Paris has long been the fashion capital of the world with designers, bloggers and industry insiders flocking to the French city twice a year for Paris Fashion Week - plus, Haute Couture Week and various private showings, of course. So where do those in the know choose to spend their time in Paris, besides flitting from showroom to the front row?
We asked designers Sarah Harris Gould and Lauren Tapper of New Zealand-based label Harris Tapper to share their expert knowledge - croissants, shops and wine bars very much included.
4 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris, France
We were on a fries tour of Paris and highly recommend the fries here! Also, the decor is so beautiful. There are all these dried flowers woven into the ceiling and they look amazing in the late evening under candlelight. However, If it’s warm enough to sit outside, it’s a great spot for people watching.
Must try: Beef Carpaccio
38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
Favourite restaurant. Such a great spot for people watching, especially during fashion week! Even sitting in the restaurant makes you feel Parisian, the waiters only call you darling and the bread basket is the best we tried in Paris (and we tried a few!). It opens at 7am and is a great spot for a morning coffee and croissant.
Wild & The Moon
55 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
The best vegan lunch and breakfast spot! Their cold pressed juices are the perfect pick-me-up alternative to coffee in the morning. We loved the pink rose lattes and the takeaway lentil salads for lunch. There’s always a line but it’s worth it.
Must try: Rose Latte
Le Square Gardette
24 Rue Saint-Ambroise
Amazing restaurant in the 11th, a quintessentially Paris bistro. The menu is small but wholesome. Their most famous dish is the ‘Cote de boeuf’, a beef served in a casserole dish. It’s 75 euro and can easily be shared between four people.
Café de la Poste
124 Rue de Turenne
Great spot for a morning espresso and croissant. It’s open until 1.30am so this is a great late night bite on the way home if you’re staying in the Marais!
Must try: The chicken burger.
30 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, France
AMAZING French/Italian restaurant. It opens at 7pm and is always full, so make sure you get there at 6.30pm to line up. You can’t book, but it’s worth waiting in the freezing cold.
Must try: Truffle Pasta.
54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
Cute café for a morning coffee and breakfast. The peanut butter and berries on toast was beautiful! You can’t go here without seeing someone take a photo of the floor.
Must try: The coffee is great!
11 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France
Parisian Concept Store with homeware, clothing and a restaurant. Great spot to buy gifts! The stationary is so beautiful.
On literally every corner in Paris. The green flashing light is like the Parisian golden arches.
Favourites we picked up: Bioderma Sensibio H20, Nuxe Dry Oil, Nuxe Lip balm and everything Darphin.
15 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
The best flower shop! Has such an eclectic mix of flowers.
40, Blvd. Haussmann
Must visit if not just to look at the ceiling. It's the most amazing department store and definitely the best place for shopping in Paris!