As if the streets of Paris didn’t reveal a perpetual fashion show all year round, twice a year the city turns into a veritable catwalk. Paris Fashion Week takes over the fashion capital, with long-legged muses parading around the Marais, galleries turning into showrooms, and museums being transformed into venues where designers present their latest ready-to-wear collections.
In case you’re not among the privileged attendees at the fashion shows, there are plenty of spots to mingle with the stylish set. Here are a few new and in-the-know eateries where you will certainly feel in vogue and maybe even rub elbows with fashionistas themselves.
A favorite spot for people watching and in proximity of where many fashion shows take place, Le Nemours boasts one of Paris’s most scenic terraces. Stay for a café crème or an early evening apéro following a stroll at picture-perfect Palais-Royal. If you can score a seat that is.
Nearby restaurant Le Fumoir, a regular haunt to many Rive Gauche Parisians, myself included, serves dinner late into the night, as well as some of the best mojitos in Paris. During the day, the terrace provides the perfect spot to soak up the sun.
The fashionable Haut Marais is filled with trendy restaurants and inviting cafés. You’ll undoubtedly discover the latest fashions by walking the length of Rue de Bretagne from locals’ favorite Le Progrès to Café Charlot. Stop by either for a
If it’s stylish libations you’re after, both Candelaria, an unassuming bar hidden behind a taco stand, and Le Mary Celeste which serves tasty sharing plates, are top spots for some of Paris’s best cocktails.
Another fashion week favorite is Copper Bay in the 10th arrondissement. Although a bit further from all the action, this cocktail bar neighbors the Hotel Providence, a designer boutique hotel that many style mavens call home during Paris Fashion Week.
Paris has always been the city for the flâneur (and flâneuse), as it's only by slowly meandering through the streets that you can properly appreciate its beauty. But what to do when the weather is simply ghastly? Keep wandering, of course, but stick to the streets with a roof.