As the curtain rises on Paris Fashion Week, the city braces itself for an influx of discerning guests, exclusive soirées with coveted guest lists, and runway shows veiled in secrecy. With the Fashion Week commencing soon Paris anticipates a throng of visitors, ranging from the privileged few attending premier fashion showcases to those seeking to immerse themselves in the electric Parisian atmosphere. While the addresses of runway events are often disclosed at the eleventh hour, a select few Parisian venues have emerged as havens for fashion aficionados worldwide, frequented by luminaries from the realms of art, cinema, and, naturally, fashion.
We’ve handpicked the ultimate guide to Paris’s chicest and fashion-forward venues, as well as not-to-be-missed art exhibitions where you can revel in the excitement, sans the need for an exclusive invitation—well, almost.
THE BLACK DIAMOND OF GASTRONOMY: LA MAISON DE LA TRUFFE: Savor exquisite creations featuring the “black diamond” of gastronomy at the Maison de la Truffe, which features a unique sensory experience with truffle-infused ice creams and chocolate treats. Founded in 1932, Maison de la Truffe is an undisputed reference in French gastronomy, located in the upscale Place de la Madeleine district in Paris.
LE MEURICE ALAIN DUCASSE: Indulge in world-class classic European cuisine at this extravagant two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Designed by Philippe Starck, the elegant setting is inspired by Versailles, offering lavish dishes like blue lobster with fennel and sea bass with goldleaf risotto.
PAVILLON LEDOYEN: Dating back to 1792, Pavillon Ledoyen is one of Paris’s oldest restaurants. With its historical monument status, the dining room retains exquisite 19th-century detailing. Reopening with new interior detailing by artist Kostia and Chanel’s Atelier Montex, it serves modern French haute cuisine under Chef Yannick Alléno‘s guidance.
APICIUS: Housed in the magnificent Hotel Schneider, Apicius boasts Michelin-starred modern French cuisine. Chef Mathieu Pacaud, formerly of Paris’s Michelin-starred Divellec, offers inventive dishes in rooms adorned with superb reproductions of Klimt’s artworks.
ARPÈGE: Chef Alain Passard‘s Arpège, located on the chic Left Bank, focuses on creating harmonious cuisine using ingredients from its own kitchen gardens. With a three-Michelin-starred rating, the restaurant offers sleek surroundings and impeccable French cuisine.
EPICURE: This three-Michelin-starred destination in Le Bristol Paris features two dining rooms—Winter and Summer—used according to the rhythms of the season. Head Chef Eric Frechon’s traditional French cuisine showcases quality seasonal ingredients in a gorgeous setting.
PIERRE GAGNAIRE: Known for its innovative flavors and stylish ambiance, Pierre Gagnaire offers bizarre and beautiful combinations of flavors. The tasting menu features exciting dishes like porterhouse steak enrobed in a beef tongue jus with tamarind.
LASSERRE: With a focus on discretion, service, and ultra-fine dining, Lasserre offers a refined experience in the realm of French haute cuisine. Guests can savor classic dishes like roast pigeons in an Old World-style ambiance.
LE JULES VERNE, EIFFEL TOWER: Situated on the second level of the Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Verne offers modern decor by Patrick Jouin and cuisine by Frédéric Anton. The restaurant provides a delicate menu with precisely crafted dishes and stunning views over western Paris.
L’AMBROISIE: Combining elegant French haute cuisine with Parisian sophistication, L’Ambroisie offers a classical, sophisticated, and seasonal culinary experience. Headed by chefs Bernard and Mathieu Pacaud, the restaurant pays tribute to every ingredient.
KEI: Kei Kobayashi’s restaurant earned three Michelin stars, making it the first-ever Japanese-helmed eatery in France to achieve this feat. Combining Japanese precision with French finesse, Kei offers delicate and precise dishes prepared with the finest ingredients.
LE PRÉ CATELAN: Led by Chef Frédéric Anton, Le Pré Catelan serves creative and innovative plates centered around superstar ingredients like red mullet and langoustine. Located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, the setting adds to the delightful dining experience.
MADAME BRASSERIE: Located on the first floor of the iconic Eiffel Tower, Madame Brasserie offers a unique dining experience crafted by renowned chef Thierry Marx. Indulge in an exceptional dinner 57 meters above ground, surrounded by breathtaking views of Paris illuminated by twinkling lights. With an enchanting setting and exquisite cuisine, it’s the perfect spot for a memorable culinary journey.
