Guide to Surviving Paris Fashion Week
By Janine Silver
It’s hard to imagine having anything but a spectacular time in the city of lights. However, we’ve visited the hotels, tasted the dishes and drank all the wine to make sure you have the best time possible. Hey it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it!
As Fashion Week veterans ourselves, we realize that your ultra busy schedule doesn’t always afford you the time to roam the streets in hopes of finding a sweet patisserie or the chance to soak up all of the cities’ culture. You’ve probably jammed so many shows into your calendar that you’re lucky to have a break to grab a cup of coffee.
Pack the most into your trip with our compilation of best places for a good night’s sleep, a great meal and gorgeous views- after all you are in Paris!
Hôtel Le Six
A small boutique hotel with a ton of charm right in the center of Paris. Hôtel Le Six is all about providing luxury through it’s attention to detail, from the L’Occitane soaps and shampoos to the chocolates and bottles of water brought up at night.
Conveniently located, just over 10 minutes from the heart of Paris Fashion Week, Hôtel Le Six is the perfect spot to catch up on work or a good night’s rest. With clean and spacious rooms and an extremely friendly and helpful staff you’re bound to enjoy your stay.
Complete with 37 rooms and 4 suites, this luxury hotel boasts a luminous glass roofed bar lounge and a fitness corner. The gym is actually just that, a small fitness studio tucked away, but it has everything you need to get in a quick workout!
Take the time to relax in the hammam (steam bath), a great place to unwind after a busy day of running around checking out the latest designer collections.
If you have some extra time, there is plenty to see in the neighborhood. The hotel is conveniently located near Saint-Germain art galleries, Place Saint-Sulpic and the Latin Quarter, full of nightlife, shopping and restaurants.
Our only negative comment would be that sadly the rooms don’t include hanging closet space; however, don’t let that deter you from this delightful property.
With all the extra effort put in by the hotel’s staff, a visit to Hôtel Le Six will most certainly be memorable!
Hôtel Le Six
14 rue Stanislas
00 33 1 42 22 00 75
Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
It’s hard to find a hotel much closer to the famous Eiffel Tower and still only 10 minutes from the main collections at Paris Fashion Week.
Since you may not have the chance to act like a traditional tourist during such a busy week, a view from your hotel window of this amazing monument is a great alternative.
The rooms aren’t large, but they are comfortable, modern and bright. For a real treat, book a Privilege room. Not only will you get a better view, but also upgraded amenities. From shower gems which add scented oil into the water of your shower to slippers to rest your feet in, it really does enhance the experience.
Be sure to stop by the state-of-the-art gym for a quick morning workout. Then try their breakfast buffet consisting of an array of crepes, baguettes, croissants, eggs, and cheese to get you fueled up before taking on the city.
Have a little extra time? With the iconic Eiffel Tower right outside the hotel’s front door, we’re sure you’ll be able to squeeze in a few moments for the perfect Instagram shot!
Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
20 Rue Jean Rey
+33 (0) 1 45 78 50 42
Located on the rooftop of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Maison Blanche has been treating its patrons to delectable meals for the past 25 years!
With stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, and Seine, Maison Blanche was designed by the Espcae agent at the request of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations in 1990. The restaurant has been frequented by celebrities and politicians since it’s opening.
Start by tasting Mr. Fabre’s fresh goat cheese compete with tiny artichokes “poivrade” and grated botagra for a real treat that melts in your mouth. Then sink your teeth into the Fillet of Black Angus pan-sautéed which comes with malaga sauce with currants as well as mashed and caramelized cauliflowers. The mixture of textures and flavors is really worth savoring. Make sure to leave some room for dessert though. You simply can’t leave without tasting Paul D.’s secret chocolate cake recipe. The soft cake with Araguani chocolate is utterly heavenly.
Maison Blanche attracts tourist and locals alike with their expertly crafted menu and stunning views!
15 Avenue Montaigne
+33 1 47 23 55 99
Afternoon Tea at Le Lobby Restaurant
at The Peninsula Paris
If you have the chance to sit down and enjoy afternoon tea, The Peninsula Paris is the place to do it. Located close to the Arc de Triomphe, this 19th-century Haussmanian building is pure luxury.
If the weather is nice, relax outside on their terrace, a great place to see and be seen or if you prefer their elegant lobby restaurant is equally beautiful inside as well.
Relax with a glass of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve and a cup of the tea of your choice. Chef Laurent Poitevin brings delectable treats and finger sandwiches perfect for grazing and catching up with friends or purusing the pages of the latest fashion magazines.
Start off with a perfect scone smeared with fresh clotted creams and jams.
Then treat yourself to an array of finger sandwiches included Scottish salmon with fresh dill, deviled egg and traditional cucumber and cream cheese. Then indulge in a selection of pastries sure to leave you in awe of their confectionary mastery. From the raspberry cheesecake and caramel shortbread to the strawberry trifle and banoffee pie, these sweet treats are what dessert is meant to be, decadent!
They even offer a children’s tea menu catering to younger guests, all with the same regal feel.
The Peninsula Paris
19 Avenue Kleber
+33 1 58 12 28 88
The Best Street Style Fashion
Just by standing outside of fashion show venues, you’re bound to see some killer street style. However, if you’re looking to spot some of the best looks, or perhaps get your photo taken by the street style paparazzi, Le Marais and Canal Saint Martin are your best bets. Some Parisian photographers also suggest Pigalle and the main showrooms such as D/Ark, Cube, House of Malakai or Void are also good options to get caught on camera.