Paris Fashion Week: Ultimate Guide for SS/18

The trendiest places to eat, drink, be pampered and shop during Paris Fashion Week
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From September 26 to October 3, Paris is awash with the rich and famous, tall and waify, and the downright trendy. OK, so we can't all get a front row seat at Chanel but there are several fabulous ways to embrace Fashion Week like a member of the in-crowd.

From the most chic restaurants, to cool clothes boutiques, and beauty treatments to help you look your best, we've got the best addresses for Paris Fashion Week. 

Where the fashion-set eat

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Les Grands Verres

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Palais de Tokyo - Paris’ seat of contemporary art - often divides opinion. From stark minimalism to outlandish "what is it?" creations, exhibitions often conjure a love-it or hate-it reaction. Would Les Grands Verres, the institution's latest foray into cuisine, have the same result? On paper, it seems to be a winner in teaming up with Quixotic Projects (the innovative group behind bars and restaurants Candelaria, Glass, Mary Celeste and Hero) and Lina Ghotmeh for the design. Its design is the epitome of chic and the plates are as bold as they come. Basically it's hot, hot, hot...

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Bars and pubs

La Perle

icon-location-pin Le Marais

A longtime Marais, this place welcomes models, actors and designers. Fashionistas might already know that disgraced John Galliano's rant happened on this very terrace, an event that boosted the establishment's popularity rather than harming it. Since then the reputation and food has skyrocketed, this place is great for a hungover brunch and peoplewatching. Dig into plates like pain perdu (a golden doorstop with cinnamon topped apple slices), a tower of pancakes, bircher muesli, scrambled eggs with twirls of pink smoked salmon. The fresh organic juices are worth a sip too... 

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Restaurants, French

Brasserie Lipp

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With 137 years of business, LIPP is a four-lettered institution in the heart of Saint Germain. Even without knowing its famous clientele (Kate Moss, François Mitterrand, Sharon Stone, Emmanuel Macron...), you can feel the history with all four senses when you walk through the doors. A classic brasserie aesthetic with antique mosaics, wall to wall mirrors, and leather benches. Tables snake the walls, each with pressed white linen tablecloths, pristine cutlery and fine glassware. Not a water stain in sight. In terms of looks, it's not much changed since the bohemian days of the Rive Gauche...

Restaurants, French

Le Jules Verne

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Take one superchef, an incomparable view, and the city's best loved monument, and you've got Jules Verne by Alain Ducasse. The pricetag is as much as you'd expect but the views (each corner of the restaurant offers dozens of sightseeing ops at every glance) and food befit it. The service is flawless and Ducasse protégé Pascal Féraud updates French classics, combining all the grand ingredients you'd expect with light, modern textures and sauces. Try dishes like fois gras with peppered melon, guineau fowl with peaches, turbot with a champagne sauce, mirabelle plums and almond milk sorbet, and a hardcore chocolate dessert from Ducasse's world-class chocolaterie...

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Restaurants, French

Aux Deux Amis

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You've been warned: don’t rock up at Aux Deux Amis on a Friday night expecting to sit down. If, like most people, you haven’t reserved, you’ll be staking out a few square centimetres at the bar. Here you can chat with your neighbours while good-naturedly knocking into each other, wines and beers in hand. The setting for all this? Tiled walls and floors, 70s neon lighting, a hip clientele and plenty of wine...

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Restaurants, French

Restaurant Le Drugstore

icon-location-pin Champs-Elysées

Opened earlier this year, the 1960s Champs-Elysées icon now counts a brand-spanking new restaurant to its name. Restaurant Le Drugstore is as sleek as can be: both in terms of the Tom Dixon design; and menu, created by Eric Frechon - 3 Michelin-starred chef and head of the kitchen at Le Bristol. Not a shabby start... If we're judging by looks, it's a large space but retains an air of exclusivity. The open plan marble kitchen, is the ultimate in cuisine confidence, boasting, "Come take a look..." And trusting Tom Dixon obviously assures a chic aesthetic...

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Restaurants, Argentinian

Anahi

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Like any starlet, Anahi has a dramatic past. After a longstanding history as the go-to restaurant of the fashion set (Kate Moss et al), Anahi is back and stronger than ever. Headed by Riccardo Giraudi - Anahi customer and specialist in South American meats - the cuts are the best you'll find in Paris. The crowd stays fashionable and deeply cool, and as high class as the food. The starters include a creamy guacamole and handbaked chips, but if you order one thing it has to be the Kobe Beef Cecine...

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Restaurants, Italian

Daroco

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Once a temple to fashion, now a temple to pizza. Opening its doors in summer 2016, Italian restaurant Daroco has taken over a splendid former Jean-Paul Gaultier boutique, and the site hasn’t lost any of its modish glamour. Inside, high ceilings and mirrors reflect a shiny marble-decorated dining room with wicker chairs and a large central kitchen with an immense pizza oven, all overlooked by a mezzanine floor. The waiting staff, all clad in stripes (a subtle homage to Gaultier), bustle round the large room with trays stacked with luscious antipasti and pizzas...