EXPLORE PARIS’ FASHIONABLE HAUNTS:
SIENA PARIS: Indulge in Italian delicacies at this chic hotspot, frequented by the city’s fashionable elite for its exquisite cuisine and trendy ambiance.
HÔTEL NATIONAL DES ARTS ET MÉTIERS: Experience Parisian chic at its finest in this stylish hotel, attracting a trendy crowd for its upscale amenities and vibrant atmosphere.
SOHO HOUSE PARIS: Luxuriate in the exclusive atmosphere of this members-only club, where Paris’s chic and fashionable crowd gathers for fine dining and entertainment.
LE GRAND AMOUR: Immerse yourself in the vibrant social scene of this iconic Parisian establishment, renowned for its chic clientele and lively atmosphere.
LAPÉROUSE: HOUSE OF PLEASURES SINCE 1766: Step into history at Lapérouse, where Paris’s chic and fashionable elite have gathered for centuries, making it a timeless destination for stylish dining and socializing.
HOTEL COST PARIS: Lose yourself in the fashionable ambiance of Hotel Costes bar, a hotspot for Paris’s chic crowd to see and be seen, indulging in signature cocktails and eclectic beats.
HOTEL PARTICULIER MONTMARTRE: Nestled in the heart of a lush, classified, and protected garden, Hotel Particulier Montmartre is a hidden gem steeped in Montmartre’s rich heritage. Over the years, it has become a must-visit destination in the capital. With its timeless charm and commitment to sustainability, Hotel Particulier Montmartre offers a glimpse into the past while embracing the future. Notably, it counts among its fans Hollywood actor George Clooney, who has declared it one of his favorite
BONNIE: Nestled atop the Tour Morland, Bonnie offers panoramic views of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower nearby and the charm of Saint-Louis Island at its feet. Combining retro-sixties vibes with contemporary flair, Bonnie creates an immersive experience, blending Parisian elegance with a touch of New York sophistication.
BOEUF SUR LE TOIT: Experience the rich history of Bœuf sur le Toit, a legendary establishment dating back to 1922, where artists, musicians, and poets gathered weekly under the ownership of Jean Cocteau. Frequented by luminaries such as Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and Picasso, the venue became synonymous with impromptu concerts and artistic performances, giving rise to the expression “faire un bœuf” (to jam) within its walls.
LE BRACH PARIS: Discover the vibrant culinary haven of Brach Paris during Paris Fashion Week. With its vibrant atmosphere and shared tables resonating with the rhythm of the city, Chef Adam Bentalha’s warm and generous touch infuses the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with flavors that tantalize the taste buds, while the Terrasse on the second floor provides a separate culinary adventure with Asian influences. On sunny days, the rooftop kitchen garden offers a tranquil escape with breathtaking views of the city skyline.
NOTO PARIS: Brings a joyful blend of Sicilian inspirations to the vibrant dining scene. Drawing from the rich cultural history of Sicily, Noto Paris offers a culinary journey through the flavors and traditions of this enchanting region. Inspired by the baroque and sensual city of Noto in southern Italy. As one of the city’s premier dining destinations, Noto Paris comes alive each evening with live music, creating a festive atmosphere where guests can indulge in delicious burratas, exquisite Italian wines, and spirited celebrations. With its lively ambiance and diverse culinary offerings.
MONDAINE DEPARISO: Enter the extraordinary world of Mondaine Depariso—an exclusive 1970s-inspired soirée where reality blurs with fantasy. Guided by larger-than-life characters, indulge in decadent gastronomy and exquisite cocktails amidst an ambiance of sultry sophistication. Experience the epitome of Parisian nightlife at Mondaine.
MISS KŌ: During the hustle and bustle of Paris Fashion Week, finding the perfect spot to unwind between shows is essential. That’s where Miss KŌ comes in, strategically located on the prestigious Champ Élysées and near the iconic Georges V. This Philippe Starck-designed Asian restaurant offers exceptional cuisine, a stylish and convenient retreat after a morning of runway spectacles or showroom visits, Miss KŌ beckons with its vibrant atmosphere and diverse pan-Asian menu.
EXCLUSIVE NIGHTLIFE EXPERIENCES:
MANKO: Where Parisian elegance meets culinary innovation, offers a feast for the palate and the senses, amid captivating performances.
