week and the cobblestone streets make for an exceptional impromptu runway for avid viewers who see people-watching as a sport rather than a hobby.

Often referred to as wearable art, there is no shortage of creativity as many new up-and-coming designers are set to make their debuts in the fashion capital of the world this season. The year ahead is particularly exciting as “big brands like Victoria Beckham and The Row will be on this year’s calendar and Virgil Abloh’s successor Ibrahim Kamara will present his first collection for Off-White,” explains the Parisian husband-and-wife -Team Caroline and Serge Muller from Mad Lords Paris Boutique. To guide us through the first-hand accounts of what was happening on and off the catwalk, our seasoned Fashion Week attendees gave us the best places in town to share a bottle of natural wine, see the sights to be seen must, and, of course, shopping.

Where to sleep

If you’re looking for that swoon-worthy hotel balcony picture with the Eiffel Tower in the distance, look no further than the Four Seasons George V Paris. With an entire suite dedicated to the view of the Eiffel Tower, “it’s like magic,” explains influencer, founder of Lumiere de Vie and jewelry brand Layered Amber Ridinger Mclaughlin.

Speaking of scenery, the Cheval Blanc Paris overlooking the Pony-Neuf offers stunning views of the Seine just steps from Notre Dame Cathedral in a contemporary setting. In addition to four fantastic restaurants, the hotel lays claim to the city’s only Dior Spa. While the Cheval Blanc is best known for its clean lines and contemporary decor, the Louvre’s former post office-turned-swanky hotel, Madame Rêve exudes a moody yet modern elegance, with tailored golden-yellow fabrics accented by warm wooden interiors are accentuated. Thanks to its central location, the hotel offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Parisian cityscape. From sunrise to sunset, you’ll never tire of watching the city come alive at dusk and dawn.

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Where to shop

Often referred to as the fashion capital of the world, Paris is home to iconic designers such as Chanel, Dior and Jacquemus. You’ll no doubt find these designers strolling down Avenue Montaigne, which connects the infamous Champs-Elysées to the Alma Bridge. “It’s the best street for shopping and people-watching from a fancy cafe,” says Mclaughlin.

While there’s no shortage of designer brands, the city also boasts an impressive array of vintage shops and antique markets. The Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, for example, is the largest antiques market in the world and the fourth most visited attraction in France. This sprawling market on the northern edge of Paris offers some of the best second-hand finds for home décor, vintage fashion and statement jewellery.

And of course there’s the aforementioned Parisian hidden gem, Mad Lords, where you’ll find a unique selection of global top jewelry brands such as Jacquie Aiche, Anita Ko, Maria Tash, as well as the store’s private line, Mad Precious and Ethical.

Finally, no visit to Paris would be complete without stocking up on your favorite French beauty items at City Pharma. From Klorane to Embryolisse to La Roche-Posay, discover a new French skincare brand or snag your favorites at better prices. The vibe at City Pharma might not be as over-the-top as the rest of Paris, but much like French skincare, the pharmacy is simple, clean, and on point. A sentiment that emulates the French aesthetic to the core.

sightseeing

Perhaps one of the most interesting facets of visiting Paris is not only the city’s overall appreciation for fine arts, but also its commitment to celebrating fashion for the true art form that it is. More than just wearable art, museums and galleries have sprung up across the city dedicated to the movers and shakers in the industry who rightly deserve not only the title of Best in Show, but a space appropriate to showcase that talent flaunts. La Galerie Dior, for example, is considered by tourists and Parisians alike as a must-see cultural attraction to celebrate Monsieur Christian Dior, whose legendary creations have graced the streets of Paris since 1946, designed by architect Frank Ghery in the Bois de Boulogne, as well fun exhibitions,” adds Muller, who claims that this famous French designer’s foundation is a must for modern and contemporary art.

Speaking of art, besides visiting the Louvre Museum (the largest museum in the world housed in a 16th-century palace), Eileen Rhein, a New York-based influencer and lawyer, says, “My absolute favorite museum is the Musée d’Orsay – the the houses the largest collection of Impressionist works in a historic train station.” To end the day: “I never leave Paris without a sunset cruise on the Seine from Bateaux Mouche. There is no better way to see the City of Lights than by boat at night,” explains Rhein.

