Paris has plenty of cool spots, and during Fashion Week some of them are not to be missed.
Why? Be it the classic Parisian charm, great people watching, best healthy breakfast or a mix of all.
Even though I love trying out new spots, it’s great to have these spots to rely on when you’re in the area and just need a coffee/lunch/shopping break. They’ve saved me many times!
Let me present some of the fashion week hotspots I (and the rest of the fashion world) love – especially during those two weeks of the year.
You probably already know Merci, but I always stop by when I’m in town. It’s great for killing some time between shows, because you can browse all the stuff in the store or hang out at the cafe. They change the installations in the store by season, the last time I stopped by they had a really pretty flower theme. Always very inspiring to stop by! Read more here.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003, Merci-merci.com
Café de Flore
Probably Paris’ best known café, but it’s still worth a visit. This Saint Germain institution calls for an order of an espresso and a croissant. Isn’t that reason enough to go?
172 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75006, Cafedeflore.fr
Wild & The Moon
A new favourite among the fashion people, this healthy cafe is great for a cold pressed juice, a raw cake or a tasty salad. They offer a lot of things to take away, which is great when you’re in a hurry. Read more here.
55 Rue Charlot, 75003, Wildandthemoon.com
It’s hard not to love Hôtel Costes. The menu might be a bit overpriced, but they offer everything from snacks and sweets to the classic steak frites – all impeccable. Come for the people watching in the courtyard, stay for the drinks at night. Oh, and it’s not unlikely you’ll run into Rihanna or Kendall Jenner.
Télescope is right around the corner from my hotel, it’s never too busy and serves a mean cup of coffee. I’ve been eyeing their banana bread, must try it the next time I’m in town!
5 Rue Villedo, 75001, Telescopecafe.com
Classic sidewalk cafe at Place Saint Germain with great people watching. Go when the sun is shining, and have a seat outside. I always have the classic omelette, but I would love to go for breakfast too.
Since the 1920’s, Caviar Kaspia has been the place to go for, yes, caviar. The specialty is baked potato with caviar served with vodka on the side. Sounds crazy? Maybe so, but dinner parties hosted by Valentino and Chanel suggests otherwise. Kanye and Kim are regulars, and a reservation is a must.
17 Place de la Madeleine, 75008, Caviarkaspia.com
Le Bon Marché
I can’t go to Paris without a visit to my favourite department store Le Bon Marché. Not only is it really pretty (that escalator Insta-picture is a must), they recently opened a new dangerous shoe department with a Rose Bakery right next to it. It’s a match made in heaven, but if you spend too much time shoe shopping and don’t have time for lunch, you can have a coffee to go (also a rare find in Paris). Another good thing about this place is that they obviously have everything in one place (Céline, Chanel, Balenciaga, you name it), and it never feels too crowded.
24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007, Lebonmarche.com
A true favourite of mine! I always find myself in the Palais Royal area, and I always pop in here for a coffee. Maybe the best coffee in town. Read more here.
51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001.
A pretty new spot, but nevertheless a breakfast and lunch favourite, with lots of healthy options. The acai bowl is so good. Oh, and wifi. Very important! Read more here.
1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003, Season-paris.com
This is a classic in the Marais area! It’s great for breakfast and lunch, but especially popular for dinner, where the atmosphere is festive and fun. The outside seating is perfect for people watching on a sunny afternoon.
With the same owners as Hôtel Costes, you can expect the same crowd and menu. But the Avenue Montaigne location is great when you need a break from shopping.
Bonus info: last time I stopped by, I spotted Carine Roitfeld. Remember reservations, and ask for a table outside if the weather permits.
41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008, Avenue-restaurant.com