GIGI: Immerse yourself in the chic ambiance of GIGI, where stylish dining meets vibrant entertainment, creating an unforgettable experience in the heart of Paris’s trendy scene.
LE SILENCIO: Surrender to the enchanting allure of Le Silencio, where sophistication meets mystery, inviting you to immerse yourself in an unforgettable night of Parisian intrigue.
L’ARC PARIS NIGHTCLUB: Step into the electrifying atmosphere of L’Arc Paris nightclub, a renowned hotspot located just steps away from the iconic Arc de Triomphe. With its glamorous ambiance and pulsating beats, L’Arc attracts a fashionable crowd, including celebrities and fashion insiders, making it the perfect destination to unwind after a day of runway shows and presentations during Paris Fashion Week. Enjoy signature cocktails crafted by skilled mixologists while dancing the night away beneath dazzling lights, creating unforgettable memories in the heart of Paris.
RASPUTINE: For a taste of opulence and intrigue, venture into the world of Rasputin Paris, a legendary nightclub inspired by the mystique of its namesake Russian figure. Nestled in the vibrant Champs-Élysées district, Rasputin entices guests with its lavish decor, featuring plush velvet furnishings, ornate chandeliers, and a captivating ambiance reminiscent of a bygone era. Immerse yourself in the allure of Rasputin’s themed nights and live performances, where fashion aficionados mingle with international jet-setters, adding an extra layer of excitement to your Paris Fashion Week experience.
LE PAMELA CLUB: Groove to the rhythmic beats of Le Pamela Club, a chic destination in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where stylish ambiance and vibrant energy collide for an unforgettable nightlife experience.
WHERE ART MEETS FASHION
SHEER: THE DIAPHANOUS CREATIONS OF YVES SAINT LAURENT, AT MUSÉE YVES SAINT LAURENT- FEBRUARY 9 TO AUGUST 25, 2024
The exhibition “Sheer: The Diaphanous Creations of Yves Saint Laurent” will grace the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, continuing its journey from its debut at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais last summer. Renowned curator Anne Dressen serves as the artistic advisor for this Parisian installment, emphasizing transparency as a central theme in Yves Saint Laurent’s artistic expression. Architect Pauline Marchetti’s innovative design, exploring the interplay between perception and space, sets the stage for an immersive exploration of Saint Laurent’s ethereal creations.
IRIS VAN HERPEN: SCULPTING THE SENSES AT MAD (MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS) -NOVEMBER 29, 2023 – APRIL 28, 2024
Experience the groundbreaking work of fashion designer Iris Van Herpen at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This retrospective exhibition explores Van Herpen‘s innovative approach to fashion, blending technology, art, and design to create mesmerizing couture pieces. From intricate 3D-printed garments to sculptural silhouettes, the exhibition showcases the Dutch designer’s transformative vision and pushes the boundaries of traditional fashion. Don’t miss this extraordinary journey into the intersection of fashion, technology, and craftsmanship.
FASHION AND SPORT, THE SURPRISING AND UNEXPECTED EXHIBITION AT THE MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS- UNTIL APRIL 7TH, 2024
Fashion and sport, often viewed as disparate realms, find unexpected connections in an upcoming exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Timed to coincide with the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the exhibition delves into the historical and contemporary intersections between these two worlds.
FASHION ON THE MOVE AT PALAIS GALLIERA – FASHION MUSEUM, PARIS- UNTIL MARCH 15
Explore the dynamic relationship between fashion and sport at the Palais Galliera in Paris. This exhibition traces the evolution of athletic wear and its influence on mainstream fashion, from the early days of sportswear to the modern athleisure trend. Discover how sports culture has inspired designers and shaped the way we dress in this thought-provoking exhibition.
ALAÏA/GRÈS, THE FABULOUS FASHION EXHIBITION AT THE FONDATION AZZEDINE ALAÏA – UNTIL APRIL 7, 2024
Celebrate the artistry of two legendary dress sculptors at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa in Paris. This exhibition brings together the works of Madame Grès and Azzedine Alaïa, showcasing their masterful creations and innovative techniques. From sculptural silhouettes to exquisite drapery, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the timeless elegance of haute couture.
