We're on the home stretch: soon we shall be able to kick off our heels and slip on some more foot-friendly flats as we bid adieu to Fashion Month for another season. Before that, we must say bonjour! to Paris and virtually revisit some of our favourite spots.
Don't get hangry
Be sure to dine at Derriere, a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’re having dinner in a friend’s apartment: you can book a table in the lounge, dining room or – our favourite – the boudoir. The décor is suitably eclectic, with mismatched furniture and trinkets on every surface. The menu keeps it simple though, with fresh, wholesome French dishes to satisfy those looking for a truly Parisian experience.
Retail therapy is the way forward
Whenever we’re in the City of Lights, we always stop by Merci. Some may call it a store, but it’s so much more. Founded in 2009 and housed in a former wallpaper factory, Merci brings together home décor, fashion and food. What’s even better is that the proceeds of what they earn go towards The Merci Endowment Fund that works to develop infrastructure in communities in Madagascar.
Make yourself at home at the Hotel Costes. Elegant, cool and most importantly, with incredibly flattering lightening, Hotel Costes has a special buzz around Fashion Week. For those who are partial to a Kir Royal, this place creates the best we have ever had the good fortune to sip.
Be the Audrey Tautou of your own French film and stroll along the Canal Saint Martin. As the backdrop for Amélie, the tree-lined paths of the canal offer an insight into a whole different side of the city. The surrounding 19th century buildings have been appropriated by Paris' cool crowd and filled with bars, boutiques and galleries, perfect for people-watching.