Paris Fashion Week – Where to Stay, Shop and Be Seen
Paris is about to host another ‘Ready to Wear’ Fashion Week (26th Feb – 6th March), home to catwalks, celebrity-filled front row seats and glamorous goodie bags.. Even the Parisian dogs are better dressed than those in the U.K., (seriously, check these out! ) So, if you love shopping, it’s the city break destination for you. See our handy guide on where to stay, where to pick up a bargain and where to go for a pick-me-up coffee or cocktail, even if you’re not there for Fashion Week.
The Normandy is a luxurious hotel that is ideally situated for shopping in the city centre. It faces the Louvre and is just a few minutes’ walk from the boutiques of Faubourg Saint Honore. The grand old building houses traditional, elegant bedrooms and has free Wi-Fi, so you can share pictures of your purchases with friends back home.
The Jolly Hotel Lotti is just a couple of minutes on foot to the Champs-Elysees, where you will find the likes of Cartier and Swarovski mixed in with department stores and little cafés, where you can rest tired feet after a long day of shopping. The rooms have loads of character and there is an Italian restaurant in the hotel.
It is possible to shop in Paris on a budget, with vintage shops and one-off boutiques where you can pick up bargains that no-one at home will have! Rue de Pyrenees is great for thrift shops, and Rue Saint Charles has designer pieces at knock-off prices.
If you have been saving the pennies and want to splash the cash, then head to St. Germain de Pres, where you will find Dior, Louis Vuitton and other famous designer stores. If art is more your thing, then you will find that the district of Le Marais is home to some of the most prestigious galleries.
Cafés, Bars and Restaurants
Breakfast on the Champs-Elysees is the best way to start a long day of shopping. Try the Café George V, a perfect café for a croissant and coffee to fuel the day.
If you are hunting down bargains on Rue Saint Charles, you will be spoilt for choice with the range of patisseries, bakeries and bistros that are ideal for a spot of lunch. Aux Merveilleux Fred is a great place to find fancy sweet and savoury treats.
A galette is a typical Parisian meal that you shouldn’t miss whilst you’re there, and La Cidrerie du Marais serves some of the best in the Le Marais district. Try one of the savoury fillings for a tasty dinner, before putting on your new purchases and hitting the town for a cocktail at one of the many bars in the district.
Fashion Around the World
Just for fun, here are some of our favourite fashions from around the world:
- Clogs from Holland – pure comedy value
- Espadrilles from France – festival essentials
- Sombreros from Mexico – what else says ‘party’ like a sombrero?
- Moroccan slippers – now famous thanks to Sex and the City
- The Mokot from Cambodia – we just wish we could get away with wearing them every day at the office!