The fashion pack are in Paris at the moment for the last week in the month-long carousel of catwalk shows. Here are our favourite things to do in the French capital when we have a spare minute.
Café de Flore
This is one of the oldest eateries in Paris. A mid-morning omelette et frites avec double espresso and Le Monde is the perfect way to while a way happy morning.
Grab a burger at the ever-trendy Café Ruc – if you can get a table outside and people watch do, we’ve spent many a happy night here.
One of the best tuna steaks we’ve have ever eaten was in Hotel Coste – we’ve never eaten one as good ever (even when by the seaside). We go back for it year after year. Wear a slinky dress and be prepaired to be indulged.
The upstairs is a fashion-tastic frenzy of a room. It’s fun and it’s where you might spot one of the big fashion houses genuinely brilliant designers. The food is delish (French onion soup all the way here) and its just a fabulous place to have fun and hang out.
Le Mary Celeste
Have a drink at the bar in this lovely where-the-beautiful-people-hang-out joint in the Marais. A Rain Dog cocktail made with essence of rose is just the trick for winding up or down!
Have a chic after hours drink at Le Mathis. It’s dark, funny and the crowd is eclectic.
An absolute must-visit, apart from Celine and Chanel, is Colette. It’s the coolest shop, by far, in Paris. You’ll regret going in because you’ll spend so much, but we always find it more stressfull not going in and the thought of what we’re missing. FOMO anyone?
Le Bon Marche
Our favourite department store is this beauty. Check out the Isabel Marant (because she’s French and amazing) and Proenza Schouler (because they’ve curated an exhibition in the lower ground floor on until 22 March) concessions.
Le Centre Commercial
Another must visit is Le Centre Commercial. They have very cool stuff, that is all you need to know.
And our favorite stop for sweets and treats is Pierre Herme. They have locations all over Paris, but if you’re in Le Marais the one there is a treat in itself.
Notre Dame Hotel
Seeing as it’s fashion week you may as well stay in a hotel designed by a fashion designer. Try the incredible Notre Dame Hotel done by the main man Christian Lacroix. It has opulent luxe rooms with an incredible location beside the river.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to tha,t try the Hotel Crayon. Located near The Louvre (perfect for your walk round the Tuilerie Gardens – we’ll come to that shortly), rooms are available for under £100. Its clean, cool and quirky.
This is a real gem, a stone’s throw away from the winding steep lanes of Monmarte. It comes with super-friendly staff and a cute courtyard garden.
The Pompidou Centre
If you need a break from all things fashion, go to The Pompidou Centre and see the amazing Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition.
And if you can’t get enough fashion go to the Musée Carnavalet for The Novel of the Wardrobe exhibition.
OTHER THINGS WE LOVE
Walking along the river towards the Tour de Eiffel at sunset = heaven. And then crossing over to The Trocadero centre for an uninterrupted view of the tower in all its fairy light glory with slightly fewer tourists.
Wander round the magical Jardin du Tuilerie with a coffee. The gardens in spring are divine.
Visit the Basilica Sacre Coeur in Monmartre. Moving is an understatement, especially if the choir is singing. Light a candle and remember special people. There are breathtaking views across the city from up there too. Who needs to go up the Eiffel Tower?
Paris, we love you.
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