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Paris Fashion Week has arrived! Fashion week is arguably the best time to visit Paris, especially if you love people-watching. The city will be filled with models, designers, celebrities, and patrons of the fashion world! This article is not about how to get into the shows, however, as shows are generally reserved for those with special invitations or are accredited members of the press. Instead this article is a guide on the best local places in Paris for spotting your favorite “fashionistas” this Paris Fashion Week.
Paris Fashion Week: Venues to Stake Out
The exact venues and locations of shows are no longer posted in advance for security reasons but you can however, find schedules online. You can also check the locations below as they are the most common show venues in Paris! Many fans like to stake out in hopes of seeing their favorite celebrities, models, and more.
Le Grand Palais
Le Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées is a popular exhibition hall and museum for many events throughout the year. For Paris Fashion Week, this is the usual venue for the Chanel shows! This star-crossed partnership results in the most incredible shows under the glass and steel dome of the monument. These outstanding shows include last years ‘Rooftops of Paris.’ You can find Le Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement between the Champs- Élysées and Pont Alexandre III.
Le Musée Rodin also serves an important role in Paris Fashion Week – as the usual venue for the Dior shows! Situated between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, Le Musée Rodin is in the beautiful 7th arrondissement. Composed of a unique 18th century mansion and a sculptures garden, Le Musée Rodin is the perfect place for Dior to host their Haute Couture Spring- Summer show. The latest collection by Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri also features the sculpture by Judy Chicago. Chicago’s exhibition, ‘The Female Divine,’ will be open to the public from January 21 to January 26, 2021.
Tuileries/ Louvre Museum/ Palais Royal Area
While the Louvre is the usual venue for the Louis Vuitton show, the area surrounding the Louvre cannot be missed! The Jardin des Tuileries and the Jardin du Palais Royal are where lots of people in the fashion industry pass time between shows – having coffee or taking photos within the beautiful gardens and the amazing buildings. And if you’re wearing something that catches the discerning eyes of fashion photographers, you might just get your photo taken here, too!
The Louvre as well as the Tuileries and the Palais Royal Area are located in the 1st arrondissement along the Seine. Download our Louvre-Palais Royal map so you can better explore this area!
With all of the showrooms in Le Marais area, there are plenty of smaller brands as well as up and coming designers that hold previews for their collections. Already an area bustling with activity and the arts, the best streets in Le Marais to look for Paris Fashion Week activities is: Rue de Turenne, Rue Debelleyme, Rue Charlot, and Rue Viellille du Temple. In these areas you will easily be able to find well-dressed Parisians showing off their style, as well as fashion-buyers hopping from one showroom to another!
Discover all the other surprises that Le Marais has in store, download our Le Marais Map!
Paris Fashion Week: Restaurants and Cafés
A local favorite, Sinner, is where you have the best chance to spot French A-listers! The catchy name Sinner begins to make even more sense as soon as you walk through its doors guarded by men dressed in clerical clothing. Frequent visitors of this hotel restaurant include: Loic Prigent (film director), Lilly-Rose Depp (model and actress), Jacquemus (fashion designer), Olivier Rousteing (fashion designer), and Carine Roitfeld (fashion editor). Not only is it a place where you can gawk at your fashion heroes, it’s also where you can sample North African cuisine with Asian and Latino references.
Address: 116 Rue du Temple, 75003
Surrounded by many luxury labels like Hermes and Goyard, L’Avenue is located on the ultra-chic Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement. Last May, fashion influencers Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin were spotted dinning at L’Avenue signifying that L’Avenue is still one of the hottest spots during Paris Fashion Week. The location has also been frequented by Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay- Z, and of course, the Kardashians and Kanye West.
Address: 41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
For a more “underground” option, we highly recommend Derrière in Paris’ Arts et Métiers area. This neighborhood is where Parisian locals hang out and where you might be seated next to French fashion influencers like Jeanne Damas and Leia Sfez. You can also celebrate the end of Paris Fashion Week with a fabulous brunch available here on Sundays. Their menu always includes fresh, local plates as well as vegetarian options!
Address: 69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003
Wild and The Moon- Saint-Honoré
Wild and the Moon- Saint Honoré is the perfect place to do some people watching this Paris Fashion Week! This famous café is also has everything needed to boost your immunity: green juices, Buddha bowls, and more. You’ll surely see tons of your favorite fashionistas posting on Instagram about this place! Especially because they have launched a limited edition Paris Fashion Week juice in collaboration with famous Off-White designer Virgil Abloh and Japanese label Sacai.
Café de Flore
The go-to choice for an afternoon coffee break in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the oldest cafés in Paris, Café de Flore. Frequented by models, designers, and celebrities for its iconic outdoor seating, the café is as charming as the neighborhood it is in! You can discover more of this area with our Saint-Germain Map. From the outdoor seating, visitors can people-watch the chic Parisians passing by.
Paris Fashion Week: Fashion-Friendly Sightseeing
Musée des Arts Decoratifs
Paris Fashion Week shouldn’t just be spent on waiting outside show venues and endless meals at cafés and restaurants. Spend it valuably by acquiring more knowledge about fashion! The Museum of Decorative Arts has put out the Marche et Démarche exhibition which takes you through the history of the world by way of shoe designs.
In partnership with one of the exhibition’s major sponsors, Galeries Lafayette, INSIDR is giving away free tickets. The exhibition is on only until February 23rd, 2021.
How to Win a Ticket: Send us an email at email@example.com, with your full name, date of arrival in Paris, and an answer to the question: who/ what is your favorite French shoe designer/ brand?
INSIDR Tip: The chic Loulou Restaurant located at the museum is also a Paris Fashion Week hotspot!
Musée du Yves Saint-Laurent
Musée de Yves Saint-Laurent features the famed couturier’s body of work on the legendary premises of his former haute couture house. The museum is where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly 30 years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002. During your visit, you’ll find things focused on both the couturier’s creative genius and his process of designing a haute couture collection. In preparation for a new exhibition, the museum is closed until March 3, 2021! If you have the opportunity to return, the Musée de Yves Saint-Laurent is a wonderful place to visit! Open Tuesday to Sunday, tickets are only 10€ per person.
Address: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116
Walk Paris’ Most Fashionable Streets
Take a walk along Paris’ most fashionable streets with Paris Walks. The leading English walking tour company in Paris, ‘Paris Walks’ has developed two circuits to celebrate Paris’ association with fashion: “Chanel and the Rue St. Honoré” and “Fashion in the Palais Royal Neighborhood.” The tours last about two hours and are lead by a fashion specialist. The scheduled tour costs 20€ per participant and the schedule can be found online. You can also make arrangements for private tours!
Paris Fashion Week: Tips
1. Wear Something Comfortable
To really enjoy the events of Paris Fashion Week, make sure you wear something fashionable without compromising comfort! . And especially this winter, wearing a big coat would do you favors! To catch a pre-show spectacle, plan to arrive outside the venue of your choice about an hour in advanceYou can also see celebrities and models after the shows! This is when they come outside to be photographed.
2. Charge Your Devices
Ensure that your phone and/ or cameras are fully-charged! You never know where and when you might spot your fashion heroes or favorite celebrities. You can also bring portable chargers with you or charging cords and plugs (with a European adapter) if you plan to hang out in a restaurant or café.
3. Prepare to Shop
Be ready to shop… until you drop! Especially if you visit Le Marais. One of the places you shouldn’t miss would be Merci Concept Store for picking up the most unique souvenirs from Paris – clothing, accessories, or home décor. You also have a great chance of running into someone famous in this area too.
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