LV DREAM BY LOUIS VUITTON: FREE EXHIBITION, BOUTIQUE, CAFÉ AND CHOCOLATE SHOP
Enter the world of Louis Vuitton at LV DREAM, a free exhibition and concept store at Louis Vuitton Maison in Paris. Discover the brand’s iconic creations, shop the latest collections, and indulge in exquisite chocolates at the café. Whether you’re a fashion enthusiast or a luxury aficionado, LV DREAM offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of Paris.
GALERIE DIOR- ONGOING
Immerse yourself in the iconic world of Christian Dior at the Galerie Dior in Paris. Situated at the historic address of the couture house, this exhibition space welcomes visitors to delve into the legacy of the legendary designer. Featuring archival pieces alongside contemporary creations, the Galerie Dior provides a comprehensive exploration of Dior’s enduring visionary influence.
AUX BEAUX CARRÉS, DANIEL BUREN’S FREE, MONUMENTAL AND IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION AT LE BON MARCHÉ– JANUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 18, 2024; JUNE 29 – AUGUST 15, 2024
Experience the vibrant energy of Daniel Buren’s immersive exhibition at Le Bon Marché. Titled “Aux Beaux Carrés: travaux in situ,” this free exhibition transforms the department store into a luminous and colorful playground of art. Visitors can explore Buren’s monumental installations, which transcend space and perspective to create captivating visual experiences.
WEAVING THE FUTURE, DRESSING THE BODY: THE FREE ART EXHIBITION AT JARDIN DES MÉTIERS D’ART ET DU DESIGN (JAD), PARIS – JANUARY 17 – APRIL 21, 2024
Delve into the world of textile craftsmanship at the Jardin des métiers d’art et du design (JAD). This free exhibition, titled “Weaving the future, dressing the body,” celebrates the art of textile weaving and its role in shaping fashion and identity. From traditional techniques to contemporary innovations, the exhibition showcases the rich history and creative potential of textile artistry.
LA TRAVERSÉE DES APPARENCES: THE EXHIBITION THAT BRINGS FASHION AND ART TOGETHER AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU – JANUARY 24 – APRIL 22, 2024
Experience the intersection of fashion and art at the Centre Pompidou. Titled “La traversée des apparences,” this exhibition explores how modern and contemporary artists have used fashion as a medium for artistic expression. From avant-garde designs to conceptual installations, the exhibition invites visitors to reconsider the boundaries between fashion and art.
EXPO AVEDONICONIC AVEDON, THE FREE PHOTO EXHIBITION OF THE FAMOUS FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER AT GALERIE GAGOSIAN– UNTIL MARCH 2, 2024
Explore the iconic works of fashion photographer Richard Avedon at the Galerie Gagosian. This free retrospective exhibition celebrates Avedon’s legendary career, showcasing his remarkable contributions to fashion, culture, and society. From captivating portraits to groundbreaking editorials, Avedon’s photographs continue to inspire and influence generations of photographers and artists.
“CHÉRI SAMBA, IN THE COLLECTION OF JEAN PIGOZZI” AT MUSÉE MAILLOL, PARIS- UNTIL APRIL 7, 2024
Embark on a Visual Odyssey through Four Decades of Chéri Samba’s Art at “Chéri Samba, in the collection of Jean Pigozzi” – A retrospective showcasing the vibrant world of the Congolese painter at Musée Maillol, Paris..
STEP INSIDE KARL LAGERFELD’S BOOK HAVEN IN PARIS
Nestled in the heart of the 7th arrondissement, just a stone’s throw away from where iconic figures like Jacques Lacan and Serge Gainsbourg once resided, lies the legendary 7L Bookshop. Founded by the late Karl Lagerfeld, this hidden gem is a sanctuary for bibliophiles and art enthusiasts alike. Once Lagerfeld’s photography studio and personal library, 7L now welcomes visitors to explore its curated collection of art books and rare publications.
The space exudes an air of elegance and intimacy, with Lagerfeld’s personal touches still evident throughout. From the majestic photo studio, now transformed into a ‘library set’, to the meticulously organized shelves stacked with books on photography, arts, and culture, every corner tells a story of Lagerfeld’s insatiable curiosity and passion for the written word.
To fully immerse oneself in Lagerfeld’s world, one can become a member of the Friends of 7L, granting access to the private areas of the bookshop and exclusive cultural events. Whether you’re seeking artistic inspiration or simply wish to indulge in the beauty of literature, 7L offers a unique experience that embodies Lagerfeld’s enduring legacy.