When we think of the city of Paris, we think of the tourist attractions, fashion, food, and the Eiffel tower. It is even more fascinating when Paris Fashion week comes along twice a year. Celebrities and fashion influencers travel half way across the globe to witness first-hand the latest creations from high-end fashion designers. You may not be a celebrity or even an influencer, but if you happen to be in town during this fashion extravaganza you would want to know the hot spots in town.
This week Va$htie will fly out to Paris for fashion week and while she is out in the la Ville Lumière, she will stay in the finest of places and eat the finest of food. And you can too, as we share the best places to wine and dine, shop til you drop, and rest your sleepy head while in Paris. Also, if you missed Va$htie’s first-hand encounter with Paris fashion week last season, you can check it out here.
Where to eat?
Paris is not just french fries, croissants and expensive wines. Oh no, Paris has so much more to offer to foodies and those who seek new food experiences. Although there are various eateries in the city, if you venture out too far from the Louvre, you might miss a celebrity or two. Cafe Ruc, designed with velvet couches and candle lights sits in the heart of the 1st arrondissement, a busy street where you can people watch while sipping on coffee or champagne. While Cafe Ruc is popular for their burgers, they also offer meals of a more expensive taste, such as Truffle Risotto and Salmon with goat cheese.
Fashion editors and influencers live by the steak tartare at Le Castiglione. But don’t fret my vegan pets, if you are vegan like Va$htie, you will love this place as it is vegan-friendly. Located on at Place Vendome, Le Castiglione is always swarming with stylists, models, and fashion enthusiasts during fashion week. But after a long day of running heel to toe to different fashion shows, and you are looking for more laid-back restaurants to venture, try along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis and Rue du Château d’Eau.
Where to Shop:
It would only make sense to have the urge to shop while visiting Paris. But the urge has to increase ten folds when you are visiting Paris during fashion week. According to the Dailymail, Le Marais is one of the trendiest districts in Paris. The location of many parties and after-parties during PFW, Le Marais homes many trendy stores such as Les Vignoles, Florian Denicourt, and Garrice, a luxury brand shoe store. If you prefer to stick to vegan products while you are following the latest trends, the 1944 Gallery is the place for you. After working at both Givenchy and Kenzo, the owner Paula decided to open her own boutique. Posing as a gallery, cafe, and a shop, Paula wanted to offer her customers the experience to shop, eat and discover new artists.
For those who might want to branch out to more of a nostalgic shopping spree of childhood memories, Amusement is the place for you. Located in the center of the Gaîté Lyrique, a digital art and music center, Amusement sells everything from different variations of the monopoly board game to Rubik’s cube mats. The video game store also offers their customers the service of a personalized video game. You can tell the employees what type of games you like and they will create a video game just for you. Take that, Game stop.
Where to Stay:
Now that you have places to shop and places to eat, most importantly you need a place to stay while you are in Paris. Most designers, models, and fashion influencers have their itineraries made for them. But regular folks like us, have to look into our own hotel stays. If you have a couple of bands to spend, a luxurious hotel like Hotel du Petit Moulin is the perfect fit for you. Located in the 3rd arrondissement, the fashionable boutique hotel was decorated by the famous French designer Christian Lacroix. A four-minute walk from the Musée National Picasso and an additional three-minute walk to the Le Marais shopping area.
If you are looking for the possibility to run into a celebrity in the lobby, then Les Bain may be the right hotel for you. First opened in 1885 the Les Bains Douches, was a public bathhouse, the first and the most celebrated in its capital. Nearly 100 years later, it became the hangout spot in the 70s and 80s to stars such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol Prince, David Bowie and more. Les Bain reopened in 2015 after shutting down in 2010 to become the 39-room hotel it is today. The restaurant and bar have quickly become a fashion-world attraction again, already hosting after show parties for Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton Homme.
Where to watch the fashion shows:
As for ways to get into the tents of the fashion shows, we can’t help you there. As most ticket-holders are somebody of fashion importance or know someone who is of fashion importance. However, there are many different free events held during fashion week that can be found on websites such as Eventbrite.com, Guestofaguest.com, and more.