As of this morning, Paris was officially overrun by the flocks of top models and fashion insiders en route to the first of this season’s fabulous Fashion Week shows. But whether you’re one of the lucky few hitting the chic Parisian streets for the week’s premiere shows, or just star-gazing from afar, there’s no better time than now to indulge in the best of what the City of Lights has to offer! From the romantic cafes and all of their culinary goodness, to some of the world’s most exclusive nightclubs, Paris proves to be a hotbed for model and fashion activity. Below, we’ve rounded up the best places to eat, drink and play throughout the fashion capitol this week, hopefully guaranteeing your top model sightings in advance. So without further adieu, may we present the best place to see and be seen in Paris this Fashion Week!
For fresh day-fare start at Cafe de Flore, where PFW staple Sonia Rykiel is known to visit in between shows— and check the menu, she even has a sandwich named after her! Of course, Le Loir dans la Théière and La Maison Angelina— a favorite of Gisele Bundchen’s— are also viable options for the usual morning croissant and cafe creme.
Later in the evening, be sure to snag a table at Carette, the Hubert de Givenchy decorated bistro known for its world-famous chocolate eclairs, or La Cigale Recamier, where expertly done souffles reign supreme.
Although new to the Parisian block, eatery Le Mary Celeste certainly does not disappoint! Chef Haan Palcu-Chang offers an eclectic mix of small plates including wild oysters, Chinese-style crepes with pork knuckle and celery and fresh grilled kale salads among others. The up-and-coming spot also boasts an extensive drink list, and scores bonus points for serving a Brooklyn-style brew on tap!
The classic L’Avenue is close to the Dior Atelier and the crowd dining within reflects that proximity. Models and celebrities alike nosh on tartine amidst the velvet and gold interior and get drinks (Champagne, obviously) on the second floor bar.
Located in the heart of Paris opposite of the Louvre, the Le Meurice Hotel provides the perfect meet-up point for enjoying a post-show cocktail (or two). At Bar 228, take in the exclusive drinks and prime people watching while kicking back in one of the deep leather armchairs that make up the bar’s intimate atmosphere.
For the ultimate taste of French art de vivre, look no further than the Hotel Le Bristol! Although we highly suggest you stay for more than just a night, the Le Bristol does provide for a fabulous night-out thanks to both its three-Michelin star rated restaurant, Epicure, and one of the city’s trendiest bars, Bar du Bristol.
For a Late-Night Out:
Head to Silencio Club by David Lynch that just opened in October. The door policy is strict, but if you are a top model (or at least have great style) the velvet ropes should be lifted and you’ll be let into this half nightclub/half artist salon for an evening of endless fun. Kanye West held the after party for his DW collection at this nightspot with guests like Bar Refaeli, Karlie Kloss, and Chanel Iman.
Le Montana is also a favorite among the top model crowd, who flock to the club’s Left Bank locale for a late-night (or should we say early morning) of dancing to renowned DJs spinning the best tracks. The ’60s-era vaulted basement provides the perfect backdrop for those looking to let loose after a hectic show schedule.
One can also never go wrong with Parisian-born hotspot, Le Baron, which remains a time-tested favorite among the ultra-chic like Kate Moss. Grab a seat on one of the venue’s famous red velvet couches and watch the debauchery ensue!