A shortlist of places to relax, enjoy a meal, shop a bit — and find some peace between the shows during fashion week (and always).

A shortlist of places to relax, enjoy a meal, shop a bit — and find some peace between the shows during fashion week (and always).

Konstantin Kakanias


French-Japanese Mashups

“By the time I get to Paris, and have been subsisting entirely on pasta and meat, a light meal at either favorite Japanese restaurant is a must: Takara for nigiri (this isn’t light, but the foie gras sushi is much better than it sounds; 14 Rue Molière) and Kunitoraya (5 Rue Villedo).” — JASON RIDER, senior fashion editor


Frenchie Wine Bar

“A great casual add-on to the restaurant Frenchie, which is a favorite, but always packed.” 5 Rue du Nil — ALEXA BRAZILIAN, fashion features director

Iced Coffee Pit Stops

“I’m that annoying American that asks for an iced coffee no matter where I am or what season it is. In Paris, the best are at Telescope (5 Rue Villedo), The Broken Arm(12 Rue Perrée) and Carette. (Theirs is practically a milkshake but still caffeinated!); 4 Place du Trocadéro.) — J.R.

Lone Palm

“In Paris, you mostly drink at bistros (my favorites are Le Progrès or La Perle) but Lone Palm is a really lovely tiki bar, with wonderfully kitschy interior, stronger-than-they-are-sweet drinks and handsome barmen.” 21 Rue Keller — J.R.

Vivant’s chef Pierre Touitou


“Speaking of handsome staff, the prize goes to Vivant, Pierre Touitou’s restaurant. Definitely get a seat at the bar for the best view. And Da Graziella next door is a Neapolitan-style pizzeria in an old bird shop from the 1920s and it’s so good. Great natural wines at both.” 43 Rue des Petites Écuries — J.R.

Pho Banh Cuon 14

“Because I can never get good Vietnamese in New York, I also rely on Paris for my quarterly pho. Banh Cuon 14 in the 13th has incredibly clear yet bold broth, served alongside the right herbs (a true anomaly).” 129 Avenue de Choisy — J.R.

Dinner in the Eighth Arrondissement

“Between the Grand Palais and my hotel (Le Bristol) lies Jean-George’s Marketrestaurant for an easy meal (15 Avenue Matignon), or there’s always La Reserve for something even more French (42 Avenue Gabriel).” — PATRICK LI, creative director

Cafe de l’Esplanade

“En route to the Rodin Museum, lunch at Cafe de l’Esplanade is a must for the best upper-crust people watching.” 52 Rue Fabert — P.L.

Bread & Roses

“Before shows in the Luxembourg gardens, I always have a quick meal at Bread & Roses.” 25 Rue Boissy dAnglas — P.L.

From left: Holiday Café; Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Near Trocadéro

“Slightly out of the way from most of the shows, but worth it for a delicious lunch, is Holiday Café (192 Avenue de Versailles). Otherwise, it’s dim sum at the Shangri-Labefore Miu Miu (10 Avenue dIéna). — P.L.

Ya Lamai

“Near République, you never know who you’ll run into at Rose Chalalai Singh’s casual Thai bistro.” (4 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud) — P.L.

Paul Bert flea market.Alastair Miller/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Paul Bert Market

“Visiting the Paris flea markets is essential, because you never know when you might find that dream coffee table — especially when browsing the Paul Bert Market.” 110 Rue des Rosiers — P.L.

Chez George

“A mandatory stop for me, Chez George gives me everything I want from a Paris bistro in terms of ambience — it’s like a long skinny cable car — and classic dishes. The lentil salad is the best.” 1 Rue du Mail — A.B.

Lunch on the run

“For healthy, quick lunch or juice spots, I like Wild & The Moon (55 Rue Charlot), La Guinguette d’Angele (34 Rue Coquillière), Maisie Cafe (32 Rue du Mont Thabor) and Rose Bakery (46 Rue des Martyrs).” — MALINA JOSEPH GILCHRIST, style director, women’s

Le Petit Vendôme

“The best sandwiches in all of Paris are served here.” 8 Rue des Capucines — M.J.G.

Hôtel Ritz Paris

“The Ritz serves an amazing Japanese breakfast, which includes fish, tofu, steamed rice, miso soup and vegetables like marinated cucumbers, turnip and radish.” 15 Place Vendôme — M.J.G.


Maison Bonnet

“I always visit this eyewear resource when I’m in town.” 5 Rue des Petits Champs — P.L.

Comptoir de l’Image

“I also make sure to take time for some book shopping here.” 44 Rue de Sévigné — P.L.

Lindell & Co.

“A very special, tiny shop selling woolen pillows and throws embroidered in zebra and leopard prints by extremely talented artisans from Nepal. It’s run by a wonderful Frenchwoman named Gabrielle Soyer.” 19 rue Chapon — A.B.

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Dries Van Noten

“Before all brand-name stores were carefully curated, there was this one, in Paris. It’s decorated like someone’s home, which make the clothes feel extra special.” 7 Quai Malaquais — A.B.

Vegetable pastes at Jacques Genin.ELIOT BLONDET/AFP/Getty Images

Jacques Genin

“Hands down the best chocolatier in Paris. There are two locations but I always make a stop at the shop on Rue de Turenne. The tiny chocolates are pristinely displayed like beautiful pieces of jewelry, while the nougats, caramels and sugared cubes of pure, concentrated fruit are equally sublime. At this point I have to make a stop here every fashion week — my gift list for family and friends keeps growing!” 133 Rue de Turenne — DAVID FARBER, style director, men’s

Marche aux Puces de Vanves

“Throughout the years, I have always made an effort to head out to the antique/flea market at Clignancourt, but I recently discovered the scaled-down charm of Puces de Vanves. After the madness of back-to-back shows, an early morning Sunday stroll through streets lined with vendors selling antique silverware, vintage books and small objets d’art is the perfect remedy.” 14 Avenue Georges Lafenestre — D.F.

Buttes-Chaumont Park.Alex Créˆtey Systermans for the New York Times


Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

“This park is my favorite nearby getaway. It’s the perfect place to hide from fashion people, since it’s relatively far away, in the 19th.” 1 Rue Botzaris — J.R.

Le Bristol


Le Bristol

“One of the last genuine palace hotels in Paris that doesn’t feel too glossed over. If you’re on more of a budget, Hotel du Temps (11 Rue de Montholon) has everything you need, with lots of nice touches and rooms are surprisingly nice and big for Paris.” 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré — A.B

The article appeared first in the New York Times.