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Bars and pubs

Le Fumoir

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There aren't many places around the Louvre that can compete with this elegant local institution: neo-colonial fans whirr lazily and oil paintings adorn the walls. A sleek crowd sips martinis or reads papers at the long mahogany bar (originally from a Chicago speakeasy), giving way to young professionals in the restaurant and pretty things in the library. The mood is laidback - ideal for when you need something a bit more lowkey, but the cocktails get tongues wagging soon enough, and food is consistently top notch...

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Restaurants, Tea rooms

Toraya

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Forget everything you know about matcha. Forget all the other Japanese matcha restaurants - Toraya is king of them all. Considering the location in Concorde, prices are naturally going to be a fair bit more, but this shouldn't hold you back as this traditional tea salon is nothing but a dream.  If you're feeling hungry have a crack at the lunch deal (€31.20) served by a flotilla of smiling waiters...

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Restaurants, French

Septime

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Harder to get into than the Dior afterparty, Septime has been making waves on the food scene for quite a while: Rue de Cotte, Rue Trousseau, the Marché d’Aligre and lots of other little streets offer an excellent range of good things to eat, and since the Rue Charonne's latest makeover, the area is more than ever on the up. The cooking is direct, pure, and serious. Raw horse mackerel with yoghurt and red cabbage was superb, as invigorating as the velouté of eggs, mushrooms and chicken foie gras was comforting...

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Restaurants, Italian

Pink Mamma

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The sixth episode of the love story continues: after the roaring successes of Ober Mamma, East Mamma, Mamma Primi, Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux - the two shrewd owners - have now launched Pink Mamma, the latest address in south Pigalle. The recipe? Always the same: a bustling queue of eager fans anticipating freshly sourced ingredients imported directly from Italy and waiters as authentic as any you'll find in Rome...

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Studio L'Etiquette
Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Balagan

A stone's throw from Colette on Rue Saint Honoré, the Tuileries gardens, and Rue de Rivoli, Balagan's location couldn't be any more French if it tried. An unusual setting to do something completely un-French... The latest project from the Experimental Group (after Fish Club, Beef Club Ballroom etc) is heading in a very different direction: to Jerusalem. A vibrant fusion of Moroccan, French and Israeli on the plate and in the deco - it's desperately sexy and sumptuous...

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Trendiest bars for a tipple

Hotels

The Hoxton, Paris

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Who’d have thought 10 years ago that you’d be queuing up to get into a hotel? Btu the Hoxton marks so much more than a hotel. You can drink, eat and play there - well before your head hits the pillow. Have a cocktail from the guys behind Candelaria, Glass and Hero (you're in safe hands) in Jacques Bar or eat at the new Rivié restauarant. If you're a deco afficianado you'll be more than happy here. A vegetal wall, original period staircases, velvet bar stools in Jacques Bar, velvet notes, mohair accents, wooden toppings... every inch has been thought out. It's just opened so get here early to grab a spot. 

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Terrass" Hotel

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For a night at the top – both literally and figuratively – the bar of Montmartre’s Terrass hotel is exceptional even by Paris’s standards. Yes, it’s had a swanky, contemporary new makeover, mixes expensive cocktails, and serves an above-average menu to its extremely well-heeled clientele in an atmosphere of velvet-lined chic. That’s all very nice, but can be found in endless permutations across the city. But nowhere else has this view. From the outdoor terrace to the window tables, the bar takes in the ranks of distinguished gravestones of the Cimetière de Montmartre below...

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Experimental Cocktail Club

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After the Experimental Cocktail Club’s mixes, you’ll never go back to the boring drinks that are to cocktail bars what McDonald’s is to Michelin stars. Paris has been slow to host the type of venues that are so fashionable in New York – ‘mixology’ bars that re-invent cocktails with strange spirits, fresh fruit juices and subtle spices. Quite simply, the first and the best.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Castor Club

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The Left Bank isn’t known for its buzzing bar culture and nightlife, but perhaps that’s because some of its best haunts are hidden away down back alleys or concealed behind featureless façades. This is the case with retro cocktail bar the ‘Castor Club’, whose discreet frontage, elegant old lampshades and wealth of log-cabin wooden panelling create an aesthetic reminiscent of the speakeasy bars of Prohibition-era America...

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Le Sherry Butt

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A welcome compromise between Saint-Germain’s pullulating cocktail bars and the ultra-cool hipster hangouts of Bastille. Behind a discreet façade on a little Marais side street, Sherry Butt (whose young owners Amaury and Cathleen previously worked at Prescription Cocktails Club and Curio Parlour) hides two spacious long rooms filled with studded leather couches, huge mirrors and dim lighting...

