Paris Fashion Week is almost upon us, this year the top fashion event will run from March 2 -9. Looking for a way to get in on the action? We will be sharing all our insider Paris tips all week.
After catching a few shows in the morning, gazing at the catwalks, we suggest spending the afternoon wandering around the city. We recently spoke to some top advisors, who gave us a peak into their favorite ways to spend an afternoon in the City of Light. Feel free to take notes.
Dining and Desserts
Greg DeClemente, COO of Courtyard Travel, recommends that travelers “sit in a typical French café enjoying a bowl of mussels in white wine and garlic, along with some great French bread.”
Perry Lungmus, vice president, luxury travel at Travel Leaders, suggests tasting macaroons in one of the Pierre Hermé shops. His macaroon spot: “probably in the Marais because it’s a favorite place of mine." He also tells travelers to join the Parisians by having a Belgian beer en terrasse, somewhere in the 10th arrondissement.
Barry Liben, president of Tzell Travel Group, urges visitors to dine at Le Cinq at the George V. Also, Paris is all about making memories, “After one of the best meals anywhere in the world, I’ll visit a scenic nearby bridge where my son proposed to his wife,” he tells us.
Shopping and Markets
Anastasia Mann, chairman and CEO of Corniche Travel, spends her time in Paris shopping. She suggests, “Spending a day at Marché aux Puces, the amazing flea market, and taking the Bateaux Mouches cruise down the Seine. The flea market is truly amazing, and I’ve acquired some stunning museum-quality art and sculpture pieces. There is a crazy little bistro tucked in the back called Chez Louisette.” she says.
Mary Ann Ramsey, president of Betty Maclean Travel, likes the flea market in Saint-Ouens. “You can find amazing antiques, with great buys on china, silver and furniture, along with along with vintage Chanel earrings and Louis Vuitton handbags, always negotiated and shipped with perfection by my guide. She also suggests going to Fauchon’s on the Place de Madeline to stock up on chocolates, teas, honeys and mustards. “They also have a great café, which is always a must,” she says.
Barbara and Michael King, co-presidents of Great Getaways Travel, loves Esprit St. Germain on the Left Bank. “The staff welcomes us back each time with genuine affection." She also recommends the patisserie around the corner for some delicious macaroons. Another quick stop should be to Hermès, to buy a luxe scarf, she suggests.
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