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Travel • May 8, 2017

Where The Fashion Crowd Eats In Paris

by Candice Chua
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The show schedules for Milan and Paris are quite different. The former is typically jam-packed, so there’s hardly any time to eat save for dinners, while the latter is more spread out, giving you these small pockets of time for a crepe and a cuppa. It is during these breathers where the fashion crowd ditches the gum and apples for something a little more substantial. I mean, you are in Paris after all. A diet of gum and apples just isn’t the Parisian way.

The restaurants, cafes and bars on Rue Saint Honore and Rue de Rivoli are frequented the most given their close proximity to the shops – everybody goes to Colette – and the Jardin de Tuileries, where shows are often held. The perennial favourites are L’Avenue, Hotel Costes (their burrata and aubergine is honestly, truly the shiz) and Lou Lou (I am convinced the pavlova is made from clouds), but you have to make a reservation. It is very rare that they’ll seat walk-in guests, though certain exceptions are made. Don’t be surprised if you see swarms of teenagers giggling outside L’Avenue: it just means a certain famous someone is chilling in there.

Asians! You can take us out of Asia, but you can’t take the Asian out of us. Fortunately, there’s no lack of good Asian dining spots in Paris. We recently discovered a whole string of Japanese restaurants near Rue Villedo, but if you’re looking for something authentic and not too pricey – by Paris standards, at least – Takara is the place. (We spotted one Nicholas Ghesquiere having dinner there once, so there’s your stamp of approval.) Below, our edit of dining spots most favoured by the fashion crowd when fashion week rolls around:

 

La Castiglione
235 Rue Saint Honore

Hotel Costes
239-241 Rue Saint Honore

Mandarin Oriental
251 Rue Saint Honore

Woo Jung
8 Boulevard Delessert

Restaurant Kunitoraya
5 Rue Villedo
*There are several Japanese restaurants in the area that serve pretty good udon, so if the queue for Kunitoraya is too long, try one of the others

Da Rosa
19 Rue Mont Thabor

Lou Lou
107 Rue de Rivoli

L’Avenue
41 Avenue Montaigne

Le Meurice
228 Rue de Rivoli

Cafe de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain

Le Cafe Marly
93 Rue de Rivoli

Chez Dave
12 Rue de Richelieu
*All the celebrities who’ve ever dropped by this hush-hush Chinese dining spot have their photographs on the red walls, from Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent to Leonardo DiCaprio

Takara
14 Rue Moliere

 

Originally Posted on 17 March 2017 | Main Image: Getty

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