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where should we eat

Strategically located on the famous Avenue Montaigne and a short walk from the Grand Palais (home to many Paris Fashion Week shows), “L’Avenue is the place to see and be seen,” says Mclaughlin. While the restaurant serves a classic taste of French cuisine, Parisians and fashionistas alike flock here for gossip and the occasional celebrity spotting. Speaking of great locations, opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Girafe is famed for its spectacular views from the terrace under the landmark, accompanied by Mediterranean-inspired dishes, a seductive marble-clad bar and elegant Parisian decor.

If you’re craving something healthy, the vegetarian restaurant Tekes on Rue Saint-Sauveur is a great option. “Owned by Israeli chef Assaf Granit, who also owns Balagan, Tekes is steps from our boutique and second to none for atmosphere,” explain the Mullers. If you’re still craving veggies, Paris’ pioneering hipster bistro (aka sustainable) Septime offers seasonal French cuisine with a tasting menu at reasonable prices (€60 for five courses and €95 for seven courses). As it was recently ranked number 22 on the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world, it can be difficult to get reservations, so be sure to book in advance.

where to drink

Like any other major city in the world, the latest trend to hit the streets of Paris is the natural wine craze. A vino enthusiast, Dua Lipa recently announced in Service95, her weekly newsletter series, that she never visits Paris without visiting her favorite ice cream joint — which later also serves wine — called Folderol. For a tastier option, find the Insta-cool crowd at tapas bar Bambino, which has earned a reputation for being a fun spot behind the bar to grab a record, listen to great music, and have a glass sipping natural vino or two.

For delicious cocktails, “I go to the UC-61 because of the speakeasy atmosphere,” says Rhein. Of course, if you’re looking for a more traditional Parisian experience, Le Crazy Horse de Paris is one of the few avant-garde burlesque cabarets that entertains beyond the typical can-can. After a glass or two of champagne and an exhilarating live performance, you’re ready to turn the city red in one of Paris’ eccentric, high-energy clubs.

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Where to get coffee between shows

No trip to Paris would be complete without an afternoon sipping a cappuccino on the sidewalks of this bustling city. The quaint Café de Flore on the corner of Boulevard Saint Germain is perfect for discovering the latest street style fashion and catching up with a friend over a light lunch between shows. For ultimate opulence, grab a coffee and a photo at Monsieur Dior at 32 Avenue Montaigne. Mclaughlin recommends, “Arrive by 10 a.m. when the restaurant opens, as the lines tend to get longer as the day goes on.”

Sneaking in meals and a quick cup of coffee can prove quite a challenge during this busy week, “When I have time to eat I definitely go to Daroco 16 for some of the best pizza and coffee outside of Italy or me go to Ladurée at their Bonaparte location for afternoon tea, macaroons and pastries,” says Rhein.

Where you can pamper yourself

“While I usually get my manicure while I’m home in NYC, when I need a nail touch-up, I pick up some of my favorite French nail polish, Manucurist Paris, at their shop at 19 Rue d’Enghien,” explains Rhein. For a quick polish, locals head to The Nail Kitchen, located on the beauty floor of BHV’s Marais outpost, for its non-toxic polish colors and quick service.

And for those who need a little beauty pick-me-up between shows, be sure to check out the Cynthia Rivas Skin Care X Geneo pop-up for “the facial of the future,” according to a media release. The experience promises “smooth, firm, and radiant skin” through a treatment that is “the only skin-activated facial that unleashes your skin’s natural ability to oxygenate and rejuvenate from within.” To make an appointment, email the contact on Cynthia Rivas’ website.

To take it a step further, “I would recommend the Ban Sabai Royal Spa for a relaxing massage,” says Muller, ideal for de-stressing after the show. If your skin needs a little extra pampering, head to Biologique Recherche Ambassade de la Beauté for the famous red carpet facial that has been adorned by models and celebrities alike since it opened in 1992. Trust us, after 120 minutes in the hands of a French beautician, your skin (and your sanity) will thank you.