Paris After Dark Le Royal Monceau (see hotels below) Where? Paris, France When? I’ve been to Paris more times than I can remember, the first time officially was in my mother’s tummy (maybe why I like French food so much!), through to the many work trips, fashion weeks and shoots I’ve been on over the past few years. Best time to go? I love Paris in the summer when the bars
Paris Shopping, Clignancourt Market Clignancourt Market 18th arrondissement, Saturday and Sunday all day. Arrive early for the best bargains, a lot of stalls close at midday and I say stalls in loosest sense, many of them are in fact beautifully merchandised shops. Clignancourt is split into 15-20 different markets over seven hectares. It is impossible to cover the entire area in a day, but the best areas are Marche’ Surpette
Paris packing, What to wear when you’re there Weekend Wardrobe Look 1: Clignancourt market and Le Marais Anti clockwise from left: Breton top – Day Birger et Mikkleson http://www.day.dk Coral bag – Mulberry http://www.mulberry.com/ fatima’s hand necklace – Zoe & Morgan http://www.zoeandmorgan.com Watch – GC Watches http://www.gcwatches.com Bracelet – Swarovski http://www.swarovski.com Skirt – www.asos.com Brogues – Church’s www.church-footwear.com Nail polish – Chanel Beige Etale http://www.chanel.com Ipad 2 – Apple store.apple.com Ipad case – Prada www.prada.com Jacket
Paris Shopping, Rue St Honore and the Palais Royale This is a little bit of an obvious choice for Parisian shopping areas, it’s the equivalent of Bond Street in London. If designer brands are you bag then head to the 1st for Balenciaga, Chanel, Valentino and the like. Also in this area are: Maison Martin Margiela 25 bis, Rue de Montpensier 75001 PARIS Tel: 33 1 401 50755 www.maisonmartinmargiela.com
Paris Shopping Deyrolle Deyrolle 46 rue du Bac 75007 Paris www.deyrolle.com Just around the corner from the Gainsbourg house is the weird and wonderful world of Deyrolle. It may not be the most obvious place to visit in Paris but the taxidermy curiosities are fascinating and inspiring. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Paris Le Marais, Merci Concept Store Just on the edge of Le Marais is the concept store Merci, opened by the founders of children’s store Bonpoint (see also after dark section for Grazie restaurant). From perfumier to library, cafe to clothes boutique, you name it Merci has it covered, and they’ve made an art installation out of it. Whether you’re looking for an egg timer, a pair of brogues or
Paris Shopping, Le Marais Marche des Enfant Rouge is an outdoor farmers market with multi coloured furniture and multi national cuisine, located off Rue Bretagne. Stop here for spot of lunch and you’re ready to hit Le Marais for an afternoons shopping. L’Estaminet Cafe Marche’ des Enfants Rouges 39 rue de Bretagne 75003 www.lestaminetdesenfantsrouges.com L’Estaminet The streets of Le Marais are filled with shops, bars and cafes. I
Paris Shopping Markets Porte de Vanves Flea Market Every Saturday and Sunday morning. 7am–1pm, but arrive early to snap up the best pieces. One of the best flea markets in Paris for vintage clothes and accessories, antiques, trinkets, old vinyl records and nostalgic postcards, often with the original letters still written on the back.
Paris Shopping Concept Stores L’Eclaireur No sign on the door, just ring the doorbell and you enter into one of the most exclusive retail addresses in Paris. You can buy everything from clothing and candles to sculptures and shoes. Think Dover Street Market set in a seductively lit ecclesiastic building, blaring out classical music. Very eyes wide shut. There are six L’Eclaireur stores in Paris but the one in Rue
Paris Shopping Sant Germain des Pres Once the domain of artists, musicians and intellectuals Sant Germain des Pres is a great place to people watch, especially if sitting in one of the typically Parisian street cafes. For a spot of intellectual tourism head to Cafe de Flore or Les Deux Magots the famed hang outs of Hemingway, Proust and Jean Paul Satre. Cafe de Flore 172 bd. St-Germain 75006 Les