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“A Taste of Paris” shows our readers a side of the City of Lights beyond the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, offering insights into the French capital’s neighborhoods that are informative and inspiring.
Use the clickable photos above to discover a different Taste of Paris with new videos and guides being released bi-weekly. Each guide comes with exclusive neighborhood travel tips from Travis himself as well as info on average hotel prices and trivago’s picks for the best hotels in each neighborhood for your stay. Learn more about this series powered by trivago.
Travis’ Tips for fashionistas visiting Paris
Hotel Costes: Hotel Costes is the fashionista’s home base in Paris and the place to see and be seen every fashion week. This is also the place that saw a pregnant Kim Kardashian fly to Paris for just one day for a slice of their famous cheesecake. It’s also one of my favorite places for brunch, tea, lunch or dinner when in Paris.
Silencio Nightclub: During fashion week, this night club host many collaborative fashion events. Their gold lamé wallpaper makes an appearance on every fashionista’s Instagram.
L’ Arc Nightclub: This fashionable club right off Avenue des Champs-Élysées might be difficult to get into, but once you’re in, it’s a see and be seen dance party.
Maison Ladurée: No shopping trip down the Champs-Élysées is complete without a stop for a very fashionable high tea at Maison Ladurée, famous creators of the double decker macaroon.
Le Relais de Venise: This old-time Parisian staple is the place to go for dinner for the fashion elite. The restaurant has no menu and takes no reservations. The wait time can be long and, in the end, everyone orders the steak and fries–simple but as the French say, délicieux!
Louis Vuitton Foundation: This Frank Gehry designed museum and cultural institute is a must visit for any fashionista, especially since it’s sponsored by one of the biggest fashion groups, LVMH.
L’Avenue: Located in the 8th arrondissement, L’Avenue is another great place to get spotted or people watch during fashion week. Close to the Dior boutique and the legendary Plaza Athénée hotel, this restaurant is swamped with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé as well as a paparazzi magnet.
Le Royal Monceau[caption id="attachment_43685" align="aligncenter" width="1682"] A color palate worthy of a whole wardrobe. Photos taken from trivago. [/caption]
For fashion lovers and those who appreciate refined design, a stay at the Philippe Starck designed Le Royal Monceau is a lavish treat. Onsite you’ll find a gallery and art book shop as well as the Raffles Paris suite that acts as a gallery and shopable store dedicated to a curated selection of Le Royal Eclaireur concept store. The hotel design is both decadent and modern with touches like soft pastel echoing the latest designer clothing collections. Large windows bring in lots of light to ensure you don’t pair navy with black and details like iron railings and exposed brick bring an industrial side to all that elegance. Their particularly plushy carpets are a joy to sink your toes into following a day walking about Paris in those beautiful, albeit uncomfortable shoes.
L’Hotel Du Continent[caption id="attachment_43693" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Patterns galore at the Hotel Du Continent. Photos taken from trivago. [/caption]
For those who favor eclectic patterns and vivid colors, L’Hotel Du Continent serves as your perfect home in Paris. The hotel was designed by haute-couture master Christian Lacroix in a bevvy of shades and fabrics inspired by folklore from around the world. Study ancient maps that decorate the walls and take inspiration from the unexpected color combinations housed on each distinctly decorated floor– it’s enough to send you into a shopping frenzy. You’re steps away from the designer boutiques that line Rue Saint-Honoré while a metro line can whisk you to other corners of this very stylish city.
Looking for more Paris hotels to suit your tastebuds? Check out our Insider Guide To Paris Boutique hotels!
Hotspots for Fashion Lovers
Concept Stores: Whether you pick the more avant-garde Colette, known for its legendary collaborations in everything from tech, sneakers and bottled water to its mix of emerging and well known designers, or the more boho-chic stylings of the Marais located Merci, each concept store is an experience. While the concept of “concept store” has really taken off in recent years, at these Parisian boutiques you see it perfected.
Printemps Department Store: If you’re a serious shopper, set aside a couple of hours to visit Printemps. With a whole floor devoted only to shoes and six floors of fashion, you’ll glimpse everything from covetable dresses with extra long price tags to fit in all the zeros to handmade hats and emerging designers in the Fashion Loft. English-speaking assistants can act as personal shopper if you’ve got something in mind or browse freely without being harassed. For a fantastic view of Paris, head to the 9th floor’s Le Déli-cieux cafe.
Vintage in the Marais: Whether you’re seeking a 70s Yves Saint Laurent blouse or a perfectly destroyed Levi’s denim jacket, it’s no surprise that in a city as well dressed as Paris the second hand shopping is phenomenal. Head to the Marais district and hit Pretty Box to scope out a curated selection of vintage that is on point with modern trends. Nice Piece Vintage is where Oliver Rousteig of Balmain seeks inspiration for his upcoming collections. If you’re looking to score some cheaper deals, Vintage Bar is rammed with more affordable vintage, including some great jewelry.
Where to be seen
Caviar Kaspia: Rub shoulders with fashion royalty like iconic photographer Mario Testino or cool girl Rihanna among the legions of others that frequent this traditional Russian restaurant in Paris. Dine on the caviar topped jacket potato or the classic caviar blinis alongside glasses of ice cold vodka and sunglasses wearing celebs.
Les Bains: The legendary nightclub of the 80’s and 90’s has experienced a mini-renaissance. During fashion weeks it’s packed with leggy models as well as artist like Andre Saraiva. Pristine sound drops out of the Funktion-One speakers and the music doesn’t stop until 5 a.m. on most club nights.
Most stylish neighborhoods: If you want to get inspired by street style or are aiming to get your #OOTD photo taken, head to the Marais, around Canal Saint Martin, Etienne Marcel and Pigalle neighborhoods.
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