Paris is the last stop on the Fashion Month agenda, but maybe the most magical. Who can resist Paris in the spring? We’ve got our picks of where to go to see and be seen, get the best croissants and have a well deserved glass of wine at the end of the day. And don’t miss our recommendations for New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week as well.
Where to breakfast:
It’s no longer just a baguette for breakfast with a smattering of chic coffee shops with major menus.
Tucked away on a little side street in the 11th, this tiny cafe turns out legendary shakshuka, tartine avocat (that’s avocado toast to the rest of us), and delicious coffee. Get there early on the weekend to avoid a line.
3 rue Neuve Popincourt, Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30AM to 4PM, weekends from 9:30 AM to 4PM
Located conveniently just above the Place des Vosges, this postage stamp-sized cafe has everything from beautiful chia bowls and almond milk lattes to ultra-tempting Scandinavian cinnamon buns. And in a city that’s known for leisurely meals, they will happily make your cafe au lait to go.
76 rue des Tournelles, weekdays from 8am to 6pm, weekends from 10am to 6pm
Located in the stylish heart of the Northern Marais (conveniently across from an Isabel Marant boutique), this little cafe serves a mighty punch with photogenic avocado toast, granola bowls and large mugs of coffee.
54 rue de Saintonge, Wednesday-Friday, 8AM to 5PM, weekends from 9AM to 6PM
New Yorkers flock to Buvette in the West Village, so they can seek a little bit of a taste of home at the Paris outpost. But even if you haven’t been to the original, you’ll love the French-accented menu in a charming setting in the ultra-hip Pigalle area.
28 rue Henry Monnier, weekdays from 8:30AM to midnight, weekends from 10 AM to midnight.
Where to get dinner
The 2nd arrondissement serves as a hub for PFW with shows taking place in the Tuileries and other nearby iconic spaces. When you have had your fill of French food (it happens, we promise), stop into this glam new Italian eatery for a pizza and vino. Bonus fashion points for it being Jean Paul Gaultier’s former space.
6 rue Vivienne, everyday, from 12 pm-3pm and from 7pm-midnight
Take your pick of three equally cool and delicious spots on the same block – Septime, Septime Wine Bar and Clamato. We choose Septime for its delicious multi-course prix fixe menus, delightful service and the rare ability to reserve a table online. (The others are walk-in only).
80 rue de Charonne, Tuesday-Friday, 12:15pm-2pm and 7:30pm-10PM, Monday 7:30pm-10pm only
Ellsworth, just down the street from Verjus, is a more savory destination, featuring elevated spins on comfort classics (the fried chicken is a favorite). What Ellsworth really excels at is brunch; Though it’s known to be packed on Sundays, it is absolutely worth the wait.
34 Rue de Richelieu, open Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30-4:30pm, Monday-Saturday 7:00-10:30pm, Sundays 11:30-3:00pm
If the food doesn’t get you in the door, the decor definitely will. The two-story restaurant features handmade details from tribal printed lamps to a neon heart that greets you at the entrance. Their fried chicken is a must—then head over to the communal sink in the center of the room to clean your hands post chow-down.
289 Rue Saint-Denis, Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-4:30pm, 7:00-11:00pm
The best Chinese food in Paris… and plenty agree, according to the hundreds of celebrity guest photos that hang on the walls.
12 Rue de Richelieu
Where to drink
Hidden behind a pig-painted curtain in a crepe shop, L’Avant Comptoir is ideal for a post-dinner drink. The seating is bar casual (no res needed) and the menu hangs from the ceiling, displaying delicious snacks from parmesan cheese puffs to ham croquettes.
9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, Monday-Sunday 12:00-11:00pm
Known as the “fashion week cafeteria,” the Hotel Costes bar and terrace is a go-to for a break between shows or a night on the town.
239 Rue Saint-Honoré, open daily from 5pm-2am