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Gravity Bar

icon-location-pin Canal Saint-Martin

Opened in August 2015 on the buzzing Rue des Vinaigriers, this hip cocktail bar has fast become one of the hottest hangouts in Paris. This is thanks in part to its self-consciously stylish interior – the ceiling is covered with vertical wave-shaped slats that seem to crash down dramatically behind the massive steel counter. Less overtly ambitious but equally striking is the charming little terrace outside with its sleek, Scandinavian-style furnishings.You can choose from among a wide selection of inventive cocktails...

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Solera

icon-location-pin 5e arrondissement

Slap bang in the middle of the left bank, a few steps from Jardin de Luxembourg, Gaglione is a man with a mission: to become the go-to mixologist in an area that has long suffered from a haut-gamme cocktail drought. The décor flirts with the chic and the classic, with exotic touches on the walls. And he’s pairing his cocktails with food, a concept that has rocketed since Dersou started doing it. To quench your thirst, there are several signature cocktails (€11), full of vim like the Prince de la Ville...

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Where to shop for Fashion Week

Colette
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Shopping, Fashion

Colette

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The renowned and much-imitated one-stop concept and lifestyle store features a highly eclectic selection of must-have accessories, fashion, sneakers, books, media, shiny new gadgets, and hair and beauty brands själ, Kiehl's and uslu airlines, all in a swanky new space. In July 2017, Colette announced that it would be closing their very famous doors in December. This might be your last chance to step foot inside...

Shopping, Lifestyle

A la Droguerie

icon-location-pin Rennes-Sèvres

A big light filled space accented by fresh green plants, entering A La Droguerie is a treasure trove of stainless steel, pale wood and multicoloured equipment. It’s a round-the-world trip in terms of brands, from Italy’s finest pans and coffee makers, colourful and practical kitchen equipment from the UK, handmade German horse and goat hair brushes cleaning everything from your suede shoes to mushrooms, Danish bathroom accessories. This is a rotating collection of brands, products and colours. It pays to go in regularly, and evidently lots of people do...

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Shopping

Tom Greyhound

icon-location-pin Le Marais

After an impressive debut in Seoul, the company Handsome exported its fashion concept store Tom Greyhound to Paris in 2014. For its first international address, the multi-brand boutique is found in the Marais, on rue Saintonge.  Installed in a former art gallery of 300m2, the space has an artistic vibe in its DNA, with "a way of upgrading clothes, to show them via art", they explain to us. There's both a chilled and intimate setting to complement the luxury of the creations. Pretty armchairs and sofas are there to offer a pause whilst you browse...

Shopping, Boutiques

Le Centre Commercial

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The idea of a commerical centre might not appeal to fans of concept boutiques, but don’t speak too soon – Centre Commerical in the Rue de Marseille (alongside APC, Maje and Claudie Pierlot) will thrill fans of quality fashion. The shop's founders also created Veja, the famous brand of hip, affordable trainers. Sébastien Kopp, one of the co-founders, has embraced a socially and ecologically conscious type of fashion for trendy youngsters; however annoying young hipsters might be, at least they don’t buy ‘made in China’...

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Shopping, Designer

Klin d'oeil

icon-location-pin Folie-Méricourt

A quirky and poetic universe awaits inside this boutique-gallery on Rue Deguerry. Sisters Emilie and Virginie Capman present a perfectly curated collection, including pieces from chic jewellery brand ‘C’est Bizarre Comme Toi’, pretty brushstroke illustrations by Léa Maupetit, and purses by Tapam Tapam, as well as décor pieces, accessories and stationery. The light-filled space is divided into two, one side dedicated to the boutique and the other to the gallery that displays the work of young artists...

Seize
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Shopping, Boutiques

Seize

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Shopping-wise, you’ll find a selection of handmade pieces, featuring a small selection of designers all handpicked by owner Claire Chicoine herself.  Some pieces – from jewellery and accessories to knitwear and leather goods – have been designed exclusively for Seize and while the atmosphere is rather ‘chic’, there are quite a few affordable finds, with leather handbags at €35 and floral, vegan candles starting from €25. Plus, Chicoine shakes up the selection every season, making this a surprise-filled shopping address to remember...

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Shopping, Boutiques

1944 Gallery, vegan shop

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It’s difficult not to be charmed by this place. A gallery, café, and shop in one space: Paula wanted to create a place to share, a shop which allowed for a different kind of space to consume, and to discover artistic talent. Vegan and recycled products are on the shopping menu; including bags made from Piñatex™ (a leather type substance made from the residue of pineapple leaves) from €49, lamps made with old tripods, hand-bound notebooks… 

Shopping, Perfumeries

Le Labo

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To keep their maximum freshness, perfumes are bottled in front of customers – an expert process that's also fun to watch. A novel experience for any perfume wearer, the purity and strength of the scents quashes any preconceived notions about patchouli, bergamot or vetiver. After choosing your fragrance of choice from the fifteen offered (from the lightest Ambrette 9 to the most powerful Patchouli 24), the technician mixes alcohol, water and oils in the lab area...

