From AM to PM.
Check in to Mama Shelter, located in the 20th arrondissement at Rue de Bagnolet, a trendy design by Starck boutique hotel with quirky surprises (each room is equipped with adult masks and iMacs – photobooth cameras included for guests to snap photos whilst presented as a live feed in the hotel’s restaurant.) Although Mama Shelter is not located within central Paris, the extra Metro ride to your desired destination is worth it. For an interesting twist to local sightseeing photo opportunities, check out the Père Lachaise cemetery situated right next to Mama Paris.
Early risers in the City of Love can take a romantic stroll for a picturesque French breakfast for two at Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli. Classic French pastries (pâtisserie française) are showcased like edible art, however – expect a long queue.
Power-start your day at 235 Rue Saint Honoré, Le Castiglione Café for a light lunch of Dover Sole, a classic French dish (sole à la meunière). Indulge in the pastime of people watching, there is no place more fitting than Paris.
Take an après-lunch stroll to 213 Rue Saint Honoré, Colette for its avant-garde retail concept brimmed with exclusive limited edition pieces that range from cutting-edge collaborations from personalities in art and culture, music and tech to design and fashion. Novelty is bursting at every nook and corner of Colette. Dip down to their signature Water Bar for an assortment of quirks.
Avoid mega departmental chains and unravel the hidden gems of Le Marais. An eclectic selection of food stalls (must-eat: Paris’s most famous falafel joint, L’as du Falafel, this restaurant is item number two on David Lebovitz’s list of 10 Insanely Delicious Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Paris —pretty high praise from a discerning Paris blogger.) Other gems include independent designer boutiques, upholstered vintage and thrift shops.
Ferdi, 32 Rue du Mont Thabor, is great for dinner spot, low-key and whimsical in its decor of little toys that adorn the walls of the quaint cafe. In all Parisian spirit, Ferdi does not allow bookings with a characteristically Parisian mantra of first come first serve.
Book a table at Le Montaigne, 103 Boulevard du Montparnasse, for pre dinner drinks and spectate the glistening army of ladies, this is prime hour for style-stalking, just before the nightlife of Fashion Week starts brewing in anticipation. Alternatively, a new hot spot has hit Paris’s cocktail circuit a new speakeasy cocktail bar, Baranaan, 7 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, its decor evokes a vintage train passing through Kerala in India. Everything’s in place for an enjoyable trip: the cocktails inspired by traditional Indian recipes are intoxicating. All aboard!
Le Titty Twister, 5 Rue de Berri, is a sure-fire win for any time of the year. Inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 film, ‘From Dusk to Dawn’ – this hot spot keeps temperatures high with the interiors of a speakeasy but the energy of a super club. New York meets L.A. Rock meets chic Parisians.
For other Fashion Week Celebrity Haunts, BAZAAR reels out the top 3 locales below.