Bonjour, Paris! As the fashion world flocks to the City of Light for Fashion Week, we caught up with Parisian literary agent, Naja Baldwin. As part of the team behind 'How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are', Naja is a woman who knows a thing or two about making the most of your time in Paris. Here she tells us her perfect way to spend a day in the French capital.
The 9th arrondissement is increasingly where much of the fun is to be had of an evening in Paris. For drinks in a lovely setting go to the Hôtel Amour (8 rue de Navarins, 75009. M° St Georges). Frequented by both an artsy, fashion crowd and locals alike, it’s a great place to start or end the evening.
If you need to get away from the fashion week bustle, spend a Saturday or Sunday morning at the Marché d’Aligre, between Bastille and Nation. You’ll be thrown into a whirlwind of calling vendors and people walking around with freshly bought flowers. You can find some lovely vintage pieces and if you want to bring some delicacies back with you when you leave Paris, there are a number of delicious stands in the centre of the square where you can find an endless array of delicious edibles like cheeses, truffle oil and tapenade.
Buy a croissant at the Organic bakery (they sell out fast, so don’t get there too late!) and take it with you to Le Penty, around the corner, where you might have to scramble for a seat but once you’re there order a mint tea. They’re made Moroccan style, with sugar and pine nuts, and are simply the best. But be patient, the slightly chaotic service is part of the charm.
Right around the corner is Le Baron Rouge (officially Le Baron Bouge, though no one calls it that). This bar has been around for years and is a staple in the neighborhood. Order oysters and a glass of wine at the bar and enjoy them standing at a barrel or on the street.
Naja's key French phrases to get you through Fashion Week
We’ll have Champagne, please
"On prendra du champagne, s’il vous plait. (“s’il te plait” if waiter is young and friendly)"
Is this gluten free?
"Est-ce que c’est sans-gluten?"
Which way is it to Le Bon Marche?
"Excusez-moi, c’est par où Le Bon Marché?"
Do you have this in my size?
"Est-ce que vous avez ce modèle dans ma taille?"
I’ll take it in all colours
"J’adore. Je vais le/la prendre dans toutes les couleurs."
Which way to the Front Row?
"Le premier rang, s’il vous plait?"
My name is on the list
"Je suis sur liste."