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L'Habibliothèque

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This high-end rentalable wardrobe, offers clients fashion in an immediate, unlimited and ephemeral way. Filled with the latest trends, the boutique only stocks pieces from the most recent collections. Carven, Manoush, Vanessa Bruno, Alexander Wang and more can be yours.  For a monthly subscription of €149 you can borrow one, two or three pieces – all of which you can change for new ones –, for up to 6 months...

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Birchbox

icon-location-pin Les Halles

Beauty lovers will be ecstatic at the news that Birchbox is launching an offline store in the heart of Sentier on rue Montmartre. The shop itself is beautiful, with light wood and pastel colours. Inside you'll find exactly what has made the brand such a success (200,000 subscribers in France alone): Birchbox's brilliant brands, all in full size. Face masks from Leaders, Manna Kadar Cosmetics bronzer, Marcelle BB cream, salt spray from Parlor... the list goes on...

Where to get pampered

Health and beauty, Spas

Chanel at the Ritz Paris

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The Ritz. Chanel. Are there two more mythic names? Pair them together and you can imagine the result. The supremely beautiful Chanel spa lives in the Ritz Paris ready to pamper and preen women (hotel residents or not) with a range of seriously haute couture treatments.  Of course, the spa's exclusive products are used with the most knowledgable Eastern and Western techniques and equipment. The menu ranges from tailormade facial treatments for women including toning, rejuvenating and glow-giving...

Health and beauty, Hair salons

Jenny & Paola

icon-location-pin Jussieu

While the trend for va-va-voom blowdrys and chemical hair straightening has given way to a more natural approach to hair care, we can’t deny the power of a bit of professional gloss. This is where Jenny & Paola come in. A Columbian family business, they decided to open a hair salon which offered what Paris was lacking. With nearly 30 years of experience, Jenny is a woman who knows hair. Her emphasis on longterm hair care and south american treatments became the foundation from where the salon’s treatments sprung. Hair Botox (botox capillaire) is their signature...

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Health and beauty, Spas

Dior Institut at Hôtel Plaza Athénée

The Plaza Athénée is one of Paris' oldest and chicest hotels - beloved by the rich, famous and elegant - so it makes sense that Dior decided to install its spa in the hotel's lower floors. But the French fashion house and the hotel go further back than that. Mr. Dior chose the Athénée to showcase his first collection -"New Look"- in 1947, his first workshop was a walk away, and several of his early designs were inspired by the women who frequented the hotel. So the pairing is more than just a chic coincidence...

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Health and beauty, Beauty salons

Anne Sémonin

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Anne knows where the A-listers get there glow. In between shows, there's enough time for the Haute Couture treatment to revive your skin after too much champagne at afterparties. Made-to-measure face and neck treatment is personalised according to your skin's needs. A long steam to ride the skin of any deep dirt, a hydrating mask to fill in any fine lines and concentrated attention around the eyes and décolleté. You're awakened from your slumber with Anne's signature Express Radiance Ice Cubes - frozen for optimal refreshment...

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Health and beauty, Spas

Spa Peninsula

icon-location-pin 16th arrondissement

The East meets West theme is illustrated in the spa's use of traditional Asian and European spa methods and cosmetics. Treatment cabins are decorated with red and white flowers which give off natural smells to further relax you during your anti-stress massage. The natural detoxifying sea salt which is used for face massages is priced at €180 for a full hour. On leaving your massage why not dive into the hammam to get the full experience...

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Maison Sisley

icon-location-pin 8e arrondissement

A colossal space, both eclectic and raffined, filled with numerous works of art, and foreign design pieces. Designed by Isabelle d’Ornano, you can't miss the spectacular wallpaper that features little silver ‘cells’ and an irredescent moon from Dimore Studio floating above your head. The mesmerising déco alone merits a trip. But we're not just here for the furnishings... Hydration, relaxation, nutrition, anti-age, vitality...the menu for both face and body go above and beyond your everyday beauty salon...

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Health and beauty

PØLE, l'Institut de cryothérapie

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Cryotherapy. A treatment used since the 17th century, this is far from a new-age, quick fix. Simply, the concept is to blast the body with cold dry air (around −100 °C) for between 2 and 4 minutes. The effects?  Well, several things. It's mainly atheletes that use cryotherapy to heal after injury due to the inflammatory properties of cold air. But it also helps the body eliminate toxins, eases skin problems like eczema, as well as asthma and migraines. Not to mention it eases nervous conditions like stress, depression and insomnia due to the calming and somnorific effects...

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